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    Steven T. Collis

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Praying with the Enemy

by: Steven T. Collis

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“Mesmerizing story. Collis instantly establishes himself as a literary force in historical fiction. A remarkably fresh voice to wartime inspiration.” —Booklist, starred review

Based on the true story of an American POW during the Korean War and a North Korean soldier who become unlikely allies united in their shared faith in God during a daring escape to freedom.

When pilot Captain Ward Millar is forced to eject over enemy territory in North Korea, the ejection explosion snaps both of his ankles. Unable to walk, he is easily captured by North Korean and Chinese soldiers who interrogate, threaten, and starve him for strategic wartime information. He feeds the enemy false information while plotting his escape. But it’s only a matter of time before they discover his lies. He knows it will take a miracle to gain his freedom, but his previous self-reliance on his own capabilities has never included appealing to a higher power. If only he had faith like his wife, Barbara, whose firm belief in God can move mountains.

North Korean soldier Kim Jae Pil was raised to believe in the power of prayer, but, knowing the Communist Party’s views on religious groups, Kim and his family must keep their Christian faith secret. He is desperate to escape the army, return to his family, and then flee to South Korea.

With Millar imprisoned and unable to walk, and the North Korean army increasingly suspicious of Kim’s actions, it seems impossible that either man will find the freedom they so desperately desire. But when these wartime foes cross paths, they find in each other an unlikely ally. Despite speaking different languages, Millar and Kim find common ground in their fragile faith and must rely on each other to undertake a daring escape.

Praying with the Enemy is a story of courage, determination, unlikely friendship, and enduring faith.

Meet the Author
STEVEN T. COLLIS is a storyteller at heart. He is also a law professor at the University of Texas School of Law and the faculty director of Texas's Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center and Law and Religion Clinic. Previously, he was the Olin-Darling Research Fellow at the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and chair of the Religious Institutions and First Amendment Practice Group at Holland & Hart LLP.
He is an engaging and sought-after speaker nationwide on religion and law. Steven received his MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.
He is the author of Deep Conviction: True Stories of Ordinary Americans Fighting for the Freedom to Live Their Beliefs. He and his wife have five children and reside in Texas.
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About This Book

ISBN: 9781629729947
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publish Date: June 7, 2022
Page Count: 384

"In his first novel, nonfiction writer Collis (The Immortals, 2021) triumphantly delivers a mesmerizing story of faith and survival during the Korean War, instantly establishing himself as a literary force in historical fiction. His compassion and gritty realism bring a remarkably fresh voice to wartime inspiration as his characters grapple with the notion of God's purpose amid gripping and sometimes graphic horrors of war. Based on true events, Praying with the Enemy features a sensitive and nuanced range of emotions, granting this well-researched historical and tactical novel satisfying depth."
Booklist, starred review

"Gripping, sobering, and riveting. . . . A true story that will have you turning pages faster with each chapter. Praying with the Enemy is poignant proof that despite wars and strife, none of us were ever meant to be enemies."
—Heather B. Moore, best-selling author of The Slow March of Light

"An inspiring and compelling story of two opposing soldiers and their unforgettable journey toward faith and freedom. I loved it!"
—Camron Wright, best-selling author of The Rent Collector and The Orphan Keeper

"An incredible story plucked from the pages of forgotten history and woven into a masterpiece that pierces the soul. From Ward's miraculous tale of grit to Jae Pil's humbling journey of faith, Praying with the Enemy is nothing less of life-changing. What a tribute to these little-known heroes, and what an inspiration for the rest of us. 5 stars and more."
—Rebecca Connolly, author of A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice