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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Simple Faith

This is the fifth book by Anna Schmidt that I have read, and it equals the others in in compelling, riveting narrative. Taking place during World War II in Europe, this book continues the story of Josef and Beth, now known as Lisbeth, and Anja and her son, Daniel, who help an American flyer to escape Germany and get back to England after his plane crashes in Belgium. These four intrepid souls have known the hardships of Sobibor prison camp, and do everything they can to get Peter away from the hands of the Nazis. Woven seamlessly into the story is the strength of quiet faith that leads them through every step of their journey. Many obstacles have to be overcome in getting across Belgium, France, and Spain: illnesses, broken bones, double-crossing guides, death of a treasured guide, compromised hiding places, and even a capture or two. In the midst of all of the trials, friendship, love, and comradery grow among the group, and especially between the American, Peter, and Anja--who never really expected to love again after the death of her husband and daughter during the escape from Sobibor.

Because Anja, Lisbeth, and Josef are members of the Society of Friends, their faith is practiced in simple ways, and they teach this simplicity of faith to Peter who learns it with the gentleness of soul that he is. Simple Faith is at times heartbreaking, at times riveting, and at times consuming. Because I have such a legacy of family who were involved in World War II on the European front, I am fascinated by stories that expand my knowledge of this era of history in our world.

Most definitely Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and an escape from a terrible foe.

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