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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!
Causey's knowledge and dedication to research is on full display through the detail in The Lion and the Lamb. Hard hitting is to see Nazi leaders humanized. Men with families, children, pets and personalities, they could often pass as 'normal' individuals were it not for the heinous crimes they were committing. This brutal reality forces readers to do away with that impersonal, comfortable view of evil - the sort embodied by Nazi monsters from which it is much easier to distance ourselves than the sort personified in human beings with whom we have uncomfortably much in common.
This is not a light book. The mind numbing statistics of millions of murdered lives - the gassed, the tortured, the poisoned, the shot, the diseased, the starved - are sharpened through the painfully intimate accounts of a few. Such intense suffering is nearly unimaginable, yet love is the beauty woven through these pages.
Let the tortured script of The Lion and the Lamb rip at your heart, rob your faith in humanity and force your hope and trust on Him whose love and justice conquers all.
This reader is fortunate to count himself a friend of the author and has devoured The Lion and the Lamb over his 'spring break'. He has found it so arresting and instructive he has since purchased additional copies as gifts, but wishes to warn readers that this book may rain on a vacation.
One of my favorite characters, Casper ten Boom, has an innate wisdom that’s familiar and kind. He taught young Corrie a couple valuable lessons that really stood out to me as I read the story, and became some of my favorite quotes from the book.
At one point, Corrie and her sister disagree on the morality of lying, despite the horrible situation they found themselves in and I actually had to stop and think about who was right. The amount of research and background study that has gone into this book is staggering and I challenge you to find a single spelling error. It is very well done and certainly worth buying, so if you’re on the fence, you should definitely pick up this literary gem.