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Saving My Assassin
Saving My Assassin is a captivating and an incredible book that every American will want to read. It is a book full of wonderful and great lessons about freedom and courage.
It will inspire you to learn how to keep America free. From the introduction on, you’ll be hooked.
Reviews For Saving My Assassin
"Intriguing and life-changing!
Saving My Assassin is story of faith and courage that will open your eyes to the real and widespread persecution Christians face around the world. It chronicles the life-journey of attorney Virginia Prodan as she bravely fought against the anti-Christian government system in Romania and now in her adopted country, America. Although it reads like a novel, it is a true account of her fascinating and risky work. Reading her story will encourage you to stand firm in your faith and live boldly for Christ."
bestselling author of The Power of a Positive Woman
Saving My Assassin by Virginia Prodan savingmyassassin
Reviewed by: Caitlin Anderson
Publication Date: June 2, 2016
It’s not every day that you meet your assassin. Romanian lawyer Virginia Prodan met hers and lived to tell the story.
And oh, what a story!
Prodan grew up Romania during the communist era of Nicolae Ceausescu. While her family was in good standing with the government, she was always on the outskirts of grace, trying to understand why her family was ashamed of her and her red hair. This led her on a dangerous pursuit of truth.
As Prodan tells her story, you can sense the deep longing for truth and the tenacity to defend it. She tells of finding out the truth of her origin, the secrets and shame that had been covered up, and how the answers came from the most unexpected places.
Her search for truth introduces her to the Truth of Jesus, one of the most dangerous things in Romania. She becomes a follower of Jesus, knowing that it will likely cost her everything.
And it does.
She tells of kidnappings, house arrests, and meeting her assassin. Of secret churches, smuggling the truth, and being starved in her own home. And what did she do to deserve all this? She uses the law to defend persecuted Christians.
She becomes an enemy of the state.
I couldn’t put Prodan’s story down. I spent a few months in Romania and was able to see the lingering stronghold of Ceausescu’s government. I had spent time in churches, worshipping with people who had experienced persecution. I wondered if I had met some of the people Prodan had helped save.
This is a book that I hope all Christians read. In America, we tend to mistake discomfort or social slights for persecution. Virginia Prodan’s story reminds of what persecution really looks like and why we need to be willing to stand up against it.
Rating PG-13: While not graphic, heavy elements of beatings, kidnappings, and persecution play a major part of this story.
Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!
“Saving My Assassin is a great reminder of the powerful God we serve and the hope and strength He offers us when we obey Him. I was very encouraged by Virginia Prodan’s story!”
President, Christian Legal Society SMU Law School
Virginia Prodan has written a riveting memoir Saving My Assassin. It was difficult to read many parts of this book because of its troubling, torturous content, but the triumphant spirit of this tiny powerhouse of a woman kept me returning to discover how God could possibly use the evil that surrounded her for His greater purpose.
Virginia Prodan was formerly a lawyer during the cruel Communist dictatorship of Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu.
Currently she is an international lawyer residing in the U.S. where she continues her work representing Christians who find themselves in legal difficulties because of their stand for Christ.
Saving My Assassin begins with a brief glimpse at a pivotal moment in Prodan’s life. That part of the story ends abruptly, but is repeated and continued later in the appropriate time sequence.
This is a technique which could be annoying, but is used here to skillfully draw the reader into the critical nature of the happenings in Prodan’s life.
Next we learn of mysteries and events in her younger years which help us understand how she became such a determined adult. She endured a cruel childhood which left her determined to discover the truth on all levels. Why was she so mistreated by her own family? Why did she look so different from them? Why were people in Romania not allowed to worship God when their laws said they could? What motivated the cold violence of the Securitate, the Communist government agents who stalked her, interrogated her, and threatened the lives of her and her children? Why were they so willing to torture and kill their own citizens, innocent of crimes, many of whom apparently disappeared into the night?
Although this book is written for adults, I think mature high school students would appreciate it as well. I taught high school English in a Christian school before I became an elementary public school teacher.
This is the kind of book I would have used with my seniors. It would be particularly appropriate for reading in conjunction with a history or civics class as it deals with a Communist dictatorship during the Reagan era and shows the power and influence the U.S. can choose to wield in supporting Christians around the world.
Because Saving My Assassin has a strong Biblical message, I assume it could not be assigned for reading in a public school setting, but I would be interested in feedback from teachers with more recent public school experience than I have.
Saving My Assassin has a proposed publication date of June 7, 2016.
