Janet & Geoff Benge's Brother Andrew: God's Secret Agent
Paperback; ISBN 9781576583555
When he became God's smuggler, Brother Andrew was already familiar with risk. As a boy, the intrepid Andrew van der Bijl joined the Dutch Resistance against the Nazi occupation. As a young man, he fought eagerly in the Dutch East Indies - until the horror of war turned the adventure seeker to a life of alcohol and desperation. Redeemed by God, the Dutchman became a daring messenger of hope, smuggling Scripture through closed borders and equipping persecuted Christians behind the Iron Curtain. Today Brother Andrew and the ministry of Open Doors continue to shine the light of Christ in the world's darkest places.
Read a review of Brother Andrew: God’s Secret Agent by Janet & Geoff Benge written by Andrew J. Eschen (Age 13)
This book starts by telling about Andrew van der Bijl’s childhood and daily lifestyle in the Netherlands during the German occupation of WWII. In 1945, Holland is liberated and Andrew is a young man of 17 who begins a career, fighting in Indonesia. He is wounded in the ankle by a bullet ending his dangerous life. He returns home to Holland begins to seek the Lord, which leads to his conversion. He then begins a missionary life and soon decides that God wants him to work behind the Iron Curtain*.
From the beginning of this amazing biography, I was captivated by both the action- packed history and the laid back writing style. The history gives you a detailed account of living in a German occupied country during WWII. It also shows accurately how communism has destroyed every society in which it has been implemented. As for the writing style, it shows experience for writing to a large and diverse audience. I would recommend this book to ages 13 and up. This book does not include any pictures and has some descriptions of dead bodies which is why this would not work for a younger reader. I hope you find this review helpful :)
*You will need to read the book or research the Iron Curtain to find out what this object is.