Enter the world of Nazi Germany. The story begins with a soul-searching pastor who sees the youth of his church abandoning everything they’ve been taught, swayed by Hitler’s youth movement. Some pastors have preached against Hitler, only to be arrested and shipped to labor camps. It’s one thing to speak up if it means his own personal suffering, but to take a stand against the Nazis now will endanger not only him, but his wife and unborn child.
But when Hitler begins testing gas chambers using the disabled infants of his own country, and when the pastor's newborn daughter is taken from him for having a hearing defect, the dye is cast. Pastor Josef Schumacher can no longer stand idly by. He undertakes a daring rescue mission on a gassing facility in Hadamar and enters the underground world of resistance to the Third Reich. This thrilling story of faith and courage is based on true events.
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This has to be one of my favorite books written by Jack Cavanaugh!! I have just finished this book in the series and I am now on the second one: "His Watchful Eye". I really LOVE this book because it has a lot of action and romance in it. The book seems to draw you into it and it seems like you're really there in that moment, which is good because there is a lot of action in it. It also seems to make you think you know the characters personally. Whenever they went through something tough, I found myself feeling for them as if they were real people. I HIGHLY reccomend this book to everyone because it really would fit anyone who would want to read it.
This was an amazing book. Jack Cavanaugh is truly and outstanding writer. I couldn't put the book down. It felt like I was right there having the adventure with the characters. Simply Amazing!
Though Jack Cavanaugh is the author of dozens and dozens of novels, While Mortals Sleep is the first is a Christy Award-winning first in the Songs of the Night series. This historical Christian thriller is packed full with tension, passion and Faith.
Josef Schumacher is a pastor in 1940 Germany, during World War II. Children are turning in their parents to the SS for listening to British radio stations, while German-Jews are increasingly treated with brutality. To Schumacher, the initial belief that Hitler was the answer to Germany¿s prayers is quickly realized as a crumbling farce. Hitler is demanding his place in society as a god. Unable to bend and curb his beliefs, Schumacher begins to protest against the Third Reich movement, and has begun his protest with a dangerous group--the youth from his congregation.
Conditioned to turn in traitors, the youth¿who respect the pastor¿warn him to back off and Heil Hitler with the respect expected of any true German. More push-back comes from Schumacher¿s father-in-law, who is also a well-respected pastor. The elder pastor needlessly reminds Schumacher that he is not some single renegade pastor¿but a married man, and soon-to-be-father. The elder pastor insists that Schumacher put the safety of his immediate family first, and God second.
After numerous run-ins with the S.S., Schumacher realizes that to continue standing up for his Faith and against Hitler would be certain murder¿knowing the German army would first attack his wife and unborn child in order to make a point. However, unable to conform, Schumacher joins an underground group of rebels. Their mission is to free people held captive, and about to be put to death.
The dangerous rescue is set to take place at the same time Schumacher¿s child is to be born. What seemed like a simple effort to save lives goes drastically wrong. Suddenly missing in action, Schumacher¿s wife must look deep inside herself for answers to many troubling questions, such as, How will I raise this child alone? Was my husband right to follow God and his heart? Did I ever even love the man? If he is still alive¿will I ever see him again?
The bigger question is, Will anyone attempt to risk it all for to slim chance that the pastor might still be alive?
While Mortals Sleep is a gripping, demanding novel. A knot formed in my gut from the beginning of the book, and grew and twisted until I reached the conclusion. The characters are real. You care about them. You cry with them, for them. While Mortals Sleep is emotionally draining, exciting and non-stop. Living in a free country like the USA, I often times forget how lucky I am to worship without fear of retribution or physical attack. The worst thing about the novel was that it ended (like all novels do). The best thing is that I have the second in the series (His Watchful Eye) ready to go!
--Phillip Tomasso III
Cavanaugh is a great author. In this book he produces an exciting plot that will hold you breathless to the end.