While Mortals Sleep by Jack Cavanaugh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It's 1940 and Germany is finally coming out of it's depression. With the rise of the der Führer an electrifying patriotism ignites the German people.
Young Pastor Josef Schumacher can't help but being impressed with what he is hearing from the charismatic Führer. But when he is challenged by a friend to watch them and "know them by their fruits", he knows what he is seeing is not right.
As he watches the young men of his church being transformed by the Hitler Youth Movement and the members of his congregation letting their fears change their believes, he knows he cannot just hide and hope it will all disappear.
However his father inlaw and mentor Reverend Olbricht begs him to lay low for the sake of his wife and unborn child. His wife Mady, like her father does not understand why he would endanger all of their lives for a "movement".
Through unimaginable treachery, unexpected protectors, and horrific confessions Josef holds to the words of Martin Luther's Hymn "A Mighty Fortress is Our God".
"A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper, He amid the flood
Of mortal life prevailing."
I have read a lot of WWII christian fiction books and I have to say I'm most impressed with this one!
Throughout the whole books I was inspired, disgusted, and surprised by the characters. Some were people of unbelievable courage, others were conscienceless,some uncommitted, and most cowards of the highest degree.
This book is a must read for any fan of WWII fiction!!!!
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