The Works of Watchman Nee
Watchman Nee (pinyin: Ní Tuòsh?ng;, 1903-1972) became a Christian in 1920 at the age of 17 and began writing in the same year. In 1921, he met the British missionary M. E. Barber, who was a great influence on him. Through Miss Barber, Nee was introduced to many of the Christian writings which were to have a profound influence on him and his teachings. Watchman Nee has written the most insightful books on true spirituality.
It should be noted that his early works are his best works. The writings from the end of his life made demands to submission to human authorities to be equivalent to God Himself. This controlling spirit was brought to the United States by his disciple, Witness Lee, who established cultic communities in southern California and other parts of the country. The works provided below are from the early period. If you want to read the cultic works of Watchman they are available from Living Streams Ministries at the end of their list.
The complete works of Watchman Nee are in HTML format
at Living Streams Ministries. The
volumes below were converted to PDF format for
complete download and easier reading. Watchman Nee
has some of the best works on genuine Christian
discipleship and in following the Spirit.
“The Spiritual Man” is the most comprehensive
treatise on how to follow the Holy Spirit in the New
Birth. The book should be read in the order that
Watchman Nee has written for the most benefit in
The Spiritual Man Volume I
(PDF 884 KB)
Volume 1 deals with the need of cross in
crucifying the flesh so as to follow the
The Spiritual Man Volume II
Volume 2 deals with detailed understanding of
the human spirit and what the normal state of the
regenerated spirit should be.
The Spiritual Man Volume III
(PDF 938 KB)
Volume 3 deals with the importance of the soul
and the need for renewing of the mind to be a
The Breaking of the Outer Man & the Release of
This is an excellent follow ups to the Spiritual
Man. After understanding what it means to be a
spiritual man, this next book explains the work of
God in our lives to free us in the Spirit.
The Ministry of God’s Word
The purpose in sharing God’s Word is to share
the life of Jesus Christ by His Spirit, not
homiletics. A spiritual minister who has been
broken by the Lord will speak the words of the
The Latent Power of the Soul
Professional clergy who rely on homiletics are
in danger sharing a carnal ministry that relies on
the power of persuasion which is drawn from their
soul and not the Spirit.
The Normal Christian Church Life
The format of church gathering as we know it is
not biblical. The biblical church had no pastor as
we know today, although there were pastors. Rather
the church gathering was a body ministry of
everyone’s contribution by the Spirit.
How to Study the Bible
(PDF 618 KB>