Hello my fellow bookworms, as predicted I have not been able to take part in every week’s topic for Nonfiction November 2021, however here I am back for the fourth week, where we join our host Christopher @ Plucked from the Stacks for:
Stranger Than Fiction – This week we’re focusing on all the great nonfiction books that *almost* don’t seem real. A sports biography involving overcoming massive obstacles, a profile on a bizarre scam, a look into the natural wonders in our world—basically, if it makes your jaw drop, you can highlight it for this week’s topic.
The book that came to mind straight away, after first seeing this topic, was the bestselling Christian autobiography, God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew, with John and Elizabeth Sherrill. The recollections of Andrew van der Bijl’s awe-inspiring life and mission to smuggle Bibles past the ‘Iron Curtain’ to persecuted Christians, and the miraculous ways in which God provided for him every step of the way. ✝
While all true, it reads more like a gripping thriller, as Andrew travels in his little, battered VW beetle across strictly guarded borders and dangerous terrain, whilst facing deprivation, danger, arrest, and possible imprisonment or worse! 😲 Honestly, I can’t recommend this book enough and I also think it would make a great film!
Have you read God’s Smuggler or any other gripping memoirs? Please let me know in the comments below. Also, if you have taken part in this week’s topic, then please share a link to your post, too.