I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to the publisher Tyndale House for allowing me to read and review this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Lghiggins - reviewed and rated 5 stars
“Virginia’s riveting story of courage and faith is a great reminder of how precious freedom truly is and why it is so important to have those like Virginia willing to fight for that freedom in the courtroom and also the halls of our legislatures. Saving My Assassin also serves as a warning to all Americans that the brutality of tyranny often begins with the abuse of the judiciary, all while singing the praises of the rule of law.”
former legislator and author of Constitution Alive!
“How would you respond to a man sent to murder you? Hopefully, most Americans will never face that challenge, but Virginia Prodan has and lived to tell about it. Saving My Assassin is the story of a woman, standing for freedom during Romanian Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's regime, who discovered that faith, hope, and love can overcome fear, bitterness, and hatred. Her real life so far has been a journey worthy of a Hollywood thriller. She has already proven that the American way of truth and justice can win. More importantly, though, she warns that our nation has stumbled onto a path destined for the darkness she escaped. Read Virginia’s book to be inspired. Read this book to learn how to keep America free.”
Kevin D. Freeman
CFA, Author - New York Times Best Seller, Secret Weapon
“Saving My Assassin is an extraordinary uplifting story of a human rights attorney who brought down the cruel Dictator of Romania. Virginia Prodan is an inspiration to us.”
Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer - Heritage Action For America
“Virginia Prodan’s new book Saving My Assassin, is a relevant read. The story of a Christian attorney fighting for religious liberty against persecution in Romania is timely for us in America. We are seeing growing prosecution against the Judeo-Christian faith heritage and individual religious freedom here in America. There could be no better time to hear Virginia’s story than now. And she enlightens us to a real aspect of the infamous ‘War on Women’ – that ideological conflagration against Christian women. Virginia’s book tells her story – one of being strong and of good courage.”
Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West (US Army, Retired)
President/CEO, National Center for Policy Analysis - Member of 112th US Congress
"Liberty and Freedom are words that have lost some context in our American culture today. Virginia Prodan's life story encourages people to stand up for truth and their beliefs, despite the adversity and the cost. A must read for all as a reminder that freedom comes with a cost."
Author, Former American football defensive tackler for Air Force Academy Falcons and Dallas Cowboys, Winner of 3 Super Bowls
The courage it took for Virginia Prodan to faithfully stand for Christ can only come from the One she served unabashedly.
Saving My Assassin, the memoir of Mrs. Prodan, is truly an incredible story of salvation, courage, fortitude and perseverance, all for the glory of Christ.
Romania is a country that has been plagued by Communism for years, and this is the country Virginia grew up in. Through God's providence and so much hard work, she was able to become an attorney for this Communist state. She became a believer soon afterward and became a defense attorney for believers who had been arrested for their Christian beliefs and how their lives were lived because of it. She ended up being arrested herself. She went through agony, torture and almost death. But God had His mighty hand on her and wasn't done with the work she had for her to do.
A couple of things struck me hard:
1. Each time Mrs. Prodan was in the valley of the shadow of death and facing extreme fear, the Word of God rolled off her lips and in her heart. His Word is what sustained her. This reminds me of how important Scripture memory is. At some point we may not have the unlimited access to our most prized possession and we must have it hidden away where no one can take it from.
2. There were so many times that the Communist Security and prosecution would say that the country's constitution meant nothing. That they could override it. This concept in hitting home way closer than I would have ever thought possible.
I believe books like this will be a source of encouragement in the days to come in America in more ways than the author may have ever thought possible. Her story will invigorate us to stand for truth. For the one who is TRUTH!
As a part of the Tyndale blogging Network, I received a free copy of this book.
Epic. Emotional. Riveting. Inspiring. Exhilarating.
With my wife out of town and my kids at school, my day off presented the opportunity for me to get in an hour of reading before knocking out some miscellaneous projects.
I was instantly captivated by “Saving My Assassin” and didn’t get up from the couch until it was time to pick up my kids from school several hours later. In fact, I finished by the next day. That’s how good this book is!
To date, I have read eighteen books this year and “Saving My Assassin" is the first book that I absolutely could not put down!
My heart hurt while reading about Virginia Prodan’s childhood upbringing.
My heart raced while reading about her encounters with communist agents.
My heart swelled while reading about her courage in the courtroom.
My heart pounded while reading about her interrogations by assassins.
My heart expanded while reading about her genuine love for her enemies.
