Archives For forgiveness

In From Pearl Harbor to Calvary, Mitsuo Fuchida tells the story of how he went from willingly leading the attack that killed over 2,000 people at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 to serving his creator as an evangelist who preached about the forgiveness found only in Christ. The book also shares the story of Jacob DeShazer, who God used to bring about Fuchida’s salvation. This book was originally published in 1953 and is being republished this year, the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The audio edition also includes interviews with Jacob DeShazer and his wife Florence DeShazer.

This is an enlightening book. I had never heard of Fuchida or the DeShazers before listening to it and I found the story both enlightening and inspiring. Fuchida tells of the hatred that led him to volunteer for the Pearl Harbor mission and the hatred that led DeShazer to volunteer for a retaliatory mission. We then learn how God moved in these men to show them that hatred is not the solution and that Christ made it possible for them to forgive and find forgiveness.

This very short audiobook is well worth a listen. If you’ve ever wondered if God still works, you won’t after hearing how He worked in these men’s lives.

Regarding the audiobook quality, the narrator does an excellent job and the production quality is also excellent.

Do you have a secret? Something that you’ve kept in the dark and hope never sees the light of day? Each of us has at least one, but author and pastor Aaron Stern says that secrets can destroy us. In What’s Your Secret?, Stern explores the topic of confession. Using scripture, personal stories, and stories from others, he leads readers on a path toward the joy that is only found in living as God intended, free from secrets and complete in His forgiveness.

This is an excellent book. Unlike popular self-help books on the topic, What’s Your Secret? doesn’t claim to give a simple solution. The book begins by guiding you through the process of confession (to God and others) and discusses what real confession is all about. It then proceeds to introduce readers to what it looks like to live out in the open. Chapters cover “unpacking” your baggage, making things right, and many other topics related to healing and living life free from secrets. Along the way, the author has provided anonymous confessions that he has collected, reminding us that we’re not alone – the secrets that we think are so terrible and unique are close to, if not identical to, those of others.

What’s Your Secret? is encouraging, insightful, motivational, uplifting, and inspiring. If that seems like hyperbole, it’s not. If it seems like I picked up a thesaurus and copied every word under a single heading, well, I didn’t, but maybe I am being repetitious. It’s intentional. You have to read this book. Aaron Stern wants you to live in freedom. God wants you to live in freedom. The road will be difficult, but with this book as a guide, you can do it.

The audiobook is read by the author, which I often enjoy. This case was no different. Hearing the author’s words in his own voice adds authenticity to the reading. The recording and production quality were also very good.

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