A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Published by NavPress on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs, Religion, Christian Life, Inspirational, History, Military, Vietnam War
In 1965, Col. Thomas “Jerry” Curtis’s helicopter was shot down over North Vietnam. He was immediately captured and spent 7½ years confined in a filthy 5′ x 7′ cell at the notorious Hanoi prison camp. Thousands of miles from home and unable to communicate with his wife and children, Jerry endured months of solitary confinement, suffocating heat, freezing cold, grueling physical and psychological torture, constant hunger, and unimaginable mental duress. And yet, time and again, the Light that darkness cannot overcome became his beacon of hope. Now, for the first time in print, Jerry shares the full story of his 2,703 days in captivity and what he learned about faith, hope, and the indomitable power of the human spirit.
Under the Cover of Light is the beautiful testimony of Col. Thomas “Jerry” Curtis, a hero of the faith that spent 7 1/2 years in confinement at the Hanoi prison camp. Shot down over North Vietnam, this amazing man put his faith in Jesus and clung to Him. My eyes are misting as I try to write this review. The cruelty and brutality that men can inflict on another human is something I wish to never understand. My heart aches for the brave members of our military who have fought and bled for this country—especially when I read accounts such as these.
Despite all the terror and physical pain, the remarkable and steadfast hope in Christ is a beautiful testimony. This book tells the story of not just an American hero but a spiritual hero. We may never fight the wars that this man has but we can learn from his experiences. Through powerful messages such as these, we can learn to put our faith in the Christ that gives peace that passes all understanding. In Him, and only through Him, can we find our salvation and our freedom.
This book is a wonderful educational tool with spiritual applications. Americans, I fear, often have little respect for our military and do not understand the sacrifices our servicemen make. We have forgotten or perhaps not heard enough the details of our brave heroes that have fought for us. Likewise, we take for granted the freedoms we enjoy.