Title: Saving My Assassin
Author: Virginia Prodan
Major Themes: Communism, Lawyers, Romania
Synopsis: A young woman growing up in Communist Romania searches for the truth, and finds it.
I enjoy reading memoirs. The story about a person’s life can be very inspiring, and if well-done, can be as captivating as any novel. Saving My Assassin is one of those.
Virginia was born in Communist Romania. She always knew there was something different about her. Her mother and father never showed her any affection, and she had to do more work than any of the other children in the family. When they went to the city to visit Aunt Cassandra, she was left home to do the work and take care of the house—even when she was only in 1st grade. She looked different from her brothers and sisters, too. Knowing that she was so different made her want to search for the truth. That desire sent her to school to become a lawyer—but there was still an element missing. Finally, she found the missing link, the ultimate source of truth. She met Jesus.
Still a lawyer, Virginia fought for the truth in courts in Communist Romania—not an easy job at any time, and when she began defending churches and Christians, her job became very dangerous. I found it very inspiring to read of all the times God miraculously protected her and gave her the information she needed to confound the judges and opposing lawyers, and win the case. Virginia found herself increasingly under scrutiny, however, and followed everywhere she went. And then one day, as she prepared to leave her office for the day, a huge man showed up and announced that he was going to kill her. Virginia started praying, and—but you’ll have to read the book yourself to find out what happened!
Saving My Assassin was hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed Virginia’s story about her life and faith in Jesus, and the way God worked in her life time after time after time. I have read a number of stories about life in Romania and other communist countries, and it rang true to me.
I received a free ecopy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
WARNING: There are a few descriptions of beatings.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults