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This is the true story of a young American missionary woman's courage and triumph of faith in the jungles of New Guinea and her four years in a notorious Japanese prison camp. Never to see her husband again, she was forced to sign a confession to a crime she did not commit and face the executioner's sword, only to be miraculously spared.


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This is the true story of a young American missionary woman's courage and triumph of faith in the jungles of New Guinea and her four years in a notorious Japanese prison camp. Never to see her husband again, she was forced to sign a confession to a crime she did not commit and face the executioner's sword, only to be miraculously spared.

30 review for Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    my favorite biography. I lost my copy but then found another one for $2 on clearance... little did I know at the time that it was signed!!! here's what Darlene wrote: Dear [friend's name:], May you know and give testimony to the love and greatness of our God! Without Him, I would not have survived!! But I do thank Him for every thing He allowed in my life ~ it was there I truly came to know Him! Lovingly Darlene Deut 33:12

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    *takes a deep breath* Wow! Review to come when I am not an emotional wreck and can digest everything I just read! UPDATED REVIEW: Wow wow wow! What an amazing story!! Mrs. Rose's writing style is pretty much all description and almost no dialogue (rather normal for an autobiography, I guess), which was somewhat hard to wade through, but I am so glad I didn't put this down! The raw bravery and true courage of Darlene Diebler so humbly portrayed throughout was so incredibly inspiring. That was one t *takes a deep breath* Wow! Review to come when I am not an emotional wreck and can digest everything I just read! UPDATED REVIEW: Wow wow wow! What an amazing story!! Mrs. Rose's writing style is pretty much all description and almost no dialogue (rather normal for an autobiography, I guess), which was somewhat hard to wade through, but I am so glad I didn't put this down! The raw bravery and true courage of Darlene Diebler so humbly portrayed throughout was so incredibly inspiring. That was one thing I really liked about this book; Mrs. Rose was clearly a very humble, self effacing woman, and that was depicted in the writing. I loved how she put the focus on God and others, and not herself. Filled with lovely, heart wrenchingly encouraging nuggets throughout, this is a book that went straight to my heart, and I will not forget it easily! Definitely a must read!

  3. 4 out of 5

    R.A.

    "Lassie, whatever you do, be a good soldier for Jesus Christ." Darlene Rose's life was amazing and terrible at the same time! Her faith in Jesus Christ was so encouraging to me - she trusted in him even through terrible situations! It makes me wonder if I really trust Him the way I should! "Yes, come, Lord Jesus, come quickly." The things she had to go through while she was in the concentration camp was incredible. The diseases, the sicknesses, the deaths; it made me want to hug her and the "Lassie, whatever you do, be a good soldier for Jesus Christ." Darlene Rose's life was amazing and terrible at the same time! Her faith in Jesus Christ was so encouraging to me - she trusted in him even through terrible situations! It makes me wonder if I really trust Him the way I should! "Yes, come, Lord Jesus, come quickly." The things she had to go through while she was in the concentration camp was incredible. The diseases, the sicknesses, the deaths; it made me want to hug her and the rest of the prisoners! The worm disease really made me feel ill - it would be such a terrible thing to have! Eventually Yamaji wearied of counting dead flies, and this, like the Callisthenics class, died a long-waited death. The part when the prisoners had to catch at least 100 flies each because the Commander Yamaji ordered it was rather humorous but awful! I can't imagine trying to catch that many flies, but Darlene was an expert at catching them by the time she left the prison! Mevrow Deibler; we really do think you look like a film star." Darlene helped so many people even when she was ill herself. She was an amazing lady! Everyone loved her so much as well! She and her husband had such an impact on even the soldiers who were completely against them! "Ruth, look at my hair; it's white!" Because of the stressful and difficult times, Darlene probably looked and felt older than she actually was. Her hair turned white when she was in her thirties because of all the terrible situations! At the end, she was thinking she was sixty going on a hundred! This book has a very strong impact in my life - she and her husband were missionaries like me and my family, but went through so much more than we'll ever go through ourselves! When she heard of her husband's death, it broke my heart - Russel was an amazing man! I absolutely loved the part when she was thinking about when she first met him! So sweet! <3 "To part is to die a little." I totally recommend this book! It is so amazing what the Lord brought Darlene and so many other people through! And afterwards, it was all for the Glory of God!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is one of my favorite books because Mrs. Rose actually shared the Gospel with my grandmother, and I believe that my grandmother came to know the Lord right before she died. I thank God for Mrs. Rose. She has an amazing testimony and her faith had an impact on my family. Truly, God works in mysterious ways :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Vellacott

