The Other Side of Infamy: My Journey Through Pearl Harbor and the World of War  -     By: Jim Downing, James Lund
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The Other Side of Infamy: My Journey Through Pearl Harbor and the World of War

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Our natural human impulse is to run away from attack. During the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, Downing ran toward it. In this gripping account, he remembers how he fought to rescue his fellow Navy men, loved ones, and civilians on the island---and later found a redemptive path forward after a devastating war. 208 pages, softcover from NavPress.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 1.00 X 1.00 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1631466275
ISBN-13: 9781631466274

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War is uncomfortable for Christians, and worldwide war is unfamiliar for today’s generations. Jim Downing reflects on his illustrious military career, including his experience during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, to show how we can be people of faith during troubled times.

The natural human impulse is to run from attack. Jim Downing—along with countless other soldiers and sailors at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941—ran toward it, fighting to rescue his fellow navy men, to protect loved ones and civilians on the island, and to find the redemptive path forward from a devastating war. We are protected from war these days, but there was a time when war was very present in our lives, and in The Other Side of Infamy we learn from a veteran of Pearl Harbor and World War II what it means to follow Jesus into and through every danger, toil, and snare.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful Memoir of God's Presence in the Midst of War
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    A short time before the beginning of World War I, Jim Downing was born in a small town in Missouri where his father owned a country store. Some of his earliest memories came as he sat with and on the laps of seven men on loafers benches around a huge wood stove in the store where his parents worked. As this group of men in their fifties and sixties sat chewing tobacco and talking about issues of the day, Jim tried to sort out what it all meant. What he knew for certain was that he loved this time with the men who came to be known as the Spit and Argue Club. He was after all, a silent member of the club.

    Through them he would learn about the war to end all wars and the challenges that the depression had brought their way. He would also develop a love of country that allowed him to dream the dream of one-day becoming president of the United States. Books about the adventures of Lou Wetzel and Betty Zane in Zane Grey westerns, as well as Horatio Alger books stoked his imagination for the possible.

    The Other Side of Infamy invites you to walk through Jims life and many turning points for him and his family that I cannot begin to detail here. You get an intimate glimpse of how the Lord moves in his life, career, and ultimately ministry over the course of his lifetime. You see the evidences of Gods faithfulness and Jims growth in obedience that continues to the end of the booka faithful servant at the age of 103 still speaking out for Christ, reaching millions of people.
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    Sustaining Faith
    October 27, 2016
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Since my dad was on board a ship at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, this book drew my attention to it, but the intimate way the story of Jim's life is told kept me reading. As Jim takes us through his early life growing up in Plevna, Missouri, his career in the Navy, and his growing relationship with understanding who Jesus is, he shows how our faith can sustain us during troubled times. What impressed me most with Jim's memoir, besides the fact he is 103 years old and still travels the country speaking of his faith on behalf of the Navigators, is how once he gave his life completely to Jesus, he never stopped looking for opportunities to spread his faith no matter where God placed him.

    Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.
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