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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Dean Merrill Goodreads Author. 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.
After a year of captivity, and a violent rescue that resulted in Martin’s death, the world watched Gracia Burnham return home in June with a bull 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. After a year of captivity, and a violent rescue that resulted in Martin’s death, the world watched Gracia Burnham return home in June with a bullet wound in the leg and amazing composure.
In this riveting personal account, Burnham tells 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. Paperbackpages. Published March 22nd by Living Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about In the Presence of My Enemiesplease sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about In the Presence of My Enemies. Lists with This Book. Feb 03, Nancy Kennedy rated it it was amazing. I picked up this book after reading the story of a missionary kidnapping of years ago, The Miss Stone Affair: America’s First Modern Hostage Crisis.
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The central question at the heart of both crises is this: Should a ransom be paid for a hostage’s release? It’s a shame that this is the central theme of Gracia Burnham’s book. From the outset, she knew that her mission’s policy was not to pay a ransom, as it might only encourage more kidnappings and finance terrorism.
She mentions this in the fi I picked up this preesnce after reading the story of a missionary kidnapping of years ago, The Miss Stone Affair: She mentions this in the bunham few pages of the book.
Throughout the Burnhams’ ordeal as hostages of a Philippine terrorist group she returns repeatedly to the hope that a government, any government — even Quaddafi’s Libya! Even when ransom money does come in apparently from the Burnham family, although she does not say so she and her husband Martin are not released.
Yet she continues to work toward and hope for that end. And who could blame her, really? Most of the other hostages are ransomed and released — if they’re not beheaded first.
But if you focus solely on the author’s recurring question of ransoms, you’ll miss the riveting story of her captivity. Gracia is totally human and unflinching in reporting her life as a hostage.
She isn’t graceful and accepting of her situation. She complains, she weeps, she makes demands. She portrays herself as so far off the charts of acceptable behavior that the other hostages, especially her husband, must make huge efforts to keep her emotionally stable.
Who among us would be brave enough to admit that? Some readers thd have wanted a more saintly captive, but I did not. Her despair is leavened by her discoveries of faith, and both make for valuable and moving reading. The one chapter that came across as odd, though, was the actual raid in which Martin was killed. She is almost entirely unemotional at this point. You don’t feel her deep despair over the loss of her husband, either at that moment or in the weeks that follow.
But she does say that she and her husband had mentally and even verbally said good-bye during the long year of their ordeal, so maybe that emotion was already spent. But she comes across as clinical, even abrasive, in the moment, which dulled un impact of the tragedy for me. Missionary hostage situations are becoming more common these days than outright killings, so the question of how to deal with them is very timely. It’s worth reading this book to become more informed about the issues that hostage-takings raise, and to become more enejies to people who put themselves pf harm’s way in risky parts of the world.
Jul 10, Kaishauna rated it really liked it. There are many missionaries who live this day in and day out, but it doesn’t at all detract from the purpose of God’s plan in why it happens. The Burnham’s story is incredible, but presencce than that is the conviction that set in as I read.
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If all my life’s luxuries were stripped away, everything I take for granted and everything I didn’t even know I took for granted was stripped away, what kind of person would I be? Or would the real me shine right through? This story left me thinking and praying about my own walk with the Lord and whether or not I truly reflect Him. We serve a God who has blessed us with free will, which we choose to use for good or evil.
The Burnham’s story was thought-provoking as I pondered how great our God is that He does not trample on us and turn us into puppets who do what we ought to do. As so many of us forget, the other side of free will means that there are people who will choose to do evil instead.
But, we are to seek God and allow Him to work through our situations rather than expect Him to take us out of them. This story is an honest story to read and to share. Mar 12, Northpapers rated it it was ok.
I have quite a few reasons to like this book. I grew up in the Philippines, and I had seen the Burnhams and stayed at Aritao where they worked. My mom went to boarding school with Martin Burnham, and our family was actually evacuated from the Philippines due to threats from the terrorist groups in the book.
I followed their captivity with quite a bit of interest, and I felt brokenhearted for the family both during and after the events chronicled in their book. I also did PR for Dean Merrill, who co-wrote the book with Gracia Burnham, tne I found him to be one of the most thoughtful, reliable, and professional Christian authors I ever worked with.
So, with the utmost respect for Gracia Burnham, and for co-author Dean Merrill, I have to say that the book was a severe disappointment.
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. It was just hard to read too many sentences like, “After about three days of living with this torment, I was totally miserable. Oct 03, Joel Arnold rated it liked it. My wife read it to me while we traveled and it was hard to stop reading when we arrived. You won’t have trouble staying motivated to keep reading.
At the end when they are “rescued” you will be crying. I also appreciated her honestly throughout—she didn’t present herself as a hero or perfectly Christlike all the time.
You got an honest window into her struggles and the challenges she grappled with. My only complaint came in the last chapter. She talks about the fact that so Excellent book.
She talks about the fact that so many people were praying so faithfully and asks why God didn’t answer their prayers and bring Martin out. Her answer is essentially open theism. She went through amazing trials and endured in ways that I could only wish I would do. But her theology is still defective. Mar 04, Tim Byron rated it it was ok. The story of the kidnapped Protestant Missionary Couple who were held captive on a Filippino Island for a year should be dynamite.
But a cloying pietism and a lack of theological depth manage to take a lot of the drama and potential out of this book. Living in the Philippines when I read this, could have turned it into a page turning thriller for me – but it was a damp squip. 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.
Which is quite an achievement since there is ample scope for a fascinating story to be told with important discussions about religious hypocrisy, intolerance and fanaticism. The author paints herself in fairly bland and unattractive role – whilst projecting her husband as a quiet strong, hero with depth.
This may be accurate – but it is telling that as the tale reaches its climax – the shooting of them both in a botched take over by the inept and corrupt Philippino army – there is very little emotional climax. My lack of emotional connection to her, or to her dying husband was a testament to the poor quality of this book. And the final chapters – like an overlong and contrived evangelical sermon trying to shoehorn in messages of poor theological quality – are just irritating.
As the tiresome refrain in the book about the good guys and the bad guys limps on I know which category I put this into.
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I found this book as a freebie for my Kindle and thought it would be interesting. I was partially wrong. When Gracia and Martin Burnham were going through this experience kidnapping by an Islamic terrorist sectI was graduating from college and starting veterinary school: I was blissfully unaware of what they were going through. 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.
I can’t imagine people cheering and being excited over that day. I found the conversations that Gracia had with her captors informative and interesting as I evaluated the thought processes of the terrorists.
I was also entranced with the relationship that the Burnhams had with God during that time in their lives.