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Evidence Not Seen: One Woman's Faith in a Japanese POW Camp

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Evidence Not Seen Separated from those she loved, Darlene faced beatings and torment for a crime she did not commit. Yet despite the horrors of suffering, her future was secure. Her life was in God's hands. This book follows her story from the New Guinea jungle to four years in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp. Full description
Paperback, 236 pages
Published October 20th 1995 by Authentic Lifestyle (first published 1988)
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Dec 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Grace
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 15+ for mature themes
Recommended to Sarah Grace by: Mary
*takes a deep breath* Wow! Review to come when I am not an emotional wreck and can digest everything I just read!


Wow wow wow! What an amazing story!! Mrs. Rose's writing style is pretty much all description and almost no dialogue (rather normal for an autobiography, I guess), which was somewhat hard to wade through, but I am so glad I didn't put this down! The raw bravery and true courage of Darlene Diebler so humbly portrayed throughout was so incredibly inspiring. That was one t
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Natalie Vellacott
This came highly recommended, it was worth reading but not outstanding.

The author, newly married, sets off for the jungles of New Guinea as a missionary. However, she and her husband find themselves in the middle of World War 2 and at the mercy of the ruthless Japanese. The bulk of the story is about her imprisonment in a prison camp--she and her husband were placed in separate camps for the duration.

This book will challenge many people as it is a testimony to facing our struggles with the rig
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Lydia Howe
I was told a long time ago I should read this book, and even started it once - back several years ago when I was in Indonesia. I left though before I had time to finish the book, so I picked it up again last month and am thankful I did. This story is an extraordinary one about faith, following God no matter what the cost, and how amazing it is when people go through hard times and come out better because of it.

One thing that continually amazed me was how the author kept her senses of humor, adv
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amanda Tero
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-story
This is probably my favorite book. It is an amazing true story of a missionary who was caught in the turmoil of World War II. Though she did not "deserve" to be placed in a prison camp, she used this opportunity to grow in faith rather than in bitterness. What stood out most to me was her focus on God.

Many prison camps had instances which are morally wrong. While Darlene Diebler Rose included some of the true facts, she did it discreetly, reflecting the grief that she felt for the sin.
A heart breaking and thrilling story that is absolutely TRUE about a missionary couple who become POWs in different Japanese camps during World War 2. The wonderful and amazing story of how "ordinary" American missionaries can rise to do extraordinary things when they surrender their lives to Jesus. A "Must Read" that will plant itself deep into your heart.
Lisa Jacobson, Club31Women
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.
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
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Valerie Basham
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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
Dec 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
Diane Hegedus
Aug 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book. She's a real person, whom God really sustained through tremendous trials.
Allison Anderson Armstrong
I read this book in my teens and remember being fascinated by it and also wishing I could be as pretty and godly as this girl. Haha, little 15 year old Allison....
Tasha DeChellis
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book shortly after my Mom died, seeing that I needed to be thoroughly grounded in a vision of the purposes of life. This book brought me to tears and a heart bursting in awe at the faithfulness my God. The impressions left with me from this read will last a lifetime. It is exceptional, and I continue to have moments of reflection based on this story even now, months later.

My personal takeaways from the glimpse of Darlene’s life, has encouraged me to continue learning beautiful hymns
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-hard-copy
A beautifully written story about a missionary who survived four years in a Japanese prison camp in New Guinea. Tears flowed as I read her story. I have underlined a number of spots through out the book. This bit especially struck my heart, "In the quiet of the shadowed cell, He answered back within my heart: 'That's what I delight to do, the exceeding abundant above anything you ask or think.' I knew in those moments that nothing is impossible to my God." I don't want to give away what lead up ...more
Stacy Shaddix
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very humbled while reading this book... could I say, "When the tarnish begins to appear, take me through the fire, Lord.
Seth Nelson
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic well written account, of a woman’s faith in a ever loving Heavenly Father, even while enduring the horrifying conditions of a Japanese POW camp.
Elaine Mazzo
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
This was such a wonderful book! Although reading about her experiences in a Japanese prisoner of war camp were not wonderful, Darlene's faith and courage throughout were a testimony to her faith in a great and good God. I was encouraged to trust the Lord more and with the power of prayer. Highly recommended!
I read We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan and became much more familiar with World ll, its beginnings, locations, the horrors of war, and the women who served and survived. Evidence Not Seen takes the story to an even deeper level. Through the telling of her experiences in missionary service and captivity, Darlene Deibler Rose shows the stretching and strengthening of her faith and obedience as God worked in her and through her, protected her, and was fai ...more
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Darlene Deibler Rose was a born-again Christian missionary in Papua New Guinea during and after World War II in what would later be the Western Highlands province. Darlene Deibler was the first American woman to enter the Baliem Valley of New Guinea, working there with her first husband Rev. Russell C. Deibler.[1] When WWII broke out, the Deiblers were sent to separate prison camps. Russell died a ...more
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“Who understands the thrill of seeing the first bright flowers of spring so clearly as one who has just lived through the long, hard winter?” 3 likes
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