Art by James Archer.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Partial spoiler alert. This summary of the plot does not spoil the whole story by any means, but it may remove some of the surprises for you.
For One MomentBy Christmas Carol Kauffman
Rated: Hard to put down. Highly recommended
This story clearly shows the tender leading by God of a soul from darkness to the glorious light of Jesus Christ. This eventually brings joy, triumph over old hurts, and healing to other hearts as well.
One of the amazing aspects of this story is how the Lord protected Herbe through his life till he was able to hear, understand, and accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It argues a good case for predestination and free will at the same time.
Another thing that encouraged me in this story was one of the couples who witnessed to Herbe. They were Christians, Lutherans, who survived the dangerous Nazi regime while still quietly sharing their faith, belief of the Bible, and love for God. This book is an encouragement in a time when so much uncertainty about the future faces many believers. God is able to keep His children. We must trust His wisdom to determine how to best use us in these perilous times. Many Christians died at the hands of the Nazis and others. Many did not. This book gives a small glimpse of how life was for the Christian survivors.
The verse for this book might be: Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
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Comments on the author:
Mrs. Kauffman was a Mennonite writer. She chronicled several true life stories of people who eventually became Mennonites and also wrote some fiction along those lines. However, for the most part I have not found her strongly promoting Mennonite doctrines in general, which makes her books much more useful to the church in general.
She is a good writer and we have had more than one person tell us, "I couldn't put the book down."
Note: Though the stories are gripping, there are no overly gruesome scenes that I recall. She had a good sense of what was appropriate.