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God’s Smuggler

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.

A Christmas Carol

“Bah!” Said Scrooge. “Humbug!”

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has captured the hearts of hundreds of readers ever since it was first published in 1843. This endearing story of 19th century Victorian England is placed in the classic genre.
Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old sinner who doesn’t give a humbug for Christmas. His tightfistedness and grumpiness are making life miserable for those around him. On Christmas Eve he is visited by the ghost of his dead partner Marley who warns him that three ghosts will visit him. These ghosts-the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future-will show him glimpses of his past life as well as what will happen in the future if he does not amend his ways. Will he change? Or will he continue walking his old, selfish path?
Charles Dickens’ writing style is world renowned. His dialogue, detail, and storyline are rich with color and incredibly well thought out. The Christmas Carol flows very well; and it is an easy read.
I recommend this book for ages 10+; older if you are frightened easily. There are a few mild mature themes; including the ghost theme and the extreme poverty and abuse that many people in the lower classes faced at that time. Overall; this book is a heart-warming, well written story with good morals and unforgettable characters. 4.5 out of 5 stars.