Book Review: “Kept Safely In The Darkest Night”
Kept Safely In The Darkest Night – Translated from the Dutch by the late Marcus Banfield;
Casebound; 157 pages;
Published by and available from Gospel Standard Trust Publications.
The years of the Second World War, from 1940-45 were some of the darkest years in the history of Europe. The generation that passed through those years is passing away and with it, the experiences and the memories of those times. This book is a recounting the experiences of some of the Lord’s people who were members of the Netherlands Reformed Congregations of Holland. “Although written specially for young people,” says the ‘blurb’ on the back cover, “it will certainly speak to adults also.” When I started reading this volume, I was unable to put it down until I had read the whole in one sitting. Even though written for young people and children, I found it held my attention. We are brought face to face with ordinary Christians who knew their God and trusted implicitly in Him to keep them in the darkest hours of the war. Widow, Deaf C’nelia was given a promise that she and her house would be kept safely in the midst of the blitz. Although many would have urged her to flee for safety, she believed God and trusted that given to her. Her neighbours instead of fleeing took her simple faith to themselves and sought safety in her house which was, in accordance with the promise, kept in safety. The book is full of similar experiences, although not all are of happy deliverances. This is far removed from the dry intellectual Calvinism of today. This book will be read by both young and old to their spiritual profit.
Reviewed by James E. North