Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II

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This is the true story of a young American missionary woman's courage and triumph of faith in a notorious Japanese prison camp. Forced to sign a confession to a crime she did not commit, she faced the executioner's sword, only to be miraculously spared.

This is the story of an American missionary woman's courage and triumph of faith in the jungles of New Guinea and a Japanese prison camp.

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Overview

This is the true story of a young American missionary woman's courage and triumph of faith in a notorious Japanese prison camp. Forced to sign a confession to a crime she did not commit, she faced the executioner's sword, only to be miraculously spared.

This is the story of an American missionary woman's courage and triumph of faith in the jungles of New Guinea and a Japanese prison camp.

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Editorial Reviews

Kay Arthur
“An incredible faith-building, awe-inspiring story ... a story we all need to hear.”
Ruth Bell Graham
"My life was changed when I heard Darlene Rose’s story. It challenged my faith as nothing else had. "
Bill Gothard
“Darlene’s testimony is a quick and powerful remedy for anyone who is discouraged or ungrateful.”
Doctor - Charles Stanley
"[A] testimony of deep faith and a confirmation on the faithfulness of God."
Ruth Bell Graham (daughter of Billy Graham)
“My life was changed when I heard Darlene Rose’s story. It challenged my faith as nothing else had. ”
Dr. Charles Stanley
“[A] testimony of deep faith and a confirmation on the faithfulness of God.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433249488
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 7
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Darlene Deibler Rose was the first American woman to enter the Baliem Valley of New Guinea. She remarried after the war and resumed missionary work in the Australian outback where she now lives.

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Chapter One

After six months studying the Dutch language in Holland, C. Russell Deibler, my husband, a veteran missionary, and I, his young bride, set sail aboard the RMS Volendam, en route to the Netherlands East Indies.

My first glimpse of the East Indies showed me a veritable hot, humid Eden. The more than 13,500 islands scattered from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean were bathed in two annual monsoons that left a girdle of mud around most of the larger islands. Each had its own version of swamplands and impregnable rain-forest jungles, with vaulting cathedral-like gloom. Many had active volcanoes that still spewed occasional but deadly flames and lava. All were outlined with coral reefs, quiet lagoons, white-sand beaches fringed with coconut palms, hibiscus, and frangipani bending languidly to the soft ocean breezes. "Ah," I reveled, "an island paradise."

We landed in Batavia, Java, on August 18, 1938, our first wedding anniversary. The scents of my new homeland were foreign yet provocative, exceedingly different from any odors previously known to one accustomed to midwestern Iowa farmland. Each island, each area was different. Some had sulphurous mangrove swamps and decaying jungle flavors. Some reeked of copra. I identified cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in the breeze blowing off the Spice Islands. Elsewhere the smell of sea salt was mixed with the heavy perfume of night-blooming jasmine.

Walking through the markets — a patchwork of makeshift tables covered with brightly colored fruits and vegetables, native woven goods, earthenware pots, beautiful sarongs, andtrinkets of gold and silver-proved much more invigorating than any American supermarket. The merchants click-clacked two pieces of wood together and called out in sing-song voices the nature of their wares. Nothing had a marked price. I walked away when I first heard a price quoted that was double the value.... Boleb tawar!

Boleb tawar! the distressed merchants exclaimed, inviting me back to bargain. And bargain I did!

Everything was interesting and intriguing. Immediately I knew a oneness with the people and the place. I pestered Russell with a thousand questions or more.

In the open city canal, happy, chattering men, women, and children were bathing, washing clothes, preparing vegetables, merrily splashing one another, or taking care of bodily functions — all in close proximity to one another.

The train trip to Surabaja through central Java threaded in and out of a mosaic of terraced rice fields and tea plantations.

Three days later, aboard an interisland steamer, Russell and I headed toward Celebes, the mission headquarters in the Netherlands East Indies.

Macassar, the capital and chief seaport of Celebes, was a magnificent tropical city. White-sand beaches extended right up to the terraced rice paddies. A large, very old fort, with an outdated cannon, kept a watchful eye on the harbor. Ocean-going vessels dropped anchor to unload their imported manufactured goods in exchange for a cargo of copra, coffee, rice, corn, salt, and an array of exotic spices.

Russell, never the best of sailors, had recovered sufficiently to join me at the rail after the gangplank had been lowered onto the wharf. He directed my gaze toward the group gathered to the right of the gangplank.

"The tall lady is Margaret Kemp, from Endicott, New York," Russell said. "She and the other single ladies work in the headquarters office and teach in the Bible School."

I recognized Lilian Marsh, for she was the image of her sister, Ethel, a soft-spoken Englishwoman whom I had met in London. They were the daughters of a well-known British minister and author, F. E. Marsh. Both had served many dangerous years in embattled China before Lilian was transferred to the Netherlands East Indies. As I looked at the petite lady, perhaps no more than five feet tall, with her fine, curly hair pulled into a neat bun at the back of her head, I could scarcely believe that she had braved the Boxer Rebellion in Wuchow, as had Philoma Seely, who stood next to her.

Philoma, earlier described to me by Russell as intense and a bit eccentric, was shorter than Lilian. Her gray hair, catching the tropical sun, shone like polished silver. Philoma, tone-deaf, yet miraculously fluent in Chinese, kept the books for the mission headquarters, taught in the Bible School, and was actively involved in the ministry of the local Chinese church.

At the end of the line of single women was Margaret Jaffray, the slightly plump, much-beloved daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jaffray, the field chairman of the Netherlands East Indies mission. Her dark hair was shot through with silver. Rimless glasses sat atop a pug nose but didn't diminish the humor that sparkled in her hazel eyes.

"Welcome back, stranger!" a gentleman with the group called. They all began waving.

"That's Wesley Brill, head of the Bible School; his wife, Ruby; and their little girl, Donna," Russell explained.

In fear and trepidation I disembarked. The Brills reached Russell first with a hearty greeting, and as I hung back, a little unsure, the two Margarets, Lilian, and Philoma surrounded me. I looked hesitantly into their faces, fearing that one as young as I might not be readily accepted; but they extended kind words of welcome, which I soaked up like a sponge. From that moment I knew a respect and love for them that close proximity in the work, war, and suffering never altered.

The Brills told us that, for the present, Russell and I would live at the mission guest house situated near the edge of the city.

The guest house had large, airy, sparsely furnished bedrooms that opened onto the communal dining and sitting rooms. The cooking area, dipper bath, toilet, and quarters for the hired help were housed in a separate building connected by a covered walkway to the main house. Ceramic tiles made the floor deliciously cool underfoot.

Evidence Not Seen. Copyright © by Darlene Deib Rose. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    This is a must read!

    This book is one of the most fabulous books I've read. You will not be able to put it down, and you will not be the same after reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

    Evidence is seen in "Evidence Not Seen"

    This book was an amazing story of how Darlene Deibler Rose lived her life in a prison camp during WWII. It shows a great example of a courageous woman who gave everything she had to Christ and followed him no matter what. This book is something that you will not be able to put down because you are so enthralled with how God uses Darlene not only as a witness to Japanese commanders but also as an inspiration to the reader. I definitely recommend this book to anyone, you will want to risk your life for Jesus when you finish and be "A good solider for him"!

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    My favorite book for over 15 years

    This is more than just a missionary autobiography, though it is that. And a very engaging one. This book shows a genuine faith and peace and joy that surpass all understanding in the midst of suffering and disappointment...much like I imagine the Apostle Paul's faith while imprisoned. The author's story has challenged me to respond in faith whenever I have gone through rough patches (though nothing to compare with her experience). I have given away several copies of this book and also have a video of her telling her story. I only wish that video was available on DVD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2008

    A reviewer

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Another story that is similar to this and very good is Goodbye Is Not Forever. Check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2005

    Page-Turner!

    I couldn't put this book down!! I can't believe how many adventures and dangerous situations the author went through during her captivity in a Japanase WWII prisoner camp. God was with her through her trials all the way. My mother loaned me this book, and I waited a long time to read it, because I was afraid it would be sappy and not very interesting. Boy, was I wrong! I like reading WWII history books, so this book was right up my alley. And it really challenged my faith to not worry so much about the petty things that bother me from day to day, compared to the life and death struggles that Darlene survived, placing her full trust in God all the way. Read this book! :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2004

    A Practical Example of Loving Those Who Hate You

    When Darlene Rose led the Japanese camp commander to the Lord, she became one of the greatest examples of God's work in the human soul. Read what Jesus Christ can do through anyone who trusts and obeys Him, even to love those who hate Him. Pray for the movie of her life that we are attempting to make to the glory of God.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2004

    FAITH

    I bought and Darlene Rose's book 'Evidence Not Seen' several years ago, after listening to a'Focus on the Family' cassette tape. Wonderful wonderful book. You have to read it to fully appreciate what a loving GOD we have, if we only trust that he will be there for us as he promised.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    Awesome testimony of God's faithfulness!

    I cried as I read this book, seeing how no matter what the trial or difficulty, God can bring peace and strength to endure, if we choose to rely on him rather than our own strength. Darlene Rose's testimony through this book encouraged me to rethink how much I am leaning on the Lord in every aspect of my life, as well as giving new insite of the verse (Heb. 11:1) "NOW FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR, THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN." Faith is how we understand what seems to have no reason. And as it says in Hebrews 11:6"...WITHOUT FAITH IS IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM (GOD)..." This book is an awesome read for anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2000

    See God's Providence in One Woman's Life!

    This book fed my soul as I read, time & time again, of God's sovereign power in Darlene Diebler Rose's life. God has truly gifted her in telling her story of faith, first, as a missionary to New Guinea; and later, as a POW in a Japanese internment camp. Read how God blessed her witness of Christ to the Commandant of that camp, known for his brutality to prisoners. Once you pick it up, you can't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2000

    Committed to God

    This is the best missionary biography I have ever read. Darlene Deibler's faith in God and trust in Him is an inspiration to me. A book to read, pass on, and read again.

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