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In the Presence of My Enemies by Gracia…

In the Presence of My Enemies (2004)

by Gracia Burnham

Other authors: Dean Merrill (Ghostwriter)

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Satisfactory read about a missionary couple kidnapped and held for ransom in the Philippines for over a year. The flashbacks were distracting from the survival story, which was actually interesting. ( )
  fuzzi | Mar 2, 2019 |
The strength that Gracia & Martin drew from their love for each other & God is certainly inspiring. No way would I have lasted more than 48 hours in their situation. No way. ( )
  PiperUp | Aug 14, 2015 |
Overall this was a good read. Tells of the harrowing story of Martin and Gracia Burnham's kidnapping in the jungles of The Philippines by the Abu Sayaaf, an al Quaeda terrorist cell. Told from the perspective of Gracia Burnham who survived the hostage-for-ransom ordeal. Through all the tough times the Burnhams kept their faith and relied on God's daily provisions. On numerous occasions their lives were in limbo in firefights between the Abu Sayaaf and the Philippine Army. Gracia tells of her many emotional struggles and lack of privacy and inconveniences. She relied heavily on her husbands strength to get her through this ordeal. And, eventually she did make it, while her husband did not.

Although the story is intriguing, the story seemed to run on at many times. A lot of repetitive narrative that could have been easily compressed by at least 60-75 pages. Nevertheless, this a great story of persistence and faith with a joyful reunion in the end. If you liked, "Through Gates of Splendor" by Elisabeth Elliot you will also like this one. The stories are eerily similar in many ways. ( )
  gdill | May 16, 2013 |
Toward the end of the book, the author made excuses for God, explaining why He was unable to save her husband instead of allowing a biblical perspective to influence her thinking. God saved Peter from Herod's sword, but did not save Stephen from being stoned. She missed an opportunity to declare that the Gospel is so glorious and our God so great that people will risk their lives to tell others so that they too may know the one true God. ( )
  jgaryellison | Aug 18, 2012 |
Kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf, 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 exhauston, frequent gun battles, coldhearted murder, and intense soul-searching about a God who sometimes seemed to have forgotten them.
  heritagechurch | Feb 22, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0842381384, Hardcover)

2004 ECPA Gold Medallion winner! Soon after September 11, the news media stepped up its coverage of Martin and Gracia Burnham, the missionary couple held hostage in the Philippine jungle by terrorists with ties to Osama bin Laden. After a year of captivity and a violent rescue that resulted in Martin's death, the world watched Gracia Burnham return home in June 2002. In this riveting personal account, Burnham tells for the very first time the real story behind the news--about their harrowing ordeal, about how it affected their relationship with each other and with God, about the terrorists who held them, about the actions of the U.S. and Philippine governments, and about how they were affected by the prayers of thousands of Christians throughout the world.

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Christian missionary Gracia Burnham chronicles the year she and her husband, Martin, were held hostage in the Philippines by the Islamic terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, explaining how the two of them kept their faith alive during the ordeal and how she coped after Martin was killed in the rescue mission that saved her.… (more)

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