Monday, May 9, 2016

The End of Law

Title:  The End of Law
Author:  Therese Down
Pages:  320
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Lion Publications
My rating is 4 stars.
Hitler was a lost person in more ways than one along with the many men who followed his orders without question or conviction.  The author points though to the youth who at the cost of their own lives spoke truth to their countrymen, reminding them of who the German people really were and  should rise up to be again.
Many novels and nonfiction books remind us, teach us and make us aware of what happened when evil went unchecked in a nation.  The author really writes a heart-gripping tale of how life changed for one German family when the husband, father and man chose to seek accolades from a mad man in power.  In the book, you will also read of the way it affected the character to do Hitler’s selective killing.  There is some detail in the book, but mainly it is a tale of the people who decided to stand up and then kneel down before God, making others aware of the atrocities being committed against the defenseless.
Included in the book is what the cost was to the wife, daughter and son of a man who sought to have more power and higher rank in the SS.  While he could live his life the way he chose, this made the character want to exert abusive power in his own home.  While one SS man sought power from Hitler another SS officer turned to God.  He cannot live with the nightmares he suffers or the work he has done with the destruction of life and ultimately his soul.
The foul language in the book is used by the one male character who believes there is no God, only the Reich.  However, it wasn’t necessary to use God’s name in vain in the novel as readers are aware of how the godless speak to and of God.  Those who resisted and called on others to resist Hitler and the Reich were killed in the early 20s.  I am humbled by their courage even decades after their sacrifice.
As soon as one starts reading, the reader will quickly lose themselves in a period of history that defies description.  However one aspect I learned about was of those who died courageously because they stood up to stop the spread of evil in the day.  What a reminder to be courageous and instead of ignoring evil, speak up, out and against that which God calls evil even when the cost is life!

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