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About Thief of Glory

“Brouwer makes you live it....sharing each moment of an exotic and terrifying time and place in a gripping, personal way.”
—Bodie and Brock Thoene, authors of Take this Cup
 
A boy coming of age in a time of war…
the love that inspires him to survive.
 
For ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveals about a woman he barely knows—his frail, troubled mother.

Amidst starvation, brutality, sacrifice and generosity, Jeremiah draws on all of his courage and cunning to fill in the gap for his mother. Life in the camps is made more tolerable as Jeremiah’s boyhood infatuation with his close friend Laura deepens into a friendship from which they both draw strength.

When the darkest sides of humanity threaten to overwhelm Jeremiah and Laura, they reach for God’s light and grace, shining through his people. Time and war will test their fortitude and the only thing that will bring them safely to the other side is the most enduring bond of all.

Praise

Praise for Thief of Glory

“Emotionally riveting and exquisitely raw, Thief of Glory is an unforgettable
tale about survival, not just of the body, but of the heart and soul, with an ending
that will echo in your mind long after you’ve closed the book. Brouwer is a
master storyteller.”
Susan Meissner, author of A Fall of Marigolds
 
“In Thief of Glory Sigmund Brouwer plunges readers into the mysterious embrace
of the Dutch East Indies during the convulsions of the Second World
War. Few authors have such an ability to immerse an audience in the sights,
sounds, smells…and horrors! Brouwer makes you live it…sharing each moment
of an exotic and terrifying time and place in a gripping, personal way.”
Bodie and Brock Thoene, authors of Take This Cup
 
“Sigmund Brouwer’s Thief of Glory is a powerful story, richly told. Young Jeremiah
Prins is a complex and fascinating hero, blessed with great gifts and
challenged by choices to use them for good or evil. The details of life in a Japanese
civilian prison camp are revealed in unflinching but compassionate realism,
and the characters depict the human capacity for both great selfishness
and great heroism. This is truly one of the best books I’ve read this year.”
—Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of On Distant Shores and In Perfect Time
 
“I’ve been a fan of Sigmound Brower’s books for ages, but Thief of Glory cocooned
me in rich words, vivid descriptions, and true-to-life characters, making
this book hard to put down. A fan of World War II, I’ve read countless
tales, but World War II in the Dutch Indies was new to me, fresh and heartwrenching at the same time. A true glimpse of light amongst darkness, made even more special due to the inspiration of Sigmund’s parents’ story. Thief of
Glory is going on my keeper shelf!”
Tricia Goyer, USA Today best-selling author of over forty books,
including Chasing Mona Lisa

About Sigmund Brouwer

Sigmund Brouwer is the author of eighteen novels with nearly three million copies in print. His recent novel The Last Disciple was featured in Time magazine and on ABC's Good Morning America. Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan, and they and their two daughters divide their time between homes in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada and Nashville, Tennessee.

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Product Details

336 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Aug 19, 2014

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

A boy coming of age in a time of war…
the love that inspires him to survive.

Click here to download chapter one of Thief of Glory.

For ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveals about a woman he barely knows—his frail, troubled mother.

Click here to download chapter one of Thief of Glory.

 
 
 

By Ioana Nan

I really don't know why I postponed reading this gem for so long. But now that I have, the word "gem" in that first sentence should give everyone an idea of how I feel about this book: Love&heartbroken. As all good fiction books, this too should be read in one sitting. Basically, I'm inviting everyone to indulge in a lazy weekend and just read and read and read how young Jeremiah spent some 2+ years of his life in a Japanese concentration...

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By Shelby Burk

Thief of Glory by Sigmund BrouwerMy Rating: 5/5I was sitting at a quiet table in the back of the restaurant's dining room. My friend was sitting across from me, but I hardly noticed he was there. There had been several minutes of silence, when I suddenly shouted out "WHAT?!", drawing strange glances from customers and coworkers alike. My break ended only a couple minutes later, leaving my mind spinning with the plot twist I had...

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By Denise Hershberger

This was the first book I've ever read by Brouwer but I am an avid reader of WWII fiction so when I saw this book I knew I had to add it to my list of books to read.This entire novel is written from the point of view of the main character, Jeremiah. You don't often find books written in this fashion but it helped you understand how he felt and made the story very personal. Since the story is told from Jeremiah's perspective I...

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By Steve Watson

In Thief of Glory author Sigmund Brouwer has created a fictional masterpiece based somewhat on the life of his father and his families time in a Japanese internment camp during World War 2.  The reader is taken through the harrowing coming of age tale of the main character and the years spent in the Jappenkamp along with his loss of innocence, along with most of his family. This book is hard to put down as the reader is drawn into the story...

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By Moriah Negley

Sigmund Brouwer's Thief of Glory is not a fluffy read. It's intense. It's heart-wrenching. It's one of those books that you will ponder for weeks to come. Thief of Glory deals with an often neglected aspect of World War II. It also deals with one boy's experience of strength, courage, sacrifice, heartbreak and choices that haunt him for life. After his father and older half-brothers are separated from the rest of the family by the invading...

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