4.22.2016

Book Review | Shadow of His Hand

Author: Wendy Lawton
Series: Daughters of the Faith
Genre: Biography 
Published: 2004
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Pages: 160
Age Group: 10 +


Anita Dittman dreams of becoming a ballerina. It's not long until the reality of being a Jewish girl in Nazi-ruled Germany dashes those dreams. When her Aryan  father abandons his Jewish family, Anita's life becomes the stuff of nightmares. "Don't draw attention to yourself", her mother often whispered. "If they don't notice you, they'll leave you alone". But no one hides from Hitler's fury.
As the persecution intensifies, Anita and her family must leave everything and everyone they love- even each other. Will no one hide them from this Holocaust? In the midst of unimaginable suffering, Anita discovers that even when the whole world dissolves into chaos, her heavenly Father continues to hide her in the shadow of His hand. 



Books that capture my attention and force me to slow down and savor them always rank high in my opinion, And Shadow of His Hand, part of the Daughters of the Faith series, is just such a book. The first time I read it, I knew I'd found a keeper.

Shadow of His Hand tells the remarkable story of Anita Dittman, a young half-Jewish girl living in Germany just before WW II. Anita dreams of becoming a ballerina from the age of five, but she can't understand why her German father always disagrees with her Jewish mother. 
When her father leaves her, her mother, and her older sister, Anita's life changes. Now she must give up her dream of dancing and adapt a strange new life, one where she has no friends and lives in fear, ready to slip into the shadows at any moment.
When Anita visits a church on Easter Sunday and meets Jesus for the first time, her life is changed again--for the better. She now has  Friend how will help and protect her, hiding her under the shadow of His hand. As the years pass by, life is still very difficult for Anita--being rejected from school, telling her sister goodbye, and suffering from the many cruelties of the war.
 A bright spot for her is when her mother becomes a Christian--some time after which her mother is taken to prison. Now Anita must provide for her mother, until she herself is taken to a work camp. Thinking that everything is over, Anita must remind continually remind herself of the safety she has in Jesus Christ, despite when everything around seems to be crumbling to pieces. 
Even after the dreadful war was over, Anita never forgot the time when she was so vividly sheltered in the shadow of His hand. 10 out of 10 hearts-♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥


Have you read Shadow of His Hand, or any of the other Daughters Of The Faith books?  If so, did you enjoy them?
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22 comments:

  1. Cool! I really want to read that book now!

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    1. I hope you can read it, it's such an amazing story!

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    2. Yeah! I think I'll see if I can find it on Amazon...

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  2. Wonderful review, Emily! :)

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  3. I have read all of the Daughters of the Faith books, I think! I have enjoyed them all! They are great historical fiction books from a Christian perspective!!

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    1. I've read all but one, and I really liked them! I'm glad you like them too. :)

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  4. I haven't heard of the Daughters of the Faith books. They sound really interesting. I'm going to see if I can find them. :D

    Thank you for posting this review, Emily.
    Love,
    Ashley

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    1. I hope you can read them--they're all so good! Thank you for commenting! :D

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  5. Wonderful review! I have read one Daughters of the Faith and really enjoyed it. I'll have to get more! =)

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! You'll have to let me know how you like the rest of them. ;)

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  6. Hey Emily! So... I'm having a Beta Readers sign up over at my blog and was wondering if you or anyone else you know wants to do it? 🙁😕😐😥 no one has signed up yet.

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    1. Aww, I'm sorry no one has signed up yet! I'll go check it out right now. :)

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  7. I have that whole series and I've really enjoyed it! This is the one that I read most recently. It was really good!

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    1. I'm so glad you like them!

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  8. I have not read this but I do enjoy books on this subject.

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I know it's typically "recommended" for younger ages, but I personally think that any age group would enjoy it.

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  9. Oh, this book looks so good! I need to find it and read it sometime! :)

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    1. I'm sure you'll love it! And thanks SO much for following my blog too! :)

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  10. Hey Emily! I know this post is from awhile ago, but it was one of the 'you might also like' posts on your Do Hard Things review. We have the whole Daughters of the Faith series. I've read this book and LOve it! It's definitely one of my favorites of the series.

    And thanks for commenting on my blog! It's nice to see that people read and enjoy the things I write :)

    Blessings,
    Julia
    www.myjoyfuljourneywithjesus.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Julia, thanks for stopping by my blog! That's perfectly okay that you commented on this post- I appreciate you commenting. :) That is awesome that you have the whole series!! I've read the whole series although I only own half of them.

      You're very welcome, and thank you for leaving a comment! =)

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