While Mortals Sleep
The series Songs in the Night makes an unforgettable impact on readers through this first volume. Here is a book that everyone, especially those unfamiliar with this time, must read. Historical details of life in Germany circa 1940, with explanation of the influences of Nazi doctrine, Fascist government and the Führer’s impact on youth, are masterfully presented. Faith and courage of the Germans who joined the resistance create an emotional and inspirational story.
Josef Schumacker, pastor, seeks to rescue the youth of his congregation from Nazi activists. It is impossible for him to stand by while teenagers become victims of evil Nazi leaders. The Führer is using religious leaders’ teachings in rousing presentations to young audiences. He claims support for life and youth, yet harassment, physical abuse and death spread in the Jewish population. People live in fear. Josef’s wife, who is pregnant with their first child, faces personal risks. She discourages drawing attention to the family by public participation in the resistance. The Schumacker family story clearly shows the power of a merciful God.