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Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II Paperback – January 1, 1990
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The True Story of One Woman's Triumph of Faith
Newlywed American missionary Darlene Deibler Rose survived four years in a notorious Japanese prison camp set deep in the jungles of New Guinea. Thinking she was never to see her husband again, Darlene Rose was forced to sign a false confession and face the executioner's sword, only to be miraculously spared.
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“An incredible faith-building, awe-inspiring story ... a story we all need to hear.” — Kay Arthur, Author, Teacher, Precept Ministries International
“My life was changed when I heard Darlene Rose’s story. It challenged my faith as nothing else had. ” — Ruth Bell Graham (daughter of Billy Graham)
“Darlene’s testimony is a quick and powerful remedy for anyone who is discouraged or ungrateful.” — Bill Gothard, Institute in Basic Life Principles, Oak Brook, IL
“[A] testimony of deep faith and a confirmation on the faithfulness of God.” — Dr. Charles Stanley, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Atlanta
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- ASIN : 0060670207
- Publisher : Harper Collins; Reprint edition (January 1, 1990)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780060670207
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060670207
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 7.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.54 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But more importantly, you can see God's hand working in her life. She learns so many spiritual lessons, and we learn them with her. There is a heart-wrenching scene, that always brings me to tears where Darlene is imprisoned by the Japanese secret police and has prayed for something, and then retracts that prayer because she thinks it's impossible for God to answer. He amazingly demonstrates that nothing is impossible for Him and gives her exceedingly, abundantly above what she had asked for. And, she immediately feels so humbled. I am teary-eyed now just recounting it, and I am not someone that cries at the drop of a hat.
The writing is very capable. Sometimes a good story is handicapped by a so-so writer, and thankfully, that's not the case here. Darlene does a wonderful job describing the scene and bringing you in to it. She does a wonderful job describing the horrors present at times in the camp, without being needlessly graphic.
I read this book aloud to my 8 yo and 6 yo, having to pause for some periodic explanations. They are used to having books read to them that are above their own reading capability, and they enjoyed it. Now several months later, I asked my 6 yo if she liked the Darlene Deibler book, and she said she loved it and that her favorite part was the bananas. I think everyone's favorite part is the bananas, but you'll have to read it!
I also bought copies of this book for my sisters-in-law and mother-in-law this Christmas. I already heard back from one of them that she's greatly enjoying it and will encourage her husband to read it too. I was first introduced to this book by a mother and her adult daughter, both of whom also loved it. My husband has loved the parts I've read aloud to him.
I would highly recommend this book to any Christian for spiritual encouragement and growth. But, it's also a good historical resource on the Japanese POW camps. This is one of those books that I give a 5-star rating, but it's a step above most of my other 5-star books. This is probably one of my top ten favorite books over all genres and categories.
Darlene recounted her experience of marrying young, running off with her new husband to New Guinea full of idealism to be a missionary in the jungle, and then spending four years in a Japanese POW Camp. The entire book is saturated in Scripture God re-spoke to her to keep her spirits up during fierce, cruel trials. The book made the Scripture come alive. Her sense of humor and strong personality peek through here and there as well.
I can't think of another book that so beautifully illustrates a well-done dance with God:
Darlene - trusting in God's Providence even when evidence of His goodness is no where to be seen.
Darlene - crying out to God for help, at the very end of her rope.
Darlene - hearing and obeying her Shepherd's voice, mostly in simple day-to-day acts
Darlene - sharing laughter in the most unlikely places
Darlene - asking God to help her forgive and love her enemies
Darlene - begging God for one banana when isolated in a special interrogation camp
God - comforting with a sense of His Presence
God - not removing the trial but bringing special Scripture to mind as promises of His ability to help her get through anything; His promising these fires would give her the gift of a strong and pure faith
God - creating spontaneous acts of beauty in the midst of ashes
God - supernaturally enabling forgiveness and acceptance of death
God - miraculously providing NINETY-TWO bananas in response to her prayer
God -miraculously healing her malaria and dysentery without medication
The most moving part of the story was the conversion of the Commander of the entire POW Camp. Darlene told him she does not hate him (after all kinds of abuse) because Jesus said to love our enemies. He had never seen anything like that before and saw God.
This book reminded me that we do not need to be afraid of ANYTHING except distrusting and disobeying God. Truly, "no pit is so deep that His love . . . and power . . . are deeper still."
My favorite quote (from an older, more experienced missionary to Darlene): "Lassie, be a good soldier for Jesus Christ."
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Very touching in places so make sure you have tissues when reading it. Darlene is an inspiration and her story continues have an influence in my life years after reading it. I have since lent my book to someone (I can't remember who) and have not seen it since! I also bought this book for my sister.