In the Presence of My Enemies
Gracia Burnham / Dean Merrill
Paper: 14.7 X 21
A gripping account of the kidnapping of American missionaries and their year of terror in the Philippine jungle.
About the Author
Gracia Burnham is the widow of Martin Burnham and the mother of Jeff, Mindy and Zach. For 17 years she and Martin served with New Tribes Mission in the Philippines, where Martin was a jungle pilot delivering mail, supplies and encouragement to other missionaries and transporting sick and injured patients to medical facilities. Gracia served in various roles supporting the aviation program and also home-schooled their children. She is graduated of Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Missouri, and a pastor’s daughter.
Dean Merrill is vice president of international publishing with the International Bible Society. The former head of publishing at Focus on the Family, he has authored and co-authored numerous books, including the best-seller Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire with Jim Cymbala.
Can faith, hope and love survive A YEAR OF TERROR?
For American missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham, what started out as a relaxing, once-in-a-lifetime anniversary getaway at an exotic island resort turned into one of the most horrific nightmares imaginable.
Kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf, a terrorist group with ties to Osama Bin Laden, the Burnhams were snatched away from friends and family and thrust into a life on the run in the Philippine jungle. During a perilous year in captivity, they faced near starvation constant exhaustion, frequent gun battles, coldhearted murder and intense soul-searching about a God who sometimes seemed to have forgotten them.
In this gripping firsthand account of faith, love, and struggle in the face of unnervingly casual brutality, you’ll go behind the scenes of a real-life drama, told in gritty detail by the least likely survivor. You’ll learn about the methods and motives of a radical extremist group whose members are determined to meet their objectives, no matter what the cost. You’ll be inspired by the ultimately triumphant faith and enduring love of an ordinary couple thrown into extraordinarily difficult circumstance.
Whatever the struggles of your life, you’ll find encouragement and hope in this refreshingly honest story of a year-long battle with the darkness that inhabits the human heart.
“The issue … is not why an all-powerful God might choose to subject a man to evil, but how a man, with God’s help, responds to evil …. The Burnhams, under torturous condition, befriended their guards, comforted their fellow hostages and kept their faith in a God who seemed to have abandoned them.” – USA TODAY