A Living Hope

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It was over. He was dead. The disciples had seen it with their own eyes. The Messiah who was to deliver them from Roman tyranny had been executed by those He was supposed to conquer. Now, with His death, their hopes for a restored Jewish kingdom had died as well. They had left everything to follow Him, only to have it end like this? They had seen him change water into wine and create bread out of nothing. He had made blind men see, lame men walk, and dead men live. Why could He not save Himself?

On this dark Friday, how were they to know that, as soon as Sunday, the first rays of light would pierce through the darkness and reveal an empty tomb. And, with the dawn, they would realize that they had been set free from powers far greater than any earthly empire could impose. What…

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Review of No Place to Hide

No Place to Hide

In No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home from the Iraq War, W. Lee Warren chronicles his four months in Iraq as he and his team of doctors attempt to save lives while under fire themselves. Meanwhile, on the home front, his marriage is falling apart. In the process of ministering to the broken and the bleeding, Warren is forced to face his own weaknesses and seek a deeper relationship with God. Alone during a mortar attack, Warren is compelled to make a decision that changes his life.

No Place to Hide is not a book for the faint-hearted or the squeamish, as it is a gripping account of war and the horror it inflicts on humanity. It is a stark reminder of the frailty of life and the unbelievable lengths to which doctors go to save soldier and terrorist alike. Evil and compassion are juxtaposed on every page, as well as the constant struggle for survival. This account is both heart-warming and heart-rending as one witnesses the incredible physical, psychological, and emotional toll the conflict takes on soldier and civilian. The acts of kindness and concern that American soldiers showed for each other and the people they were to protect, as well as those they were fighting, was astounding. The personal stories of Rose, Maria, and Sergeant Statzer are unforgettable.

I understand the graphic nature of war in a way I haven’t before. One could never be the same after witnessing such things. That said, the narrative was too self-focused at times, which is distracting. However, No Place to Hide gave me pride in my country because of the incredible courage and compassion displayed by the American military to fellow soldiers and sworn enemies. I would like to thank Major Warren for his story, his service, and his sacrifice in saving so many lives.

I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Review of For Such A Time

For Such A Time

In her debut novel, For Such a Time, Kate Breslin retells the biblical account of Esther, set in the waning days of World War Two. Hadassah Benjamin is rescued from a firing squad by SS Kommandant Aric Von Schmidt. Under the false identity of Stella Muller, she becomes Schmidt’s new secretary, and watches helplessly as her own people are taken to the Auschwitz death camp.

Unwilling to stand by, Stella, with the help of unlikely allies, hatches a plan to save her people from certain death. But when her true identity is discovered, will all her efforts be in vain? Or will it cost her life and the lives of those she loves?

For Such a Time was an engrossing story and was hard to put down. The setting was intriguing, and the characters were empathetic. Although the story was familiar, the plot had many unexpected twists and turns, which kept the anticipation building. Breslin’s artful use of description enhances the novel structure and transports the reader as the book unfolds.

The romantic angle was more contemporary and felt out of place in its World War Two setting. The ending was a bit far-fetched, and there were liberties taken with historical accuracy, which the author acknowledges. However, For Such a Time was a well-written story with a great plot. It was an enjoyable read and a worthy effort for a first-time novelist. I give it four stars.

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