A Distant Prayer Analysis

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We often hear quotes and sayings about taking things for granted, and are also told that we don’t know what it’s like to have absolutely nothing. Joseph Banks along with Jerry Borrowman wrote A Distant Prayer to tell what it is like to actually live with absolutely nothing as a prisoner of war in World War II. The authors also wanted to show other people to always turn to God to help them through their trials and hardships. Starting in fall of 1939, the world was at war and every country was in a state of distress; with men being drafted into militaries and jobs needing to be filled by women to keep each country running. America, specifically, was looking for young men, who were energetic and fit to fight the war against Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Army. Joseph Banks was an 16-year-old member of The Church of Latter-Day Saints who lived with his family in southern California when the war broke out(4). Banks wanted to be a pilot and was in training when the message came requesting the draft of all males 18 or older, to go into the Armed Forces of the US to fight in Europe and Africa. He decided he was going to have to get a job in some sort…show more content…
Though the plot is really good, there are still some things that weren’t as good. One thing that I thought was a little weird was that the book was written at a highschool level. Another thing was the abrupt sentence changes and some of the sentences were worded a little differently. Also, some things were reiterated more than needed and certain words were way overused. Yet, even with all of these lesser things there was still some really good things(besides the plot) that I noticed. These things include: good use of metaphors, good placement of humor, and the great use of words in ways they aren’t normally used. Joseph Banks truly has an amazing story about the miracles of God, but there are some things in this book that could’ve been
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