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A Father’s Promise

January 30, 2020
father's promise book cover
Published: 1987
Page Count: 250
With only his imprisoned father's promise that they will be reunited after the war, Rudi must learn how to survive in hiding, how to be truly brave, and how to overcome the hatred of his enemies. He must learn to die to himself and to trust the God.

A Father’s Promise by Donna Hess is an adventure story set in Poland during the occupation of the Nazis in WWII.  Do not underestimate the fact that it comes from BJ Press.  It was very well done, both in content and in craft.  A twelve-year-old boy is sent by his father to live alone in the wilderness.  He befriends and raises an orphan girl. This story will evoke in young men virtue that stings with heartache and great compassion, yet the reader will not see it as a soft story.  I was truly engaged and found the truths of goodness rise up in a setting of much wickedness.

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