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In the Presence of My Enemies

Author Gracia Burnham
Narrator Pam Ward
Runtime 11 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date November 18, 2009
Availability: Unrestricted (available worldwide)
Soon after September 11, 2001, 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.
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Soon after September 11, 2001, 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 the Presence of My Enemies, the gripping true story of American missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham's year as hostages in the Philippine jungle, was a New York Times best seller and has sold nearly 350,000 copies. It 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.S. and Philippine governments, and about how they were affected by the prayers of thousands of Christians throughout the world. This updated edition contains never-before published information on the capture and trial of the Burnhams’ captors, Gracia’s secret return trip to the Philippines, and updates on recent events in Gracia’s life, ministry, and family.

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Decent
A tough book for me to review. While the journey for the Burnam's was well outside of the American norm, there wasn't that much that came across as captivating during their captivity. There are some very interesting firefights, but the majority sounded like they moved through the mountains aimlessly, or sat around bored, while they were given little to do.

Their faith in God also came across as "American" (wanting to have God, but not give him all of themselves). But that might just be my interpretation.

Worth reading but not one of my top books.

Not to in any way disrespect the family, because for them it was clearly very meaningful. But in honesty reviewing it as a book, it didn't translate that much meaning to my life.
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Challenging
What a story! Heart wrenching and brutally honest story. Challenges my faith!
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Review by / (Posted on 3/21/2013)
In The Presence Of My Enemies
In the Presence of My Enemies is the heart-wrenching story of Gracia and Martin Burnham, missionaries to the Philippines who were kidnapped by Muslim terrorist. They were held captive for over a year and at very end, her husband, Martin was shot and killed by a stray bullet. Their intense suffering, questioning and enduring demands an audience. Though at times, their faith wavered, they stand as a testament to the fact that Christ can satisfy through both pain and pleasure. I wish that the conclusion to the book were a little different. Gracia concludes that God would have liked to have rescued her husband, but he did not want to violate the free will of the terrorist. She is trying to get God off the hook of her suffering. However, the Bible never tries to get God off that hook. Still, this book is a worthwhile read, and it is very inspiring. Thank you Christian Audio Reviewers Program. www.christianaudio.com
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Review by / (Posted on 2/9/2011)
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