Category: Sigmund Brouwer

When the past and present collide

ThiefofGLoryI’ve long been a fan of fiction that dovetails a historical story with a contemporary framework. I like reading books with this kind of construction and I like writing them.  When I was asked to read an advance copy of my friend Sigmund Brouwer’s THIEF OF GLORY, and was told that it was a WWII story framed by the current day, I said yes immediately. I’m a fan of Sigmund’s style, have been since his BROKEN ANGEL a few years back. It wasn’t hard to come up with glowing words for Thief of Glory. This one was unputdownable on so many levels.  Here’s just a bit about the book:

Jeremiah Prins was the 12-year-old son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies when Holland declared war on the Japanese in 1941. In retaliation, the Japanese army invaded, and Jeremiah and his family were placed in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp; a hell on earth as all war camps are. After the war he finds himself in California, where he struggles with lingering anger and anguish from his experiences and the decisions he made.

In the present day, a now-elderly Jeremiah tries to make sense of his life by journaling all that his children do not know about his past, intending to leave his writings as an apology after he is gone. An online encounter puts Jeremiah in touch with his true love from the war years, Laura, and when they meet again, long-buried secrets are unearthed that will surprise and shock you, and ultimately endear this wounded soul to you.

Before reading Thief of Glory, I had no idea what the war was like for the Dutch residents living in what had been Dutch-occupied Indonesia. The novel was eye-opening to say the least. As with other books I’ve read with young protagonists dealing with the harsh realities of adults at war (The Book Thief, Sarah’s Key, Diary of A Young Girl, Stones from the River) this one yanked fiercely on my mother-heart and left me astonished at what war expects of the children swept up into its maelstrom.

The book won’t be released until mid-August but I suggest you put it on your To Be Bought list and then most definitely on your To Be Read pile. You will be moved, appalled, changed.

 

Wings

One of the most peaceful, memorable moments of a very busy business week at the International Christian Retailers Show in Orlando last month was hearing a song by recording artist Cynthia Morgan about what we’re meant for.

We are meant to fly.

Cynthia, married to a good friend and fellow author Sigmund Brouwer, wrote the song to capture in music the theme of Sigmund’s new book, Broken Angel, which I am happy to say I began to devour on the flight home.

The song, Beautiful Bird, is hauntingly lovely, the words powerful enough to transcend the confines of just one book, and it dovetails in amazing ways with the gritty reality of this futuristic story. Sigmund is a master storyteller and speculative fiction is definitely his creative niche. The prose is tight, tenacious, and tender – all at the same time.

Can you imagine the world – our world – on a different axis? Spinning to a tune you don’t quite recognize? Where God is there but not there? Where you feel fettered to the ground and stripped of nearly every hope? Not a pretty picture, that. Sigmund painted such a world in the pages of Broken Angel and I admit, I had to turn away a few times. A world where beauty and peace have been squashed into distortion isn’t a pretty one. The sad reality is, this book is a quiet compass pointing to the lives of thousands of people who – at this very moment in our very real world – live under the thumb of every kind of oppression.

You can almost feel the nubs of wings itching under your skin as you read. You want to escape a world like that. You want to rise above it. You know you were meant to.

A great read, Edglings. One to make you ponder.

An excerpt awaits you. . .

Have a beautiful, unfettered weekend.