Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Book Review: From Pearl Harbor to Calvary

2 Stars
The book From PearlHarbor to Calvary is about Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who led the Japanese aerial assault on Pearl Harbor, and his testimony about how he became an ambassador for Christ. It is short and reads more like a 50s-era Christian missions propaganda piece than a personal testimony. The first part of the book was interesting but devoid of any depth or detail. In a few minutes the attack on Pearl Harbor is over, as is the war, and before you know it the story shifts to a glowing commendation of the Worldwide Christian Missionary Army of Sky Pilots.

If I were reading a biography of Billy Graham, I would be sorely disappointed if his early years of ministry were scarcely touched and the major emphasis of the book was on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and how it is a great organization.

This book fails to deliver anything substantial, which is a shame because Fuchida seems to have lived a very interesting life. The bonus interview at the end of the audio book with one of the men who flew the Doolittle Raid was the most interesting part of the book—and is likely not a part of the print edition.

I received this book free from Christian Audio as part of their book review program. I was not obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are mine.

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