Month: October 2017

A Prisoner and Yet…

Arrested by Nazi soldiers, abused and imprisoned, then later forced to work in the horrible concentration camps of Vught and Ravensbruck, Corrie ten Boom had every right to feel anger and bitterness against her captors and God. Seeing the suffering of all those around her, the terrible tortures of men, women, and children-as well sharing in them herself-may have hardened her heart and caused her to reject the grace and mercies of her Almighty Creator. However, that was not the case of this brave Dutch woman. Read her memoir, A Prisoner and Yet…, published by the Christian Literature Crusade in 1954, to get a firsthand account of life in Nazi work camps in World War Two; as well as Corrie’s testimony of the goodness of God-even as a prisoner.
This book is incredibly powerful and moving. It is written in first person, and makes you feel as if you are really there-there with Corrie as she helps the Jews hide from the German Nazis, there with her as she stands strong for her faith in the flea and lice infested prison camps, and there with her as she experiences the sorrow of losing both her father and sister to the atrocities of life in prison. The descriptions in this book are excellent, and it is at about a medium reading level.
I would highly recommend this book for ages 15+. The horrors faced by Corrie are quite graphic; and there are some mature themes that are mentioned. It is a fascinating read with profound themes and an overall stirring story. 4 out of 5 stars.

The Screwtape Letters

Under Secretary Screwtape is writing advice to his protégé Wormwood as how to best tempt Wormwood’s “patient”, a human male living in England, into sin and draw him away from God. Written by C.S. Lewis and copyrighted 1942, this book is a masterpiece of satire and would fall under the category of Christian fiction.
C.S. Lewis wrote with a different style in this book than he tended to do with his other works; he uses less detail and no dialogue, as the book is told primarily through Screwtape’s letters to Wormwood. The Screwtape Letters is not an easy read, though it does flow very well; Lewis’ ideas and philosophies are quite profound. I would rate it at a hard read.
I would definitely recommend this book for ages 15+. There are some mature themes in it regarding the temptations that are recommended by Screwtape. An amazingly well written book with excellent literature, deep theological values, and thought-provoking chapters. 4.8 out of 5 stars.