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.
"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 knowshis 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 Jeremiahs 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 Gods 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.
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.
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 youve closed the book. Brouwer is a
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 Brouwers 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 Ive read this year."
Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of On Distant Shores and In Perfect Time
"Ive been a fan of Sigmound Browers 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, Ive 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 Sigmunds 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