by Brother Andrew
Have you ever had the urge to give your Bible to someone? Perhaps they look like they need some encouragement, or possibly they cannot afford to buy a Bible. But have you ever thought about giving your Bible to those who have been forbidden to have a Bible? Would you pack your car with Bibles in the height of a war and then drive across a border into a communist country? A country where it is forbidden for its citizens to own Bibles? A country where Bibles are an illegal contraband? Well… that was the urge of the young dutchman whose story is told in God’s Smuggler.
Anne van der Bijl was born on
Every Sunday, his hard-of-hearing father and semi-invalid
mother took their six children (Andrew being the fourth of the six) to the local
Dutch Reformed Church, where they sat on the front pew for his fathers sake.
Church to Andrew was very much like the radio station (a gospel radio station
At the age of seventeen, when his father asked him to choose
a trade, young Andrew decided that for some adventure, he would enlist himself
in the army even if it meant waiting a couple of months until his eighteenth
birthday. Within the year, he was sent to
After seeing a young and senseless death, Andrew became famous throughout the Dutch Troops for his crazy bravado on the battle field. He wore a bright yellow straw hat into every battle, an invitation that yelled, “Here I am! Shoot me!” Many other young men adopted this same crazy motto – “Get smart - lose your mind.” Every thing that Andrew and these young men did certainly held up to their motto. They fought as madmen, they drank until reason left them, they went from bar to bar, hurling the empties through local store windows.
At this point you may be asking yourself, is this young man the one that is supposedly going to be bringing Bibles to those who have been forbidden ownership of them? You may just have to read the book God’s Smuggler to find out.
God’s Smuggler is a thoroughly good read for men and women alike. It is packed with drama, humour, suspense and even some romance, jam-packed just like Andrew’s little blue Volkswagen was jam-packed with Bibles. But there is one difference between this book and the car. You get to see it all. Read the book and you will see what I mean...Review by E. Visser