    This came highly recommended, it was worth reading but not outstanding. The author, newly married, sets off for the jungles of New Guinea as a missionary. However, she and her husband find themselves in the middle of World War 2 and at the mercy of the ruthless Japanese. The bulk of the story is about her imprisonment in a prison camp--she and her husband were placed in separate camps for the duration. This book will challenge many people as it is a testimony to facing our struggles with the rig This came highly recommended, it was worth reading but not outstanding. The author, newly married, sets off for the jungles of New Guinea as a missionary. However, she and her husband find themselves in the middle of World War 2 and at the mercy of the ruthless Japanese. The bulk of the story is about her imprisonment in a prison camp--she and her husband were placed in separate camps for the duration. This book will challenge many people as it is a testimony to facing our struggles with the right attitude. The author somehow manages to find hope and joy in the midst of terrible conditions and treatment whilst incarcerated. She also manages to witness to some individuals directly and was a definite witness through her perseverance under great pressure. She clings to her faith at the times of greatest trial. Personally, I struggled with the depth and length of some of the emotional recall especially in relation to spiritual matters. Maybe it is just a reading preference, but I found some of her emotions difficult to relate to and there are just some things which are too personal to include in a book. I recommend this book for those who struggle in life or who think they have been "dealt a bad hand" by God. Maybe this story will give some perspective to people. There is no bad language or sexual content. There are some violent scenes, nasty injuries and death which are to be expected in a book about a war.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Do you know what I like about this book? Darlene Deibler being Darlene Deibler. I've read the criticisms and they aren't wrong. She does take a paternalistic tone when talking about the natives she worked with and the book is not always the most riveting narrative on the planet. But throughout, you just never know what observation you are going to get with her. For as much grace as she shows to the Japanese captors who put her through hell as a prisoner of war, she might suddenly name drop someo Do you know what I like about this book? Darlene Deibler being Darlene Deibler. I've read the criticisms and they aren't wrong. She does take a paternalistic tone when talking about the natives she worked with and the book is not always the most riveting narrative on the planet. But throughout, you just never know what observation you are going to get with her. For as much grace as she shows to the Japanese captors who put her through hell as a prisoner of war, she might suddenly name drop someone and be like "Yeah, that woman was a skank who had 3 amazing kids and I have no idea how they turned out amazing with a Mom like her." (Except, she says it in more polite, WW2 language.) And you would think it would come across as offensive and maybe it does to some. But to me it felt genuine. The personality of the storyteller really shines through. She doesn't white-wash the people she lived with at the POW camps. Some were good parents; some were not. Some could handle the stress; some could not. I positively adored how she met her first husband. He fell in love at first sight and was convinced God told him they would get married; she just kept blowing him off! This is an imperfect book that feels super genuine because of its imperfections. Glad I picked it up.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Taneil Linschied

    From childhood, Darlene had promised the Lord that she would go where ever he wanted her too, that she wanted to be a missionary. How the Lord used her, and where He took her is an incredible story of faith and miracles, and blessings amidst unbelievable hardships. Evidence Not Seen is the story of Darlene Deibler, who lived, survived, and perhaps in an odd way, thrived in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. It details how she was captured, and many of the day to day occurrences that too From childhood, Darlene had promised the Lord that she would go where ever he wanted her too, that she wanted to be a missionary. How the Lord used her, and where He took her is an incredible story of faith and miracles, and blessings amidst unbelievable hardships. Evidence Not Seen is the story of Darlene Deibler, who lived, survived, and perhaps in an odd way, thrived in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. It details how she was captured, and many of the day to day occurrences that took place in a camp full of undernourished and overworked women separated from their husbands, brothers, and sons. It is amazing to read of the many, many miracles which the Lord blessed Darlene with. She thought herself foolish to ask her Heavenly Father for one banana, and yet He gave her 92 bananas as a gift. The camp commander was a horrible, hateful man, and yet Darlene's hope for a bright, eternal future changed him, and he in turn was able to save her. Prayers for healing were answered, and so much more that can only be discovered by reading the book. I was extremely impressed by this book. It was inspiring to me to be faithful in the little things, and "bloom where you're planted" for that is exactly what Darlene did. It was also an amazing reminder to me to serve others and not myself. I would highly recommend this book to others!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Yibbie

