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Ray and Betty Whipps both served in Europe during WWII: Ray as an infantryman under General Patton in the trenches of Normandy, Paris, and Belgium, and Betty as a field nurse in Cherbourg, France. The two met when Betty tended to Ray after he was injured in a mortar blast. Both strong Christians, the two bonded over their shared faith, and as Betty nursed Ray back to healt Ray and Betty Whipps both served in Europe during WWII: Ray as an infantryman under General Patton in the trenches of Normandy, Paris, and Belgium, and Betty as a field nurse in Cherbourg, France. The two met when Betty tended to Ray after he was injured in a mortar blast. Both strong Christians, the two bonded over their shared faith, and as Betty nursed Ray back to health, they fell in love and vowed to marry after the war. However, soon after Ray returned to his unit, he was captured by German forces and held captive in Stalag VII, Germany’s largest prisoner of war camp. It was there that Ray’s faith was put to the ultimate test as he endured the most horrific weeks of his life—weeks marked by brutality, malnutrition, back-breaking labor, and near-constant death. The only thing that kept him alive was the dream of someday reuniting with Betty. Told in first person from Ray’s perspective, with personal wartime letters from Betty interspersed throughout, ’Til We Meet Again is a sweeping love story set amid the backdrop of WWII. The perfect combination of “in the trenches” battlefield accounts and classic 1940s romance, this memoir reads almost like a novel. It is an epic story of faith, hope, and love, and a nostalgic look back at one of the most memorable periods in American history.


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Ray and Betty Whipps both served in Europe during WWII: Ray as an infantryman under General Patton in the trenches of Normandy, Paris, and Belgium, and Betty as a field nurse in Cherbourg, France. The two met when Betty tended to Ray after he was injured in a mortar blast. Both strong Christians, the two bonded over their shared faith, and as Betty nursed Ray back to healt Ray and Betty Whipps both served in Europe during WWII: Ray as an infantryman under General Patton in the trenches of Normandy, Paris, and Belgium, and Betty as a field nurse in Cherbourg, France. The two met when Betty tended to Ray after he was injured in a mortar blast. Both strong Christians, the two bonded over their shared faith, and as Betty nursed Ray back to health, they fell in love and vowed to marry after the war. However, soon after Ray returned to his unit, he was captured by German forces and held captive in Stalag VII, Germany’s largest prisoner of war camp. It was there that Ray’s faith was put to the ultimate test as he endured the most horrific weeks of his life—weeks marked by brutality, malnutrition, back-breaking labor, and near-constant death. The only thing that kept him alive was the dream of someday reuniting with Betty. Told in first person from Ray’s perspective, with personal wartime letters from Betty interspersed throughout, ’Til We Meet Again is a sweeping love story set amid the backdrop of WWII. The perfect combination of “in the trenches” battlefield accounts and classic 1940s romance, this memoir reads almost like a novel. It is an epic story of faith, hope, and love, and a nostalgic look back at one of the most memorable periods in American history.

30 review for Til We Meet Again: A Memoir of Love and War

  1. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Sweet, inspiring memoir from a member of the greatest generation, a godly man who experienced God’s faithfulness in wartime.

  2. 5 out of 5

    A.L. Sowards

    I enjoyed this memoir focusing on Ray Whipp’s experiences during WWII with letters from Betty thrown in. Ray started out as a naval air cadet, but he wasn’t great at advanced math, and you have to be good at math if you want to land airplanes on an aircraft carrier. Afraid he’d wash out and end up as a seasick sailor on a small ship, he decided to try the Army Air Corps instead, but was drafted as an infantryman while waiting to take the Air Corps exam. He fought in Normandy and the Hurtgen fore I enjoyed this memoir focusing on Ray Whipp’s experiences during WWII with letters from Betty thrown in. Ray started out as a naval air cadet, but he wasn’t great at advanced math, and you have to be good at math if you want to land airplanes on an aircraft carrier. Afraid he’d wash out and end up as a seasick sailor on a small ship, he decided to try the Army Air Corps instead, but was drafted as an infantryman while waiting to take the Air Corps exam. He fought in Normandy and the Hurtgen forest, where he was wounded. While recovering, Betty was his nurse and they fell in love. He returned to the front and was captured and eventually taken to a POW camp near Moosburg. Ray and Betty are both religious people and their faith and optimism comes through in this memoir. I enjoyed that aspect of the book. In fact, I think the most memorable part of the book was Ray, right after his leg was shredded by artillery fire, walking back to the aid station, alone, a little nervous about the enemy and his wound, softly singing “Jesus Loves Me” to help himself feel better. The scene gives added meaning to the phrase "I am weak but He is strong." The book ranks four stars—well worth reading once. I’m guessing other readers may rank it higher than I did, but I’ve read more detailed accounts of hedgerow fighting, more compelling accounts of the Hurtgen Forest, and more emotional accounts of POW life. This book made me feel like I was listening to Ray tell about his war experiences, and I would have rather felt like I was there with him in battle. I think the target audience for the book may appreciate that same thing—there’s a little distance between the reader and the gritty details of war. The book doesn’t sugarcoat war, but it moves along quickly enough that the reader is never immersed in it. I’d say it’s a good choice for readers wanting an introduction to WWII through the eyes of a US infantryman. *I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received this book for free through Goodreads' First Reads. This was a fast read. The love story between Betty and Ray was so cute. I just wished this book had more from Betty's point of view. Overall, this is a great book that highlights the horrors of war as well as the power of love. I received this book for free through Goodreads' First Reads. This was a fast read. The love story between Betty and Ray was so cute. I just wished this book had more from Betty's point of view. Overall, this is a great book that highlights the horrors of war as well as the power of love.

