Saving My Assassin: A Memoir by Virginia Prodan

I should be dead. saving-my-assassin-book-cover

Buried in an unmarked grave in Romania.

Obviously, I am not.

God had other plans.

—Virginia Prodan

That quote from Saving My Assassin really grabs your attention as we journey through
Virginia’s memoir during Nicolae Ceausescu’s savage communist regime. We first step into her childhood in Romania, which is heartbreaking and lonely, yet she doesn’t give up but becomes inspired through a a paper she wrote about her hero Mircea cel Batran.

“What would it be like to live in a society where people told and valued the truth? What would it be like to experience true freedom?”

Virginia determined to coming an attorney and pursue truth and freedom.

After she became an attorney, she became disillusioned that truth might not exist anymore. Later Virginia was meeting with a client, Nestor, who was trying to get his parents home and land back from the Communist Romanian government. It was a slow, expensive, frustrating process yet he was continually contented and joyful. She expressed a desire to have what he had and he invited her to his church.

“I want Nestor’s peace, his optimistic outlook on life, his sense of confidence even in the worst of circumstances. If all of that comes from his church, then I will go and visit.”

Virginia Prodan became a Christian, giving Jesus her life, and then requested started coming in to defend in court churches and Christians who were being persecuted. Ceausescu was a shrewd and untrustworthy leader—trying to gain America’s favor by promising to respect human and religious rights, yet building his own brutal and oppressive regime where people where fired, jailed or ended up missing because of their faith.

As Virginia began defending churches’ rights to repair their buildings and people’s rights to move Bibles from one church to another for their Vacation Bible Study and more, she became a target to hostility and intimidation. She knew God had called her to this time for this purpose, but fear began to overwhelm her.

“I understand the outer battle. I can face adversaries in the courtroom and even the Securitate [Communist government agents]. But I cannot win this inner battle between my own heart and mind. Lord, you have to win this victory for me. Take away my fear and replace it with a peace that surpasses all understanding. I need your peace, Lord. I need your victory.”

___Well, my summary to this memoir has taken over this review, but I can’t keep going! There is so much more I want to share but I need to stop so you can read the book!!

Virginia Prodan’s story, her trust in God, and commitment to fellow Christians is amazing and inspiring, and I would recommend it to everyone!!

To conclude, I want to share a bit more from Virginia…

“*Freedom is precious to those who don’t have it.

*If the truth lives within me, lies cannot overpower me.

*If my soul is free, no power on earth can enslave me.

*If God gives me the victory, defeat is impossible.

…My desire is that through reading my book and seeing how God used me to accomplish amazing things, you will realize God has a grand plan to use you as well, and I pray you will not put off doing what God is calling you to do.”

Disclosure: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

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About Novel Crossing
Novel Crossing is a website for Christian fiction lovers. It’s like Facebook meets Goodreads meets your favorite Christian fiction blogs…all in one place! Whether you’re into romance, Amish fiction, mystery, action, sci-fi, historical fiction or any other genre…Novel Crossing is your new trusted source for ALL Christian fiction across ALL publishers!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

Dreaming can began with reading a book, so start them young!

… from books to letters, children’s books to Shakespeare, Captivating to Life on the Mississippi

I love to read. I have inspired my husband to read more and am hoping to pass along this love to my children.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. –Dr. Seuss

And so, of course, I also review books. The only thing that is better than reading books is reading free books! Here’s a few of my reviews for you to browse through…

Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin

As One Devil to Another by Richard Platt

Stumbling into Grace by Lisa Harper

Nick of Time by Tim Downs

The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden

Night of the Living Dead Christian by Matt Mikalatos

This Little Prayer of Mine by Anthony DeStefano

Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner

Girl Talk with God by Susie Shellenberger

Girl Talk with God by Susie Shellenberger

Simply put, prayer is a conversation with your Best Friend about anything and everything.  Susie Shellenberger brings this to life in Girl Talk with God. The book is organized by topics, so it can be a convenient resource for teen girls to see in to God’s heart and wisdom about issues ranging from God’s Love and Spending Time with Him to Social Media, Boyfriends, and Cutting. “But be prepared: God tells girls the truth, and sometimes it’s not pretty. But when He challenges, He offers His grace, His comfort, and His awesome love.”

It is apparent that Susie, who was the founding editor of Brio Magazine and is now the editor of Susie Magazine, has a heart for teen girls. She writes with such compassion, understanding, and humor without being patronizing. The conversations that are written between God and a teen girl point the fictional young lady and the readers to their Bible and to continue in prayer.

I wasn’t expecting the book to be written as actual conversations, but for those who find nonfiction books harder to read, this book make it seem more like you’re reading a story or over-hearing a conversation.  Sometimes it’s easier to see our lives and the changes that need to be made when we first take a look at someone else’s life. I plan to pass along this inspiring and challenging book to some young ladies who could use some wisdom and encouragement in their Christian walk.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com&gt; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

January 17, 2011 – Entertainment Update

Book – I’m reading She’s Gonna Blow “Real Help for Moms Dealing with Anger” by Julie Ann Barnhill.  I want to enjoy my kids more and be less irritated less quickly!  JESUS, HELP ME!!  Any other moms understand what I’m saying?!

Movie – I’m watching Despicable Me with the family right now.  It’s funny and pretty cute!

Games Skip Bo- Matt and I have been continuing this game for several weeks!  (Now, to the tune of This is the Song That Never Ends)…This is the game that never ends. It goes on and on, my friend. Matt and I started playing it not knowing what it was and we’ll continue playing it forever just because… (repeat over and over)!!!  🙂

TV Show – Through Netflix, we are watching NCIS, but the last show we watched on TV was Parenthood.  I love the characters in both of these shows!

What’s Playing on My iPod – I’ve been listening to Revive Our Heart with Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

Trying BookSneeze

I LOVE to read, so a friend recommended that I check out BookSneeze.  My first book that I chose to get free and then write a review for is …

By Susie Shellenberger

Girl Talk With God

By Susie Shellenberger

 

 

 

 

 

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March 13, 2006 – Entertainment Update

Abbye’s watching Jungle Book right now.  At one of our movie stores, Total Entertainment, when you rent a new release you get a kids’ movie for free.  It’s pretty nice for people with kids or people who just like kids’ movies!!

Book – Amy, I’ll keep your suggestions in mind.  I have several books in my collection that I haven’t read yet, so I was trying to decided on which one to read.  Our book club is reading Waking the Dead by John Elgredge. I started The Most Important Place on Earth by Robert Wolgemuth and The Gifted by Terri Blackstock.  Well, I don’t normally read more than one book at a time, since I don’t have that much time.  So, hopefully I don’t get things mixed up!!  =)

MovieThe Visitation – Frank Peretti’s book made in to a movie… If anyone has read the book and watched the movie, I would like to know what you thought.  Personally, I thought the book was much better.  But isn’t that pretty normal…movies just can not do the books they represent justice!!

 

 

 

TV Show – American Idol

Game – Scrabble

Music – Matt Redman’s Where Angels Fear to Tread