Mending The Broken
What Follows After by Dan Walsh is a powerful
Christian historical suspense novel about the goodness and the faithfulness of
The novel is set in 1962 as the world teeters
on the edge of another world war and at the height of the Cold War. As the
world waits with baited breath, so a family waits as their world is rocked.
1962 was a very different time to today. Dan Walsh has perfectly captured the
atmosphere of fear, of a lack of personal phones, the movement of the military
and the use of personal servants. We see the dynamics of a young man who was
closer to the Negro lady who bought him up than to his own mother.
Failed marriages in 1962 were seen as shameful.
As a family hides behind a smoke screen of lies, their world is shaken to the
core. “Was God punishing her for all those lies?” God is a good Father. He does
not punish us in that way. It is just life that is hard.
We need to build our lives on firm foundations.
We need to build them on the Rock so that when the hard times come, and they
will, we will not crumble.
Walking Through The Fires
The Survivors by Kate Furnivall is a powerful epic
historical novel that consumed me from the start.
The novel is set in 1945 mainly in a displaced
persons camp in Europe. The war is officially over but for thousands of people
there still is nowhere to go. An air of suspicion hangs over the camp as people
await their future.
War alters people. They behave by a different
set of rules and moral code. They do what they have to do to survive. Lies
easily roll off the tongue. Whose version of the truth is correct? Favours are
still being called in. Past secrets lie hidden until a face from the past
threatens to reveal them.
A mother’s love is fiercely protective. It
governs her movements as we witness a close bond within the novel. The pair
fight for life for each other.
At The Name Of Jesus
The Journal Of Ezekiel
Walker by John J
Zelenski is a Christian supernatural historical read set in 1945.
The novel shows that life is a spiritual battle
and sometimes these forces of evil manifest themselves to us, either in dreams
or face to face. The fight is very real. We need to stand on the Word of God
and the Name of Jesus as we fight these demons. At the Name of Jesus the demons
will flee. God has given us the gift
of discernment. We would be wise to use it.
A Light In The Darkness
The Good Doctor Of
Warsaw by Elisabeth
Gifford is a powerful true story of Dr Janusz Korczak and his love and care of
children in his Warsaw orphanage during World War II.
This is a harrowing read and not for the faint
hearted. Elisabeth Gifford tells it as it was and life in the Warsaw ghetto
under the Nazis was horrendous. I am sure that the horrors described were even
more horrific in reality as we ‘see’ man’s inhumanity to man. Through it all,
Dr Korczak believed that deep down even then Nazis must have a heart, sadly he
was proved wrong. The Nazis were a systematic killing machine, operating with
brutality and efficiency. They never saw the individual.
Dr Korczak always believed in the rights of
children to be cared for, loved and safe. A decorated war hero from World War
I, Dr Korczak lectured and wrote about the need for children’s rights until the
Nazis stripped him of his rights as he was Jewish. It always seems so awful
that you can be good enough to fight in one war but not good enough to be seen
Dr Korczak could not abandon the children in
his care and transferred his orphanage to inside the ghetto. Far from
abandoning children, he ended up overseeing four thousand children in the
ghetto. “His orphanage is … a little oasis.” Whenever Dr Korczak saw a child in
trouble, he rescued them. “Korczak… represents: justice, kindness, fairness and
love. He is their candle held up against the darkness, the gleam of sunshine
that makes the ghetto smile.” Even when given a chance to escape the transport
to Treblinka, Dr Korczak would not abandon his children. “You do not leave a
child alone to face the dark.”