Thief of Glory   -     By: Sigmund Brouwer
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WaterBrook Press / 2014 / Paperback

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At 70 years old, Jeremiah Prins is seeking redemption by journaling about everything he could never share with his children---including his time in a Japanese POW camp and his abandoned marriage engagement. But when an online encounter puts Jeremiah in touch with his wartime fiancee, his secrets risk destroying everything that he loves. 336 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9780307446497
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Publisher's Description

"Brouwer makes you live it....sharing each moment of an exotic and terrifying time and place in a gripping, personal way."
—Bodie and Brock Thoene, authors of Take this Cup
 
A boy coming of age in a time of war…
the love that inspires him to survive.
 
For ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveals about a woman he barely knows—his frail, troubled mother.

Amidst starvation, brutality, sacrifice and generosity, Jeremiah draws on all of his courage and cunning to fill in the gap for his mother. Life in the camps is made more tolerable as Jeremiah’s boyhood infatuation with his close friend Laura deepens into a friendship from which they both draw strength.

When the darkest sides of humanity threaten to overwhelm Jeremiah and Laura, they reach for God’s light and grace, shining through his people. Time and war will test their fortitude and the only thing that will bring them safely to the other side is the most enduring bond of all.

Author Bio

SIGMUND BROUWER is the best-selling author of nearly thirty novels, with close to 4 million books in print. Based on his inspiration for Thief of Glory, which Sigmund wrote as a way to learn and honor his parent's stories, especially of his father's boyhood in a Japanese concentration camp, Sigmund leads The Chapters of Our Lives memoir seminars across the United States and Canada. (www.thechaptersofourlives.com). Sigmund is married to recording artist Cindy Morgan and has two daughters.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Thief of Glory

"Emotionally riveting and exquisitely raw, Thief of Glory is an unforgettable
tale about survival, not just of the body, but of the heart and soul, with an ending
that will echo in your mind long after you’ve closed the book. Brouwer is a
master storyteller."
Susan Meissner, author of A Fall of Marigolds
 
"In Thief of Glory Sigmund Brouwer plunges readers into the mysterious embrace
of the Dutch East Indies during the convulsions of the Second World
War. Few authors have such an ability to immerse an audience in the sights,
sounds, smells…and horrors! Brouwer makes you live it…sharing each moment
of an exotic and terrifying time and place in a gripping, personal way."
Bodie and Brock Thoene, authors of Take This Cup
 
"Sigmund Brouwer’s Thief of Glory is a powerful story, richly told. Young Jeremiah
Prins is a complex and fascinating hero, blessed with great gifts and
challenged by choices to use them for good or evil. The details of life in a Japanese
civilian prison camp are revealed in unflinching but compassionate realism,
and the characters depict the human capacity for both great selfishness
and great heroism. This is truly one of the best books I’ve read this year."
—Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of On Distant Shores and In Perfect Time
 
"I’ve been a fan of Sigmound Brower’s books for ages, but Thief of Glory cocooned
me in rich words, vivid descriptions, and true-to-life characters, making
this book hard to put down. A fan of World War II, I’ve read countless
tales, but World War II in the Dutch Indies was new to me, fresh and heartwrenching at the same time. A true glimpse of light amongst darkness, made even more special due to the inspiration of Sigmund’s parents’ story. Thief of
Glory is going on my keeper shelf!"
Tricia Goyer, USA Today best-selling author of over forty books,
including Chasing Mona Lisa

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    Focusing on the Pacific theater of WWII, Sigmund Brouwer tells the coming-of-age story of a boy whose life is forever tainted by war. Ten-year-old Jeremiah Prin's life of privilege crashes to a halt the day the Japanese take over the Dutch East Indies. With his father and older brothers taken away by the Japanese, Jeremiah becomes head of the family, taking care of his fragile mother and younger siblings as they are forced into an internment camp. Amidst starvation, disease, and death, Jeremiah uses all his cunning to keep his family alive and together, but he cannot control their futures. The war marks everyone, hardening some and breaking others. But how hard can a child become before it hardens him forever?

    As in most instances when an author has a tangible connection to their story, this tale exudes passion. Like Jeremiah's father, Brouwer's grandfather became one of over ten thousand of victims of the Burma railway, while the rest of the family was imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp. Though the tales diverge from there, one can feel the author's heart for those who endured the atrocities.

    This book takes place in an interment camp - a place of abuse, death, and little hope. To balance the moments of horror, there are moments of true inspiration - inspiration to be strong and fight, regardless of the consequences - not for personal gain or safety, but to protect those weaker than oneself. To be able to stand on the judgement day, knowing one chose right. Sophie Jansen is a brilliant example of this selflessness - would that we could all be like her!

    Thief of Glory is a unique piece of christian historical fiction in more ways than one. The majority of the story feels like it is being told from a ten-year-old boy's perspective, although we find out later it is an old man recounting his memories of the war. Though there is a faint touch of romance, it is not remotely the focus of the story. And unlike most christian fiction, it is not a feel-good book. There are moments of humor, triumph, and inspiration, but this bittersweet novel is more haunting than uplifting, leaving the reader aching for the characters and the real people who endured such trials.

    So be warned: if you're looking for a romance, a fluffy story to brighten your day, an escape from trials - don't read this book. But if you want a book to challenge you, to paint you an unvarnished picture of what war can do, to warm you yet haunt you for days to come - then yes, absolutely read this book.

    Thank you Blogging for Books for providing a free book for the purpose of review; I was not required to make it positive, and all opinions are my own.
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