Yeah, I thought so too.
In Sigmund Brouwer’s new book, Thief of Glory, Jeremiah Prins is a young boy living in pre-World War 2 in the Dutch East Indies. He lives a life of somewhat ease and privilege. His father is the headmaster at the school. When the Japanese Imperialist invade the Southeast Pacific his father and older brothers are taken captive. He is left to care for his mother and younger siblings.
Soon they are taken to a camp. The small family must move into a room in a house, each family that is sent to the camp gets one room. The Prins family set up house in a small closet off the kitchen. Forced to work long hours, subject to brutality by the guards, and facing starvation, Jeremiah’s life of privilege is turned upside down.
Can he keep his family together? Can they escape the terrors of life inside the camp? Will he be able to find God’s light and grace in that place?
I enjoyed this book. I learned more about the strength of the human will, the dogged determination to survive. I learned afresh of the grace of a Great God, grace that empowers us to survive the unthinkable. To live on securely knowing He is in control and nothing happens that is outside His will.
If you’re looking for a good book to read this year, make this one the first one!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.