Featuring answered prayer, bombs, jungle prisons, midnight intrigues, and bananas; Evidence Not Seen tells the first-hand account of missionary Darlene Deibler Rose, the first American woman to enter the Baliem Valley of New Guinea. She trekked the jungles of New Guinea with her husband, was captured by the Japanese during WWII, incarcerated in a horrible prison camp, and forced to sign a false confession while facing execution at the hand of her merciless guards. This book tells of unshakable faith and wonderous miracles that will inspire the reader. Written by Mrs. Rose herself and published in 1988 by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; this book falls under the autobiography, WWII, and Christian biography genres.
I would highly recommend Evidence Not Seen for ages 15+. There is some violence and minor mature themes that might be unsuited for younger readers. All in all, an inspiring read with Godly themes and historical benefits. 4 out of 5 stars.
God’s Smugger is an amazing autobiography by Brother Andrew telling of his daring exploits spreading the Gospel behind the Iron Curtain. It was published 1967 by The Penguin Group and would fall under the Christian Biography genre.
Born in the 1920s; Andrew grew up in Witte, Holland with his family. He joined the army in 1946; then was discharged only a few years later because of a foot wound. After spending some time working in a factory; he decided to become an evangelist. He trained for some time in England; then went on a few mission trips into such places as Poland and Czechoslovakia. After seeing the spiritual conditions there, Andrew determined that, police, rule, and customs or no, he would spread the gospel and deliver Bibles to all the spiritually starved people living behind the Iron Curtain.
Thus began the adventure of a lifetime.
I would highly recommend this book for all people 12+. There is some violence and intrigue as a result of the brutality of some of the police behind Iron Curtain; as well as some minor thematic elements. An inspiring story of God’s provision and power. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The Story of John G. Paton, or Thirty Years Among the South Sea Cannibals, is an inspiring tale of heroism and faith. Taken from excerpts of John G. Patton’s autobiography and published in 1991; this remarkable true narrative would fall under the Christian Biography genre.
John G. Patton left a comfortable home, family, and rewarding ministry behind him as he and his newly-wedded wife departed from Scotland and traveled to the New Hebrides islands to minister to the cannibalistic heathen in that jungle paradise. Braving sickness, antagonistic natives, and attacks from his own countrymen; Patton perseveres in bringing the Gospel to the Tannese people; even as they reject it again and again. But war is coming. The harbor people and the inland natives are ready fly into battle at the slightest provocation; and the mission house is right in the middle of all the confusion. Patton and the other missionaries must trust in God and rely on His strength and protection; for the darkness is closing in. Will it prove too powerful for even the light of the Gospel to penetrate?
I highly recommend this book for ages 13+. There are some scenes of violence and brutality; and well as some mentions of mature content; but the story is astounding and the message of the Gospel brilliant. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
“Of all fears, those are best that are made by the blood of Christ; and of all joy the sweetest is that which is mixed with mourning over Christ.”*
John Bunyan was a Christian author and preacher in the 1600s. Arrested for his faith in 1660, he spent a total of 12 years in jail. It was during his second imprisonment that he wrote Pilgrim’s Progress; an incredible allegory that is the second bestselling book in world history. During his first imprisonment, however; he wrote another book that is not as well-known as Pilgrim’s Progress. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners tells of Bunyan’s great spiritual struggle, his salvation, and his call to ministry. Published in 1666 by George Larkin, this astounding book is a Christian spiritual autobiography.
This book is a powerful testimony of faith and deliverance. It is written in first person and provides deep insight into the inner workings of man’s soul. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners is at a medium reading difficulty with profound material.
I would highly recommend this book for ages 16+! The theology hard to process at times, but it has excellent prose. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
*Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners written by John Bunyan, published 1666.