  4. 5 out of 5

    R.J.

    I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. As you, as my readers and followers, probably know by now, I absolutely love stories from WWII. I really don't know why other than the fact that they are exciting, filled with real-life heroes, and incredible redemption stories. In 'Til We Meet Again, Ray and Betty Whipps share their story in such a way that will have you in tears throughout most of it but yet laughing in I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. As you, as my readers and followers, probably know by now, I absolutely love stories from WWII. I really don't know why other than the fact that they are exciting, filled with real-life heroes, and incredible redemption stories. In 'Til We Meet Again, Ray and Betty Whipps share their story in such a way that will have you in tears throughout most of it but yet laughing in a few places. I love the way that this book is written and the story will keep any historians attentive. I can't possibly give this book enough praise! 5 out of 5 stars ! You can read this review as well as many others on my blog at http://acceleratethejesusmovement.wor...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michele Morin

    Can we find an actor with the earnest manner and unassuming heroism of Jimmy Stewart? Is there an actress with the grace and gentility of Donna Reed to play the female lead? I humbly submit ‘Til We Meet Again: A Memoir of Love and War as a candidate for re-enactment on the big screen. Nailing the genre within an inch of its life, Ray and Betty Whipps (with Craig Borlase) have collaborated on a World War II era memoir that combines dashed hopes and danger; romance and suspense; faith and fiery batt Can we find an actor with the earnest manner and unassuming heroism of Jimmy Stewart? Is there an actress with the grace and gentility of Donna Reed to play the female lead? I humbly submit ‘Til We Meet Again: A Memoir of Love and War as a candidate for re-enactment on the big screen. Nailing the genre within an inch of its life, Ray and Betty Whipps (with Craig Borlase) have collaborated on a World War II era memoir that combines dashed hopes and danger; romance and suspense; faith and fiery battle scenes anchored in a setting of fascinating military, historical and geographical detail. The curtain rises in present-day life with Ray and Betty, two nonagenarians who take us back through time to their childhoods set in the Great Depression, with their shoes lined in cardboard and their eyes filled with hope. Bouncing back from disappointment, they both played their roles in the European theatre with stoic determination and excellence, supported by a lively faith. Told in first person from Ray’s perspective, he shares and lives this wisdom: “The way I saw the world would determine how I experienced it.” With the Old Testament’s Joshua as his role model and inspiration, he endured his stint as an infantryman in Paris under General Patton until he suffered a severe leg wound which placed him in hospital for thirty days under the care of a certain lovely nurse named Betty. She makes her contribution to the narrative arc through heartfelt letters, written to her parents and, eventually, to Ray. With the speed of war-time romance, they became engaged during that thirty-day hospitalization and vowed to marry when they were released from their duties. As Ray shared his experiences along the Siegfried Line, his conversations with guys for whom the landing at Normandy and their role in Operation Overlord was fresh resume material, I was slogging along beside him. The smells and sounds of trench warfare set against a sky of “army issue gray” drove home the horror of war. The steady pulse of Ray’s prayer, “Keep me safe, Lord,” seeds the right kind pondering into the reader’s heart: Were Ray’s injuries a “no” to this prayer? Was Ray’s “good wound” a means of rescuing him from the attack during which the other fifty men in his platoon were either killed, captured or seriously wounded? There is no doubt that the brave men and women of this era were changed by their fears, by the hardships, disappointments and deprivations of war. However, in the case of Ray and Betty Whipps, they were also formed by their faith in a God who works behind the scenes, bringing meaning to suffering and orchestrating our lives so that we have a story to tell. For Ray and Betty, it looks as if their story will include their seventieth wedding anniversary on September 29, 2015, and a life of whole-hearted devotion to each other, to their family, their country, and their God. This book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  6. 5 out of 5