    What if you obeyed God and lost everything? Could you praise Him? Could you thank Him? Darlene learned that she could. I first read this story when I was about 12 or 13. It one of the first Christian biographies that I read that was not written specifically for children. The difference between this first-person recounting of God’s sustaining power through brutal loss and the rather sanitized, and therefore, weakened retelling in those other biographies was stark. The heroine was more flawed and What if you obeyed God and lost everything? Could you praise Him? Could you thank Him? Darlene learned that she could. I first read this story when I was about 12 or 13. It one of the first Christian biographies that I read that was not written specifically for children. The difference between this first-person recounting of God’s sustaining power through brutal loss and the rather sanitized, and therefore, weakened retelling in those other biographies was stark. The heroine was more flawed and God more glorious. Darlene not only tells us what she experienced, but she also tells us how God carried her through it. She shares the amazing personal lessons she learned along the way so that we too can learn to rely on God through everything. While it is delicately written, it also covers some very brutal scenes. I would still recommend it to everyone. I believe it will be a great encouragement in learning to walk with God.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susy *MotherLambReads*

    I think I had read this one years ago. But I felt like I needed to read it again. I knew it would be hard. But I knew I needed the faithful story and testimony of a dear Christian to be rekindled in me. It brought me to tears at certain points. I just loved how real God became to her, and how she could physically feel His presence time after time. She was so young when all this happned to her and her new husband. "Viewing those eight years from this far side, I marvel at the wisdom and love of our I think I had read this one years ago. But I felt like I needed to read it again. I knew it would be hard. But I knew I needed the faithful story and testimony of a dear Christian to be rekindled in me. It brought me to tears at certain points. I just loved how real God became to her, and how she could physically feel His presence time after time. She was so young when all this happned to her and her new husband. "Viewing those eight years from this far side, I marvel at the wisdom and love of our God, Who controls the curtains of the stage on which the drama of our lives is played; His hand draws aside the curtains of events only far enough for us to view one sequence at a time."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becky Pliego

    Only God can write a story like this one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    G.M. Burrow

    What a joyful book! Darlene Deibler is a woman of ironclad faith. Widowed in her early twenties, she spent four years as a POW under the Japanese during WWII. She went through unimaginable hell, but turned to God again and again with absolute trust in His love. This book is like the story of Job—not because it makes it seem like we have nothing we can complain about in comparison, but because it shows us the One we should all go to with our troubles, no matter how big or small. One of the bigges What a joyful book! Darlene Deibler is a woman of ironclad faith. Widowed in her early twenties, she spent four years as a POW under the Japanese during WWII. She went through unimaginable hell, but turned to God again and again with absolute trust in His love. This book is like the story of Job—not because it makes it seem like we have nothing we can complain about in comparison, but because it shows us the One we should all go to with our troubles, no matter how big or small. One of the biggest things that struck me is how much trauma and agony and heartbreak God put Darlene through, and how much He loved her. It's fairly easy for me to see how God works all things together for good for those who love Him, but I forget that He works all things together for good because He loves them. Truly, what a great God!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Howe

    I was told a long time ago I should read this book, and even started it once - back several years ago when I was in Indonesia. I left though before I had time to finish the book, so I picked it up again last month and am thankful I did. This story is an extraordinary one about faith, following God no matter what the cost, and how amazing it is when people go through hard times and come out better because of it. One thing that continually amazed me was how the author kept her senses of humor, adv I was told a long time ago I should read this book, and even started it once - back several years ago when I was in Indonesia. I left though before I had time to finish the book, so I picked it up again last month and am thankful I did. This story is an extraordinary one about faith, following God no matter what the cost, and how amazing it is when people go through hard times and come out better because of it. One thing that continually amazed me was how the author kept her senses of humor, adventure, and curiosity, even in the midst of such hardship. This book has a lot of sadness, but also a lot of glimpses at God's abundant grace, power, and love.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    this is a wonderful book. i first heard darlene diebler rose when i was about 10 years old at a week of missionary speakers at our church. if she had spoken all night we'd have all stayed all night to listen. her life was filled with god's presence. we heard of a baby coming back to life in the arms of his praying father. we heard a miracle involving life-sustaining bananas. and so much more. i grew up and never heard of her again, until i was listening to focus on the family and heard a mission this is a wonderful book. i first heard darlene diebler rose when i was about 10 years old at a week of missionary speakers at our church. if she had spoken all night we'd have all stayed all night to listen. her life was filled with god's presence. we heard of a baby coming back to life in the arms of his praying father. we heard a miracle involving life-sustaining bananas. and so much more. i grew up and never heard of her again, until i was listening to focus on the family and heard a missionary being interviewed by dr. dobson. she was being interviewed about a book she had just written. in a very short time - a matter of minutes, i knew this was the same woman i had heard all those years before. i was so excited. i ordered the book immediately and was thrilled to read some stories i remembered from her speaking, and many more i had never heard before. i got her address from focus on the family and wrote to her. she wrote back. she was pretty advanced in age by this time, but she was still doing mission work, this time in the australian outback. i begged her to write one more book, as there were some stories that weren't included in the last book, but i think she was too busy doing God's work to stop and write about it. i wish i could afford to buy this book for everyone i know. it's a book you will never forget.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paige Cuthbertson

