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Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II

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This is the true story of a young American missionary womans courage and triumph of faith in a notorious Japanese prison camp. Forced to sign a confession to a crime she did not commit, she faced the executioner's sword, only to be miraculously spared.
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Published January 1st 2009 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1988)
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my favorite biography. I lost my copy but then found another one for $2 on clearance... little did I know at the time that it was signed!!!

here's what Darlene wrote:
Dear [friend's name:],
May you know and give testimony to the love and greatness of our God!
Without Him, I would not have survived!! But I do thank Him for every thing He allowed in my life ~ it was there I truly came to know Him!
Deut 33:12
Jun 01, 2012 Eyebright rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eyebright by: Mommy
From childhood, Darlene had promised the Lord that she would go where ever he wanted her too, that she wanted to be a missionary. How the Lord used her, and where He took her is an incredible story of faith and miracles, and blessings amidst unbelievable hardships.

Evidence Not Seen is the story of Darlene Deibler, who lived, survived, and perhaps in an odd way, thrived in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. It details how she was captured, and many of the day to day occurrences that too
Darlene Deibler Rose spent 8 years in New Guinea, over 4 of those as a POW during WWII. She writes, "Viewing those eight years from this far side, I marvel at the wisdom and love of our God, Who controls the curtains of the stage on which the drama of our lives is played; His hand draws aside the curtains of events only far enough for us to view one sequence at a time."

She survived moment by moment walking through horrific and hair-raising events by pouring her heart out to God. This story of ho
this is a wonderful book. i first heard darlene diebler rose when i was about 10 years old at a week of missionary speakers at our church. if she had spoken all night we'd have all stayed all night to listen. her life was filled with god's presence. we heard of a baby coming back to life in the arms of his praying father. we heard a miracle involving life-sustaining bananas. and so much more. i grew up and never heard of her again, until i was listening to focus on the family and heard a mission ...more
This is the autobiographical story of a young woman who dedicated her life to God as a child. Little suspecting the pain and suffering she would endure in the fulfillment of her promise. But in her trials, the promise of God's faithfulness proved stronger than any disease, any loss, and any Japanese officer. Darlene learned to trust His voice and cling to the riches of his grace and peace as all else was stripped away.

She tells her own story with sweet candor. It was a little slow in the beginni
This is one of my favorite books because Mrs. Rose actually shared the Gospel with my grandmother, and I believe that my grandmother came to know the Lord right before she died. I thank God for Mrs. Rose. She has an amazing testimony and her faith had an impact on my family. Truly, God works in mysterious ways :)
This is the story of Darlene Deibler Rose who was a Christian missionary with her husband during World War II in New Guinea. When the Japanese took over the island, Darlene and her husband were separated into separate Japanese prison camps, one for women and young boys and the other for men. Darlene's story is full of details about what occurred in these camps, but underlying everything, through all of the pain and suffering, Darlene's faith never failed her. Her intense belief in God and strong ...more
Very inspiring story of a missionary in WWII Papa New Guinea. Darlene Deibler Rose describes her ordeal as she is imprisoned in a Japanese camp, deep in the jungle. Deprivation, starvation, bombings and beatings are just some of the tortures she survives, by God's grace. I find I like reading books like this, seeing people's faith in action, and God's provision for them in the midst of horrific circumstances. And unlike characters in similar books I've seen, Rose is no Pollyanna, sitting pretty ...more
Why am I drawn to true stories of people who suffer under the hands of ruthless political leaders? Here's another one. Deibler tells her experience of being a missionary in New Guinea as WWII erupts and when the Japanese invade, she becomes a POW for several years. Her story is insightful but I was uncomfortable with how freely she described deep, profoundly spiritual experiences that sustained her during her imprisonment. Her faith is pure, but some things should be too sacred to share with the ...more
A woman's miraculous faith in a Japanese prison during WWII. Darlene, an American missionary endured 4 years of forced labor and cruel deprivation at the hands of the Japanese Army during WW2. She lost all she had except her faith in God. Despite all this, less than 4 years later,she chose to return to New Guinia for nearly 30 more years. (8 years before the war started, she had arrived in the interior of N.G. with her husband Russell on their 1st anniversary)
I pretty much sobbed through the last two chapters.
As I turned the last page, Three things were imprinted in my mind: the beauty of forgiving your enemies, value of hiding the Word in your heart, and how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news- even feet infected with jungle rot.
Lisa Jacobson
This is one of my favorite books of all time. Darlene's story is so beautiful, so raw, and yet sweetened with unwavering faith all the way through. It's one of the few books (other than the Bible, of course!) which I can honestly say, changed the way I looked - and lived - my life.
Diane Hegedus
Next to my Bible this is my all-time favorite book. I have read this book several times. If I get to feeling sorry for myself this is my go-to book. It also reminds me of God's great love and His plans for my life even in the midst of difficult storms.
I've read books by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Corrie Ten Boom, but I have never read anything quite like the testimony of Darlene Deibler Rose! Called to the mission field, Darlene and her husband, Rev. Russell C. Deibler, arrived in Holland on their one year wedding anniversary to finish training and prepare to reach the natives in the remotes of the New Guinea jungles. Shortly after arriving in New Guinea, the war started and life forever changed.

Foreigners were relocated for safety concerns, bu
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Tamara Blickhan
By far, the best autobiography I've read. I heard it mentioned on Way of the Master Radio by Todd Friel about five years ago. He was going on and on about how everyone should read this book and something about "The Banana Lady." I got it because I was intrigued. COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN! Sorry for yelling, but this is one book I believe all Christians should read, especially if they struggle with the "poor me" syndrome or think they deserve good in this life. Read this book! What God did with this w ...more
Sep 17, 2009 Leigh rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians, WWII buffs
Recommended to Leigh by: Kim
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This book is the true story of Darlene Deibler's experiences in a Japanese prison camp in New Guinea during WWII. Darlene and her husband Russell were in New Guinea as Christian missionaries, and found themselves taken prisoner by the Japanese when the island was conquered. Darlene endured mistreatment and malnutrition, and was even accused of being a spy and put on "trial" for espionage. Through it all, Darlene's incredible faith pulled her through.

