Book Reviews,  History

The Other Side of Infamy

The Other Side of Infamy: My Journey Through Pearl Harbor and the World of War - By: Jim Downing, James Lund “War is uncomfortable for Christians, and worldwide war is unfamiliar for today’s generations. Jim Downing reflects on his illustrious military career, including his experience during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, to show how we can be people of faith during troubled times.

The natural human impulse is to run from attack. Jim Downing—along with countless other soldiers and sailors at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941—ran toward it, fighting to rescue his fellow navy men, to protect loved ones and civilians on the island, and to find the redemptive path forward from a devastating war. We are protected from war these days, but there was a time when war was very present in our lives, and in The Other Side of Infamy we learn from a veteran of Pearl Harbor and World War II what it means to follow Jesus into and through every danger, toil, and snare.”

The Other Side of Infamy by Capt. James Downing was a wonderful book! It was written by a man who lived through the attack on Pearl Harbor, and gives a wonderful, firsthand account of the attack, as well as a vivid telling of what the “good ol’ days” were like.

Capt. Downing is 103 years old, and has a wealth of wisdom to share with our generation — some of which he has passed on in this remarkable book. The style of writing was enjoyable — it seemed as though he were sitting beside me as I was reading, telling me a wonderful story of how God had preserved his life during the war and used him to impact the Kingdom of God in remarkable ways.

I prefer to learn about history through accounts of people — real people — who lived through it. I enjoy this time in history (1940’s) because there are so many first hand accounts of witnesses who actually lived through what I can only imagine. I have read many books and biographies and memoirs, and I can easily say that this ties for my “first favourite” book of this time era, Out of the Depths. Out of the Depths was a memorable book that told the story of the remarkable faith of a young man during a tragedy at sea. This book by Capt. Downing was a beautiful story of how one man was so devoted to God’s work in his life that he was willing to sacrifice it for others, of his willingness to help in times of trouble, and of his love for the Saviour. It was a story of a life that was truly consecrated to the Lord, and an example worthy of emulation.

I would definitely recommend this book, and am already planning on loaning it out =}

*I received this book in return for an honest review.
All opinions are my own — I was not required to give a favourable opinion.*

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I am a 22 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.

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