    This is one of my favorite books ever. Darlene Deibler Rose's account of her ministry, and the miracles of God's love, provision, and protection during her stay in a Japanese prison as a POW is so beautiful. It is honest and profound, and reaffirms my faith every time I read it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Schultz

    To quote Bruce Lee, “The successful warrior is the average man with laser like focus.” Darlene was a girl from the Midwest with laser focus to serve the Lord and join many at his feast in the last day. I am stirred to be a better Christian soldier from reading about her life. Also I continue to not be able to handle anything about WWII.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Luann

    5+++ stars. What an amazing testimony of God's love and faithfulness! I am awestruck.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gigi

    Darlene Deibler Rose spent 8 years in New Guinea, over 4 of those as a POW during WWII. She writes, "Viewing those eight years from this far side, I marvel at the wisdom and love of our God, Who controls the curtains of the stage on which the drama of our lives is played; His hand draws aside the curtains of events only far enough for us to view one sequence at a time." She survived moment by moment walking through horrific and hair-raising events by pouring her heart out to God. This story of ho Darlene Deibler Rose spent 8 years in New Guinea, over 4 of those as a POW during WWII. She writes, "Viewing those eight years from this far side, I marvel at the wisdom and love of our God, Who controls the curtains of the stage on which the drama of our lives is played; His hand draws aside the curtains of events only far enough for us to view one sequence at a time." She survived moment by moment walking through horrific and hair-raising events by pouring her heart out to God. This story of how He sustained her, miraculously provided for her, and grew in her an unshakable and lovely faith will touch any heart. I am thankful she went through the pain to courageously share her experiences. Darlene Deibler Rose tops the list of those I would like to meet in Heaven where surely pumpkin spice lattes and a comfy couch before a fire can be found.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christina DeVane

    Wow, just wow! This will be a favorite of mine for the rest of my life! Her captivating story made it hard to put this book down. Her courage, faith in God, and answered prayers were such a challenge to my own life! God will never leave me, and no one is beyond God’s love and forgiveness.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tarah Lewis

