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The story is really well told and the mg and This is the sort of book where it feels a little strange to say you enjoyed reading it since it is the real life story of a couple taken hostage in the Phillippines and held hostage gracix a year.

Gracia is honest in portraying a faith that sometimes wavered, yet stood the test because it was built on a sure foundation. Clearly, their captors have some screws loose. In lieu of a comments section, I accept and encourage letters to the editor.

You don’t feel her deep despair over the loss of her husband, either at that moment or in the weeks that follow. After a year of captivity, and a violent rescue that resulted in Martin’s death, the world watched Gracia Burnham return home in June with a bullet wound in the leg and amazing composure.

In the right hands, a mediocre subject can be dnemies, but the reverse is gravia true. During a perilous year in captivity, they faced near starvation, constant exhaustion, frequent gun battles, coldhearted murder—and intense soul-searching about a God who sometimes seemed to have forgotten them.

I also appreciated her honestly throughout—she didn’t present herself as a hero or perfectly Christlike all the time. Aside, of course, from the news articles and broadcasts, this memoir is the most popular account of the Abu Ny kidnapping in the Philippines. This book did pretty well at outlaying the struggles of every sort: I was barely four years old at that time.


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So for a story like hers to have maximum value to someone like me, perhaps more granularity in her process would help. The leaders of the Abu Sayyaf could not understand that the Burnhams thought of them as enemies, figuring that since they were feeding and otherwise “taking care” of their hostages, their cause should be burnyam through empathetic eyes. Trivia About In the Presence o Though the Abu Sayyaf proclaimed to be true followers of the Islamic faith, what the Burnhams faced was the double standard and hypocrisy that their captors applied.

The captors, in fact, do unspeakable things, such as beheading hostages or taking them as unwilling “wives. But if she’s going to do more than just read, I think, given the many points at which the author gives the words to Christian hymns—which were very important ,y maintaining their courage—that she ought to have sung them.

Although compassion was shown At first I was a bit reticent to get into this book, expecting “just another missionary story. Many of them said that their goal was to fight and die in a holy war, which sounded like a pat answer to Gracia, but their second choice was to one day live and work in the United States! Some readers might have wanted a more saintly captive, but I did not.

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This fall, I shared it ptesence my middle school daughters. But the story was well written and it made me think about my faith and how I would react. Growing up, I knew how dedicated these honorable men are, who vowed to sacrifice themselves in the name of serving others.

I found the conversations that Gracia had with her captors informative and interesting as I evaluated the thought processes of the terrorists. The author paints herself in fairly bland and unattractive role – whilst projecting her husband as a quiet strong, hero with depth.


The Burnham’s rely on their faith to carry them during their time in captivity. She went through amazing trials and endured in ways that I could only wish I would do. Mar 04, Tim Byron rated it it was ok.

You will laugh—and you will cry. Their ordeal is something that needs to be recognized, if only to remind ourselves of our many daily blessings we take for granted and those suffering in the world. She felt bad for thinking this and also for not always living up to her ideal as a Christian by becoming envious of the hostages who converted to Islam for living better than her and Martin.

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She then recounts highlights of their first years in the Philippines, where they began a family, and the duties she and Martin performed as missionary aviators. I’m still drying my eyes after reading this book. In the Presence of My Enemies. If all my life’s luxuries were stripped away, everything I take for granted and everything I didn’t even know I took for granted was stripped away, what kind of person would I be?

What kept the Burnhams strong during their time in captivity was their solid Christian faith. Anything that was out of the ordinary, from getting a chocolate bar or a small bottle of shampoo from their captors, was treated graciw extreme delight.

And yet they not only act on their confident grasp of its message but also impose their actions on others.