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A Soldier Surrenders – Book Review

Soldier SurrendersSusan Peek has a knack for bringing the lives of obscure saints to the forefront. For example, in Saint Magnus, the Last Viking, she took us on a swashbuckling adventure. Today, Peek enthralls us with A Soldier Surrenders, the Conversion of St. Camillus de Lellis. In this action-packed adventure, we follow the life of Camillus de Lellis, mercenary for the Turks, and a baptized Catholic! We see contradiction from the start. How can a Catholic fight Catholics on behalf of the Moslems? You can, if you are hungry and have no other means to support yourself.

Camillus de Lellis is a strong-willed, and stubborn young man, who thinks that all he can do is fight, gamble and drink excessively. Why would God want anything to do with the likes of Camillus de Lellis? Well, apparently, God has other designs. Things happen throughout Camillus’ life, that we only come to understand why, when we reach the end of the story. Then it all comes together in an awesome way.

As I was reading the story, I kept asking myself why Camillus was so stubborn. You learn the answer only if you read the entire book. I also could see some sense of God’s calling throughout Camillus’ life, and couldn’t understand why he would not respond. You learn the answer only if you read the entire book.

Why You Should Read A Soldier Surrenders

A Soldier Surrenders, the Conversion of St. Camillus de Lellis is one of the BEST conversion stories I have read. I am so glad that I got to learn about this saint. For anyone who struggles with their faith, I highly recommend reading this book. If you question the path in your life, then, by reading this book, you will learn that you are not alone. Thanks to Susan Peek, we now have a once obscure saint brought to the forefront, where he belongs. For those considering conversion to the Catholic faith, I suggest that you pray to St. Camillus de Lellis, asking him to pray for you.

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