    Wow this is a hard one for me to review. There were parts of this book that I would give a 3 star rating - which for me is "good, but I wouldn't read it again or necessarily recommend it". At least not without caveats. In order to really review the book, you have to review her and her life, right? Darlene, without a doubt, is full of zeal and truly full of a desire to serve and please the Lord. Her obedience to what she believes God tells her is good. While I have a great respect for what Darlen Wow this is a hard one for me to review. There were parts of this book that I would give a 3 star rating - which for me is "good, but I wouldn't read it again or necessarily recommend it". At least not without caveats. In order to really review the book, you have to review her and her life, right? Darlene, without a doubt, is full of zeal and truly full of a desire to serve and please the Lord. Her obedience to what she believes God tells her is good. While I have a great respect for what Darlene endured, and while I would not want anyone to ever live through it, I don't believe she lived a life that should be emulated. I found her spirituality to be immature and "fluffy", with nearly every answer to prayer being the most oft recited and common verses in the Bible. Her answers from God were the answers you'd hear in Sunday school, and each issue she worked through seemed only temporarily resolved. I did not much appreciate how her prayers often sounded like accusations, "God... you already took Russell. How can you take (fill in the blank here - it happens quite often) too?" At one point God's answer to her expected torture actually infuriated me. She says God told her, "Whom I love, I punish." Various members of my family ran into the room as I was listening to this book because I was shouting "no! no! No, no, no!!!!!" PUNISH?!?!?!? It is that very "error" of the church that would lead many to reject Christ entirely. (God does not punish someone with torture by a wicked army who has done nothing wrong. Hey 12:6 - Whom the Lord loves he chastens. Yes. Chastening - a "spanking" - for something you've done wrong. The unjust actions of wicked men taken out on you are not a "spanking" from the Lord. There are a dozen things I can picture God saying - "Child, I will not leave you. You aren't alone." Or "I am sufficient for you." Or "I was unrighteously beaten too. I am no stranger to injustice." Or "Vengeance is mine." Or other things. But NO. God does not PUNISH his saints with torture by a wicked enemy - I do NOT believe she heard that from God.) Which sort of sums up my position on her and the book. I respect her zeal for the Lord and her desire to serve Him. I worry about her depth of understanding and her lack of discernment. I truly believe that if people went into the mission field at her level of maturity, 9 out of 10 of them would not have made it. So, I respect her for going and for not turning her back on God. But I believe that had more to do with her personality and character than it had to do with her feet being set upon a rock. I think her reasoning, decision making, answers to prayer, among other things, are a dangerous pattern to follow. (For instance, my husband and I are very happily married. Our dating story though is risky, ignoring advice and wisdom, zealous young love against the world. 9 couples out of 10 who followed our pattern would not have the "happily ever after" that we have found. I do not recommend that people follow our precedent and don't tell our story without that caveat. That's how I feel about Darlene - unfettered zeal for the Lord that is not safe to replicate. From her understanding of scripture to her "love at first sight" courtship.) Thank God He can use us even with our errors for the Kingdom! But our errors can lead others astray. That said: I do respect her zeal and her willingness to obey what she believes God has told her to do. I think Darlene and I would have more disagreements than agreements in real life, so I can't say I aspire to be like her or that I would recommend someone look up to her. But I believe she's a saint, earned crowns in Heaven for what service she gave, and I'm certain that we will sit down in Heaven to tell our stories. ***update - the more I think on this book and her life and the example she is setting (purposefully setting!) the more I have problems with it. I have changed my rating from 3 stars to 2, but it’s probably a 1.5. I don’t know. It’s hard to give it much since I think it’s actually more harmful than helpful. PLEASE let’s talk about this if you love it!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Z

    I loved this book! Five stars not really because there’s anything special about how it’s written, but because of the story it contains. I’m encouraged by this story of faith in the midst of extreme suffering! It makes me realize how small our problems right now are, even during Covid19. God has brought people like Darlene through things much more terrifying and miserable and he can continue to take care of the rest of us in whatever situation we’re in as well :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    What a story. I keep thinking that surely there are more than enough books about brave and faithful people who lived to tell their tales of WWII prison camp suffering, and I really wasn't excited about reading another one. But I'm so glad I did.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Catharine Davenport

