Darlene Deibler Rose

Evidence Not Seen Russell and Darlene Deibler wedding picture

There aren’t many books I recommend. I’m not a big fan of fiction, but I realize that some fiction can be very instructive and entertaining. Fictional movies are often fun, but they aren’t always compelling or life-changing. When I watch a movie, if it is based on historical events, I am often amazed by the story. Sometimes the truth in a biography is more gripping and compelling than fiction can ever be. If it is real, it can help the reader see life much more differently. Walking, even at a distance, in the shoes of a real person can inform and transform your thinking.

Darlene had a conviction about things she could not see with her eyes. This was a conviction that was tested to many extremes. But God….

When they went to serve they went with eyes of faith.

Hebrews 11:1 (ESV) “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Faith with shoes in WWII

Darlene Deibler Rose’s story is one of those rare biographies that tells a story that is almost unbelievable and heart-breaking. It includes beautiful moments, but it is also filled with pain, disease, starvation, torture, death, and unimaginable tragedy. But there are also some amazing outcomes. One outcome involves the work God did in the heart of a brutal Japanese POW camp commander. I won’t spoil it more than to leave you with that. Many thanks to Michael  Porto for recommending this book as one worthy of our attention.


Read this book. You won’t be sorry. You will probably view your life circumstances far differently than you did before you read it. I like what Sam Blumenfeld has to say about reading biographies.

Dr Charles Stanley, Ruth Bell Graham, Kay Arthur – Recommendations

The Benefits of Reading Biographies – Sam Blumenfeld

” While many girls will enjoy reading what the boys are reading, the biographies of women provide wonderful stories of how women in the past were able to rise to eminence in their fields by hard work and devotion to their careers. That is especially true of such women as Jane Austen, George Eliot, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Taylor Caldwell, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Helen Keller, Florence Nightingale, Queen Victoria, Martha Washington, Pearl S. Buck, and others.

What do we learn from these biographies? The priceless lessons of experience. Human beings, male and female, have been capable of extraordinary feats in all areas of endeavor. We live in a world built by their genius and inventiveness. The secrets of success are to be found in all of these remarkable lives. If you wish to excel in your own life, there is no better place to find inspiration than in the lives of those who have changed our world and changed our lives for the better.”

AMAZON LINK: Evidence Not Seen

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LINK: Benefits of Reading Biographies