Thursday, July 14, 2011

HITLER IN THE CROSSHAIRS A GI's Story of Courage and Faith by JOHN WOODBRIDGE and MAURICE POSSLEY

First I want to introduce you to the authors of this poignant and adventuresome book. This book is a true masterpiece. One of the best historical books I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

Maurice Possley is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is a Research Fellow at the Santa Clara University School of Law’s Northern California Innocence Project. He is the author of two non-fiction books: Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth and The Brown’s Chicken Massacre.

John Woodbridge (PhD, University of Toulouse, France) is research professor of Church History and History of Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he has taught since 1970. He was previously a senior editor of Christianity Today and is the author of Biblical Authority: A Critique of the Rogers/McKim Proposal and coauthor of Letters Along the Way. He is the editor of Great Leaders of the Christian Church and coeditor of works including The Mark of Jesus. Woodbridge is the recipient of four Gold Medallion Awards.


There is no way for me to explain to you how much I enjoyed and loved this book. Only to say my husband and son are in line to read it. Who will get it first is the question. I opened these pages and there was no turning back. I learned so much about Hitler. Things I never knew about his early life. Although these pages are filled with interesting facts about Hitler, this book is about a GI, Ira "Teen" Palm, as he was called by those who knew him well. You will have to read the book to find out just how that name was acquired.

The book travels back and forth from the life and times of Hitler to Teen Palm and his life. This isn't confusing at all. I think it in fact helps you grasp the portrait of their lives even better. These authors give us a clear and profound look into the lives of these two men and others. Those surrounding them. It must have been a true adventure for these men to research all this information surrounding Hitler's pistol and all the clues surrounding how Teen Palm came to have it in his possession. If you love history, you will want to grab this book up for sure. It is one that takes us back in time and shines the light on who accepts his assignment with faith.

What I loved is the faith of Teen Palm and hearing how he came to faith and how his faith in God brought him through this tragic war. We see his mentor, Rev. Charles Woodbridge, and the effects his wisdom and values had on Teen Palm. Who knew one souvenir would be able to teach us so much about history.

This book was a gift from Zondervan for it's review.


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