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Simply Stories Podcast

Feb 27, 2020

Today’s episode filled my history nerd heart full to the brim as I got to talk with the amazing Sarah Sundin. Sarah’s stories breathe life into history and highlight its lessons that we desperately need now. With much humor and wit, Sarah shares with us her journey to becoming an author and how the Lord met her as she lived in, what she calls “the waiting room,” and how he led her to write specifically about World War II. 

Sarah’s most recent book is the final installment of her Sunrise at Normandy series which is a masterful blend of soul searching stories and fascinating history all surrounding the Allied invasion at Normandy. D-Day was such a monumental event in history, but it was such a complicated operation. The average person may generally know of its existence, but Sarah peels back the layers to expose the various roles taken on by courageous men and women to bring it to a fruition, then puts skin and bone and heart into those characters as they wrestle with their role in history and their next steps of personal faith. 

The pages of scripture are filled with stories that are alive and active, and there is always more to learn from them. We are all called to be lifelong learners. I am so grateful for voices like Sarah’s, that can take Biblical truths, and historical lessons and lay them before our hearts with a call to action. Will we allow our physical or faith history of those who have made us to dictate who we will become and engage the world around us? Or will we follow after God and walk the path He lights before us, no matter how treacherous the way? It is worth it, friends. “Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the LORD! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!” (Isaiah 40:3 NLT)


Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to edit yourself into print- Renni Brown and Dave King

The Writer’s Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals- Moira Allen

Lee Rody

A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin

World War II or WWII

Pearl Harbor

A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin

Flight nurses in WWII - Wing of the Nightingale Series from Sarah Sundin

Battle of the Atlantic- Waves of Freedom Series from Sarah Sundin

The Holocaust

Night by Elie Wiesel

The rise of Holocaust denial

Pantsuit Politics Podcast

My episode with Sarah and Beth of Pantsuit Politics

PSP’s book I Think You’re Wrong, But I’m Listening : A Grace-Filled Guide to Political Conversations

Hitler’s rise to power (early 1933-1934) 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

Martin Niemöller 

FDR’s Lottery to bring over European refugees and put in internment camp in Oswego, NY

Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1,000 World War II Refugees and How they Came to America by Ruth Gruber 

Scripture References:

Ephesians 4:32 - Forgive as you have been forgiven

2 Samuel 12 - Nathan confronting David

Galatians 3:28 - No Jew nor gentile

Luke 16:10 - He who is faithful in little is faithful in much

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