THE GREAT ANSWER by Margaret Lee Runbeck

THE GREAT ANSWER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A personal, dramatic and poignant approach to faith which is in key with emotional needs today and of augmenting importance to many to whom it seemed outside their ken yesterday. There's the woman's touch, definitely, with some sentiment, but it is inescapably moving material which illustrates from actual experiences of the war, that ""man's extremity is God's opportunity"" and that a belief in God, even though unacknowledged as such, is back of every fighting man. There are stories of Marines at Guadalcanal (""No atheism in those foxholes""), of London under Blitz, of Dunkirk, greatest miracle of all; there are stories of individual exploits, Eddle Rickenbacker, Barney Boss, Seaman Mrs. Choate, wife of CGR 3070's Joe; there are stories of planes and subs. Then there are incidents outside the fighting forces, -- Rose Helene, the little French girl of five who gave sufficient faith to her mother to cross the Pyrenees by foot; Dr. Jaroshevich, who outprayed 53 days of torture and starvation at the hands of the , Mrs. Bell, the little missionary, on a raft with some children for 21 days. Remember Daphne du Maurler's Come Kind, Come Weather (published in 1941), which reached a large audience even outside the ranks of the Moral Rearmament group? This has somewhat that appeal -- a definite spiritual strengthening --without the bias of a particular pattern of faith.

Pub Date: Jan. 26th, 1943
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin