©1988 Darlene Rose; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Challenging and inspiring." (Bookstore Journal)
"This gripping story of courage and commitment in the midst of terrifying events will linger in your mind." (Today's Christian Woman)
Wow, this is an amazing story that needed to be told. At first it was a bit hard to get into in, but after the first chapter or so, I was hooked and had to listen to the whole thing straight through. It is obvious God still works in our lives even in the hard and difficult times. It is a must read...very encouraging.
since reading another audible book called Deep Survival, i have been looking for survival stories to listen to. i really loved this one. whatever you may feel about missionaries to native societies, you cannot help but love this woman. she has all the qualities of the survivor talked about in the book Deep Survival. faith, humor, courage, a readiness to act, an ability to size up a situation and organize, and a true humility, and a constant concern for others. her faith is fantastic and written in such a great way.
a word about the reader. Lorna Raver truly outdoes herself on this recording. i had the feeling she had totally entered this true story of a woman livng in the most horrifying conditions that went on year after year as her faith and integrity and character grew.
a great experience!
Evidence Not Seen: A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II is now one of my favorite books. I can’t believe I never heard of Darlene’s story before reading this book. Darlene’s kindness, thankfulness, and persevering spirit come through in the writing of her book. Even though she went through severe trials as a prisoner of war, she always trusted in God and His sovereignty.
She shares countless instances of God’s protection over her. When the Japanese were about to take over, she and other missionaries were given the opportunity to board a ship to escape. She and her husband prayed about what they should do and both felt led to stay. All the missionaries in their group decided to stay, and they found out the next day that the ship was torpedoed and everyone on board died.
Darlene spent four years in a POW camp, separated from her husband, only to find out that her husband died. I was continually amazed by the wisdom she had, as she went through this experience in her early 20′s. Several things struck me about her life. First, she was continually thankful to God. She thanked God for the meager 2/3 cup mixture of rice, pebbles, and worms that she received every day. I must admit that I would have had a difficult time being thankful for that, yet she was. Her thankfulness in the midst of cruelty was truly amazing. I was also struck by her knowledge of scripture, which had been committed to memory. While in solitary confinement without a bible, she was able to meditate on the many bible passages that she had memorized. I was struck by the number of songs she knew, and how often she sang and worshiped the Lord in the midst of difficult times. She was also prepared to die and be with the Lord. She set her mind on things above. She was almost beheaded, but saved moments before her execution.
After reading several stories of women persevering through trials (Book, “If I Perish I Perish” and books by Joni Eareckson Tada) I see a pattern of worship. Darlene, along with other women who have gone through very difficult trials continually sang and worshiped God. When Darlene was taken to solitary confinement, and realized the cell she had been brought to was on death row, she fell to the floor singing. That made me realize how few songs I have committed to memory, and the importance of singing to the Lord during trials. Reading this book gave me a better perspective on my own trials, which are nothing in comparison. Even though this book chronicles the severe suffering of Darlene and the other POW’s, her uplifting spirit and sense of humor takes you through her experiences with the right perspective, and you can’t help but praise God who works all things together for good. After listening to this audio book I purchased a paperback book so I could go back and refer back to the book. I will be listening to this book again.
Evidence Not Seen is an incredible story of faith in a powerful God during the attrocities of Japanese occupation during WWII. Darlene Deibler neither sugar-coats some of the terrible circumstances of her captivity, nor emphasizes her own importance.
It is encouraging to read of WWII where believers in a holy God behave above reproach (though certainly not perfectly). God chose some of Darlene's loved ones for death, while others survived. I dare not questions his wisdom. Though it has to be said that Darlene had many wonderful opportunities to witness for Christ both in word and in deed. To quote one of her Japanese captors, "When you said yes, you meant yes; when you said no, you meant no."
Lorna Raver was a good choice of narrator for this story. It sounded as though you were sitting in a living room with an older woman, sipping tea and talking about the war... complete with goofy inflections when needed.
This is an amazing story of a young missionary woman suffering in a Japanese concentration camp. She was very brave and strong in the Lord. Its inspiring how closely she walked with God throughout the trials she faced.The narration starts at a great pace but somewhere in the middle it had accelerated until it sounded just shy of the Chipmunks. Someone needs to slow it back down and re-release the audiobook.
This is a wonderful story.
This compares to The Hiding Place because they are both prisoners of the Axis powers during WWII.
She makes the story come alive.
No, this book was easy to listen to in segments when I had a free moment.
Absolutely, and I already have to many.
Darlene herself was my favorite character. She is an example of a young woman totally committed to God and He was able to use her mightily during a horrific time in history.
Exceptional as she made you think you were listening to Darlene herself tell her story. She drew you in and you felt like you were there.
It convicted me of taking life for granted in today's society and made me ask myself if I could have stood and withstood what she did.
This audio book was so engaging I was sad when it was over. It is a MUST listen.
No, while it was interesting, it was terribly written. The author is the actual victim in the story, so obviously not done by a professional. Many parts of the story were not only long and boring, but also completely unnecessary. Many aspects of the story that could have been amazing, fell flat.
While the overall story is interesting, all of the climactic parts are watered down and dull.
everything. She did a great job.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
This is one of those books where you really get to know the main character and in this case the main character was a real person. Then i teared up when i learned she died in 2004. I can only hope I have half the faith and courage she had.
This is a true story of a female POW in WWII you don't want to miss it.
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