Does surrender ever lead to victory? The seldom told story of Europeans in WWII Japanese concentration camps, is one of the never-told story in Luce Vanderveer Lewis’s family. When the entire family must rally to save one of their own, an unexpected journey of revelations and redemption brings a healing light to them all.
The generations following WWII are invited to find deep meaning, along with contemplating all of the tough questions of faith and love. Is faith foolish or wise? Where was God in each atrocity and loss? Is it wise to love what death can touch?* When generations following WWII step-up to these questions, reveal our own secrets, tell our elders I want to know what you went through, lest we forget a deeper intimacy, trust and love is our reward. We learn to not give up, just as our grandparents and parents did not give up. The “never again” commitment, and a quest for peace and spirituality is perhaps our greatest reward.
Following Shadows is inspired by my own story. As a survivor of an international childhood with parents who were World War II survivors, I know the generational after-effects of starvation and slave labor in Japanese concentration camps for my father, and the terror of Nazi occupation for my mother. I know the challenges of struggling to feel at home across three countries: The Netherlands, Iran and America.
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