Evidence not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II
December 26, 2014
This is an excellent, encouraging, inspiring and astounding book. I had a hard time putting it down. The descriptions and challenges faced by so many people during this time while still trusting in the Lord and encouraging others is not to be taken lightly. This book will stay with you, in your heart.
Evidence Not Seen is the gripping story of how God allowed Darlene Deibler (a missionary in New Guinea with her husband Russell) to survive the cruel agonies of being a POW (Prisoner Of War) to the Japanese during World War Two. It is encouraging reading of Darlene's faith even during the utter disaster of war and the piercing pain of death. It is exciting reading of how God gives Darlene the strength to go on, and the will to move forward even when it seems everything else is moving backward.
After only four years of marriage and three on the mission field, on the morning of December 8th 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese thus forcing American to join the war. Not long after, Darlene and Russell where separated each ending up in a different POW camp, never to see one another again on this earth.
I would give this book five stares if I were rating it on how interesting it was, but I'm not. Overall it is a good book, but I will not hide the fact that there were some red flags raised while I was reading it. One of these red flags is that when most of the time Darlene is facing a trial she says that she reminded God of so and so verse. I know she probably did not mean it to sound disrespectful, but it does and I cannot see any reason why any Christian would think it necessary to remind God of something HE promised. Reminding one's self, that is understandable as we are subject to forgetfulness, but never God. Second red flag: this red flag I came across on pg. 166 when Darlene and Rose David are trying to think of where to go to escape the fire burning down their POW camp. For some reason (I do not know what reason) Rose David thought it necessary to blaspheme God's name. I, personally, thought that the author did not have to put that book. While reading the book one can almost feel the dread shared by Darlene and Rose, there was no reason that that curse word had to be left in.
Third red flag: Some of the pictures in book are of natives that lack the necessary amount of material to cloth their torso and other areas I will not mention. That red flag though, it a quick fix, I would recommend a black Sharpie marker.
Finally, I find myself feeling uncomfortable whenever Darlene talks of hearing God talk to her. Now I can understand how remembering certain scriptures at certain times would seem like God talking to you, and maybe He is. But I cannot make myself feel comfortable with people who think God is talking to them just because they can, "feel it."
It is an interesting book I would recommend to Christians, just not all Christians as they might become too caught up into the whole, "hearing God speak to you through emotions" idea and end up throwing the Bible away relying on their feeling's to guide them. Now quickly, before I run out room, I am not saying that Darlene relied on her feelings of God's presence to guide her, but I will say that from what I read it sure sounds like she was getting close.
A fantastic view of life in WWII. The trials she faced and yet our Lord was always there, lifting her up when things seemed impossible, life went on. Due to her faith, she overcame enormous difficulties and persevered. God was faithful to Darlene, and he is just as faithful to believers today!
If you want to be challenged spiritually and be even more convinced that your God is real and powerful, than this book is for you! As you read "Evidence Not Seen," you will cry along with Darlene and feel what she experienced. Your view of God will be enlarged. This is a book you will want to read every year!
I just finished Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Rose, and it was the most life changing book I've ever read. Every bit as beautiful and amazing as The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. After you read Darlene's story, you will know that there is not a single thing you could go through that our incredible God cannot bring you through in victory.