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The Lion and the Lamb Paperback – November 18, 2016
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Albert Speer, a talented young German architect, thrilled at the opportunity to be close to Adolph Hitler. Through years of building the idealistic Reich that they both envisioned, Speer came to know not only Hitler the powerful leader, but also Hitler the man. As Nazism expanded across Europe, Hitler’s authority increased over many dominated peoples; people that Speer relied upon in his overseeing of Germany’s use of forced labor for producing armaments.
Corrie Ten Boom, the daughter of a Dutch watchmaker, witnessed the evil policies of the Nazi’s authority first-hand and responded by valiantly protecting Jews who were seeking to escape arrest, imprisonment, and death. Her Christian faith, and the steadfast example that her older sister set of forgiveness and dependence upon God’s power, enabled her to survive the horrors of a concentration camp where she was forced to labor for the Nazis.
The Lion and the Lamb weaves together these two lives in a masterfully written account providing a three-dimensional look at the struggles each faced during and after the Second World War; challenges with devotion, trust, purpose, and forgiveness. One is left wondering throughout the book which of the two is gaining or losing more. In the end, each survives, but only one gains an understanding of the true source of richness in this life.
Causey’s well-researched account of Speer’s role within the leadership of The Third Reich, and Ten-Boom’s suffering at the hands of those leaders are the focus of the book. But, the personalities of Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, Himmler, Hess, members of Corrie’s family, victims of the Holocaust, and prison guards are always close by providing the reader with a constant reason to consider each one’s motives and responses.
The Lion and the Lamb grabbed and held my attention while constantly providing a reason to consider questions that arose, not the least of which was, “Who is the lion and who is the lamb?” Worthy of discussion on multiple levels, this book left me marveling at the resiliency of the main characters caught in the turmoil of war. I look forward to giving copies of it as gifts!
This novel falls in the time frame of World War II and the Holocaust. It revolves primarily around two characters. The first is Albert Speer, a Nazi, who is in Hitler’s most inner circle and Corrie ten Boom a Danish woman who is quite the opposite as she is helping giving Jews shelter who are on the run and helping them escape.
We have Speer who is not a fan of others who Hitler surrounds himself with such as Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Goring. As the war progresses the dictator starts to unravel and gets erratic in his decisions making Speer uncertain where his loyalty lies with his leader or with the German people.
Corrie on the other hand is the daughter of a clockmaker who starts to shelter and help Jews with their escape away from the Nazis. It doesn’t take long though for someone to give the ten Boom family up and they end up in jail and soon Corrie and her sister ends up at a concentration camp
The book brings out a lot of emotions from the reader. As a history buff I do a lot of research on World War II and in particular Germany and their leader at the time. The facts listed in the book is corroborated by links and sites to where one can further check out.
This gave me a new insight into two lives that were living as opposite in viewpoint and living status. However the characters interacted in the book whether it is true or a writer’s license it worked for me, I was able to learn more about this time in our history. A good pickup.
I received this book for free in exchanged for an honest review.
Having read The Hiding Place, I was somewhat familiar with the life and ministry of Corrie ten Boom. However, when her story is laid beside Albert Speer's I realized several things. The first was a staggering illustration of "cause and effect." Speer's place in Hitler's inner circle exposed him to many decisions which had a trickle down effect on ten Boom. Also, the way the darkness of the Reich pervaded their lives and how each reacted —Speer in his own strength and Corrie in God's—provided a stark contrast in wisdom. Finally, while I still may not have the ability to recount times and dates, I have a better grasp of how key decisions turned the war.
The Lion and the Lamb is a poignant glimpse into the past. This book held many new discoveries for me and I felt compelled by the author's writing to examine myself and my faith. How might I have reacted in similar circumstance? This would be a wonderful title for a book discussion group or a reluctant student of history (high school/homeschool where maturity allows).
With thanks to the author/publisher for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.