- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Harper Collins; Reprint edition (1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060670207
- ISBN-13: 978-0060670207
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
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Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II Paperback – November 25, 2003
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“Darlene’s testimony is a quick and powerful remedy for anyone who is discouraged or ungrateful.” (Bill Gothard, Institute in Basic Life Principles, Oak Brook, IL)
“[A] testimony of deep faith and a confirmation on the faithfulness of God.” (Dr. Charles Stanley, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Atlanta)
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The true story of a young American missionary woman interned during World War II in a notorious Japanese prison camp.
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However, once things began to "happen," what really stood out to me about the author's story was the tangible reality of her simple relationship with God. The Father's love for her came through clearly, simply, and profoundly. My faith was stirred and strengthened by these simple reminders: God is there. God cares. God answers prayer. God moves, especially for His faithful children.
I definitely recommend this book. It's not overly lengthy, and it will encourage you to seek (and find) the Lord who loves you in a very personal way.
Darlene was a young woman missionary who went to Papau about 4 years before WW2 with her husband. She returned to the United States 8 years later, having survived 4 of those years in a Japanese POW camp and widowed, as her husband died in a different POW camp.
She truly loved her Lord, and in an interview she said that though this time would be considered terribly tragic, it was the sweetest time because of the nearness of Jesus to her side.
I warn you, if you read this book, you will be changed. Every person, every single person I have given this to talk of how their life was changed by reading it (even my curmudgeon Brother in Law, who said, 'The banana story' and got teary when I asked him what impacted him most).
An additional excellent resource is a talk Darlene gave for Focus on the Family, called I Will Never Leave Thee. It's amazing, amazing, amazing.
Weekly it seems, I remember something Darlene said and give thanks to Jesus or pray more.
When Darlene Deibler was incarcerated in a Japanese prison camp while she was in her mid twenties. She went through hell, but she remained strong, poised, and optimistic. Despite starvation and illness she was industrious, clever, smart, compassionate, and forgiving. She was a born leader. The kind of leader people respect because she is not too proud to do anything that has to be done. She was also stubborn and determined not to let her cruel tormentors see her cry despite the torture, illness, isolation, and terrible living conditions. And what did she want most after they were liberated? A comb.
I believe Mrs. Rose was about 60 when she began writing her memoir. It was published about ten years later. I don't know if any of her diaries survived the camp bombings. If they didn't her recall was amazing, although I suspect that much of what she experienced was impossible to forget. I enjoyed her writing style and the spirit it conveyed with every page. I would normally not find what might be labeled as a religious book, but I am so glad I stumbled upon it and bought it. It's truly remarkable.
My only negative thought concerning this book is the title. I told several people how moving it was while I was reading it, but couldn't remember the title. "Unbroken" is taken, but certainly there is something more memorable.
Darlene's story causes many questions to surface, among them: Why does God permit such trouble in the lives of even his most faithful servants? Though there are no easy answers to such questions, her memoir is graphic reminder that God is sovereign and in complete control. He has purposes that we simply can't understand until much later. I've given this book five stars, not so much for its writing but for its ability to inspire and build faith.
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