Title: A Higher Call
Author: Adam Makos w/ Larry Alexander
Dates: 3/29/16 – 4/25/15
This is not your typical World War II story. While it is true and based upon the lives of two men – one American, one German, the title of the book refers to an ethic both men lived by – to treat others better than they or their loved ones had been treated, with respect, compassion and love, and mostly with dignity. Ultimately, not to treat evil with evil.
Five days before Christmas, 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over war torn Germany. At its controls was a young pilot. Half his crew of nine lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission together. Suddenly, a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail. The ace pilot of the Messerschmitt fighter could have taken them out with the squeeze of his trigger. What happened next would defy imagination and later be called “the most incredible encounter between enemies”.
My husband encouraged me to read the book, knowing I would like it. He was right, I read it and loved it. Another cool thing about the story is that the author at the age of 15 decided to become a journalist. At the time he, his siblings and best friend were enamored with World War II aviation and began printing a publication. Not until Makos’s own morality spoke to him did he pursue, to a greater extent, the way he interviewed his subjects – mostly those pilots who flew on the opposite side.
For me it confirmed what I know already to be true – there is a God, loving, full of compassion, a miracle-worker.