For American missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham, what started out as a relaxing, once-in-a-lifetime anniversary getaway at an exotic island resort turned into one of the most horrific nightmares imaginable.
Kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf, a terrorist group with ties to Osama bin Laden, the Burnhams were snatched away from friends and family and thrust into a life on the run in the Philippine jungle. 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.
In this gripping firsthand account of faith, love, and struggle in the face of unnervingly casual brutality, you’ll go behind the scenes of a real-life drama, told in gritty detail by the least likely survivor. You’ll learn about the methods and motives of a radical terrorist group whose members are determined to meet their objectives, no matter what the cost. You’ll be inspired by the ultimately triumphant faith and enduring love of an ordinary couple thrown into extraordinarily difficult circumstances.
Whatever the struggles of your life, you’ll find encouragement and hope in this refreshingly honest story of a yearlong struggle with the darkness that inhabits the human heart.
“The issue…is not why an all-powerful God might choose to subject a man to evil, but how a man, with God’s help, responds to evil…The Burnhams, under torturous conditions, befriended their guards, comforted their fellow hostages and kept their faith in a God who seemed to have abandoned them.” USA TODAY
This book deals with the trials of a woman held hostage for over a year by Islamic terrorists in the jungles of the Philippines.
The most humorous part of this often very sad book was when she gave up praying for her release and decided to pray for something she really wanted right then, a hamburger. The next day one of her captors said he was going into town and asked her if she wanted anything. When she told him what she wanted he said that wouldn’t be a problem. She had her hamburger!
At another point she was washing her hair in a stream, for the first time in many months. Her guard said she had to stop. So, in her frustration, she said, “Go ahead and shoot me.”
She thanked God afterwards that he didn’t. But at that moment she really didn’t care!
This book is often heartrending, sometimes very sad, but always riveting and always uplifting. It is one of the few books I have read about which I can truthfully say I had trouble putting it down.
I recommend it highly.