By Lynn Austin
“Every one of us is in danger as long as the Nazis remain in power. The only truly safe place to be is in God’s hands”.
– Lynn Austin
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Chasing Shadows is a story of three courageous women, each fighting to maintain and live out their hope and faith amidst a Nazi invasion.
Set in the Netherlands (1939-1945) we are taken on three, intertwined, but vastly different journeys, from the perspective of German Jew Miriam Jacobs, local farm owner and mother Lena de Vries, and Lena’s daughter Ans who lives in a nearby city caring for a wealthy woman suffering with melancholia.
It was refreshing to journey along a linear timeline, yet between characters, but mostly it was the integrity of the Dutch resistance, and daily decisions to do good in the face of terrible evil, that has made this book so memorable for me.
I cried, grieved, and mourned what people went through – and I pondered myself whether I would have had the faith and courage to do what these people (characters, I know!) did.
Would I have sacrificed myself for others with such abandon? Would I confess my faith in Christ instead of bowing down to evil oppressors? Only God knows! But I really do believe that historical fiction books such as this, help us to imagine ourselves far more brave than we actually are (in a good way!) – and perhaps provide some inspiration for boldness and trust in Christ, even if it’s just in our everyday mundane lives.
“Fear of the Lord is to hate evil. And Romans says we are to hate what is evil and to cling to what is good. ‘Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?’ Each of us must decide how we will respond when the world is slowly being swallowed up by evil.”
Loved it .5