Would we allow our lives to be interrupted and used by God, regardless of the personal cost? Would we protect others from an evil government planning their elimination?
That is the story of the Trocmes. Schott has done a good job of taking readers through the childhoods of Magda and Andre, their meeting, their marriage, and their service to others in the midst of danger.
The greatest impact of the story is when the Trocmes are in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a mountain village in the south-central region of France. Andre was a pacifist. It had been hard for him to find a pastoral position. In June 1940, German troops marched into Paris and an armistice signed. Le Chambon was more than one hundred miles south of Vichy and in the Free Zone. Refugees began pouring into the village. But then the order came. Beginning in October, all Jews were to be handed over to German officials. Andre and the villagers put their own lives in danger to protect Jews.
The story of Magda and Andre is inspiring. They are a good example of valuing the lives of others above their own as well as remaining true to the command of Christ to love our neighbor. Theirs is also a thought provoking story. What would we do, given the same kinds of circumstances?
I recommend this book to those who appreciate stories of sacrifice and heroism. You'll learn some about the Christian practice of the people of the area. Some were descendants of the Huguenots while others were followers of John Nelson Darby. You will be inspired and be challenged to think about the millions of refugees in the world today. Would we open our doors to strangers who asked for our protection as the Trocmes did?
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Hanna Schott is a German journalist, writer and editor who has studied literature, theology, musicology, and language.
Herald Press, 270 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.