In the Eye of the Stormby John H. Groberg
This first-person account tells the fascinating story of the three years he spent on the islands in the South Pacific amidst a kindly people who had a deep faith in God, a faith that provides the backdrop for Elder Groberg's accounts of miraculous healings, protective warnings, and perilous voyages; for such stories as: The emergancy night voyage on a turbulent sea, and the anxious search for the only guiding light into the destination harbor. The boy whose apparently lifeless body was handed to the missionaries with the words, "Here, make him well again - you have the power." The storm that overturned the boat, throwing missionaries into the raging sea. The hurricane that hit the little island. The hunger when the usual supply boat failed to show up. And much, much more. This remarkable book paints a vivid picture of missionary life in a society geared to "a different way of thinking." But it is far from being solely a collection of stories. To the experiences it recounts, the author has added observations on the scenes and circumstances that in an inspiring way bring out the gospel principles involved. Given this combination, the total effect of the book is that from the time readers reach Tonga with the young missionary they will be engrossed in his story until the end.
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John Groberg, or Kolipocki, as they call him in Tonga, is a man whose faith is like no other's. The movie is amazing and will make you cry.
In The Eye Of The Storm is a autobiography of the mission of John Groberg. John Groberg is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who is called to serve a two year mission to Tonga. The book tells of all the various experiences he has had while serving the Tongan people and trying to teach them of his religion. He also shares his thoughts and feelings of how he grew while being there and how humbling it was to live among them. I really enjoyed the perspective that he had about living among a different culture who has no modern convinces at the time. It was almost like you could put yourself in his shoes. He also highlights on how they are different but just like everyone else in the world, with the same personality types and feelings. It would be hard to leave the comfortable life behind for two years and live on such an isolated island away from everyone. It is good that we can get somewhat of an idea from Groberg and not actually have to do it ourselves. I also liked the never give up attitude that he illustrated throughout the book. Groberg told of how he almost drowned in a storm, almost starved after a hurricane, and got the soles of his feet eaten off by rats. Through all of that he still trusted his God and endured through it all. He never quit, wanted to go home, or even complained about his situation. Instead he learned to love and serve the Tongan people and fulfill his call.
Reads like a Hollywood movie, this true story of a Missionary to Tonga. A story of a young boy becoming a man through tough phyiscal, and spiritual circumstances. This is how service to God should be. His love for the people he serves is incredible.