Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Reprint edition (June 7, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
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Emotional. Riveting. Inspiring. Exhilarating.With my wife out of town and my kids at school, my day off presented the opportunity for me to get in an hour of reading before knocking out some miscellaneous projects. I was instantly captivated by “Saving My Assassin” and didn’t get up from the couch until it was time to pick up my kids from school several hours later. In fact, I finished by the next day. That’s how good this book is! To date, I have read eighteen books this year and “Saving My Assassin" is the first book that I absolutely could not put down!My heart hurt while reading about Virginia Prodan’s childhood upbringing.My heart raced while reading about her encounters with communist agents.My heart swelled while reading about her courage in the courtroom.My heart pounded while reading about her interrogations by assassins.My heart expanded while reading about her genuine love for her enemies.My heart rejoiced while reading about her unshakable faith and ultimate victory.This epic story will feed your soul, fuel our faith, and flat-out fire you up to live what you believe.
Having had the honor of meeting Virginia Prodan a couple of years ago as part of a service organization we are both members of, I have known bits and pieces of her life under former Romanian Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. However, until getting my copy of her long anticipated autobiography and reading it cover to cover today (I could not put it down), I had no idea of the depth of her involvement in defending Christians in that era, nor of the personal danger she encountered. Not since Whittaker Chambers' book "Witness" have we had the opportunity to peek through the veil of communism--in this case a particularly harsh form of communism that was ultimately overthrown by the people. Virginia's first person account is riveting, and also gets to the very heart of trusting our Lord in difficult times. I usually don't even review the books I read, but not only am I moved to write this review, I've already ordered another copy being sent to a friend. Buy, Read, Share this book. (From a major prestigious publishing house, Tyndale.)
WOW! What a powerful and inspiring testimony! This book should be required reading for every Christian teenager in this country as an example of how God can use each of us to change the world we live in if we let Him. Who knows how God will continue to use this amazing testimony in our own country as now Virginia fights for freedom and truth here. The eternal consequences of her willingness to follow Jesus no matter what will be endless, I am sure.
I really love this book and feel its one of the best ones I read so far this year. As soon as I received it I planned on reading for about thirty minutes. Meanwhile I was still reading it three hours later. It was such an interesting book. Its about a lady named Virginia and her life experiences in communist Romania. She discusses all the hardships she experienced in life. She also talks in great detail about wonderful things that occur. She shows how God has helped her so many times in her life. I enjoyed this book and think its a great read for all adults and older teens.I received this book free from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.
A perfect book for summer reading because you will not want to put it down! I recommend this book for everyone but especially for younger Americans who might not have been taught proper history. If I could afford it I would hand this book to every young person I see carelessly wearing a Che t-shirt or who spout that communism has some virtue. Virginia Prodan lived to tell us about what it is really like to live under communism - dangerous, stifling, robotic....anything but free . She also lived to spread the message of peace and real freedom that can only come through Jesus Christ. Her story is riveting and shared so well that I felt as though I was watching it happen. I wanted to help her and protect her as she courageously moves through a very hard childhood. I was cheering her on as she pushed toward and achieved her goals and chewing my nails as she took on religious freedom in the courts of a country that offers none. Holding my breath as......I don't want to be a spoiler so I can't go on! This is a must read and must share book.
Virginia Prodan's story is on par with the writings of Corrie ten Boom. In the midst of suffering the LORD increased her faith and taught her to pray for her enemies through difficult times. She was an example to all who saw her live out her faith - her clients, the Securitate guards, and also her children who saw Virginia seek the Lord in all things.After reading "Saving My Assassin" I immediately ordered two more copies: one to share with others and a hardback copy to give to our local library. Such a timely book about living in a country where the government controls everything. Saving My Assassin in on the list for my book club to read and discuss!
Virginia tells a shocking story of growing up in a totalitarian country, unloved by her family because she looked different, but never told why. She was the scapegoat for anything and everything. But she had a strong survival instinct and learned to educate herself as much as she could. She persevered and eventually was awarded a slot in the higher education program to become a lawyer. But even then she quickly learned the system was not as honest as she thought. This autobiography is well worth the reading as it also gives the reader a glimpse into a horrifying political period under a despot leader. A lesson we must all learn, if we are not to repeat it.
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