By Sigmund Brouwer
Jeremiah Prins' world was ordered and predictable until war came. His life in the Dutch East Indies was one of privilege until Japan invaded. When his father and older brothers were taken away, ten year old Jeremiah is left with the responsibility of caring for and protecting his mother, two younger sisters, and his little brother.
But the true test comes when the family is taken to one of the Jappenkamps... As they struggle to survive the harsh conditions of living in a concentration camp they manage to find some small joys and friendships to sustain and support them. But all too soon choices have to be made, choices that have consequences that must be lived with.
This is Jeremiah's story. A story of pain and suffering. A story of courage and fear. A story of survival. This story will move you to tears. And it is time for Jeremiah to share it and the horrifying truths that have shaped him into the man he has become. Take a look back as Jeremiah shares a childhood lost...
Thief of Glory looks at a period of history during World War II that many are unfamiliar with. This is history that was barely acknowledged much less taught in history class. I have to be honest I did a little internet research and was shocked at the number of Jappenkamps that were listed as having been in existence.
Humanity's lust for power and supremacy is not a virtue and is, in fact, often the catalyst for even greater evils against those who share this world. Some of the incidents in this book are disturbing and not appropriate for younger readers in my opinion.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.
A boy coming of age in a time of war…
the love that inspires him to survive.
For ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveals about a woman he barely knows—his frail, troubled mother.
Amidst starvation, brutality, sacrifice and generosity, Jeremiah draws on all of his courage and cunning to fill in the gap for his mother. Life in the camps is made more tolerable as Jeremiah’s boyhood infatuation with his close friend Laura deepens into a friendship from which they both draw strength.
When the darkest sides of humanity threaten to overwhelm Jeremiah and Laura, they reach for God’s light and grace, shining through his people. Time and war will test their fortitude and the only thing that will bring them safely to the other side is the most enduring bond of all.
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