Archives For World War II

Feast for Thieves

Renee Ann Smith —  October 22, 2014 — 7 Comments

I guess I was predisposed to love Marcus Brotherton’s Feast for Thieves for two reasons . . . 

feast for thievesFirst, the Band of Brothers connection:

I’m a great admirer of Richard Winters and the men he fought side-by-side with during World War II. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched Band of Brothers, the docudrama that memorializes their lives.

Author Marcus Brotherton—who wrote books about Band of Brothers heroes Shifty Powers & Buck Compton, and then shared the men’s personal memories in A Company of Heroes and untold stories in We Who Are Alive and Remainbased his Feast of Thieves main character on a real life, little-known paratrooper from the 506th.

Second, the bad boy hero with a heart of gold:

Rowdy Slater is a grown up Huck Finn type main character. He looks like the rest of the disobedient boys, but his crimes have a noble cause at the root. He’s been damaged by the dark side of life, yet always finds compassion in his heart for those around him.

He’s one of those men who know violence well and could easily end up on the wrong side of the law when defending their own and how can you not love them? . . . Think Sawyer from LOST, Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights, Hook from Once Upon a Time, Raylan Givens from Justified . . .

Yeah, Rowdy Slater is that kind of guy . . .

Until the day he learns that Jesus’ 1st congregation consisted of 2 thieves

. . . and that maybe there’s hope for him, too.

What’s the story? Sergeant Rowdy Slater, formerly the most incorrigible paratrooper in Dog Company during WWII, finds himself beholden to the desperate sheriff of a crime-riddled town. He’s offered an odd choice: serve one year as the town minister or go to jail. Though he’s the most unlikely candidate imaginable, Rowdy takes the deal. Fortunately, the sheriff’s pretty daughter knows a thing or two about training up a preacher. Unfortunately, a ruthless criminal with a hold over Rowdy, is hot on his heels.

What I liked best . . .

  • Rowdy’s open & honest search for meaning and desire to change
  • The quirky characters Rowdy meets up with in Cut Eye, Texas
  • Especially, the poetry-spouting sheriff’s daughter
  • The heartbreaking four-year-old who holds Rowdy’s heart in her delicate hands
  • The action-packed plot & fun dialogue
  • The water motif—various creative “baptisms” mark Rowdy’s inner growth & faith journey

My favorite quotes . . .

Feast for Thieves“Bobbie called this grand idea grace. It was all about giving a man a favor he didn’t deserve . . . Grace meant a man could truly change with God’s help, no matter what the fella had done.”

Feast for Thieves“Once I was so hungry, so scared, so desperate, and a tree broke loose like a strong hand moved it. A tangle of branches passed over my head, and I shot to the surface from the river of destruction.

That’s when I heard him. I swear I did . . .‘Hey, fella! You want to live?’

How that man’s voice was reaching me so far under the water, I couldn’t rightly fathom, but there under the river, caught as I was and speeding along in the current of destruction, I nodded my head . . .

‘Then find the good meal and eat your fill.’”

What you should do next . . .

Follow this link to grab your copy of Feast for Thieves.  It would make a great Christmas gift for the avid readers on your list—teen boys included! ***Thanks to Marcus Brotherton & Side Door Communications for providing a copy for me to review.

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

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About the Author: Marcus Brotherton is a journalist and professional writer known internationally for his books and literary collaborations with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. He has authored or coauthored more than 25 books.

marcus brotherton Notable works include We Who Are Alive and Remain, a New York Times bestseller, A Company of Heroes, which ranked No. 1 in the country among World War II/ Western Front books, and the widely-acclaimed Shifty’s War.

Collaborative works include projects with Lt. Buck Compton (one of the original Band of Brothers), apologist Dr. Ravi Zacharias, NFL quarterback Colt McCoy, speaker Dr. Bruce Wilkinson, youth ministry expert Doug Fields, radio show host Steven Arterburn, youth speaker Ryan Dobson, university chancellor Rev. Wayne Cordeiro, and more.

Born in Canada in 1968, Marcus earned a bachelor’s degree in biblical education and journalism from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon, and a master’s degree in practical theology and writing from Talbot Seminary at Biola University in Los Angeles, where he graduated with high honors.

Marcus lives with his wife and children in Washington State.

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In Perfect Time

Renee Ann Smith —  August 19, 2014 — 4 Comments

Sarah Sundin’s novels always remind me why we call the men & women of World War II,
“The Greatest Generation.”

