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Small Man of Nanataki; the True Story of a Japanese Who Risked His Life to Provide Comfort for His Enemies

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  14 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published 1966 by Dutton
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Yibbie
There is nothing in this man’s story that is victorious. He suffered for his convictions. He lost everything. His home decimated by the most destructive weapon ever used by man. Yet, he is victorious. His hope shines through this story as in few others I’ve read , the hope that rests in a God who loved him enough to die for him.
He has such a shining testimony. His whole life demonstrates the compassion of Christ for those who are lost and suffering. That testimony cost him so much. It’s an in
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Nancy
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story! What an amazing, humble man.
Esther
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is inspiring reading. Kiyoshi (Uncle John) Watanabe, a Japanese interpreter (he knew English) with the Japanese army in occupied Hong Kong aided the enemy, British and Canadians, in prison camp, hospital and internment camp because he loved God and saw them as people in need. He was a Lutheran pastor. His wife and a daughter were killed in Hiroshima. He found life hard but still loved and served God.
Brenda Cregor
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The subtitle of this book reads: The true story of a Japanese who risked his life to provide comfort for his enemies.

This book was on a list for a summer course I was taking on Critical Literacy.

I could not help crying for the goodness of this man's soul...and because I have such a long way to go.

Liam Nolan, the author, was a journalist, I believe. He delivers the story in a journalistic manner.
Elizabeth
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, wwii, gift, owned
War dehumanizes. Makes us into self preservationists. War allows wrongs to seem necessary or even right. Watanabe tried to do the right thing in impossible situation, not only did he save lives, but he helps to remind us that love is stronger than hate.
Keith
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Small Man of Nanataki" is a war story with a difference. Japanese POW camp interpreter Kiyoshi Watanabi seeks to aid the dreadful plight of the prisoners despite the danger to himself.
Drew Mashburn
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An inspirational true story of a Japanese man's faith in midst of WWII Japan. He was loyal to Japan while struggling with the cruelty war brings out in his fellow countrymen.
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