    This was a very difficult review for me to write. I had many thoughts on it, and condensing them into a concise review was not as easy as I thought it would be when I started writing! I really wanted to love this book. I was so ready for another great biography about a Christian that I could admire and aspire to be like. However, all in all, I found myself with more dislikes than likes in this book. Darlene went through some extremely trying circumstances and lived through some very difficult sit This was a very difficult review for me to write. I had many thoughts on it, and condensing them into a concise review was not as easy as I thought it would be when I started writing! I really wanted to love this book. I was so ready for another great biography about a Christian that I could admire and aspire to be like. However, all in all, I found myself with more dislikes than likes in this book. Darlene went through some extremely trying circumstances and lived through some very difficult situations, and no way do I want to detract from that, or say that that was not the case. However, during all this, I found Darlene and her Christianity to be very sincere, very heartfelt, but fairly shallow and fluffy. Her reasoning as to why she was in the concentration camp in the first place, her “love at first sight” whirlwind courtship with her husband, her “call” from God to go to the mission field lacked maturity, and all felt very much like the childish, romanticized version of Christianity we all start out with as children. Her faith did not seem to be on a solid rock of truth and wisdom. It was very much based on what she felt, what thoughts were going through her head at the moment, and the verses she had memorized as a child that she constantly applied to every situation as the answer to her problem at the moment. I had issue with quite a few things in Darlene’s story, but her prayers, and what she hears as God’s answers to them, are a good representative of what I thought of Darlene herself throughout the entire book. Every time Darlene starts despairing over something that isn’t working how she wants it to, she lays out the problem to God, and every time (this happens perhaps 20 times in the book) she feels God remind her of different loving, comforting Bible verse that perfectly calms her and brings her peace. Now, I absolutely believe that God comforts us, and that His Word is there to help us when we need it. But I believe that when God speaks, He doesn’t come and tell us what we would have told ourselves. Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” The Bible says that God knows what we need before we ask. But often what we need is not what we want to hear. Many, many times in prayer, where I wanted pity and a Bible verse justifying my despair and telling me how God loves me despite it, God came and planted my feet on a solid rock of correction and truth. God telling me He loves me is wonderful, but when the thing that would help me most is telling me I’m doing something wrong, what I hear from God is not something I would have told myself. This never happens to Darlene. God never tells her something she doesn’t want to hear. While I believe that God was with Darlene, and she felt His presence when she prayed, I think much of the time what she “heard” from God was her remembering a verse that she had memorized as a child at Vacation Bible School and attributing it to God’s voice. So many times when what would have helped her immensely was being told, “No, you’re wrong to despair. Shake out of it. Grow up a little,” her “answer” from God is, time and time again, I love you. Instead of the word of God being, “quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart,” what she hears is just… fluff. Very loving, very sweet, very shallow, fluff. As I said above, this seems like a small thing. But it is just an example of the naive, perhaps childish way that Darlene thinks about God. As one more example of what I mean, there is one point in the book where she is in a trench during a bomb raid during which her barracks is bombed and set on fire. All of a sudden she hears God tell her, “You borrowed Mrs, Lie’s Bible!” She says, “You’re right Lord, I have no right to let her Bible be burned!” So she quickly runs into their burning barracks, and saves the Bible. A few pages later, we find out that a bomb had landed in the exact spot where she had been lying, and God had saved her life. I fully believe that God spoke to Darlene and saved her life that day. But do we truly believe that God cared so much about saving a Bible she had borrowed? Of course not. The point is that there were a dozen things God could have said to get someone to run out of the safety of a trench. But God knew the best way to get Darlene to leave the trench was to tell her to do an elementary, (dare I say cheesy?) romanticized, godly task. Some great “saving of the Bible” we might imagine God would ask us to do when we are first learning about God as children, but quickly learn that God is far beyond. Once again, I do not want to downplay her circumstances. She lived through some terrible situations, and I believe that God was with her during them. I think she was a very sincere Christian who loved God and ended up in Heaven singing and rejoicing and worshiping with all the saints. However, I don’t think her story can be consistently reproduced. She made it through the concentration camp, but we hear almost nothing about her life before the camp, and no specifics after. I don’t know how her Christianity held up in day to day life. The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that she made it through her terrible time in spite of her naivety. I don’t think that any Christian who reads her story could go out and follow her path and get the same results. In fact, I think your average Christian who tried to follow her path would very likely end up in unbelief, confused by her naive, shallow, fluffy view of a God who is anything but. All in all, I had a lot of issues with it, but I am glad I read it. Darlene made me think and her story brought up lots of conversation and questions and thoughts. However, most likely not for the reasons she had intended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    This is the autobiographical story of a young woman who dedicated her life to God as a child. Little suspecting the pain and suffering she would endure in the fulfillment of her promise. But in her trials, the promise of God's faithfulness proved stronger than any disease, any loss, and any Japanese officer. Darlene learned to trust His voice and cling to the riches of his grace and peace as all else was stripped away. She tells her own story with sweet candor. It was a little slow in the beginni This is the autobiographical story of a young woman who dedicated her life to God as a child. Little suspecting the pain and suffering she would endure in the fulfillment of her promise. But in her trials, the promise of God's faithfulness proved stronger than any disease, any loss, and any Japanese officer. Darlene learned to trust His voice and cling to the riches of his grace and peace as all else was stripped away. She tells her own story with sweet candor. It was a little slow in the beginning, details and thoughts recorded with little embellishment. But it is in no way lacking, for the whole book is saturated with a genuine spirit of joy. Even in the most dire circumstances, she maintained a sense of humor possible only because the light of Christ shone so brightly in her darkness. This book made me tear up more than once, and was interesting and encouraging.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Why am I drawn to true stories of people who suffer under the hands of ruthless political leaders? Here's another one. Deibler tells her experience of being a missionary in New Guinea as WWII erupts and when the Japanese invade, she becomes a POW for several years. Her story is insightful but I was uncomfortable with how freely she described deep, profoundly spiritual experiences that sustained her during her imprisonment. Her faith is pure, but some things should be too sacred to share with the Why am I drawn to true stories of people who suffer under the hands of ruthless political leaders? Here's another one. Deibler tells her experience of being a missionary in New Guinea as WWII erupts and when the Japanese invade, she becomes a POW for several years. Her story is insightful but I was uncomfortable with how freely she described deep, profoundly spiritual experiences that sustained her during her imprisonment. Her faith is pure, but some things should be too sacred to share with the world.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    This is probably my favorite book. It is an amazing true story of a missionary who was caught in the turmoil of World War II. Though she did not "deserve" to be placed in a prison camp, she used this opportunity to grow in faith rather than in bitterness. What stood out most to me was her focus on God. Many prison camps had instances which are morally wrong. While Darlene Diebler Rose included some of the true facts, she did it discreetly, reflecting the grief that she felt for the sin.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura-Lee Rahn

