Hitler in the Crosshairs: A GI's Story of Courage and Faith
A Masterpiece of history!!
First I want to introduce you to the authors of this poignant and adventuresome book. This book is a true masterpiece. One of the best historical books I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
Maurice Possley is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is a Research Fellow at the Santa Clara University School of LawÃ¢ÂÂs Northern California Innocence Project. He is the author of two non-fiction books: Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth and The BrownÃ¢ÂÂs Chicken Massacre.
John Woodbridge (PhD, University of Toulouse, France) is research professor of Church History and History of Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he has taught since 1970. He was previously a senior editor of Christianity Today and is the author of Biblical Authority: A Critique of the Rogers/McKim Proposal and coauthor of Letters Along the Way. He is the editor of Great Leaders of the Christian Church and coeditor of works including The Mark of Jesus. Woodbridge is the recipient of four Gold Medallion Awards.
There is no way for me to explain to you how much I enjoyed and loved this book. Only to say my husband and son are in line to read it. Who will get it first is the question. I opened these pages and there was no turning back. I learned so much about Hitler. Things I never knew about his early life. Although these pages are filled with interesting facts about Hitler, this book is about a GI, Ira "Teen" Palm, as he was called by those who knew him well. You will have to read the book to find out just how that name was acquired.
The book travels back and forth from the life and times of Hitler to Teen Palm and his life. This isn't confusing at all. I think it in fact helps you grasp the portrait of their lives even better. These authors give us a clear and profound look into the lives of these two men and others. Those surrounding them. It must have been a true adventure for these men to research all this information surrounding Hitler's pistol and all the clues surrounding how Teen Palm came to have it in his possession. If you love history, you will want to grab this book up for sure. It is one that takes us back in time and shines the light on a young man, through his early years and throughout.
What I loved is the faith of Teen Palm and hearing how he came to faith and how his faith in God brought him through this tragic war. We see his mentor, Rev. Charles Woodbridge, and the effects his wisdom and values had on Teen Palm. Who knew one souvenir would be able to teach us so much about history.
This book was a gift from Zondervan for it's review.
July 14, 2011
Excellent Story - Highly recommended
Picking a best point - or even multiple points - is hard when one loved the entire book. I really enjoy WWII stories, and I love true accounts. But I can say that I really, really appreciated the enduring faith and trust in God shown by Ira "Teen" Palm, who is the soldier who found the gun.
The only thing I can possibly think of that someone might object to is the fact that there is some mention of war/violence. It is not described in a gory way, but is stated matter-of-factly. However, some might not wish for kids to read this because of that fact.
Although this book is titled "Hitler in the Crosshairs", this is not a book about Hitler. Rather, it is a book about a courageous American soldier, how he found a pistol which belonged to Hitler, and what happened to the pistol afterwards.
9 out of 10 stars Ã¢ÂÂ
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
June 2, 2011
One of the Finest Pieces of Literature I've read
Hitler in the Crosshairs: A GIÃ¢ÂÂS Story of Courage and Faith is written by Dr. John Woodbridge Research Professor of Church History and Christian Though at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Maurice Possley a Pulitzer Prize winning author. This book quite simply is one of the finest pieces of literature I have ever read. This book chronicles the story of Teen Palm a boy who was gifted musically who rose to a Colonel by the end of his military career. Along the way this story details the medals Teen Palm won and the legacy this man left.
One of greatest strengths of this book is the story of Teen Palm. Mr. Palm was a man of great courage, action and had a strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The central theme if there is one in this book is the life and witness of Teen Palm and the difference his life made because of his love for the Lord Jesus Christ. This book is categorized as history/military/World War II but I think it should also be considered a Christian biography as it tells of the legacy Teen Palm had during his life and now in death.
This is a book for everyone to read and to learn more about what happened during World War II by learning about the life, work and testimony of Teen Palm. I believe many peopleÃ¢ÂÂwhether they are scholars or not, but who are interested in military history will find this book fascinating. IÃ¢ÂÂm thankful for the authors work and encouraged by the testimony of Teen Palm and the godly legacy he has left. I encourage you to pick up this book and learn from Teen Palm about what it takes to leave a godly legacy that will last generations.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommisionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
June 1, 2011