My heart rejoiced while reading about her unshakable faith and ultimate victory.
This epic story will feed your soul, fuel our faith, and flat-out fire you up to live what you believe.
“Saving My Assassin is a riveting, authoritative and an inspirational book! Virginia Prodan enlightens us not only about her fight under persecution but also about the real aspect of the infamous current war on Christians and how to win this war. Saving My Assassin will reach and defy many generations. Everyone will treasure it. Virginia Prodan encourages us to find and to act upon The Truth, the source of her incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil.”
Dr. Jim Garlow
Senior Pastor, Skyline Wesleyan Church
"Saving My Assassin is a riveting true story of a young woman standing for Christ in a government that would rather have her dead. It’s not only entertaining, but Virginia’s story provides the kind of inspiration and example that you may need as our world continues to darken."
Dr. Frank Turek
Award-winning author and coauthor “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist”; Christian Apologist & President of CrossExamined.org
"Saving My Assassin is captivating and you won’t be able to put it down. Virginia Prodan has written an incredible book that every American will want to read. It’s rare to find a book so well written, and so emotionally powerful, and yet teaching wonderful lessons about freedom and courage and the great moral principles to which we all need to aspire. This is a must read."
Kelly Shackelford, Esq.
President, CEO and Chief Counsel of Liberty Insitute
“In this extraordinary book, Saving My Assassin, you will meet a truly courageous woman, Virginia Prodan - a lawyer and defender of the Christian faith, who risked her life in one of the most brutal regimes of modern history. Virginia Prodan’s faith was forged in the furnace of Nicolae Ceausescu’s cruel reign in Romania. As an openly Christian attorney, Prodan repeatedly represented the causes of Christian churches and political “enemies” of the state. Her advocacy brought regular arrests, beatings, and death threats to her and her young children. Yet through all the persecution, Prodan never lost her courage or faith in God. Her life is an account of God’s miraculous provision and help from unexpected sources. In 1988, President Reagan granted Prodan and her family political asylum in the U.S. But she is still in the fight, employing her experience and passion for justice to defend religious freedom. Virginia’s story is an encouragement for Christians everywhere, called to stand – and perhaps die – for their faith.”
Joseph P. Infranco
Senior Counsel and Vice-President Alliance Defending Freedom
"Saving My Assassin by Virginia Prodan is an amazing testimony of one woman’s experience against oppression of faith and how she found the courage to stand strong in the face of insurmountable odds. More than that, there are lessons from Virginia's story on how we might lean on Jesus, and His Word in the scriptures, to overcome our challenges…and potential dangers.”
CEO, Open Doors USA
5.0 out of 5 starsA Memoir Worth Reading
By Danion May 22, 2016
Saving My Assassin is Virginia Prodan's story of working as a Christian attorney in Communist Romania.
Growing up, Virginia endured extreme mistreatment from her mother, but this paled in comparison to the trials she would face as an adult.
When Virginia was young, she had a close encounter with the Securitate, Nicolae Ceausescu’s brutal Communist police officers, as she was entering a church. This experience left her fearful of the Communists, and she rarely returned to church after it.
Upon graduating high school, Virginia took and passed all of the necessary exams to enter law school. Facing many struggles, Virginia pressed on and managed to graduate and get a job learning under another attorney.
During this time, Virginia found faith in Christ and began to regularly attend church and read the Bible with her two young daughters at home.
After becoming a Christian, Virginia began to take on cases defending Christians who have been unfairly arrested by the Securitate.
Virginia won many cases, upsetting the Securitate and Ceausescu himself. Virginia is interrogated, beaten and ultimately, Ceausecu assigns a man to assassinate her. As the title suggests, Virginia shares the gospel with her assassin and leads him to Christ. Her struggles did not end after that night, however. Virginia faced many more months of persecution before she had a chance to escape it all.
Saving My Assassin is a story of resilience and deeply strengthened faith in Christ. Virginia faced evil head on at the hands of wicked men, and she relied fully on Christ to give her strength. Regarding her struggles,
"I suppose none of us know how high we can jump until a skyscraper obstructs our way, how fast we can run until a lion chases us, the value of our freedom until confinement restricts our movements, or how precious hope is until someone shatters our dreams."
Saving My Assassin will encourage Christians to keep growing in Christ, and to rely on Him through every trial and triumph. Virginia endured unrelenting evil, yet she clung to Christ in the midst of it all.
