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Want to Read saving…. Published March 22nd by Living Books first published In lieu of a comments section, I accept and encourage letters to the editor. She gives facts but little or no drama, and consequently I had begun burham tune out when she returns to their situation as captives of a ragtag band of nutty Islamists. The one chapter that came across as odd, though, was the actual raid in which Martin was killed.

This book was hard to read. Aug 09, Allison rated it it was ok. As Americans, they are kept as the prime bargaining chip in ransom negotiations between the Islamic extreamist known as the Abu Sayyaf. What kept the Burnhams strong during their time in captivity was their solid Christian faith. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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I was partially wrong. The book also offers insight into the minds of Islamic terrorists, which I found both fascinating and disturbing. I was also challenged to rely on the Lord and not on my own burham and to trust Him with everything even when I myself cannot control the situation.

A powerful book and one that is sure to provide encouragement, and I am happy to recommend In The Presence of My Enemies. On the one hand, they do not seem dedicated to hunting down the terrorists, as they would pursue the Abu Sayyaf into enemis jungle but just when they had the Abu Sayyaf cornered, they would retreat because, according to Gracia, their shift had ended.


So for a story like hers to have maximum value to someone like me, perhaps more granularity in her process would thf.

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? At times she adds feeling where it likely is not obvious in the author’s words, and I suppose it’s a matter of opinion as to whether she gets it right. Like Martin and Gracia, my family was in what one reviewer called “a long slog,” a grueling ordeal in which deliverance often seemed just around the corner and yet again and again hopes were dashed.

While some of the book is written for a Christian audience, a much wider audience will appreciate Burnham’s brave, artless account of these horrific events. You will laugh—and you will cry. My focus here is on the way the story is presented rather than on the subject matter, which ought to be of universal interest.

For example, September 11, was just another day for them. In the Presence of My Enemies. I actually relate to this story rather strongly, because in some respects it resembles my own.

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And there were certainly engaging touches thereafter, such as the moment when Gracia and Martin observe a commercial jet passing overhead and wish they could be on that plane, no matter where it’s headed. At one point, Martin boldly off to all the bad things the captors have done to the hostages, only to have one of them look at him quizzically enemifs claim he has never done any harm to the hostages.

I knew the story and how it ended and what happened to Gracia’s family. 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!

But a cloying pietism and a lack of theological depth manage to take a lot of the drama and potential out of this book. Oct 03, Joel Arnold rated it liked it. I was also entranced with the relationship that the Burnhams had with God during that time in their lives. Her husband was killed during the raid by the Armed Forces of the Philippines that finally freed and for some, killed the hostages.


Gracia and her husband Martin were taken as hostages in the name of jihad. It’s a shame that this is the central theme of Gracia Burnham’s book. At the end when they are “rescued” you will be crying.

In the Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham

Like him, I believe all the bad things that happened are ultimately the fault of the Abu Sayaff. What will impress them is genuine love in our hearts. Be the first to ask a question about In the Presence of My Enemies. Just let us go, you creeps! It merely described things that happened, with the assumption that readers would react appropriately. She felt bad for thinking this and also for not always living up to her ideal as a Christian by becoming envious of the hostages who converted to Islam for living better than her and Martin.

Missionary hostage situations are becoming more common these days than outright killings, so the question of how to deal with them is very timely. Good-will fails without competence. 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.

Whenever they felt lowest, He provided something to buoy their spirits. Selected pages Page Islam forbids theft, they assure Gracia, even as they steal Martin’s wedding ring and eyeglasses, not to mention stealing the lives of innocent people.

I am stepping in here to supply my own outrage, but Gracia’s feelings remain somewhat muted. The captors, in fact, do unspeakable things, such as beheading hostages or taking them as unwilling “wives.

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