'Til We Meet Again: A Memoir of Love and War   -     By: Ray Whipps, Betty Whipps, Craig Borlase
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The Whipps's story began at a WWII military hospital in France. As Betty nursed Ray back to health, they bonded over a shared faith and promised to marry after the war---until Ray was captured by the Germans and sent to a horrific prison camp. A sweeping account of a classic 1940s romance set against the battlefields. 256 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 149640548X
ISBN-13: 9781496405487

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Ray and Betty Whipps both served in Europe during WWII: Ray as an infantryman under General Patton in the trenches of Normandy, Paris, and Belgium, and Betty as a field nurse in Cherbourg, France. The two met when Betty tended to Ray after he was injured in a mortar blast. Both strong Christians, the two bonded over their shared faith, and as Betty nursed Ray back to health, they fell in love and vowed to marry after the war. However, soon after Ray returned to his unit, he was captured by German forces and held captive in Stalag VII, Germany’s largest prisoner of war camp. It was there that Ray’s faith was put to the ultimate test as he endured the most horrific weeks of his life—weeks marked by brutality, malnutrition, back-breaking labor, and near-constant death. The only thing that kept him alive was the dream of someday reuniting with Betty.

Told in first person from Ray’s perspective, with personal wartime letters from Betty interspersed throughout, ’Til We Meet Again is a sweeping love story set amid the backdrop of WWII. The perfect combination of “in the trenches” battlefield accounts and classic 1940s romance, this memoir reads almost like a novel. It is an epic story of faith, hope, and love, and a nostalgic look back at one of the most memorable periods in American history.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    What a good book!
    May 30, 2016
    Robin Willson
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love Christian Historical Fiction - but this goes one better, because it's biographical. It's one thing for people to live through experiences like this, but to tell the tale so well is a talent. I highly recommend this for any WW1 WW2 enthusiasts, as well as for anyone who wants an engrossing story. There's no doubt that the scenes described are real. The things that Ray went through and survived to tell are, well, incredible that he survived it, horrific that he experienced it. And what it was like for Betty. What it takes to be a nurse during a war, the dedication to leave home and nurture lives of people you've never met before - who've had such damage to their bodies and minds.

    Then to begin young love, and go through such trials of separation, faithfulness and belief. There is strong Christian faith throughout, lessons and demonstrations. It's so well told, you don't want to put it down. I can't give higher praise for a book - I would give it 10 stars.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale Publishing. 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
  2. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    star crossed lovers
    September 15, 2015
    beckie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    "'Til We Meet Again" by Ray & Betty Whipps with Craig Borlase is the true story of star crossed lovers in war-torn Europe during WWII. The story is told with a narrative of Ray and his journey from his hometown to Navy Air School to Army infantry in France and eventually POW in Germany. Betty's side of the story is told through letters home and to Ray. Ray was injured while fighting and came to the hospital where Betty was nursing. The two felt a kinship with their Christianity unity and fell in love. When Ray recovered he was sent back to his unit and was almost immediately taken prisoner.

    This is an amazing story. The writing is superb, the story amazing, and the reader will have difficulty tearing themselves away from the book. I loved this; 5 stars! I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Tyndale House Publishers.
  3. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Good Wound
    August 14, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Can we find an actor with the earnest manner and unassuming heroism of Jimmy Stewart?

    Is there an actress with the grace and gentility of Donna Reed to play the female lead?

    I humbly submit Til We Meet Again: A Memoir of Love and War as a candidate for re-enactment on the big screen. Nailing the genre within an inch of its life, Ray and Betty Whipps (with Craig Borlase) have collaborated on a World War II era memoir that combines dashed hopes and danger; romance and suspense; faith and fiery battle scenes anchored in a setting of fascinating military, historical and geographical detail.

    The curtain rises in present-day life with Ray and Betty, two nonagenarians who take us back through time to their childhoods set in the Great Depression, with their shoes lined in cardboard and their eyes filled with hope. Bouncing back from disappointment, they both played their roles in the European theatre with stoic determination and excellence, supported by a lively faith.

    Told in first person from Rays perspective, he shares and lives this wisdom: The way I saw the world would determine how I experienced it. With the Old Testaments Joshua as his role model and inspiration, he endured his stint as an infantryman in Paris under General Patton until he suffered a severe leg wound which placed him in hospital for thirty days under the care of a certain lovely nurse named Betty. She makes her contribution to the narrative arc through heartfelt letters, written to her parents and, eventually, to Ray. With the speed of war-time romance, they became engaged during that thirty-day hospitalization and vowed to marry when they were released from their duties.

    As Ray shared his experiences along the Siegfried Line, his conversations with guys for whom the landing at Normandy and their role in Operation Overlord was fresh resume material, I was slogging along beside him. The smells and sounds of trench warfare set against a sky of army issue gray drove home the horror of war. The steady pulse of Rays prayer, Keep me safe, Lord, seeds the right kind pondering into the readers heart: Were Rays injuries a no to this prayer? Was Rays good wound a means of rescuing him from the attack during which the other fifty men in his platoon were either killed, captured or seriously wounded?

    There is no doubt that the brave men and women of this era were changed by their fears, by the hardships, disappointments and deprivations of war. However, in the case of Ray and Betty Whipps, they were also formed by their faith in a God who works behind the scenes, bringing meaning to suffering and orchestrating our lives so that we have a story to tell. For Ray and Betty, it looks as if their story will include their seventieth wedding anniversary on September 29, 2015, and a life of whole-hearted devotion to each other, to their family, their country, and their God.

    This book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing Read, Too Good To Miss
    August 12, 2015
    KatherineKate
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book seemed too short, I was loathe to put it down and sad when I was finished with it. A classic romance from the get go, they would not even let a war dampen their love. The book is the love story of Ray (a US soldier) who is wounded and transferred to the hospital where Betty (a US nurse). Despite Ray being sent out into the battlefield again, and captured as a POW, he keeps his promise to Betty to come back to her and marry her. This book is an active call to realize Gods directions in both of their lives. They keep their faith, and strengthen it from the beginning. Faith helps to feed their relationship and strengthen their love for one another. Til We Meet Again, is a memoir of love and war, but it doesnt read like one and I give it 5 stars. It will stay on my keep shelf for years to come.



    FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book from Tyndale House Publishing. However, all opinions are honest and my own.
  5. New Hampshire
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    'Til We Meet Again by Ray & Betty Whipps with Craig Borlase
    August 8, 2015
    Faith Warrior
    New Hampshire
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    'Til We Meet Again is a true story taken from the accounts of both Ray and Betty Whipps during WWII. Throughout the events, which they describe, God is involved in each and every one of them. There faith is amazing, as well as their love for each other and their fellow man. Even when things are not logical or following reason, they still accept the path God is leading them on. God is always there beside each and everyone one of us, we just need to have faith and trust in Him, no matter how strange things appearbeyond our own understanding.

    I found all the events and how Ray and Betty reacted to them, to be very interesting. This was a book a truly did not want to put down, an excellent read! Their true life story inspired me to look at my own life and circumstances, take a step back, and trust in God.

    I loved the smooth writing style and how it tugged me along even when my eyes could not follow the lines of sentences any longer. There were many Biblical references throughout the writings, as well as some scripture verses. What a book for encouragement!

    I highly recommend Til We Meet Again to all readersfor a look at faith, love, history, and the many unfortunate things which occur in all of our lives.

    I have received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.
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