I love reading books that build my faith and make me want to be a better Christian. “Time to Choose: Growing Up Under Hitler and Watching History Repeat Itself,” by Dawn Kazmierzak is a true story that will inspire you to the same!
Hilda Gutwein was the youngest of eight children. She was born and raised by German parents, who were well-to-do farmers in the war-torn town of Crvenka. Hilda and her family lived under Socialism, Communism, and Hitler’s Nationalism until they left everything they owned and immigrated to the United States of America in search of safety and freedom.
I enjoyed reading about Hilda’s childhood on the farm. Even as a little child, she worked hard and had important duties that were integral to keeping the farm running smoothly. Hilda’s parents (and also her grandparents, who lived with them,) taught her and modeled in their own lives, a strong faith in God and a strong work ethic. Everything that happened in Hilda’s childhood prepared her for what would happen in her future. It was extremely faith-building to clearly see how God so perfectly orchestrated situations and events in a way that proved that His hand was on every detail of Hilda’s life. Her faith was unwavering no matter what came her way, and I love stories like this that inspire me in my Christian walk.
The author, (Hilda’s daughter) has written her Mother’s memoir in an enjoyable, yet informative way. This book is broken up into short chapters, each detailing a part of Hilda’s memoir. At the end of each chapter there is a section called, “Connecting the Dots,” wherein the author makes uncanny connections and similarities between what was going on then, during World War II, and what is happening NOW , in our current age. She also makes suggestions for things we can do which might help prevent a similar situation from happening in the United States of America. I would highly recommend this book!
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