Saturday, May 20, 2017

{Book Review} "Under the Cover of Light" by Carole Engle Avriett

Rating: 4/5

Under the Cover of Light: The Extraordinary Story of USAF COL Thomas "Jerry" Curtis' 7 1/2 Year Captivity in North Vietnam

With great care, author Carole Engle Avriett writes COL Curtis' biography, detailing his 2,073 days as a POW in Vietnam. Beginning with his enlistment in the Air Force, Avriett details the choices Curtis' made that led him to volunteering for 120 day mission in Thailand. He departed for that mission believing he'd be back on US soil in just three months. Little did he know, it would be eight years before he returned to his wife, son and daughter. 

Throughout his years in captivity, Curtis clung tightly to His faith in God. Praying often, Curtis believes God carried him through those eight years of torture and imprisonment. Curtis was transferred to many different prisons in Vietnam, and in each place, he learned to communicate with the other POWs and even shared his faith through the tap code system he used to communicate. Curtis became a leader among the other prisoners and he shared his faith with other prisoners. 

Under the Cover of Light is a remarkable retelling of a horrific life event that led Curtis even closer to God. Readers will be inspired by the faith of the POWs and the hope that Curtis kept throughout his eight years of imprisonment. It's a hard story to read, but one that leaves readers amazed at all that God can do for His good. Curtis' eight years in prison were a part of God's plan, and lessons that Curtis learned during those years went on to help him later in life. This story reminds readers that even in the worst, darkest times, God has a plan and He never leaves His children. This is definitely a biography worth reading.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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