    Just Commonly

    'Til we meet again. What simple and romantic words. Doesn't it sound like something from a classic black and white film or can't you just image Rhett Butler saying it to Scarlett O'Hara? Well, "'Til We Meet Again" by Ray & Betty Whipps with Craig Borlase is just that. A true story meant to be a classic. Ray Whipps, started as an infantryman during the Second World War, and Betty, a field nurse stationed in Cherbourg, France. They fell in love and vowed to wed after the war. "'Til We Meet Again" 'Til we meet again. What simple and romantic words. Doesn't it sound like something from a classic black and white film or can't you just image Rhett Butler saying it to Scarlett O'Hara? Well, "'Til We Meet Again" by Ray & Betty Whipps with Craig Borlase is just that. A true story meant to be a classic. Ray Whipps, started as an infantryman during the Second World War, and Betty, a field nurse stationed in Cherbourg, France. They fell in love and vowed to wed after the war. "'Til We Meet Again" is not just a story, it's a memoir of love and faith during a war. This book is narrated through Ray's perspective with letters written by Betty interspersed throughout. From his perspective and her letters, we see as spectators how God was their strength and comfort during times of turmoil, and how He brought these two together. It's a beautiful love story. As we see the war through Ray's eyes, I'm impressed and shocked at the resiliency of soldiers and nurses at times of war. God was Ray's strength, and it was by God's blessing that Ray met Betty, a fellow Christian when it didn't seem like there were others. As Ray starts singing 'Jesus Loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so...", I started singing along. It was when he's alone, that he found serenity in knowing that he is NOT alone. God is always with him. I love how this story tells us from different perspectives through Ray's narration and Betty's letters how God had intertwine them and destined for them to meet. War is not simple. It is not a fairy tale. It is dirty, dangerous and broken. Yet, amidst all of that, two souls were able to meet, find each other and build a lifetime of memories. Besides the romance aspect of this memoir, I was quite interested in how Ray became a soldier. His journey as a cadet in the Navy and then an infantryman in the Army was interesting. I had visited West Point and recently, the Naval Academy and were impressed by the requirements to attend those academies, and the character one built through military training. I think it's touched upon when Ray wrote to his brother, Bud early in his training in the Army, and throughout Ray's time in the frontlines. Respect is what comes to mind for soldiers and veterans of our country. Semper Fidelis. NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale House Publishers for an honest review. Check out my blog for other book reviews and a monthly book giveaway. Thanks. http://justcommonly.blogspot.com

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mazzou B

    Recently, I have been reading book after book about World War two; biographies, autobiographies...I love all types of works concerning this portion of history! I must say I especially love autobiographies because they have a quality and depth which cannot be met by mere biographers, no matter how talented they may be as writers. Having read autobiographies from a variety of world war two survivors both Christians and atheists I emphasize that the ones from Christians have an amazing aspect whic Recently, I have been reading book after book about World War two; biographies, autobiographies...I love all types of works concerning this portion of history! I must say I especially love autobiographies because they have a quality and depth which cannot be met by mere biographers, no matter how talented they may be as writers. Having read autobiographies from a variety of world war two survivors both Christians and atheists I emphasize that the ones from Christians have an amazing aspect which cannot be attempted by the non-believing survivors! Truly, Christian veterans and survivors know to Whom belongs the glory and praise! Til we Meet Again is an absolutely wonderful autobiography by Ray Whipps. I loved how Ray kept the all-important and sustaining aspect of his faith steady through the entire memoir. After reading several books which contained more-than-necessary descriptions of crude language, jokes, etc. during the war it was refreshing to find that 'Til We Meet again is appropriate for many different ages. This book can and indeed ought to be given to readers as young as 10 to read! True, there are some emotionally difficult parts because after all, this is war. But if you deem your child old enough to read of bloodshed and violence of a certain sort, than they will profit much from reading this book. Not to overlook the romantic story contained within the pages of this autobiography, I thought Ray and Betty's tale to be a remarkable and beautiful witness of God's mercy and faithfulness in His children's lives! It was such a sweet and wholesome romance. I am ever grateful for accounts such as these and am thankful that Christian veterans such as Ray Whipps took the time to reveal the trials and triumphs of life during World War II!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I highly recommend 'Til We Meet Again. In this darling little memoir, seasoned nonagenarian Ray Whipps recounts his experiences while fighting in the Second World War as a twenty-year-old. A series of events leads him from washing out of flight school, through dangerous action in Europe as an infantry soldier, to a serious injury and eventual imprisonment as a POW. Despite the circumvention of his own plans, the dire circumstances, and the sometimes crippling fear of battle, Whipps knows that Go I highly recommend 'Til We Meet Again. In this darling little memoir, seasoned nonagenarian Ray Whipps recounts his experiences while fighting in the Second World War as a twenty-year-old. A series of events leads him from washing out of flight school, through dangerous action in Europe as an infantry soldier, to a serious injury and eventual imprisonment as a POW. Despite the circumvention of his own plans, the dire circumstances, and the sometimes crippling fear of battle, Whipps knows that God is with him, protecting him and leading him to a purpose better than he could imagine. The providential course of events introduces him to his future wife Betty, a nurse serving in a field hospital in France who also possesses a deep Christian faith. I read this book in two sittings and cried through most of it; I couldn't help picturing my own husband while reading about Whipps' experiences. The writing was deeply affecting. It was only by the grace of God that Whipps survived the war, and it broke my heart reading how few people he met who possessed a real faith during the war, all of whom could have been comforted and encouraged by a God who loved them. Ray Whipps is not a famous man, but he served faithfully in the war, and his character and faith are evident on every page. What a great heritage his family received, and how blessed I felt to read his words of wisdom.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Georgene

