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War and Grace: Short Stories from the World Wars (Stephens)

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This 2014 edition has been slightly updated and has more pages. The cover is a little different and the price has increased. ISBN is the same. Here is a fascinating insight into the influence of the gospel on the lives of people who lived through the World Wars and the events that led up to them.

Read about: The Japanese pilot who led the attack on Pearl Harbor The German pastor who was prepared to suffer imprisonment and death for the sake of his faith. The British general given the task of defending Malta against invasion by Hitler and Mussolini. The American airman who was converted while a prisoner of the Japanese and who later returned to Japan as a missionary The Jewish girl who came to know Christ as her Saviour while in hiding from the Nazis The American chaplain who witnessed to leading Nazi war criminals on trial at Nuremberg The British secret agent who was the inspiration for "Q" in the James Bond 007 stories.

What did these people, and the others whose lives are told in this book, have in common? During the turbulent events of those momentous years, God was at work in their lives. He brought these thirteen people to trust, know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore to give themselves to the service of others.


Table of Contents:

  1. Louis Zamperini – Trouble, torment and forgiveness
  2. Paul Schneider – German opponent of Hitler
  3. William Dobbie – Defender of Malta
  4. Johanna-Ruth Dobschiner – Holocaust survivor
  5. Charles Fraser-Smith – The Man who was ‘Q’
  6. Mitsuo Fuchida – Chief pilot at Pearl Harbor
  7. Jacob DeShazer – Doolittle raider and missionary to Japan
  8. Ernest Gordon – Author of Miracle on the River Kwai
  9. Rupert Lonsdale – Captain of HM Submarine Seal
  10. Donald Caskie – The Tartan Pimpernel
  11. Michiharu Shinya – From prison to the pulpit
  12. Werner Simonson – German judge and Anglican minister
  13. Henry Gerecke – Chaplain to Nazi war criminals  



Don Stephens is a graduate of the University of London and gained his Cert.Ed at Chester College before embarking on a teaching career lasting thirty-two years. Until recently he was a lay preacher. Now he prefers to lay emphasis on preaching with the pen. He is married with one daughter.



"Once you start this book you will not want to put it down. It is a collection of remarkable stories told by a master storyteller... A book like this cannot leave you unaffected." - Stuart Olyott