Grace and Faith

ShadowedMeet a new author to me, Cara C. Putman. She’s not new to writing with fifteen books!

Shadowed by Grace, her newest novel, takes place during World War II. The book is inspired by the story The Monuments MenDid you know Hitler’s army pillaged the finest art of Europe during the war? The monuments men joined the front line of the war to protect and find the stolen art. That book is soon to be a feature film February 7, 2014.

faithRachel is a newspaper reporter, who has taken an assignment in Italy. She hopes discover the identity of her father, an Italian artist, who might be able to help her save her ailing mother back in the states. Upon arrival in Italy, she becomes a part of the efforts of the Monuments Men to save the countries monuments and works of art.

You can read Chapter One here. Follow her pinterest page with lots of book extras.

The characters in this book are all seeking to protect something greater them themselves. I loved that deeper theme of the story.

God had shadowed her life with grace, even when she didn’t know to look for him.”


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The men and women of the World War II era are often called the greatest generation. I love books from this time period. 

What are your favorite books from this period? 









6 thoughts on “Grace and Faith

  1. It’s a period I study, and with which I have a hands-on involvement, rebuilding a WW2 fighter aircraft.

    One interesting connection on the subject of stolen artwork is that much was discovered by E/2/506, Stephen Ambrose’s “Band of Brothers”.

    The ‘greatest generation’ appellation is a tempting one, and sounds nice…but as my friend Jay Stout (Marine and military historian) pointed out, it’s unfair to the men and women who are serving today. Their commitment and performance, in the face of massive public indifference to their war, is truly the epitome of professionalism – and decency.

    The WW2 generation was great, no question…but I suspect that when they look at the military of today, they feel comfortable that the torch they have passed is in good hands.

    Favorite book from the period…so many from which to choose!

    Written at the time – “The Big Show”, by Pierre Clostermann. Clostermann was a Frenchman serving in the RAF, and his book was printed in 1951 from his unedited wartime writings. He does a great job describing what it was really like, to fly and fight. Not ‘Top Gun’, but not “Johnny Got His Gun’, either. Just honesty, fear, and hope.

    Written since the war – “Mister”, by Eugene Fletcher. It;s the story of a young man training to be a pilot in the USAAF, moving from one training base to another across the Southwest. It’s a lovely, engaging story of enjoyable and challenging days bent to a serious purpose…and of a new marriage, built uncomplainingly in adversity. When I read it last year, I decided to try to call the author, to thank him for the story…only to find that he;d died a few weeks before.

    • That’s great. You learn something new about people everyday! I agree, all servicemen have made such a brave sacrifice. My Grandpa loved to talk about this time period, and lost his big brother in the war. Will you watch the film Monuments Men?

  2. One of the first WWII Christian fiction books I read was “The Homecoming,” which I loved, and got me hooked on more books of the same genre. I’m also a big fan of Sarah Sundin’s novels. “With Every Letter” is my favorite. I haven’t read too many books set in this time period, but I do love films from the 30s/40s. “Twelve O’Clock High” was a great film about leadership and is apparently based on a novel.

    It’s always interesting to learn about WWII and the “greatest generation,” though it is true that those serving today deserve just as much respect – my dad is retired USAF and my sister separated as a Captain last year. WWII was such a fascinating time so “Shadowed By Grace” sounds like it’ll be a very good read.

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