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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
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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.
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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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Felt as though I lived through it
Listening to this book, I felt as though I lived through this tribulation.
I identified with Martin throughout, and kept thinking, what would I do here?
The #1 outstanding virtue of this book is the down to earth honesty. It is what really happened and what they really felt. No dressing up to try to be edifying. But it was very edifying.
Because of the honesty, I feel like I learned lessons from the experience almost as if I went through it myself.
Some things I have resolved from this experience are to continue to memorize psalms so that I could sing them in such a trial, and to not fear men, but God. (This is not something the Burnhams did well, but I think from their experience that this is what is needed.)

I agree with the comments of others on the dumb explanation near the end of the book of why God did not save them. Gracia says that God could not violate the free will of the terrorists to make them agree to release the hostages. True. But God could have killed the terrorists or made a way for His servants to escape.
An interesting thing is that God answered their small prayers with minor miracles again and again, such as giving Gracia a hamburger and a Thanksgiving feast, but He did not answer the main prayer.

My possible explanation is that it God required much of Martin because he was a chosen vessel. i.e. when the terrorist tried to convert him to Islam, Martin politely answered that he couldn't consider that because his family had been Christians for generations. Rather, I think in hindsight, Martin should have risked getting his head cut off, and shared the truth of the gospel with the killer. It is much harder to take this kind of risk when you are also protecting your wife. The book inspired so much soul searching.
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Review by / (Posted on 2/15/2020)
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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Review by / (Posted on 2/7/2018)
Challenging
What a story! Heart wrenching and brutally honest story. Challenges my faith!
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