There's a lot of overlap with "The Hiding Place," but with more detail. It's amazing how much peace God gave Corrie and Betsie, and how much they encoThere's a lot of overlap with "The Hiding Place," but with more detail. It's amazing how much peace God gave Corrie and Betsie, and how much they encouraged and witnessed to others during their imprisonment, rather than dwelling so much on their own pain and discomfort. I wouldn't be so quick as Corrie to call Catholics part of the body of Christ (trusting Jesus plus anything else is not truly trusting Jesus), though I'm sure there are those who are true Christians among them. A thought-provoking, inspiring book....more
A lovely book with much encouragement for witnessing, using time in prayer and wisdom, and God's love and grace being shown through blundering people.A lovely book with much encouragement for witnessing, using time in prayer and wisdom, and God's love and grace being shown through blundering people. Even though I wouldn't quite go so far as the ten Boom family in how the women taught, I was still blessed by this book and the stories told.
A couple quotes:
"Children need the wisdom of their elders; the aging need the encouragement of a child's exuberance."
"How grateful I am to have lived in my Father's house! Yes, Lord, I thank You for this family. I looked at my friends, gathered for an afternoon tea and memories, and thanked the Lord for the family of believers all over this globe. How the love of God stretched in and out of the watchmaker's shop to all parts of the world--to mansions in California and hospitals in Kenya, from queens to prison guards."...more
This is an amazing true story of a Muslim Sri Lankan girl who moves to America, meets Christians, and becomes a Christian herself. She hides it for maThis is an amazing true story of a Muslim Sri Lankan girl who moves to America, meets Christians, and becomes a Christian herself. She hides it for many years, fearing the consequences, though feeling guilty for lying. Eventually her parents find out and things go from bad to worse, in many ways. She has to run for her life, unwilling to deny the faith when her father gives her an ultimatum. Through jail-time, courtroom battles, sickness, and more, Rifqa Bary keeps trusting the Lord, feeling His presence even amid fears. Read it and be inspired and humbled, as I was. Though Rifqa didn't do everything right, she is a testimony to God's grace and power. Most of us don't experience half of the burdens she faced, yet how weak and small is our testimony and love for the Lord! 4.5 stars. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you!) and was not required to post a positive review....more
This is a remarkable true story of a boy who loses his voice and most of the use of his body. His parents try to help him, but they really think he isThis is a remarkable true story of a boy who loses his voice and most of the use of his body. His parents try to help him, but they really think he is lost to them forever...until one day when he is assessed and shows there is intelligence underneath the silence. He feels very trapped and frustrated, at times suicidal, until this hopeful day. It is hard to imagine the life he went through, but there is a happy ending. Some of the descriptions of his abuse (including sexual abuse) are a bit too detailed (I wish I had skipped that instead of speed-reading), and I don't agree with all his romantic choices. He believes in God, but I don't know that he is a Christian, as there is no mention of Christ. In any case, this book made me think more carefully about those who are disabled in some way, and to think about all that I have to be thankful for. Not a light book, but with some fascinating thoughts and inspiration to keep on going when life gets hard....more