The Aftermath Of War
The Baker’s Legacy by D. P. Cornelius is a Christian historical novel set in Berlin in 1945. It is the second book in the series and can be read as a stand-alone. I had not read book one but I think it would have been helpful to do so as I was unable to track character progression.
The aftermath of war is portrayed from various points of view. We follow the daughter of a local baker, a former Nazi and a young Pole. Each has had a different experience and view of war and peace.
God redeems lives. It is a joyful thing to watch especially when those who have practiced evil, turn from their ways and know God.
When the Russians marched into Berlin, it was a terrible thing for the female population. We witness much cruelty and acts of depravity as the soldiers force themselves on the women of Berlin.
War and its aftermath has hardened hearts. No matter what has been done, we need to forgive or risk bitterness dragging us down.
The Pain Of War
Rose Among Thornes by Terrie Todd is a really powerful historical Christian novel that revolves around the theme of forgiveness. It has its roots grounded in fact.
The story is set from 1941 in Canada and also in Japanese Prisoner Of War camps. Some Canadians had Japanese roots and were viewed with suspicion by many. ”Overnight, the Onishis had become the enemy.” The Canadian government rounded them all up to re-house them either on farms or in internment camps.
Terrie Todd has written a marvellous tale showing the imprisonment of many during the war years. Some prisons carried on beyond the end of the war as characters imprison themselves through bitterness and unforgiveness.
The racial prejudice towards fellow Canadians is awful to see. “They were patriotic Canadians.” Many of the Japanese Canadians had not stepped foot on Japanese soil, being born in Canada.
Life in a Japanese P.O.W was atrocious. There are some hard to read scenes but the reality would have been far worse. Belief in God was as vital as air and food to survive. Soldiers needed hope for their souls. “Either God did not see him… or He didn’t care, or He was not as powerful.” To question the presence of God was understandable as the cruelty raged. Doubt is not the opposite of faith. Soldiers needed to rely on the deep foundations of their faith in order to call upon it and to cling on to the hope that God did see and would deliver.
Night Watch by Susan Sleeman is an exciting Christian suspense. It is the fifth book in the Nighthawk Security series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The reader is involved in the action from the start as a break in throws doubt on whether a previous death was an accident. The team from Nighthawk Security are searching for persons unknown as they and the reader hunt for clues.
God is a faithful God. At times of heartache and uncertainty we need to fully rely on Him. “When the big twists and turns of life assaulted a person, only God could provide the support needed to make it through.” Life can be overwhelming at times but God is faithful.
Prayer is simply talking to God. “She lost herself in prayer, completely focusing on God.” It is only right that we should be fully present for God because He is fully present for us.
A Thrilling Conclusion
In The Dead Of The Night by J P Robinson is a thrilling conclusion to the Northshire Heritage trilogy. In this final book we witness the last few weeks of war with the Armistice in November 1918 and through to the signing of the Treaty Of Versailles in June 1919.
The themes and actions begun in the first book speed towards the conclusion. You need to read the books in order. There continues to be trust issues as spies and agents on both sides try to influence the tides of war and of peace.
Loyalties are tested and old scores need to be settled.