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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes

In the Presence of My Enemies

In the Presence of My Enemies - Gracia Burnham, Dean Merill I read a book of fiction, "My Hands Came Away Red" about a group of high school students on a missions trip who are involved in an attack on church they have helped to build and are thus thrown into turmoil as they rush to escape being attacked and killed themselves. That book I found to be lacking and rather shallow. As an antidote to that, I recommend reading Gracia's book. It is not fiction, it is the real life experience of the Burnham's as they are kidnapped and then kept for a year by Islamic terrorists. How they lived, how they reacted to this situation they had no control over, how they treated their kidnappers, their "enemies", is worth reading about.A line from the back of the book states, "The issue is not why an all-powerful God might choose to subject a man to evil, but how a man, with God's help, responds to evil."This is a very worthwhile book to read. I recommend it highly.