The prayer was this: “Christ’s blood and judgment are my adornment and robe of honor; therein I will stand before God when I go to heaven. Amen.” And the reality is that no matter what our sin. No matter how great or small, our only hope is in the adornment of Christ given to us through faith. I am thankful for this book that showed in various ways the work of God through a man proclaiming God’s word.
After the executions the book continues on concluding with some information about Gerecke as well as O’Connor, the Catholic priest who also served at the Nuremberg prison. As a summary I would say that I enjoyed reading this book on a few different levels. First, I enjoy history and WWII history is always fascinating. I was able to get another glimpse through this book of a few of the people and events in that important historical time. As a pastor, I was interested to see how Gerecke especially would minister to these men who had committed such atrocities. I was encouraged to see his care and compassion exhibited.
As I read the book I wondered a few times how well the true theology of the chaplains was presented. I don’t know a lot about the author besides what is on the book’s cover. It seemed to me that a few of the remarks he made about what forgiveness is, were of the very philosophical nature and not simply Biblical. With that in the back of my mind when he spoke about Gerecke’s beliefs on certain things I was trying to determine if that was likely what Gerecke believed or not. It seemed that the author didn’t understand at times the carefully chosen words from Gerecke. Maybe I am just skeptical by nature, but I was wary of the description of the theology of the chaplains. This was not in any glaring or major way but enough that it was in my mind as I read.
In conclusion, a book like this reminds us that God is working to bring about repentance and faith in the hearts of men. Even the men we call monsters and detest. He is at work in places we would be fearful to enter and would flee quickly from. He is working even now seeking out the lost and bringing to life those who are spiritually dead. Thanks be to God.