A Distant Prayer: Miracles of the 49th Combat Mission (Paperback)(edit)
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Europe, 1944 — World War II
Initially, air-service crews were required to complete twenty-five missions before returning to the United States. By the time we arrived, the number of missions had increased to fifty. The mortality rate was so high that they just couldn't bring in new crews fast enough . . . Fifty missions is an unbelievable number, and there was such a high injury and kill rate that it almost wasn't worth calculating.
This is the remarkable true story of Joseph Banks, a young Latter-day Saint and lone survivor of his plane that was shot down during a dangerous bombing run over Germany on his 49th mission — one mission away from going home. A prisoner of war, Joseph overcame impossible odds to mount a miraculous escape and return safely to his wife and young son.
This inspirational story of one man's faith, prayer, and unwavering courage in the face of overwhelming adversity will change the lives of those who read it.
About the Authors
Jerry Borrowman is an award-winning author of historical fiction and coauthored biography. He and Rudi Wobbe won the prestigious National Award from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge for sharing Rudi’s true-life experiences in Three Against Hitler. A number of his books, including A Distant Prayer with Joseph Banks and ’Til the Boys Come Home, are LDS best-sellers. Jerry has been featured in a number of DVD presentations, including Stories from the Life of Orrin Porter Rockwell, as well as in television and radio interviews.
Harrowing survival story of a WWII prisoner of war.
by Judy - reviewed on August 31, 2006
This true story of Joseph Bank's experiences in WWII. The faith that he exhibited as a prisoner of war was a testimony of faith and prayer. My husband and I truly enjoyed this book
A story of Faith Strength and Integrity
by Roger - reviewed on April 09, 2007
My wife and I enjoy listening to 'Books on CD' as we travel. This was one of the most compelling stories we have experienced. The faith portrayed by Sgt Banks and the miracles he shares with readers and listeners are reminiscent of the many warm emotional moments recorded in journals of pioneers and in scripture. It is a reinforcing witness that integrity, trust and patience, combined with faith and prayer are essential to man's well being, particularly in the nurturing of the soul. My personal thanks to the authors for sharing this story.
Really enjoyed it!
by Janelle - reviewed on November 13, 2008
Jerry Borrowman and Josoph Banks did and excellent job on this book! Many times when I was reading it I forgot it was not a novel. Jerry Borrowman does a great job when he co-authors books keeping them just interesting enough, that you can't rest 'til you've finished the book. Even if you have read it once and know the ending! The story of what Joseph banks went through during the war and the side efects afterwords. War is never a good thing but is necessary to preserve our freedom. I'm greatful for Josoph Banks and those like him for what they have done for our country.
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