This is a memoir everyone should dig into.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
"I have listened raptly many times to my friend Virginia Prodan tell bits and pieces of her life’s journey from the repression of Communist Romania to the liberty of America. It’s an extraordinary, harrowing and uplifting story. I’m thrilled she has put the entire story together in “Saving My Assassin”. Beyond creating a compelling read, she offers readers a potent affirmation of the power of unwavering faith, and a standard for the kind of bravery needed in the world today to face down the many forms of tyranny plaguing freedom-loving people around the world."
Author and Radio Host “Ladies, Can We Talk?”
"Virginia Prodan’s electrifying true story - Saving My Assassin - reads like a well-crafted novel, but burns with the power only truth can convey – and in a very personal way. America is not Ceaușescu’s Romania, but too many of our countrymen treat liberty casually, and some have traded their liberties for a mess of pottage. May God use Virginia’s story to stir Americans to take a stand for the liberty so many of our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters have died to preserve."
Rev. Pierre Bynum
Family Research Council Chaplain & National Prayer Director
5.0 out of 5 stars
BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN YEARS
By Amazon Customer on May 31, 2016
Wow! I am speechless.
I just completed reading Virginia Prodan's book, SAVING MY ASSASSIN. I could NOT put it down. I just called several family members and friends to tell them how Virginia's book unlocked so many thoughts and feelings for me. Virginia Prodan's life story needs to be shared with the world.
Definitely deserves a five star rating. Liberals and Conservatives, both, could benefit from this look back into history.
The assassin's words were reminiscent of what many are being promised today: "The governement provided everything for me free of charge--a fully furnished house, clothes, luxurious vacations, money, women, and power"..........Only looking back did the Assassin see what a high price he had to pay.
“Virginia Prodan’s love for America is palpable. Saving My Assassin will convince you that preserving American superpower serves not only her citizens, but also impacts countless lives around the globe that are enslaved by Marxism. ”
President of Texas Eagle Forum
“Saving My Assassin is a stirring account of valor under an oppressive regime and faith in the face of faithlessness. Prodan’s heartbreaking, inspiring life journey from Communist Romania to the birthplace of freedom will move readers of every background, and serves as a call to action for a new generation of Americans whose religious liberty is already under attack by the corrupt and powerful. Through persecution, conversion, exile, and triumph, Prodan reminds us: there is always hope.”
Former Senator Jim DeMint
President and CEO - The Heritage Foundation
A debut memoir recounts a lawyer’s courageous stand for religious freedom in Romania.
As a little girl, Prodan, now an international human rights attorney, always felt painfully set apart; her red hair and freckles distinguished her from the remainder of her family, and her mother, Elena, treated her cruelly. She was raised in Techirghiol, a small town ravaged by poverty, like so much of Romania suffering under the Communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu. She found a reprieve from the bleakness of her environs by devouring literature and later decided, as a partisan of justice and truth, to become an attorney. The author traveled to Bucharest to take her law school admissions exams and stayed with her affectionate Aunt Cassandra, who bore such a striking resemblance to her that Cassandra was often mistaken for her mother. At the time, Prodan considered the possibility that Cassandra was, in fact, her mother, although it remained unclear why Elena assumed the role, however coldly. Eventually, Prodan became a practicing attorney, married her first boyfriend from law school, and gave birth to two daughters. After years of feeling lost amid relatives, she finally found a home among a family of her own creation. But she discovered a deeper sense of peace in religion and started defending clients whose constitutional rights to religious expression were systematically denied by the government. The author’s efforts to catch the attention of the U.S. government, under the tutelage of President Ronald Reagan, caused the Ceaușescu administration to intensify its efforts to stymie her activism. Prodan was forced to risk her life, and the lives of her family, to maintain her religious and political convictions. The author paints a vividly disturbing tableau of the brutality of Romanian Communism and the chilling manner in which Ceaușescu feigned political liberality to the world while practicing totalitarianism at home. While it’s a memoir written in the first person, the book reads like a suspenseful thriller that also thoughtfully reflects on the moral value of freedom. At times, Prodan’s prose flirts with melodrama, and there are few moments of lightheartedness to leaven the book’s gloomy tone, but this remains a potent indictment of autocracy and a searing testament to human courage.
A powerful personal remembrance about the search for God amid communist intolerance.