    I'm going to be attending a talk by the two authors of this book on Saturday, so I decided to start reading it just after midnight. I am old enough to know better. I finished it in just a couple of hours. Oh well, I wasn't sleeping anyway. The story of Ray and Betty Whipps' romance while Ray is recovering from a serious shrapnel wound is a testimony of God's love and the strong faith that kept Ray alive during his time in combat. This is a moving story of his faith in God while not being "preachy I'm going to be attending a talk by the two authors of this book on Saturday, so I decided to start reading it just after midnight. I am old enough to know better. I finished it in just a couple of hours. Oh well, I wasn't sleeping anyway. The story of Ray and Betty Whipps' romance while Ray is recovering from a serious shrapnel wound is a testimony of God's love and the strong faith that kept Ray alive during his time in combat. This is a moving story of his faith in God while not being "preachy" about it. I am looking forward to meeting this couple.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    Ray and Betty met in Europe when they were both serving in World War II, and they fell in love. The author, Ray, tells the story of his time in the Army and his relationship with Betty. I thought this was an interesting book, and the letters by Betty were a nice touch.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    I was not expecting such a detailed expose of life in the trenches of World War II. This book is very well done, informative, and hope-filled. It is a true love story, too.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This one is especially wonderful to me because Ray and Betty Whipps are my dear grandma and grandpa. ❤️

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennie McMurray

    Neat story of how God uses what seems like the bad things in life for good. Great book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    'Til We Meet Again: A Memoir of Love and War by Ray and Betty Whipps (with Craig Borlase) is the sweeping and epic love story of two young people caught in the grips of World War II: Ray an infantryman and Betty a field nurse. As soon as I saw this book, I knew it would be one I'd want to read. It reads like a historical romance novel, except it's a true story! The story is shared in the first person by Ray, with letters from Betty sprinkled throughout the book. This is a wonderful story of a st 'Til We Meet Again: A Memoir of Love and War by Ray and Betty Whipps (with Craig Borlase) is the sweeping and epic love story of two young people caught in the grips of World War II: Ray an infantryman and Betty a field nurse. As soon as I saw this book, I knew it would be one I'd want to read. It reads like a historical romance novel, except it's a true story! The story is shared in the first person by Ray, with letters from Betty sprinkled throughout the book. This is a wonderful story of a steadfast faith in God, regardless of outside circumstances. The back cover reads: "Ray and Betty Whipps both served in Europe during WWII: Ray as an infantryman under General Patton in the trenches of Normandy, Paris, and Belgium, and Betty as a field nurse in Cherbourg, France. The two met when Betty tended to Ray after he was injured in a mortar blast. Both strong Christians, the two bonded over their shared faith, and as Betty nursed Ray back to health, they fell in love and vowed to marry after the war. However, soon after Ray returned to his unit, he was captured by German forces and held captive in Stalag VII, Germany’s largest prisoner of war camp. It was there that Ray’s faith was put to the ultimate test as he endured the most horrific weeks of his life―weeks marked by brutality, malnutrition, back-breaking labor, and near-constant death. The only thing that kept him alive was the dream of someday reuniting with Betty. Told in first person from Ray’s perspective, with personal wartime letters from Betty interspersed throughout, ’Til We Meet Again is a sweeping love story set amid the backdrop of WWII. The perfect combination of “in the trenches” battlefield accounts and classic 1940s romance, this memoir reads almost like a novel. It is an epic story of faith, hope, and love, and a nostalgic look back at one of the most memorable periods in American history." This book is definitely a must-read for anyone who enjoys the subjects of World War II, memoirs, love stories, nonfiction, or Christian interests. It's a quick and easy read and very difficult to put down once you get into it. I was flipping the pages quickly to find out what would happen to Ray and Betty and how their story would come together. The writing style is easy to read and flows very smoothly, and the book is uplifting and full of inspiration, despite the difficult circumstances Ray and Betty faced both together and alone. I enjoyed reading about their strong, unshakeable faith in God. I highly recommend this book. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    One of the ways I know a book is well written is when it seems too short. 'Till we Meet Again by Ray and Betty Whipps with Craig Borlase is one of those books. It is a true World War II account of a U.S. soldier (Ray) who ends up wounded and transferred to a place where U.S. Nurse (Betty) works. Upon meeting they discover their love for each other. After promising to marry Betty, Ray gets sent out to the battlefield again and gets captured. But I knew it had a happy ending before I read it becau One of the ways I know a book is well written is when it seems too short. 'Till we Meet Again by Ray and Betty Whipps with Craig Borlase is one of those books. It is a true World War II account of a U.S. soldier (Ray) who ends up wounded and transferred to a place where U.S. Nurse (Betty) works. Upon meeting they discover their love for each other. After promising to marry Betty, Ray gets sent out to the battlefield again and gets captured. But I knew it had a happy ending before I read it because their picture is on the back of the book as an old, happily married couple (of course, you can assume it too because Betty's name is joined with Ray's on the book cover with the same last name as Ray). Told from Ray's first-person dramatized view, Betty's perspective is mainly told from her letters scattered throughout the book. I found their first meeting very…I don't think that amusing is the word…it was very heartening/encouraging. Betty had noticed the lack of men who were visibly Christians amongst the soldiers she met and cared for in her duties as a nurse. It just became an understood thing with her, that most of the men she took care of were not Christian, actually, it sounds as though she hadn't met a Christian soldier yet. Then God brought in the injured Ray. The first day they met Ray had a Bible visibly on him because he had fallen asleep with it the night before. When Betty saw him, the first words out of her mouth were not, "how are you?" or, "I'm Betty, what is your name?" Or something like that, rather it was, "Are you a Christian?" I found her absolute joy at meeting another Christian delightful. Her first attraction to Ray was not his looks or other superficial things but was the fact that he was a Christian. I read the book in one day as it was more of a narrative book than a thought provoking one(not that I wasn't thinking while reading it), generally no deep thinking was inspired, it was just more of a high level observation of God's direction of their lives. Both Ray and Betty seem to have had a God-focused perspective during the trials He had ordained. It was very interesting to see this part of God's plan for their lives. I received a free copy in exchange for this review (my review did not have to be favorable)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    ‘Til We Meet Again is exactly what it describes itself as: a memoir of love and war (but mostly war). The story of Ray and Betty is told simply, yet elegantly, and is still gripping and suspenseful even when the reader knows the outcomes of certain battles of World War II. The portrait of war as described by Ray is neither glamorous nor horrendous; there’s a sense of duty and pride running throughout the book that shows more prominently than the awfulness of war or the initial shine of excitemen ‘Til We Meet Again is exactly what it describes itself as: a memoir of love and war (but mostly war). The story of Ray and Betty is told simply, yet elegantly, and is still gripping and suspenseful even when the reader knows the outcomes of certain battles of World War II. The portrait of war as described by Ray is neither glamorous nor horrendous; there’s a sense of duty and pride running throughout the book that shows more prominently than the awfulness of war or the initial shine of excitement. Much of the “inner look” at WWII were things I had no idea occurred, such as the souvenirs taken from wounded or captured Germans. It makes sense that this happened, but I never thought about it before. I had to laugh when Ray proposes to Betty with a ring he got from a dying German and then thinks, “I’ll wait to tell her where I got that.” The book was a fascinating read if only for the inner look at the military and some of the more famous battles of WWII. I didn’t know that one branch of the army could draft you out from under the nose of another, and some of the things Ray saw and described you would only hear about from the mouth of a veteran. Textbooks tend to cover things in a more general way. They wouldn’t tell you about the day Ray experienced friendly fire from P-47s, or the frustration at having to follow your superior’s bad commands, or what it’s like to sneak up to a house to see if there are any German snipers waiting to shoot you as soon as they see you move. Books like ‘Til We Meet Again keep our veterans’ words alive long after they are gone and remind us again and again of the gratitude we should feel to those who fought and suffered to protect our freedoms. A book I highly recommended as a look into one of the most devastating periods of human history from the perspective of a man who is only trying to do his duty and follow God in the midst of war.

  17. 5 out of 5

    N.M.

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review* War is something that few talk about, at least in terms of the intimate details. The family members I've had in wars never spoke about it other than little details here and there. Never enough to paint a picture of what it was like. That's why I'm so grateful for a book like 'Til We Meet Again' by the Whipps because it not only shows one soldier's time in the war (and a brief gaze into that of a nurse) but how *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review* War is something that few talk about, at least in terms of the intimate details. The family members I've had in wars never spoke about it other than little details here and there. Never enough to paint a picture of what it was like. That's why I'm so grateful for a book like 'Til We Meet Again' by the Whipps because it not only shows one soldier's time in the war (and a brief gaze into that of a nurse) but how God was with him the whole time. The novel is a wonderful love story, and while it's amazing that Ray and Betty fell in love and had their life together it was really their love of God that spoke through the pages. Their plans didn't turn out the way they has thought but both knew without a doubt that God had a better plan for them. It's a true testimony to God's presence and the power of a relationship with Him. What truly spoke to me was Ray's comfort in the fact that even when he was physically alone, he knew he wasn't. God was with him the entire time. The comfort he felt from scripture was inspiring, and has made my relationship with God that much more precious. No, not everyone came back from the war. Plenty of Christians died, as well. That didn't mean that God wasn't with them. Ray talks about this, wondering about the Germans praying as well. One day while I was waiting for a friend, I was sitting and reading this book. We had picked a central meeting place in downtown, and I looked up and realized I was sitting at the city's cenotaph. Everything hit me then, how God places people and situations into your life at an appointed time. It is clearly the case with Ray and Betty. 'Til We Meet Again is a moving story about God's presence, and His Will, and how far our faith can take us. I think even non-believers would appreciate this novel as a true account of the second world war. As the saying goes, there's no atheist in a foxhole.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robin Willson

    What a good book! I love Christian Historical Fiction - but this goes one better, because it's biographical. It's one thing for people to live through experiences like this, but to tell the tale so well is a talent. I highly recommend this for any WW1 WW2 enthusiasts, as well as for anyone who wants an engrossing story. There's no doubt that the scenes described are real. The things that Ray went through and survived to tell are, well, incredible that he survived it, horrific that he experienced What a good book! I love Christian Historical Fiction - but this goes one better, because it's biographical. It's one thing for people to live through experiences like this, but to tell the tale so well is a talent. I highly recommend this for any WW1 WW2 enthusiasts, as well as for anyone who wants an engrossing story. There's no doubt that the scenes described are real. The things that Ray went through and survived to tell are, well, incredible that he survived it, horrific that he experienced it. And what it was like for Betty. What it takes to be a nurse during a war, the dedication to leave home and nurture lives of people you've never met before - who've had such damage to their bodies and minds. Then to begin young love, and go through such trials of separation, faithfulness and belief. There is strong Christian faith throughout, lessons and demonstrations. It's so well told, you don't want to put it down. I can't give higher praise for a book - I would give it 10 stars. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/wa....

  19. 5 out of 5

    Juanita

    Til We Meet Again is a true story taken from the accounts of both Ray and Betty Whipps during WWII. Throughout the events, which they describe, God is involved in each and every one of them. There faith is amazing, as well as their love for each other and their fellow man. Even when things are not logical or following reason, they still accept the path God is leading them on. God is always there beside each and everyone one of us, we just need to have faith and trust in Him, no matter how strang Til We Meet Again is a true story taken from the accounts of both Ray and Betty Whipps during WWII. Throughout the events, which they describe, God is involved in each and every one of them. There faith is amazing, as well as their love for each other and their fellow man. Even when things are not logical or following reason, they still accept the path God is leading them on. God is always there beside each and everyone one of us, we just need to have faith and trust in Him, no matter how strange things appear…beyond our own understanding. I found all the events and how Ray and Betty reacted to them, to be very interesting. This was a book a truly did not want to put down, an excellent read! Their true life story inspired me to look at my own life and circumstances, take a step back, and trust in God. I loved the smooth writing style and how it tugged me along even when my eyes could not follow the lines of sentences any longer. There were many Biblical references throughout the writings, as well as some scripture verses. What a book for encouragement! I highly recommend ‘Til We Meet Again to all readers…for a look at faith, love, history, and the many unfortunate things which occur in all of our lives. I have received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lenoire

    Not to be confused for the 1940 melodramatic black and white film, the book is a memoir of two Christian soldiers falling in love during a time of war (Reminds me a bit of Love in a Time of Cholera). Ray and Betty serve as an infantryman and a field nurse (respectively) during WWII. The duo meet when Ray is injured in a mortar blast and bond over their shared faith and views towards the war. After being healed in Betty's hospital, Ray is sent back into the field and is immediately captured by Ge Not to be confused for the 1940 melodramatic black and white film, the book is a memoir of two Christian soldiers falling in love during a time of war (Reminds me a bit of Love in a Time of Cholera). Ray and Betty serve as an infantryman and a field nurse (respectively) during WWII. The duo meet when Ray is injured in a mortar blast and bond over their shared faith and views towards the war. After being healed in Betty's hospital, Ray is sent back into the field and is immediately captured by German troops. The thought of God and Betty is only thing that kept him alive during his brutal time in the POW camp. The story is told by Ray's perspective and Betty's letters to Ray and family. It was an interesting way to tell the story but I would have prefer to have read a bit more from Betty. Roughly two-thirds of the book, Ray talks and describes what happens to him during the war before he meets Betty. While the book is billed as a love story during the war, I wish their romance had a more central part in the book. It was an interesting read to read about what motivated Ray and Betty during the war, having faith and reading a first hand description of war. Although, I found some parts of the boring and lackluster but the ending was great. Disclaimer - I received a free copy of the book for my honest opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    My favorite quote from the end of the book... "But we do know this: if it weren't for God, we would not have a story to tell. If not for God, we wouldn't be here together now. Everything we have is thanks to His love, His protection, and His gentle, behind-the-scenes guidance in ways ways we couldn't even begin to discern or understand at the time." P. 260. This perfectly wraps up Ray Whipps story, he should have died many times and yet for unknown reasons God kept keeping him safe. Everything h My favorite quote from the end of the book... "But we do know this: if it weren't for God, we would not have a story to tell. If not for God, we wouldn't be here together now. Everything we have is thanks to His love, His protection, and His gentle, behind-the-scenes guidance in ways ways we couldn't even begin to discern or understand at the time." P. 260. This perfectly wraps up Ray Whipps story, he should have died many times and yet for unknown reasons God kept keeping him safe. Everything happened in this book because God ordained it to happen. "If you'll allow an old man a final moment to preach, I will leave you with this simple bit of advice-the beat I have. Use your whole heart. Use all of it when you fall in love. Use every part of it to raise your family. Use all of it to trust God. Use it to be strong. Use it to be of good courage. Use it to fight fear. And use it to believe that wherever you are, God is with you." P. 260

  22. 4 out of 5

    V Luttrell

    I am excited to share witth you a boo that will be for sale next month. A very cute story which gives you a good inside into the lives of a solider an a nurse. A story of how faith kept them going.This is a true story! Ray's faith was put to the test when his Bible was taken from him. See how God was still his all in all in this well written book. In between Ray's story, Betty's letters are integrated every few chapters. The letters begin as her letters to her parents at the beginning of the war d I am excited to share witth you a boo that will be for sale next month. A very cute story which gives you a good inside into the lives of a solider an a nurse. A story of how faith kept them going.This is a true story! Ray's faith was put to the test when his Bible was taken from him. See how God was still his all in all in this well written book. In between Ray's story, Betty's letters are integrated every few chapters. The letters begin as her letters to her parents at the beginning of the war describing her life as a nurse in France, and they end with her letters to her future husband, A must read ! Very good front n this touching story. Thanks Tyndale for letting me review this fantastic chapter book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hayden

    Told from Ray's first person perspective, with Betty's letters scattered throughout, Til We Meet Again did take me a couple chapters to get into, but I ultimately enjoyed it. It was mostly about Ray and his experience's during the War, which were both fascinating and horrifying at the same time. As I read, I couldn't help but be so impressed at what the soldiers and the nurses had to go through. Honestly, I don't think I have half the gumption these folks did. Recommended to World War Two buffs Told from Ray's first person perspective, with Betty's letters scattered throughout, Til We Meet Again did take me a couple chapters to get into, but I ultimately enjoyed it. It was mostly about Ray and his experience's during the War, which were both fascinating and horrifying at the same time. As I read, I couldn't help but be so impressed at what the soldiers and the nurses had to go through. Honestly, I don't think I have half the gumption these folks did. Recommended to World War Two buffs, those interested in "real-life" stories, and to anyone who wants a look at the lives of Christians during one of history's toughest times. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy A