This book is not for everyone. Every page is
True story of the author's 4+ year internment in a Japanese POW camp in Indonesia during WWII. She was a missionary with her husband when Japanese took over and took all inhabitants of island and separated men and women into work camps. Her husband died during it. She starved, fell ill to disease and malnourishment, saw friends and others beaten to death in front of her eyes, was taken by Kempetai (Japanese secret police that were like German Gestapo) and tortured and convicted on false testimon ...more
Margo Berendsen
Your heart will break for this idealistic young woman as she sets off for Indonesia and Papau New Guinea with her new husband, to share the light of the Gospel - only to have World War II intervene in their plans. She spends five years in Japanese prison camps, separated from her husband, who eventually dies in prison. But her strong faith in God eventually wins over the prison camp commander. He becomes a believer! Everything about this story amazed me. Just a short snippet to give you an idea ...more
Kathy Jackson
Wow! People will look at this book and think “Oh, it is about God” and not read it. What a shame. This book is all about how one woman learned to survive in a hostile, horrid place that no person deserves to face. It is about how cruel people can be to each other yet one person can stand up and make a difference. How a person will do what they need to survive, include eating worms.

This book and what this woman endured to make it home to her family in America changed my heart and my life to some
This is a truly remarkable story of faith and courage in the face of pain and oppression and imprisonment. The loving perseverance of this woman and her friends is riveting and convicting. Even better is how God shows himself present and faithful to her time and again, in ways that will make you want to weep (or at least that was my reaction, but I am kind of a crier). I recommend this to everyone, and even though the writing is a bit amateurish at times, I stopped noticing almost right away and ...more
Just 2 chapters in, I can tell you that this is one book you will not want to put down. Turn off the computer, turn off the phone, and don't answer the door and I am not kidding.

I have read multiple missionary stories and they always touch me. I loved all of Ruth Bell Graham's stories, and all of the Samaritan's Purse missionary tales, plus many others, but not since Hudson Taylor's accounts of his time with China Inland Mission have I been so impacted.

You need to read this book of this woman's
Debs Hennig
Such a great glimpse of life in the Japanese prison camps during WWII. A very inspiring read of one woman's faith in God through un-imaginable trials.
Debbie Thieme
I will be haunted by this story for some time. Such unendurable suffering! Imagine fighting the flies for the worms in your rice. We have no idea what suffering means. Through imprisonment, losing her young husband, privation and torture, this young woman not only held onto her faith, but saw it mature and flourish in a way that only suffering could produce. If we had to choose between our bible and the Holy Spirit, which would you choose? She had no choice, but the word was hidden in her heart, ...more
Valerie Basham
Words cannot describe this faith-building book. Read it, then read it again. Mrs. Deibler shares her amazing story in a tenderhearted and human way. She is not the pompous Christian who has "won thousands" (like we see today), but rather, she walks humbly in the mud and filth, clinging to the Savior for life while held captive in a POW camp during WWII. All success is clearly credited to the Lord, as she bows on her face before him with her life. I don't think I could do what she did, but then, ...more
Jaymie Starr
Newlyweds Darlene and her husband, Russell, move to New Guinea in order to share God's love with indiginous people groups there, only to find their lives changed forever by the Japanese invasion during World War II. I first read this book a long time ago, when I was first starting in Missions and it was hugely inspirational to me. Darlene faces trials and challenges that most never even have to think about, even facing certain death more than once. Her faith in God is truly what carries her thro ...more
Another heart breaking account of World War II, this time in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. This women's faith is just amazing. To see her responses to the awful conditions of life in a prison camp leaves one believing that God really does have grace for all of us in our times of need. She shed her life on behalf of the peoples all around her. She witnessed even to the prison warden. Her faith kept her safe, hid her in shelter of God's wings.

Among many of my friends, we feel this book is a mus
This book is the true story of a young woman's experiences during World War II. She and her husband were missionaries in New Guinea and were put into Japanese prison camps after the war broke out. Her experiences are amazing and unforgettable, and her unshakable faith in God is truly inspiring. I love the way that she trusted in Him even when things looked very dark, such as when her husband died. She showed great courage and fortitude and faith. Reading this book makes me ashamed to complain ab ...more
I am amazed that humans can live so long under the terrible conditions and treatment that the Japanese doled out to POWs in WWII. My friend who loaned me this book said it's like the female version of UNBROKEN. I think she's right. The book is full of scripture and miracles that kept the author, Darlene Deibler, sustained for over four years of captivity, and in spite of terrible illnesses and brutality and losses, God protected her and enabled her to minister and witness and not become a bitter ...more
I appreciated this faith-affirming book, especially seeing how God protected and provided for this missionary. I only gave it three stars, instead of four, because some of it moved fairly slowly -- especially the middle of the book when she described the many different people in her barrack. I guess I would have preferred she just clued in on a few key fellow prisoners. However, the story itself is evidence of a beautiful life submitted to the Father, and I appreciated the historical setting.

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“We heard bandits return several nights after that, but they never again entered the house. It wasn't until after the war that I learned why. I had suspected the Jaffray's gardener; he was Boegis, and he knew the layout of the house. When I asked him why they had never entered the house again, he answered incredulously, "Because of those people you had there - those people in white who stood about the house." The Lord had put His angels around us. He had delivered.” 5 likes
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