Great Books [#2]

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Even though this isn’t the type of book I normally like to read, The Alliance is one of my favorite books.   Gerald Lund wrote this fast-paced, futuristic story that takes place eighteen years after the majority of civilization ended due to a nuclear holocaust.  Survivors from small scattered villages are gathered and relocated to a larger central society known as the Alliance, which at first glance seems like a utopian society.  But Eric Lloyd and some of the other newly relocated survivors immediately recognize the evils that are taking place to maintain the power structure and control the citizens.  This book is full of great moral lessons and good action and suspense, and is perfect for teenagers on up.
 

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For seventeen years Martin and Gracia Burnham were American Christian missionaries living and working in the Philippines.  They had three children and were very happy and content with the life they lived.  Although they lived on a tight missionary budget, in May 2001, Martin and Gracia took a wedding anniversary vacation to the island of Palawan for some much needed relaxation.  While there, their perfect getaway turned into a horrific ordeal that most of us cannot even imagine.  They were kidnapped by an islamic terrorist group and held for ransom.  The situation they found themselves in seemed tolerable if it only lasted a few weeks, but as the months dragged on their life on the run in the jungles of the Philippines proved to be almost more than they could handle.  They missed and wondered how their children and other family members and friends were, they endured near starvation, extreme exhaustion, gun battles between their captors and rescue teams, and coldhearted murder.  Their faith was tested and strengthened, which in the end was the only thing that sustained them, sometimes at the same time and sometimes at different times when they needed it to uplift the other in times of physical and mental despair.  Together they got through it.  Their story, written by Gracia, is one of hope and survival.

I love the very last paragraph of the book:

“The special people God gives us along the way make us stronger to face the trials of an ugly world.  Obviously, I never expected to face something of this magnitude.  But I thank the Lord for helping me to endure it.  I honor the legacy of a wise and godly man who kept me going, trail after trail, gun battle after gun battle.  I value the efforts of all who worked so hard to get me out alive.  And I resolve to keep living in the embrace of God’s gladness and love for as long as he gives me breath.”

This book helped me understand better that now is the time to prepare for trials.  Committing scriptures and hymns to memory, building and strengthening my relationship with God, and understanding my role as a daughter of God will help me in times of darkness, whenever and however it presents itself.

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3 Responses to Great Books [#2]

  1. Brittany Kemp March 6, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    Hi there!

    I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award! While it may not come with a cool prize, it is a super fun opportunity to meet and network with other new-ish bloggers, and I really hope you’ll keep the fun going by participating. For more details, you can stop by my blog:

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  2. cathy April 7, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    I remember watching the story of the missionaries being held hostage unfolded as they were in the media spotlight. It shook me to the core and their unwavering faith inspired me!
    Cathy

    • Lori April 7, 2014 at 9:36 am #

      For some reason I don’t remember it when it happened but I wish that I did! If you read this book I would love to hear your thoughts on it. It’s such an inspiring story.

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