Her most recent book, In Perfect Time, tells the story of flight nurse Kay Jobson and C-47 pilot Roger Cooper, who work together in Italy and southern France to evacuate the wounded and deliver paratroopers and supplies. They are hard-working, courageous, and quick-thinking. In their down-time, Roger entertains the local kids by playing the drums on any available surface, dreams of auditioning for a Glen Miller type big band, and stays far away from girls. And beautiful, high-spirited Kay, who can’t seem to break through Roger’s quiet reserve, appreciates him from afar.

Of course, we readers can see that Roger and Kay would be perfect for each other, but these characters have personal issues to work through before they can become a real team. Both Kay and Roger are damaged by families who did not cherish them—and even deemed them worthless. After years of being told they would never measure up, they are haunted by their parents’ hateful words.

Kay and Roger help each other wage powerful inner battles to overcome the negative messages of their youth and see themselves as God sees them. Their personal struggles and growth—set against the backdrop of the fierce fighting around them—make this a riveting, romantic story.

What I liked best . . .

  • How Sarah brings the World War II settings to life
  • The great dynamic between Roger & Kay
  • Roger’s marked up old Bible
  • Catching up with Georgie and Mellie (from previous books in this series)
  • A beautiful scene where an old hymn works truth & healing in Kay’s heart
  • The action—an especially harrowing capture
  • The USO war bonds tour
  • The Nightingale Sisters
  • The sweetly satisfying ending
  • How much my students love these books, as well!

My favorite quotes . . .

Sarah Sundin In Perfect Time“I think the heartbeat itself is a drum message from God. With every beat, He sends His message. His life, His love. His life, His love.”
~Lt. Roger Cooper, In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin~

In Perfect Time Sarah Sundin

“Something warm and light stirred in her soul. Her earthly father scorned her, but her heavenly Father—oh, what He had done for her. He loved her, forgave her sins, and gave her gifts too numerous to count.”
~Lt. Kay Cooper, In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin~

What you should do next . . .

BUY THE BOOK: Take “A Sentimental Journey” today! All you have to do is follow this link to purchase In Perfect Time for yourself. ***Thanks to Litfuse and Sarah Sundin for providing a copy for me to review.

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: Click on the graphic below to enter Sarah Sundin’s contest to win a Kindle HDX!

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READ: Follow this link to check out Sarah Sundin’s previous novels.

WATCH: Follow this link to check out some great World War II movies.

So has this put you “In the Mood” to re-visit the heroes & heroines of the Greatest Generation through books or movies?
Then my job here is done!

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

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“These prisoners—the ones who painted or wrote poetry or played in the orchestra—they refused to let the spirit die.”
~Kristy Cambron, The Butterfly and the Violin~

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Kristy Cambron’s debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, tells the story of two women: Sera James in present day and Adele Von Bron in 1942. Sera is an art dealer who becomes fascinated by a painting she saw once as a girl—of a young female violinist with piercing blue eyes. It’s a painting of haunting beauty, and Sera is compelled to chase it down.

As she does, we discover the subject is Adele Von Bron, once a celebrated Austrian violinist, who ends up imprisoned in a concentration camp for smuggling Jews out of Vienna. Surprisingly, the painting was not commissioned when Adele was rich and famous. Instead, the canvas captures Adele the prisoner, who found a way to honor God with her music even in Auschwitz, an Adele matured & refined by suffering.

We learn that this particular masterpiece so captivates Sera because it speaks of hope in the worst of circumstances—and that’s what I love about this story. 

For Adele’s story is one of hope and joy amidst heartbreak and loss. Adele’s legacy is powerful enough to help Sera break free of her own selfish bubble of personal pain and reach out for life and love.

The Butterfly and the Violin reminds us that even when men try to remake the world in their own image, they can never erase God’s image in us. And all that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent & worthy of praise cannot be silenced for long.  

What I liked best . . .

  • Two storylines—present day with a link to the past (my favorite plot device)
  • The old-Hollywood-movie feel of Sera’s contemporary romance
  • Adele’s riveting Holocaust storyline
  • Vladimir’s big heart & unfailing kindness
  • Omara’s strength & courage
  • Dancing on the banks of the River Seine on a sunny Paris day
  • The Standing-Ovation-Worthy ending of Adele’s personal Holocaust experience!!!

My favorite quote . . .

Kristy Cambron Butterfly and Violin“For the first time in her life she felt beautiful in her weakness, feeling God’s strength uplifting her from all sides.”

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What you should do next . . .

Follow this link to purchase your copy of The Butterfly and the Violin. ***Thanks to Kristy Cambron & Litfuse for providing a copy for me to review.

Enter the GIVEAWAY! Click on the photo below & enter to win a copy of the book plus a Kindle Fire . . .

