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Although the topic is sobering, the book is by no means hopeless, for as the book progresses you will see the faith of Martin and Gracia grow enemis being lived out of what it means to bless your enemies. This book is such an important story and it has certainly livened my faith. God doesn’t waste pain.

In the Presence of My Enemies

Refresh and try again. I did enjoy reading about an updated Burnham family and they have given so much back to help teach those that caused so much pain in their lives. When I thought they surely could go no further, the plot thickened. In lieu of a comments section, I accept and encourage letters to the editor. And who could blame her, really? Although compassion was shown At first I was a bit reticent to get into this book, expecting “just another missionary story.

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She then recounts highlights of their first years in the Philippines, where they began a family, and the duties she and Martin performed as missionary aviators. The love and respect for her husband shines through her record of their endurance as hostages.

Because of the series of failures in all aspects of my recent life, I have always thought of committing suicide. Gracia in particular felt that as an American woman she would be subjected to humiliation from the all-male Abu Sayyaf, though based on the interactions in the book, she seemed to be respected. But then, to establish who these folks are, persence narrative skips back more than two decades.


Her faith made that possible. Soon after September 11, the news media stepped up its coverage of the plight of Martin and Gracia Burnham, the missionary couple captured and held hostage in the Philippine jungle by terrorists with ties to Osama Bin Laden.

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From there presennce takes a step back to explain how she and Martin met at a Bible college in Kansas, how they dated and eventually married, Martin’s training as a small-plane pilot, and their decision to become missionaries in the Philippines, where Martin had grown up as a child of American missionaries. You won’t have trouble staying motivated to keep reading.

Her husband was killed during the raid by the Armed Forces of the Philippines that finally freed and for some, killed the hostages. I did rather admire the smooth transition back to the kidnapping. Her struggles to control her emotions, to keep faith in a seemingly-silent God, to maintain moral consistency are all open and laid bare. Anything that was out of the ordinary, from getting a chocolate bar or a small bottle of shampoo from their captors, was treated with extreme delight.

Soon after September 11, the news media stepped up its coverage of the plight of Martin prezence Gracia Burnham, the missionary couple captured and held hostage in the Philippine jungle by terrorists with ties to Osama Bin Laden. Or would the real me shine right through?

Reviews Latest Reviews By Category. Mar 17, Karensue rated it it was amazing Shelves: It makes the conclusion all the sadder to read. Which is quite an achievement since there is ample scope for a fascinating story to be told with important discussions ab The story of the kidnapped Protestant Missionary Couple who were held captive on a Filippino Island for a year should be dynamite. Even though I knew intellectually that there were people around the world that saw that day as a victory, the portion of the text that described what the Burnhams went through that day put it in a completely knew perspective for me.


Like many of us, the jihadists are sincere—even more sincere than most of us—about their worldview. I decided to read this book because I heard a lot about their experience from my parents, peers, and other adults. Instead of engaging me in the story- and believe me, it is a great story- the writing served to distance me from the characters and the situation.

Oh, she does feel bitterness and a variety of other negative emotions, she assures us, and no one would doubt that.

Thanks for telling us about the tye. Something far deeper and more significant that the “Stockholm syndrome” developed as the Burnhams displayed a godly love for their captors as well as clear perspectives with respect to the evil of their actions. In the Presence of My Enemies. What will impress them is genuine love in our hearts. After a year of captivity, and a violent rescue Their ordeal is something that needs to be recognized, if only to remind ourselves of our many daily blessings we take for granted and those suffering in the world.

Gracia provides an honest account of her conflicting emotions, and her frustrations with God during her time as hostage in Philippines jungles. Maybe the problem is that, at the point she is looking back to tell the story, she has gotten past those feelings.

I learned several things in this memoir: Plus, Gracia has a habit of interrupting her narrative for something trivial, like mentioning something from her childhood. In the end, Gracia is rescued but her husband is killed.