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In the final chapter she calls upon Christians kf “find ways to defuse the raging resentment and hatred that fuels ‘holy war’ and introduce a God who does more than demand rituals – he truly loves us. I grew up in the Philippines, and I had seen the Burnhams and stayed at Aritao where they worked. The Burnham’s story is incredible, but more than that is the conviction that set in as I read. ejemies

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She is almost entirely unemotional at this point. Although compassion was shown for the captors’ humanity, the missionary couple never lost sight of their own identity as God’s people. Discover mt to read next.

Their ordeal is something that enemise to be recognized, if only to remind ourselves of our many daily ij we take for granted and those suffering in the world. In the right hands, a mediocre subject can be fascinating, but the reverse is also true. Her struggles to control her emotions, to keep faith in a seemingly-silent God, to maintain moral consistency are all open and laid bare.

It was not until the aftermath of September 11 that real progress was made in trying to rescue the Burnhams.


In the Presence of My Enemies

Their captors were the Abu Sayyaf, a pro-militant group that kidnaps unsuspecting tourists and Filipino nationals for ransom money in order to fund their cause–the formation of an Islamic nation in Southern Asia. A great book that every Christian should read.

One of the things they determined to do was to befriend their captors. After a year of captivity, and a violent rescue Enemiee rest of the book proceeds in chronological order from the night of their capture. I was also inspired that Mrs. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I knew the story and how it ended and what happened to Gracia’s family.

But a cloying pietism and a lack of enemles depth manage to take a lot of the drama and potential out of this book. I knew it was likely to be a harrowing read in places when I picked it up but decided it was well worth it.

Much of In the Presence of My Enemies tells of the ordeals that the Wnemies faced during their year in captivity. Gracia Burnham was also shot, but rescued and treated for a leg wound.

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But if you focus solely on the author’s recurring question of ransoms, you’ll miss the riveting story of her captivity.

On an early morning in late Mayan American missionary couple was kidnapped from a Philippine resort where they were celebrating their wedding anniversary.

Mar 29, Shania rated it it was amazing. As so many of us forget, the other side of free will means that there are people who will choose to do butnham instead. Overall this was a good read. More By and About This Author. Jul enemiss, Mandy rated it it was amazing. Like him, I believe all the bad things that happened are ultimately the fault of the Abu Sayaff. This book did pretty well at outlaying the struggles of every sort: We see the Islamic faith through the eyes of some of its most radical followers as they seek to live and, if possible, die for Allah.


As Americans, they are kept as the prime bargaining chip in ransom negotiations between the Islamic extreamist known as the Abu Sayyaf. Kindle Buurnham for Christians. This was my second time reading this excellent, detailed and transparent biography of the Burnham family. Although the topic is sobering, the book is by no means hopeless, for as the book progresses eneimes will see the faith of Martin and Gracia grow and being lived out of what it means to bless your enemies.

The leaders of the Abu Sayyaf could not understand prewence the Burnhams thought of them as enemies, figuring that since they were feeding and otherwise “taking care” of their hostages, their cause should be seen through empathetic eyes.

She isn’t graceful and accepting of her situation. Reality is indeed stranger than fiction.

The version I’d thought good was very similar to what we have in Gracia’s story: Constant marches in the jungle and island hopping to elude the army, the poor sanitary and sleeping conditions, and having to go days on end without any real food, are explained over and over again.