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Kristy CambronAbout the author . . . 

Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with the WWII Era since hearing her grandfather’s stories of his experiences as a B-17 co-pilot in the war.

She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and writes both World War II and Regency Era Christian fiction titles.

A SPARROW IN TEREZIN —the next Hidden Masterpiece novel—will release in April, 2015.

She’s a proud Hoosier, living in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good Christian fiction read.

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 May you count many blessings as you go through your day, friends. I’m thankful you took a moment to stop in here!

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For Such a Time

Renee Ann Smith —  May 31, 2014 — 6 Comments

The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord. He turns it wherever He wishes. ~Proverbs 21:1~

This verse came to mind again and again as I read Kate Breslin’s riveting debut novel, For Such a Time. Set during World War II in a Czechoslovakian transit camp, this book tells the story of Jewish prisoner Hadassah Benjamin and Colonel Aric von Schmidt, the SS Kammandant who saves her from a firing squad.

forsuchatime_rgb300-updatedmockHaddassah, who goes by Stella Muller, enchants Aric. She brings to mind happier days, when he was a simple country boy, searching the woods for treasures to bring home to his beloved mother. As for her part, Stella tries to use her position as the Kammandant’s secretary to protect what Jewish prisoners she can and struggles with her growing love for him.

Her Uncle Morty has assured Stella that—as in the story of Esther—God will use her to save His people. But since Stella is barely on speaking terms with God, she finds this difficult to believe.

The events that bring Hadassah and Aric to faith, love, and triumph make for a wonderful story.

Throughout the Bible, God touched the hearts of those in power to reach out in love and protection to Moses, Joseph, and many more of His children. During the Holocaust, He used unlikely heroes (think of the fast-living, ladies’ man Oscar Schindler) to preserve His people. And He also presided over unconventional romances—the upright Jewish leader Boaz with Ruth the Moabitess and a Jewish spy with former prostitute Rahab—to name a few. 

So it was no stretch for me to immerse myself in a novel where God prompts a disillusioned Nazi to protect a beautiful woman prisoner and through her, changes that man’s heart. I’m sure in real life, God gave many such men a chance to repent and turn to Him. And what better way to touch the humanity within them than through the noble lives of the people they were oppressing?

I love how Kate captured God’s heart in this story! Although neither character is consciously seeking Him, God calls out to them. In the midst of all the horror and ugliness of the world men remade in their own sinful image, He desires to give them abundant life, peace, purpose, joy, and even romance.

What I liked best . . .

  • The period details—I’m a World War II fiction fan
  • Stella’s encounters with God through His miraculous word
  • Aric’s fascinating character arc
  • Having my heart stolen by a brave little boy named Joseph
  • Snowball fights, porcelain jewelry cases & the Blue Danube Waltz
  • Prisoners like Morty, who refuse to be beaten down & silenced
  • The unexpected, nail-biting, FANTASTIC ending!

My favorite quotes . . .

 For Such a Time Kate Breslin

“Earthly hearts cannot always fathom divine reasoning. Remember, we live not in our time, but in God’s.”

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“It went against her conscience, defied even her bloodlines—yet she felt something for this man. He’d broken through her resistance, made her feel decent and human again, all the way down to her bones.”

“Why had she assumed God would speak to her in some great audible sign, like a thunderclap, lightning, or a burst of fire from the sky? Had anger and bitterness made her deaf to His whisper? ‘Tell me, Lord,’ she pleaded softly. ‘I promise to listen.'”

What you should do next . . .

Follow this link to purchase For Such a Time. Read it soon & share it with a friend! ***Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy for me to review.

Kate BreslinAbout the author: A Florida girl who migrated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin lives with her husband, John, and a very spoiled cat named Coco. Kate has written several travel articles, published award-winning poetry, and her first manuscript, a Scottish historical romance, was finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest. When she’s not writing inspirational fiction or spending time with her author friends, she’s avidly reading books, watching anything Jane Austen on BBC, or following John’s musical career as his #1 fan.

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cara putman Shadowed by GraceSince I’m enthralled with the World War II time period, I knew I’d appreciate Cara Putman’s latest novel, Shadowed by Grace.

The book tells the story of Rachel Justice, a newspaper photographer who takes an assignment in Italy, dangerously close to the front lines. She’s assigned to Lieutenant Scott Lindstrom of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Division. Those are the guys who traveled around Europe to recover stolen art. This works out perfectly for Rachel, because she has a hidden agenda.

Her mother is dying of tuberculosis, and Rachel wants to find her long-lost father before that happens—the father who also happens to be an artist. All Rachel has to go on is the sketch book he left behind and the hunch that her mother met him while an art student in Italy. Traveling with one of the Monuments Men gives her the opportunity to search for him. But the more she sees of war-torn Europe, the more she realizes she’ll need a miracle to ever locate him.

This story of a unique chapter in WWII history combined with Rachel’s personal journey is important, sweet, and satisfying. Thanks so much to Cara Putman for feeding my hunger for 1940’s drama! This book inspired me to queue up some of my favorite movie classics—Since You Went Away and The Best Years of Our Lives—to make the pleasure last a little longer.

What I liked best . . .

  • The World War II time period—clothes, slang, locations, all of it!
  • A war story from the perspective of the Monuments Men
  • Seeing Rachel’s heart touched by the lives she encounters
  • A photographer’s take on the action
  • The personal mystery that drives the story

Who would enjoy this story . . .

  • Fans of Sarah Sundin
  • Folks who plan to see the George Clooney/Matt Damon movie Monuments Men
  • History buffs
  • Romance loving teens on up

Love this quote from when Rachel sees her 1st war photo in print . . .

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 What should you do next?

You can purchase your copy of Shadowed by Grace at this link. ***Thanks to Litfuse and Cara Putman for providing a copy for me to review.

Take advantage of a Kindle sale! Purchase another Cara Putman World War II ebook for 99 cents at this link.

Enter a GIVEAWAY: Check out Cara’s Past & Present Giveaway: you chance to win in an antique AFGRA camera, a new Polaroid Instant Camera, and movie passes to the George Clooney and Matt Damon The Monuments Men movie. Enter through this giveaway link or by clicking on the image below.

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cara putman shadowed by grace 77About the Author: In Cara’s words: “Shadowed by Grace is my 17th novel and a story of my heart. In addition to writing, I am an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women’s ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, my husband and my kids. I graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!) and George Mason Law School. Because I had a few spare moments, I am now in Purdue University’s MBA program!”

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Amazon’s book blurb:American pilot Tom Jaeger is shot down in Normandy and taken in by the Resistance. He becomes a key part in their plan to get information on the Germans and their plans for the Caen Canal Bridge. Brigitte Durand, a prostitute at a Germans-only brothel, passes on information to Tom, since she wants to help the Allies. Their window of opportunity is closing, as the invasion looms. ls the Resistance being foolhardy by placing their faith in a pilot and a prostitute?

My take on the story: Flame of Resistance is a well-researched novel of the World War II era. The characters are finely-drawn and live out an exciting adventure. As a WWII movie/book fan, I’m glad I picked up this book. I learned more about the occupation and the kind of folks who made up The Greatest Generation. However, I found the cast of characters a bit overwhelming and the story itself quite slow. Confession: I like my historical fiction fast-paced, romantic, filled with unforgettable characters, and just historical enough. (Don’t tell my students!)

True lovers of history—the folks who can piece the details together with ease—will highly value Tom and Brigitte’s story. Do you have one such friend or family member on your Christmas shopping list? Then you will want to fly to this link and purchase him/her a copy of Flame of Resistance today. There. One person on your Christmas list down. How many to go? ***Thanks to Tyndale House for providing a copy of this book for me to review. Continue Reading…

If there’s a young adult in your life, you can’t miss by introducing them to the talented mother/daughter writing team of Lydia and Heather Munn. Their debut novel How Huge the Night is a beautiful story of love and sacrifice among the teens in a small French village during World War II.

The main players in the story are Julien, Benjamin, Gustav, and Nina. Julien starts out with the typical goals, dreams, and fears of any fifteen-year-old boy. He resents being torn from his happy life in Paris to relocate to his father’s hometown. Even when his father explains his hope that the area is too rural and out of the way to interest the encroaching Nazis, Julien remains sullen and angry. However, God works in Julien’s heart through his grandfather’s godly wisdom, the circumstances of war, and the friendship he forges with the Jewish teen who boards with his family.

For the Jewish teens Benjamin, Gustav, and Nina, the war is a much different experience. While Julien wrestles with questions of conscience, these three struggle to survive. As the adults around them align themselves with either the freedom fighters or the Nazis, their lives depend on discerning who they can trust.

Here, the rich history of Julien’s town comes into play. The village had been founded by the Huguenots, who were seeking a haven from persecution, and soon the townspeople realize that they must be true to God and their heritage by welcoming any who flee to them for refuge–including Benjamin, Gustav, and Nina.

This book had all the elements I love in a story

  • Depiction of setting and atmosphere that made me feel like I was there myself
  • Events and struggles that drew me in
  • Characters–not just the teens, but also key adults–who touched my heart

Some of the teen novels I’ve truly enjoyed (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Giver, etc.) were great stories and contained moral characters who made hard choices. But few of those heroes were born-again Christians who acted out of biblical principles.

Too often, classic novels portray all believers as weak or hypocritical or too heavenly-minded to do anyone much good. So I especially appreciated the strong spiritual themes in this book as the folks explored their Huguenot background and heeded what Scripture had to say. And—how refreshing—the pastor of the town was one of its heroes!

This book was based on the true story of the town of Le Chambon, the only French town honored by Israel for rescuing Jews from the Holocaust.

children of Le Chambon

Read about the history connection here.

***Thanks to the folks at Litfuse Public Relations for providing a copy of the book for me to review. Read more reviews from the book tour here.

The Kindle edition of How Huge the Night is only $5 right now. Follow this link to check it out at Amazon.com.

About the authors:

Heather

Heather Munn was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in southern France where her parents were missionaries like their parents before them. She has a BA in literature from Wheaton College and now lives in a Christian intentional community in rural Illinois , where she and her husband, Paul, host free spiritual retreats for the poor, especially those transitioning out of homelessness or addiction. When not writing or hosting, she works on the communal farm.

Lydia

Lydia Munn, daughter of missionary parents, grew up in Brazil. She received a BA in literature from Wheaton College , and an MA in Bible from Columbia Graduate School of Bible and  Missions. With her husband, Jim, she has worked in church planting and Bible teaching since 1983, notably in St. Etienne, near the small town in the central mountains of France which forms the background of How Huge the Night. The Munns now live in Grenoble , France.

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Betsie, Willem, Nollie Corrie

From the time she was a little girl, Corrie ten Boom’s godly parents and loving, happy family influenced the woman she would become. The lessons she learned from them have touched my heart and helped me grow, and I’d like to share them with you.

Though Corrie’s family had little themselves, they sacrificed to give to the needy people around them. Corrie’s mother was often unwell, but on the days she was strong enough, she brought food and comfort to the poor, or as Corrie described them “forgotten old men and pale young mothers.” The children often accompanied their mother on these visits. One such occasion remained vivid in Corrie’s memory even when she was an old lady. Here it is in her own words . . .

“The night before a baby had died, and with a basket of her own fresh bread, Mama was making the prescribed call on the family. Mama went at once to the young mother, but I stood frozen on the threshold. Just to the right of the door, so still in the homemade crib, was the baby.

It was strange that a society which hid the facts of sex from children made no effort to shield them from death. I stood staring at the tiny, unmoving form with my heart thudding strangely against my ribs. Nollie, always braver than I, stretched out her hand and touched the ivory white cheek. For a while curiosity and terror struggled in me. At last I put one finger on the small curled hand. It was cold.

Ten Boom dining room

Cold as we walked back to the Beje, cold as I washed for supper, cold even in the snug gas-lit dining room. Between me and each familiar face around the table crept those small icy fingers. Death had been only a word. Now I knew that it could really happen—if to the baby, then to Mama, to Father, to Betsie.

Still shivering with that cold, I followed Nollie up to our room and crept into bed beside her. At last we heard Father’s footsteps winding up the stairs. It was the best moment in every day, when he came up to tuck us in. We never fell asleep until he had arranged the blankets in his special way and laid his hand for a moment on each head. Then we tried not to move even a toe.

But that night as he stepped through the door, I burst into tears. ‘I need you!’ I sobbed. ‘You can’t die! You can’t!’

Father sat down on the edge of the narrow bed. ‘Corrie,’ he began gently, ‘when you and I go to Amsterdam—when do I give you your ticket?’

I sniffed a few times, considering this. ‘Why, just before we get on the train.’

‘Exactly. And our wise Father in heaven knows when we’re going to need things, too. Don’t run out ahead of Him, Corrie. When the time comes that some of us will have to die, you will look into your heart and find the strength you need—just in time.'”

Her father’s words would often come back to Corrie during her difficult days in the concentration camp. His lesson might best be summed up by this version of Matthew 6:34 from the Message:

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

Let this truth soak into your mind and heart today, and you will find the strength you need to face any tomorrow! Or have you already experienced this for yourself? Please, share!

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Not familiar with Corrie’s story? Born in Holland in 1892, she was 48 when the Nazi’s invaded in 1940. Corrie, her older sister, and elderly father risked their lives to take in Jewish refugees and hide them in a tiny room at the top of their house. Their story was recorded in a book called The Hiding Place and recreated in a movie of the same name.

Read my previous posts about Corrie or purchase a copy of her book for yourself: