Oh my gosh... this tale of courage, fidelity, inspired faith, miraculous accomplishment, treachery, injustice, unbelievable cruelty in pursuit of poliOh my gosh... this tale of courage, fidelity, inspired faith, miraculous accomplishment, treachery, injustice, unbelievable cruelty in pursuit of political gain, martyrdom, and posthumous exoneration and vindication , brought me to tears. Most especially and deeply moving to me was the rapturous fulfillment of communion with the Lord in the reconciliation and Eucharist, that she had been so long denied, just before she met execution.
Mark Twain had an interest in Joan of Arc that developed into a fascination. He spent twelve years researching for this book and he claimed it was the best of all his works.
She is a mysterious and inspirational character in history. She is a model of piety, an example of feminine strength, and the embodiment of the power of unbridled faith.
I am so glad I chanced upon this book. I will champion it, and Joan's story to all who will listen.
An incredible story of a bullied and troubled Southern California youth turning his unbounded energy to athletics where he became a runner in the 1936An incredible story of a bullied and troubled Southern California youth turning his unbounded energy to athletics where he became a runner in the 1936 Olympics. His running career interrupted by the outbreak of World War II, he served in the Pacific as a bombardier on the B-24 Liberator. Although this model plane was notoriously unsafe, his crew seemed charmed or blessed until after their own plane was put out of commission and they were forced to take on a mission with a plane they knew was in terrible shape, they crashed in the Pacific. Only three of the eleven on board survived the crash and they spent a harrowing 47 days adrift with meager resources, and enough water and food for only a few days. They drifted over 2000 miles encountering sharks, exposure, extreme mental stress and even psychosis, as well as being strafed by enemy machine gun fire, before the two remaining survivors were captured and became prisoners of war. Their treatment at the hands of their Japanese captors was horrible beyond imagining. The book astounds with the statistics of the number of casualties in the Air Service in the Pacific, the incredible number of Pacific POWs, their inhuman treatment at the hands of the Japanese and the incredibly high numbers of POW fatalities compared to the European prisoners. The number of Allied POW deaths in the Pacific was 7 times the rate of deaths among those in the European theatre.
Ultimately, this book is a story of resilience, endurance, forgiveness, and inspiration. An excellent story of a remarkable life. It will be released as a movie this December.
Peter Kreeft, a prolific Catholic Christian author and professor of philosophy guides us through J.R.R Tolkien's world view as made evident to us in hPeter Kreeft, a prolific Catholic Christian author and professor of philosophy guides us through J.R.R Tolkien's world view as made evident to us in his richly Christian, Catholic even, works. The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and his essays and other works show us how Tolkien wove his beliefs and philosophy thru ought his sub-creation of Middle Earth....more