    I loved this book. Normally, I read historical fiction, but this memoir was such an easy, engaging read that read like great fiction even though you knew these were real people and real events. Ray's story of his service in WWII gives a glimpse of what wartime Europe was like from the eyes of a young man from the States. When he is injured, his path crosses Betty's as she nurses him back to health. Her letters home are interspersed throughout the novel, giving us a picture of life from her persp I loved this book. Normally, I read historical fiction, but this memoir was such an easy, engaging read that read like great fiction even though you knew these were real people and real events. Ray's story of his service in WWII gives a glimpse of what wartime Europe was like from the eyes of a young man from the States. When he is injured, his path crosses Betty's as she nurses him back to health. Her letters home are interspersed throughout the novel, giving us a picture of life from her perspective. Their differences in rank and the war itself try to keep them apart, but God has a different plan. Though it takes a different route than they might have planned, love always finds a way.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Glasser

    Ray Whipps was a teenager when Pearl Harbor was attacked, and he joined the Navy to become a flyer, but fate and mistakes in paperwork led him to be switched to the Army. I live in Columbus, so it was fun reading about the author's early experiences in the same town of 70+ years ago. Overseas, Whipps tackled dangerous assignment after dangerous assignment, narrowly missing the death that found his friends. It was while he was injured that he met the woman who would become his wife. Betty is cred Ray Whipps was a teenager when Pearl Harbor was attacked, and he joined the Navy to become a flyer, but fate and mistakes in paperwork led him to be switched to the Army. I live in Columbus, so it was fun reading about the author's early experiences in the same town of 70+ years ago. Overseas, Whipps tackled dangerous assignment after dangerous assignment, narrowly missing the death that found his friends. It was while he was injured that he met the woman who would become his wife. Betty is credited as a co-author of this book, but her contribution is through her letters from the war. This is really Ray's story. Well written and fascinating, Ray's memoir is a valuable glimpse into one of the most turbulent periods in the recent past.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charity Andrews

    Ray and Betty Whipps are true American heroes. When WWII started up, both jumped in to do their parts. Ray fought through France after landing on the beach at Normandy. His account of those horrific months is just right; not too graphic, but enough information. What a BEAUTIFUL love story and the best memoir I have read in a long time. Their faith and courage are absolutely inspiring. I highly recommend!! Thank you for this amazing read in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opini Ray and Betty Whipps are true American heroes. When WWII started up, both jumped in to do their parts. Ray fought through France after landing on the beach at Normandy. His account of those horrific months is just right; not too graphic, but enough information. What a BEAUTIFUL love story and the best memoir I have read in a long time. Their faith and courage are absolutely inspiring. I highly recommend!! Thank you for this amazing read in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Learning about the greatest generation No matter how many times I pick up a memoir of someone who was in world war 2 , I am always amazed by how much I learn from them. This time I learned a great deal about pilot training during the early days of the war. I loved the fact that this book had God at the center of the story!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I am glad I read this book. The love between Ray and Betty reminded me of my grandparents (my father's parents). This book reminded me that no matter what happens, God is always there, and, even when things seem really bad, He is guiding our steps and will make even the bad things into something that is for our good. I am glad I read this book. The love between Ray and Betty reminded me of my grandparents (my father's parents). This book reminded me that no matter what happens, God is always there, and, even when things seem really bad, He is guiding our steps and will make even the bad things into something that is for our good.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alise Napp

    Read my full thoughts on this book and hundreds more over at Read.Write.Repeat. It's like sitting down with your grandpa and listening to him talk about his experience during WWII and how he met your grandma along the way. Read my full thoughts on this book and hundreds more over at Read.Write.Repeat. It's like sitting down with your grandpa and listening to him talk about his experience during WWII and how he met your grandma along the way.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Wonderful!! This book is refreshingly open, honest and real. It's difficult to put down. I heard an interview on a radio program about the Whips, bought the book and read it in 2 days time. If only there were more books like this on the market. Heather Wonderful!! This book is refreshingly open, honest and real. It's difficult to put down. I heard an interview on a radio program about the Whips, bought the book and read it in 2 days time. If only there were more books like this on the market. Heather

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