"Only someone who has experienced the tyranny and oppression of Communism can fully embrace the liberating joy of Democracy. Virginia Prodan knows such joy and lives it out daily. As an international human rights attorney, Virginia has become a consummate freedom fighter. Hers is the inspiring story of escaping Communist Romania, being granted political asylum by the United States, becoming an American citizen, and now advocating for immigrants who desire to come to the United States legally. I am humbled to be Virginia's friend and honored to be her pastor. Not only is her story riveting, but her dramatic and graphic writing style will capture your mind and heart and will not let you go. Just wait, from the introduction on, you’ll be hooked."
Dr. Jeff Warren
Senior Pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas
“Saving My Assassin is gripping.”
Jerry B. Jenkins
New York Times Bestselling Author
"Saving My Assassin is explosive! It is a celebration of awe-inspiring bravery filled with unforgettable moments!
Virginia’s courage to stand up for her belief’s, and for others in the face of death, serves as an encouragement to those of us who strive to do the same!
She is a heroine of our time—a strong woman with a strong message. Virginia’s memoir motivates you to discover not only the courage in you and the power of your voice, but also the purpose for your life! Everyone should read Saving My Assassin—a message that will stay with you long after the last chapter ends!”
President, Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum
A Wonderful Biography
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
By Amazon Customer on May 25, 2016
Saving My Assassin was a wonderful story of love, forgiveness, faith, sacrifice, and a devotion to the Lord that only grows stronger with persecution.
It was inspiring to read how this petite woman was able to show love to her enemies again and again, even as she was threatened, jailed, and beaten.
How she would pray for them, share the gospel with them, and taught her children to do the same. I admired her devotion to her husband even though he wasn't a believer, and her respect for the authority God had placed over her in communist Romania, even while she disagreed with those in power.
It was a fast-paced book that kept you wanting to read, late into the night. You just *couldnt* put it down! (Ask me how I know.:D)
This biography was truly a joy to read. It was one of those books that sounds interesting, but I wasn't sure how much detail would be given, as it was about a woman, jailed by men.
It was absolutely fine! No language, no incidents, no inappropriate scenes or dialogue. I appreciated the detail given, as it was not too much, but perfect to keep the story interesting. And I greatly enjoyed how the entire book was written giving glory to God, not to a person, or an organization. Some of the situations given may be to tense for younger readers, and some of the politics might be confusing.
I would definitely say that parents or an older sibling should read it first before handing it to a younger child!
I will most likely be reading this book again, it was that good. That is, if I ever finish the stack of books I need to read, or the stack of books I already have started..=}
*I recieved a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in return for an honest review.I did not have to agree with or like this book.*
"Reading Virginia Prodan’s Saving My Assassin inspires faithful Christian witness in the face of systems of government and structures of power with real-life inspiration for intensifying obedience to our Lord Christ in today's public spaces. The One who transcends history and geography, controls politics and economics, and creates all peoples and nations will provide courage for us to persevere in spite of potential defeats to providential victories."
Ramesh Richard PhD, ThD
Professor, Dallas Theological Seminary President, RREACH
"Saving My Assassin will grab your heart from the very start and pull you from a dark pit of hellish discouragement to the lofty ramparts of a hope fulfilled. This book is a lightning bolt of truth that sends out a thunderclap warning for all today. Not defeated by raw fear nor circumstances unimaginable this brave woman survived it all to find her name forever etched in the halls of heroic accomplishment. A must read that will defiantly inspire all that takes this incredible journey."
"Saving My Assassin is the inspirational read of 2016, studded with invaluable life lessons of faith and resilience garnered on Virginia Prodan’s incredible, historic journey. Virginia sounds the clarion call for Christians today everywhere! A terrific page turner."
best-selling author and commentator
“Virginia Prodan stood fearlessly against an oppressive communist regime and the lawless leadership of Nicolai Ceausescu. She chose to obey God rather than man and changed the course of history! Virginia mastered her fear of earthly consequences for the glory of God and now inspires her readers. Beyond inspiration, Saving My Assassin is a call to action: to live above fear—and to witness the miraculous. I believe this is the message for this generation of Believers, we must rise above the fear of man to see a miraculous move of God.”
President, Family Research Council, Washington, DC (FRC.org)
I really love this book and feel its one of the best ones I read so far this year. As soon as I received it I planned on reading for about thirty minutes. Meanwhile I was still reading it three hours later. It was such an interesting book. Its about a lady named Virginia and her life experiences in communist Romania. She discusses all the hardships she experienced in life. She also talks in great detail about wonderful things that occur. She shows how God has helped her so many times in her life. I enjoyed this book and think its a great read for all adults and older teens.
I received this book free from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.