The Other Side of Infamy Book Review

The Other Side of Infamy, by Jim Downing with James Lund, is the story of Jim Downing’s naval military career, including the day Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor setting his ship, the West Virginia, ablaze and his journey to a closer relationship with Jesus.

Since my dad was also on board a ship at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, this book drew my attention to it, but the intimate way the story of Jim’s life is told kept me reading.

As Jim takes us through his early life growing up in Plevna, Missouri, his career in the Navy, and his growing relationship with understanding who Jesus is, he shows how our faith can sustain us during troubled times.

What impressed me most with Jim’s memoir, besides the fact he is 103 years old and still travels the country speaking of his faith on behalf of the Navigators, is how once he gave his life completely to Jesus, he never stopped looking for opportunities to spread his faith, no matter where God placed him.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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Happy Veteran’s Day on the 11th to all those of you out there who bravely and sacrificially served, or are currently serving, the United States of America. I appreciate you.

I wish you well.


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Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.