"I Think you have to forgive him for you./Because whenever you get hurt by somebody you can either think about 'em all day long and let 'em keep hurting you inside...or give 'em to God." (page 129/130)
What a powerful truth - the very scarlet ribbon of truth woven through the Word of God and sealed with the sacrifice of Christ! FORGIVENESS!
This book has become one of my favorite "fiction" novels of all time! It is the first time I've read a book by this author and I am so very impressed by his work. This will be required Reading in our high school, home school literature and history as it relates so well the truths of God's word and the cost and magnitude of war. Such things are not easily endured, but those who survive by the hand of God and acknowledge His divine plan are testimonies of His great power in the midst of great darkness, pain and suffering. They further serve as the very affirmation that God has thoughts of peace and an expected end for his people. We are so quick to classify people into groups - such as was pointed out by Mr. Newman - there is a difference between a Nazi and a German and a Ku Klux Klan member and an American though both claim to fight for the same country. This is same in the spiritual one true follower of Christ one look a like - both claiming the same God.
I cried, a laughed, I anxiously fought the urge to read the end first. My heart raced in anticipation and stood still with fear and heartache. The emotions are on all levels as you are invited into the lives of two very unique and special individuals. I found it even more interesting as I have lived in South/East Texas near Galveston and have traveled along these beaches from Galveston to Pensacola Beach, Florida.
This is a must read! Thank you Tyndale for the review copy.