Island of Saints: A Story of the One Principle That Frees the Human Spirit [NOOK Book]

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While digging up a withering wax myrtle tree beside his waterfront home on the Gulf coast, author Andy Andrews unearths a rusted metal container filled with Nazi artifacts and begins an intriguing investigation that unlocks an unspoken past that took place in his backyard . . . literally . . .

. . . In the summer of 1942, as the country gears up for a full-scale commitment to WWII, German subs are dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to sink U.S. vessels carrying goods and fuel for the war. While taking a late-night ...

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Overview

While digging up a withering wax myrtle tree beside his waterfront home on the Gulf coast, author Andy Andrews unearths a rusted metal container filled with Nazi artifacts and begins an intriguing investigation that unlocks an unspoken past that took place in his backyard . . . literally . . .

. . . In the summer of 1942, as the country gears up for a full-scale commitment to WWII, German subs are dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to sink U.S. vessels carrying goods and fuel for the war. While taking a late-night walk along the coastline, Helen Mason-recently widowed by the realities of war-discovers the near-lifeless body of a German sailor. Enraged at the site of Josef Landermann's uniform, Helen is prepared to leave the lieutenant to die when an unusual phrase, faintly uttered, changes her mind.

Set in a period simmering with anger and suspicion, Island of Saints offers the very real chronicle of a small town preparing itself for the worst the world has to offer.  As cargo from torpedoed ships begins to wash up on the beach, Josef and Helen must reconcile their pasts in order to create a future.

Blending his unique style of historical accuracy with unparalleled storytelling, New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews offers a tale of war, faith, and forgiveness-illuminating the one principle that frees the human spirit.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Andrews provides another round of light historical fiction, with themes similar to his last book, The Lost Choice. This time the person finding historical artifacts in his yard is Andrews himself. (Fact or fiction? It's tough to tell, and some readers may find that confusing.) While trying to dig out the roots of a dead wax myrtle tree, Andrews's shovel hits a tin containing WWII artifacts-buttons, photos, a badge and medal from a German U-boat officer. Andrews, who lives on a Gulf Coast island, immediately begins researching U-boats in the Gulf of Mexico during the war. Who did these items belong to? How did they end up buried in his yard? What happened to the German officer and the family shown in one of the pictures? The questions lead him to uncover the past: a U-boat officer washed ashore, critically injured; a desperately bitter young war widow; a crazed Nazi; and a cast of characters from a sleepy undeveloped beach town. The underlying theme concerns the necessity and nature of true forgiveness, portrayed through the story and in occasionally didactic dialogue that may grate on some readers. But many are sure to love this sweet tale, simply told. (June 2) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A pragmatic, plainspoken author (The Traveler's Gift) and highly sought corporate lecturer, Andrews will please his fans with this parable based on true stories of American loss, forgiveness, and healing during World War II. The story opens with the author finding military treasure under his own wax myrtle tree; curiosity leads him to solve the mystery by talking to the locals. Readers get to know "Helen," who struggles with her anger at the Nazis for killing her husband and eventually comes to terms with it as she finds new love. Along the way, we meet other characters who have learned forgiveness: German lieutenant Josef Landemann, who was shot and lost his wife and child during the war's bombing; Margaret and Billy, at peace now with having a handicapped son, Danny; and Danny himself, who knows that letting go of slights makes for one's own happiness. Clearly, the message here is that forgiveness is the only way to heal ourselves. Although simplistic and a bit preachy, this book builds on the author's popularity and will speak to the masses. Best suited to larger public libraries in a category that straddles spirituality and personal growth.-Lisa Liquori, MLS, Syracuse, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418515966
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/31/2005
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 165,476
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Hailed by a New York
Times
reporter as “someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” Andy Andrews is a best-selling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world’s largest corporations and organizations.
He has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and recently addressed members of Congress and their spouses. Andy is the author of three New York Times bestsellers. He and his wife, Polly, have two sons.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Great book

    A great read couldnt put it down! My first Andrews book, I will be reading more. Wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2005

    Super suspenseful - can't put it down!

    I loved this book. I knew it would have special meaning to me after reading the cover flap. I recommend this book to everyone. Beware - once you start reading, you won't get anything else done - you CAN'T put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2005

    Wonderful Story

    This a wonderful story that works on so many levels. It has a well delivered message and it is beautifully woven around an involving plot. It is also a history lesson. The intersection of setting and time are fascinating, particularly to anyone who has vacationed on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. It's hard to imagine what life was like during World War II in what is now a popular vacation destination, but this book will take you there and have you wishing you could travel back to that time and meet these characters. But, above all, this is a wonderful story. Enjoy!

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    Set in the summer as World War II develops, is the story of a young couple, both of whom have lost their worlds and the mystery, the intrigue that brings them together and the lesson of "anger management"... Not only a lovely, worthwhile story but great lessons we can live and learn of today. A healing book - a how-to book with such gentle lessons, you won't realize you've been in class until - well, will you graduate?

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