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Issue: "2009 Books Issue," July 4, 2009

Unshakable faith

I came across Edward Lee Pitts's article ("To Hell and back," May 23) as we began the Memorial Day weekend. It was especially encouraging to read of the unshakable faith of his grandfather, Edward Treski, throughout his life, both while enduring the "hell ship" and enjoying peace in later years. May our Lord shake our nation to remember with deepest gratitude all that He has done through such men.
-George A. Damoff; Marshall, Texas

The article by Pitts was rather graphic, but the reality of war needs to be brought to our attention. It illustrates the sinful nature of man and God's grace at the same time.
-Roy Anderson; Prairie du Sac, Wis.

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"To Hell and back" was a great article. My grandfather, a B-17 co-pilot, was shot down and survived. I went to a couple of reunions and heard their stories of heroism (although they never saw themselves as heroes). I pray that the next generation has that kind of fortitude.
-Bryan Morrow; Carthage, Mo.

Person or product?

I am disappointed with "Heal or heel?" (May 23). Along with many Christian believers, I am grieved, pained, and embarrassed by Todd Bentley's fall, but it would seem that someone was only too glad to nay say the Lakeland meetings.
-Carol Yoder; Meyersdale, Pa.

It is, indeed, terrible that false claims are made about God's touch in regard to cancer, but the Lord does still heal. Many people are inwardly confident that the Lord has interceded on their behalf. I am one of these folks.
-Joan Santomenna; Beachwood, N.J.

The so-called revivals of the past few years (the Toronto Blessing, the Pensacola Outpouring, the Brownsville Revival, and now the Lakeland Outpouring) are, at best, questionable. Authentic movements of the Holy Spirit bring transparent confession, deep repentance, and much soul searching. The blessings (healings, restored marriages, cleared consciences, evangelism, etc.) are byproducts of a true revival. The church in America definitely needs revival, but are we more interested in the product of revival or the Person of revival?
-Frank Nolton; Woodbridge, Calif.

Doomed?

Every morning when I read the latest on what President Obama has said or done, or about the infighting of the Republican Party, I hear myself muttering, "We're doomed." Then I read "Paring down" (May 23). Joel Belz is right, and so is Sen. Jim DeMint, who would rather work with 30 Republican senators who know what they believe than 60 who blow constantly in the wind. Everyone should be asking themselves, "What am I made of? What do I stand for?"
-Anita Christy; Gilbert, Ariz.

Regarding Republican senator Arlen Specter's hypocritical defection to the Democrats: That is a denial of his constituents' votes. He is just thinking of his own reelection. A true statesman thinks about his country and the next generation.
-Rudy G. Hoggard; Marion, N.C.

I first met Peggy Noonan years ago at a National Press Club book fair and was entranced by her word-smithing and her conservatism. Sadly, it appears that only one remains in full vigor.
-Mark A. Kellner; Silver Spring, Md.

American hero

Recently, I read a biography of Whittaker Chambers, so Marvin Olasky's reference to Chambers's autobiography, Witness, caught my eye ("God doesn't give up," May 23). I rejected Marxism because of an economics professor at Vanderbilt University who demonstrated the inefficiencies created by government interference with markets. I did reject God and adopt cynicism, but God never let me go. After He brought me back to Himself, I read Witness and Chambers became my 20th-century American hero.
-Barby Gifford; Lookout Mountain, Ga.

I very much appreciate the candor and the humor in Olasky's autobiographical series. I hesitate to say "enjoy" because we can all relate to such agonizing searches for the truth.
-Jack F. Seward; Media, Pa.

All bad

The photograph of abortionist "Bad to the Bone" Bertha Bugarin ("Illegal procedures," May 23) prompted, surprisingly, nothing but empathy from me. All I could think of is that we are all "bad to the bone" except for the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. And she wouldn't be the first abortionist to make a complete turnaround.
-Eileen Cushing; Brooklyn Center, Minn.

Disturbing

The United States military confiscating and destroying bibles ("Banned witness," May 23)? That's the most disturbing thing I've read in a very, very long time.
-Bryan Dawson; Jackson, Tenn.

Even more so

I loved the article on Greg and Mary Jane Grooms ("Home cooking," May 23). It's all true, but there is no way an article can capture how warm and loving these wonderful people are. Both of them quietly radiate the powerful balance of God's intellect and His loving grace.
-Sue Bohlin; Austin, Texas

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