ROBERT E. A. LEE, published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, $3.50 (169 pages). Reviewed by Mrs. Robert Decker

The author, drawing upon his personal observations and experiences in Berlin, has created a novel depicting the life and problems of two young Germans. Werner Hirn, a publicist for a film company in Hamburg, Germany spends a month’s vacation in West Berlin. Out of curiosity, he ventures behind the Berlin Wall to see the life of East Berliners. Here he meets Lise Lehman, an active Communist Party member and becomes strongly attached to her. He realizes that her political and religious beliefs are diametrically opposed to his own. She has been trained in Communist doctrines her entire life. She lives in a fearful world of Party pledges and disciplines. This is a world in which one serves the Party in all things, a world in which one loses his own identity for the sake of the Communist Party. Werner Hirn cannot forget Lise or the evils of her Party. He risks his own life to attempt to deliver her out of this fearful world behind the wall. But is Lise ready to transfer to another world after she has known only the Communist world? Is she willing to give up serving the Communist Party and serve Werner’s God?

Behind the deep soul struggles of these two young people is seen the subtle persecution, the psychological harassment suffered by an East German pastor and his congregation: the total allegiance of true Party members to the Communist Party and its leaders; and the hardships suffered by those who do not want to surrender themselves to the standards of the Party.

Indeed, this book gives a vivid picture of the dismal life behind the Berlin Wall; a picture that makes the reader more thankful to our God for the freedom we enjoy here in America.

The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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Judah: A Story of Redemption

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021.   The story of Judah is one of the most beautiful in the Bible. We often overlook this history because it is nestled in the middle of the story of Joseph. All the […]

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