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In the Presence of My Enemies

snemies And so it is in this jungle of life named Struggle. I would recommend In the Presence of My Enemies to any Christian or person interested in reading about a true hostage story. Open Preview See a Problem? Jul 23, Paul rated it really liked it. Through friendly interaction with the Abu Sayyaf, they learned that most of the group were naive young men who did not necessarily agree with the cause for which they were fighting.

Martin and Gracia Burnham were from the KC area so we were constantly paying attention to their plight while they were gone. She gives facts but little or no drama, and consequently I had begun to tune out when she returns to their situation as captives of a ragtag band of nutty Islamists. I grew up in the Philippines, and I had seen the Burnhams and stayed at Aritao where they worked.

Consequently, I’m leaving the book with a better view of it than I had while listening. Return to Book Page. In the enemoes, Gracia is rescued but her husband is killed.

I decided to read this book because I heard a lot about their experience from my parents, peers, and other adults. I do recommend it, despite not sharing the ni faith as the writer. The leaders of the Abu Sayyaf could not understand that the Burnhams thought of them as enemies, figuring that since they were feeding and otherwise “taking care” of their hostages, their cause should be seen through empathetic eyes.

The beginning is certainly gripping: The book is an account of Martin and Gracia Burnham, who were missionaries in the Philippines that were captured by Muslim radicals in and held as hostages in the jungle for over a year.


In the Presence of My Enemies – Books by Gracia Burnham

The book is very well-written and moves along briskly. I also appreciated her honestly throughout—she didn’t present herself as a hero or perfectly Christlike all the time. The central question at the heart of both crises is this: I was partially wrong. While celebrating their anniversary at a small resort in the Philippines they were snatched away and spent the next year of their lives on the run, fighting to survive in the Philippine jungles.

This book was hard to read. I was blissfully unaware of what they were going through. Be the first to ask a question about In the Presence of My Enemies.

Aug 09, Allison rated it it was ok. The version I’d thought good was very similar to what we have in Gracia’s story: The Burnham’s story is incredible, but more than that is the conviction that set in as I read.

I learned several things in this memoir: Although compassion was shown for the captors’ humanity, the missionary couple never lost sight of their own identity as God’s people.

Politics play a significant role in such affairs.

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Jul 31, Mandy rated it it was amazing. My only complaint came in the last chapter. Whenever they felt lowest, He provided something to buoy their spirits. Time and again Gracia tells of how she and Martin used prayer as a way of making it through the day, sometimes reciting memorized passages from the Bible, at other times singing hymns.

After a year of captivity, and a violent presencs that resulted in Martin’s death, the fracia watched Gracia Burnham return home in June with a bullet wound in the leg and amazing composure. I don’t want to be overly burnyam, because at times the telling is effective especially toward the endbut unfortunately there’s a sense that it could have been much better.

Just let us go, you creeps! Yhe a cloying pietism and a lack of theological depth manage to take a lot of the drama and potential out of this book. As mentioned above, I liked the way the conclusion is told.


My beta readers informed me that they wanted writing that pulled them into the story. Gracia is totally human and unflinching in reporting her life as a hostage. They recite the Koran in Arabic, even burnhan they don’t understand that language.

And the final chapters – like an overlong and contrived evangelical sermon trying to shoehorn in messages of poor theological quality – are just irritating. The story is told by Gracia Burnham of not just the time of their captivity but also their life leading up to it and then a return to ‘normal’ life. I was struck by the strength of their marriage, the way they saw their own sin while in captivity and let the LORD change their hearts in the midst of deep suffering.

Between the time of her capture and the final liberation by the military, the Burnham has gone through seventeen firefights and countless other artillery shelling and terrible ordeals with the jungle.

In the Presence of My Enemies 1 2 Aug 14, Jul 10, Kaishauna rated it really liked it. One of the things they determined to do was to befriend their captors. Reality is indeed stranger than fiction. In the Presence of My Enemies is Gracia Burnham’s heatbreaking yet uplifting memoir reflecting on her time as an Abu Sayyaf hostage in the Philippines in the early ‘s.

I un barely four years old at that time. Can faith, hope, and love survive a year of terror?

Yet she continues to work toward and hope for that end. Not only do they forsake the comforts of Western society and leave behind friends, jobs, church and family, but they often put their lives in burnhm by ministering in unstable nations. The story is really well told and the courage and This is the sort of book where it feels a little strange to say you enjoyed reading it since it is the real life story of a couple taken hostage in the Phillippines and held hostage for a year.