On a mission to bomb a French bridge and slow down Hitler's retreating army, U.S. bomber pilot Wendell B. Terry miraculously survived a harrowing parachute jump after his plane was hit by enemy fire. Scorched by the burning plane, he landed amid German SS troops and soon found himself in a German prisoner-of-war camp. He shared a cement room with 23 other prisoners. He lived with a dirt floor, no heat to ward off the bitter cold, one small window, and not much to do. To make matters worse, Christmas was approaching, and Lieutenant Terry's heart ached for his new wife and their child who would soon be born.
In the depths of the cold and dark, however, a light of hope was sparked by the arrival of a small parcel from the Red Cross. Chosen by lottery to receive that package, Lieutenant Terry opened it to find a small can of powdered milk, a packet of sugar, two squares of unsweetened chocolate—and a chance to bring a glimmer of Christmas joy to his fellow prisoners.
Brought to life with original drawings by Lieutenant Terry himself, this heartwarming true story of sharing what little you have even in the direst of circumstances will inspire you to look for small ways to bring joy to others. Charmingly retold by beloved author Gerald N. Lund, Lieutenant Terry's Christmas Fudge is a classic tale you'll want to revisit every Christmas for years to come.
|Size||5.5 x 7|
|Published||Deseret Book 2017|
This little book was one of the only things I actually asked for for Christmas this last year. I'm so glad that I got it and that I was able to read Lieutenant Terry's story!
The author is such a master at the way he writes this kind of book. The way he does it, the circumstances and the characters almost jump off the page. I was so worried for Lieutenant Terry when I realized he'd been captured by the Germans. And when he makes his decision to act as he knew the Savior would have him act, I was so happy. I could sense his happiness as those he shared with realized what he was doing with his precious treat that he won.
I love that there are little illustrations peppered throughout the pages, and they're all drawn by Lieutenant Terry himself. That makes the book even more special.
I love that this is a short book. It's one I plan to read over and over during many Christmases to come!
If you enjoy reading about great men and women and WW ll you will love this book. I knew Wendell and Bev Terry and so I had heard some of the stories in the book but Gerald Lund made me see them in a powerful way.
Such a beautiful message in this little book! As I read the account of Lieutenant Terry and his beloved bride, I was strengthened by their simple, yet powerful faith they both had during a very difficult time in their lives. The Christlike love that Lieutenant Terry showed to his fellow POW's was a reminder to me that I can be grateful in any circumstance and that the Lord is in the details of our lives. This is truly a book to be enjoyed year round, not just at Christmas!
I enjoyed this sweet story and found it a good reminder of how to be Christ like and how important it is to be in in tune with the spirit. I'm grateful for the opportunity to read it.
This is a book that can be read anytime of the year, it is a story about a man and his life experiences regarding getting married, going off to war, his family life, and small bit about Christmas. I loved the history aspect of this story and life story of Lieutenant Terry. In addition, I loved the spirituality that was also brought into the book. I loved the story regarding his friend Art and the inspiration he received. It was an easy and enjoyable read.
I absolutely love this book from beginning to end. Grateful for the little sketches and drawings and pieces of reality that were put into the book. There were many trials but the FAITH that Mike and Bev had was so inspiring to me. It’s always interesting to learn more about the war and those who are held prisoner. The story of his Christmas Fudge and the gift it was to so many truly made me weep I look forward to sharing the story with my family!
I really loved this book. Definitely a book you could read anytime of the year.
Lt. Terry is a remarkable man who rose above the terrible circumstances he found himself in during his life.. The "Christmas Fudge" part of this book is actually just a small part of his story, but is the most touching and poignant. This is an inspiring story of perseverance and courage. Lt. Terry's outlook and love of the Savior no doubt buoyed him up during his time in World War II, including time spent as a German POW. I am always amazed by what our military men and women endure and Lt. Terry's story is no exception. This book is actually a summary of Lt. Terry's life from when he met his wife, got married, trained and was sent overseas as a fighter pilot,, and then some of his experiences in the war. This isn't necessarily a "Christmas" book, but really a book of someone's trials and how they overcame them by remembering what the Savior taught and trying to be more like Him. I found this story very interesting and there are some great words of wisdom that are applicable to everyone.
I enjoyed reading about Lt. Terry and his example as a true follower of Christ. WW II experiences and stories need to be told and retold to all generations. Truly a great man who followed Christ.
I enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end. I loved how the lessons the main character learned as a youth helped prepare him for a safe return from the war. His Christmas experience brought a touch of humanity to life as a POW. This book is a quick and inspiring read.
This was a great read that entertained, educated, and also uplifted. A true story of a young man who became a WW2 bomber pilot, and we follow him as he is shot down and placed in a german stalag. How these men celebrated Christmas in such awful circumstances was a reminder to me of what the important things are.
This was a very intriguing story. It is a quick read with a powerful impact. The details of the plane functions and various jobs of the airmen were easily understood and very helpful to fuel the imagination. Lieutenant Terry's faith was motivational for me. The Christmas fudge story was emotional and inspired me to think of my own selfishness with a desire to do better. You will enjoy it.
As a lover of history and wife of a former Air Force pilot, this book was a winner with me. The story is engaging and uplifting from the beginning. Inspiring stories like this should always be shared. Highly recommended!
I hardly made it through the preface before I realized that this would be an emotionally charged, yet powerful book.
This is a nonfiction book so it is written in third person. In my opinion the narration style slightly diminishes the emotional impact of the book, although I'm not sure how the author could have told the story better. The book is well written but the style is drier then other historical fiction books written by Lund.
The story follows LT. Terry from birth to death and how the WWII impacted his life, with the climax being the story of the Christmas fudge. Although the title implies a Christmas theme, It is more of a war story that highlights Christmas for a few pages and could be enjoyed anytime of the year.
The story is short and focuses on the blessings and protection that Heavenly Father offers to those who listen to His counsel. The author does well to blend tidbits of history outside of LT. Terry's life to give context and feelings to the story. It is possible some of that may be lost on readers who are not as familiar with WW2 time period and culture.
All in all it is a good read and I recommend it to anyone who has a love of history and God.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book for many reasons. One, I love Christmas, and this book was a very different story of Christmas. Two, I love Gerald Lund's ability to write a wonderful story, and yet explain in detail what is happening. Three, I love the World War II jenra, and learned a lot about the pilots and planes of that era. Fourth, I loved the spiritual aspect of the book, as it really affirms the fact that God does know us individually. I read it one afternoon and it was a great escape from normal life for awhile. The story of Lieutenant Terry and his sweet young wife, plus the story of a prison camp in Germany, is one you will find enjoyable. I will definately think of it this Christmas as I make my own fudge!
In true Gerald Lund style, I was captivated in the first couple of paragraphs. This was an easy read but very compelling. For those with little background about World War II, the details were great. I learned a great deal about the bomber jets and the responsibilities of each position. This was a real testimony builder and when I recalled that it was a true story, I was even more touched. I would recommend this book to everyone teenager and older. A great read.
What a great book! It is easy reading and keeps you wanting more, I completed the book in 2 sittings, I had to find out what happens next! The book was written beautifully, it explained every detail so those unfamiliar with war, planes, lifestyles of previous generations in a way to keep you interested, not realizing the scenes and plot are being laid out. This is a testimony building book, a feel good book and even under the circumstances of Terry, it was very uplifting and inspiring. I would highly recommend this book, I think ages 12 and up can appreciate the inspiring lesson.