    A heart breaking and thrilling story that is absolutely TRUE about a missionary couple who become POWs in different Japanese camps during World War 2. The wonderful and amazing story of how "ordinary" American missionaries can rise to do extraordinary things when they surrender their lives to Jesus. A "Must Read" that will plant itself deep into your heart.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Jacobson

    This is one of my favorite books of all time. Darlene's story is so beautiful, so raw, and yet sweetened with unwavering faith all the way through. It's one of the few books (other than the Bible, of course!) which I can honestly say, changed the way I looked - and lived - my life.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Reading was slow at times due to unnecessary details and characters, but an extraordinary story of prayer and steadfast faith in the midst of suffering and loss.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I’ve heard this book referenced quite a few times, and I’m pretty sure I read some of it years ago. It’s a very dramatic story with lots of shocking details, but honestly, one that left me with a lot of concerns. Darlene Deibler Rose clearly loved the Lord and knew the Bible well, but the many Bible verses she refers to tend to be untethered from their context in Scripture, and so interpreted in an overly personalized way. She also tends to emphasize “being a good soldier” for God rather than wh I’ve heard this book referenced quite a few times, and I’m pretty sure I read some of it years ago. It’s a very dramatic story with lots of shocking details, but honestly, one that left me with a lot of concerns. Darlene Deibler Rose clearly loved the Lord and knew the Bible well, but the many Bible verses she refers to tend to be untethered from their context in Scripture, and so interpreted in an overly personalized way. She also tends to emphasize “being a good soldier” for God rather than what God has done for us in Christ. And she presents a ideal for the Christian life as a path of triumph where faith doesn’t waver and struggles and sin are quickly and totally defeated. I think these theological problems are also at the root of a couple other things that bothered me about this book. First, she tends to be generally condescending in her portrayal of others (especially non-Western people) and outright condemning rather than compassionate to those who responded to difficult circumstances in sinful ways. Secondly, I don’t think the author is authentic in portraying her own sins and struggles. I found a few of her actions morally questionable, but she doesn’t explore those areas, instead only focusing on her spiritual victories. Both of these problems connect to a wrong understanding of the Christian life. This book would be much different if it was written with a recognition that all of us, even Christians, continue to be blind and weak in many areas, and our hope is not in the strength of our faith but the strength of our Savior.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Macayla Fryc

    Amazing. Can a heart wrenching story be any more real, raw, or inspirational? If only I could be half the woman she was. Darlene's commitment to the pioneering Papua New Guinea with Gospel in hand, her reliance on memorized scriptures and biblical promises during her 4+ years in the internment camp, the miracles that were upliftingly blatant, and her absolute steadfast faith even while taking blows were practically tangible and yet not once did she come across as over the top or unrealistically Amazing. Can a heart wrenching story be any more real, raw, or inspirational? If only I could be half the woman she was. Darlene's commitment to the pioneering Papua New Guinea with Gospel in hand, her reliance on memorized scriptures and biblical promises during her 4+ years in the internment camp, the miracles that were upliftingly blatant, and her absolute steadfast faith even while taking blows were practically tangible and yet not once did she come across as over the top or unrealistically Christian. She was young and honest with thoughts and heartache like any of our own. Truly wish I could have met this woman. Recommended by a dear missionary friend in Japan who dubbed it "my favorite missionary biography ever." That makes two of us. Now on my "Best-of-the-Best" shelf.

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