The Eleventh Hour (Secret of the Rose)

The Eleventh Hour (Secret of the Rose)

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by Michael Phillips

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In 1930’s pre-war Prussia, Baron von Dortmann lives an idyllic life with his daughter Sabina. A devoted gardener and father, the Baron teaches his daughter powerful lessons about life, creation, and God’s love during treasured walks in the estate’s beautiful gardens.

But Sabina is growing up, and the Baron’s beloved Prussia is changing.

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In 1930’s pre-war Prussia, Baron von Dortmann lives an idyllic life with his daughter Sabina. A devoted gardener and father, the Baron teaches his daughter powerful lessons about life, creation, and God’s love during treasured walks in the estate’s beautiful gardens.

But Sabina is growing up, and the Baron’s beloved Prussia is changing. Now a beautiful young woman, Sabina has caught the eye of a handsome young American, Matthew. Meanwhile, a cloud is gathering on the horizon as the Nazis seize power in neighboring Germany. As he strives to protect his family and follow his own moral compass, Baron von Dortmann will face heart-wrenching decisions—with only God’s guidance to light the way.


While studying at Humboldt State University in the early 70’s, Michael Phillips and his wife, Judy, established the One Way Bookshop—a small Christian bookstore catering mainly to other students. Now the bookstore is an important part of the Christian community in Humboldt County, and Phillips is one of the country’s most respected and prolific Christian authors.

Phillips’ long publication history includes over twenty non-fiction books, including biographies of Victorian author George MacDonald and Olympic athlete-turned-Congressman Jim Ryun. But he’s best known for his fiction—and is considered one of the major founders of the Christian fiction genre. In the past two decades, Phillips has written more than sixty fiction titles, many of which have been best-sellers. Altogether, his fiction, nonfiction, and devotional writings have sold over seven million copies worldwide.

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Eleventh Hour 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt close to God as I read this book.
KayMKM 6 months ago
Michael Phillips has written an outstanding novel of mammoth proportion compared to most Christian fiction of today. The Eleventh Hour is more typical of the 1990’s era of which it was written. My copy has 502 pages of somewhat smaller size font. It is a book written not only for the reader’s enjoyment, but also as an avenue to spiritual growth through reading a wonderful story. There is much wisdom among these pages, so I would recommend taking the time to ponder and consider the words within. The plot is pretty straight forward and follows two aristocratic, German families at the cusp of WWII, as the family members make decisions about supporting Hitler and his racially motivated ideology. It is evident the author did extensive research of the times and the people, which brings authenticity to the storyline as it progresses through the years of 1937-1944. The author’s skillful writing is easily able to pull the reader into the story and transport her/him into that time and place. The main characters are multidimensional and definitely seem like real people—friends or foes. As the book ended, I felt truly connected to my “friends” and look forward to reading the second book in The Secret of the Rose series. I recommend this book to readers who are not looking for a quick read, who are interested in WWII literature and who prefer a story with a spiritual focus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brilliant historical Christian series that brings depth in understanding to love by family, by friendship & most importantly by God. Michael Phillips doesn't ram  his characters down your tnhroat, they are brought lovingly to you for your purview. The setting is written during an exciting era where adventure is written in a believe able manner. Intrigue, mystery & surprise will be found in this series that I plan to reread again,  I hunger for the message so beautifully entwined within these pages where understanding lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author. I bought it more under the premise of it being a love story with over-tones of WWII. I didn't realize how deep it would get into God, life, and faith was a pleasant extra to an already full story. I think anyone interested in history will enjoy this book as it gives the basics (most accurately from what I can tell) but, doesn't get so bogged down in details that it looses the essence of the real story...the story of courage in the face of great evil, strength in times when everything and everyone is against you and the joy of finding love, faith, family and God in our surroundings if we, but look for it. As did Sabina, Matthew, The Baron and others. I think I got into the story and the content more and more as I read this book. As others noted, the characters came alive in this story - even the bad ones - and there were times you could feel the fear, heartache, sadness, passion and love everyone was feeling in the story. They weren't just characters on a page, they came alive for a few hours each time you read a few chapters. I am glad the story does not end and continues in 'A Rose Remembered' which I am 1/2 way through now. So good. I suggest this book for people of all ages, sex and religion. It is generic enough that anyone with a belief will find something of interest. A surprising jewel of a book I did not expect to find and was happy to do so! Happy reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series is one of my favorite fiction books by one of my favorite fiction authors! I was disappointed when I finished the last book in the series. The setting is historical (pre-World War II and throughout World War II) and takes place in Poland, Germany and the surrounding countries. The book is suspenseful, very involved and inspirational. I appreciate the Christian-based nature of it and think that many Christians could be strengthened by reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book opened up my eyes to that personal relationship to god by looking for him in all living things, such as a rose.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book a week ago, and I'm in the sixth grade. Ever since I've read it, I've been really interested in things about WW II. And it's not just that, it's that it seems soo, real. I mean, it's like Sabina and Matthew really existed, and that they still might've both lived if not for the events in the last book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love historical novels and this is probably one of the best that I have ever read. I love how Mr.Phillips ties in history with personal lives and how his characters grow in God's grace and Bible knowledge every step of the way. Great book for people who would like to read about WWII from the German side!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the book. It took me a while to get into it but once I was I was attached. Taken in World War 2 it makes you feel like a part of that time.