Title: Unspoken Love
Author: Christmas Carol Kauffman
Major Themes: World War II
Synopsis: After a difficult childhood, Millard wanted to live for God but became discouraged by what he overheard his father say—and ended up fighting in North Africa.
Many years ago I read a book, titled One Boy’s Battle. Many years later, I came across the book Unspoken Love and read it, and realized that the first book had been about one-third of the story, mainly the last part. I enjoyed the book much more now that I had the whole story!
Millard had a loving mother but for some reason, his father always seemed to resent him. Their life was not easy; The family moved frequently and it seemed like they could never get ahead. Not only did the frequent moves make it difficult for Millard to get the education he wanted, but his father also seemed to be trying to keep him away from home by sending him to work for other people. Though Millard dedicated his life to the Lord, he did not go on to baptism because of a conversation he overheard between his father and the pastor. To his mother’s great dismay Millard joined the army and went off to fight in World War II.
While fighting in North Africa, in about a dozen of the bloodiest battles of the war, the carnage Millard saw changed him for the rest of his life. He came to the end of himself and suddenly found real happiness for the first time in his life. He also knew that he could no longer fight. What could he do though, since he was an enlisted soldier with no way out? And never far from his thoughts what is a beautiful young woman from his home area, a good friend of his sister. Would he ever be worthy of her love?
This is an incredible story of a troubled family, the results of a father’s favoritism and hypocrisy, and what can happen when God really gets control of a person. Though the ending of the story takes a totally unexpected twist there is joy amid sadness. The theme of this story seems to be how much effect a father’s words can have on a young man’s decisions, whether for good or for bad. Millard had to come to a point where he knew he needed God no matter what his father said or how he acted. Forgiveness is a big part of the story. Nonresistance is, too, and it’s also a beautiful love story—but with a twist. The best part though? This is actually a true story. A lot of it is quoted from Millard’s own writings, his letters and diary entries. This is a story that you will remember for a long time.
WARNING: Chapters 33 and 34 contain fairly vivid descriptions of battle scenes and someone killing a man.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults