Faith Beyond Belief is the captivating testimony of personal faith
by the senior allied prisoner of the Gulf War. Colonel Eberly's
dramatic recollection puts you in his F-15E cockpit at shootdown,
in the Iraqi desert evading the enemy, and witness to a lifetime
in the cold dark damp cells of Baghdad. No one has explained more
intensely the paralyzing experience of being hit by an exploding
enemy missile, the agony of capture, and the dismal isolation and
starvation of Saddam's grasp. You walk with David through the Valley
of the Shadow of Death and along his journey to freedom. By intense
example this spellbinding story of combat survival demonstrates
the power of unquestioned faith.
book profoundly reflects the importance of faith and focus in life.
It is a powerful story for believers and non-believers, for young
and old, and for all that may ever doubt God's everlasting love.
Its uplifting message renews His promise to everyone that the Lord
is our Shepherd-He is always on guard.
Dr. Robert Schuller
The Crystal Cathedral
remarkable testimony of
a man who endured the unendurable-- and a moving account of what
gave him the
strength to do it."
60 Minutes II
"Faith Beyond Belief is an extraordinary tale of courage and
Colonel David Eberly's ordeal in the Iraqi desert and the prisons
is among the most remarkable stories to come out of the Persian
Gulf War. His
account is honest and well-told. Every page is alive with Colonel
fortitude, his strength, and most of all his faith."
The Washington Post
David Eberly (retired), America's highest ranking Gulf War POW,
has written a moving and compelling story of how his faith helped
him deal with the terror and hardship of Iraqi captivity."
story...a living testimony to the strength that comes
through faith. I am sure it will profoundly touch many, many lives."
story is both spellbinding and inspirational. . .a story that must
be told because it is ageless yet timely and shows how fragile our
secure existence is, and shows strength derived from faith."
Chuck Horner, (USAF, Ret.)
Commander, Allied Air Forces
Persian Gulf War
Beyond Belief is a story of more than courage and leadership - it
is an endorsement of the great power that spiritual belief gave
to Dave and other captured Allied Airman and their families. This
is a memoir of battle, sacrifice, and personal triumph that underscores
the central place of religious faith in the life of one of our elite
air combat pilots. Dave Eberly's book is a gift to all of us who
are "not afraid of dying" but are "afraid of not
Barry R. McCaffrey (USA, Ret.)
Syria! Iraq, Syria! Iraq, Syria!" they yelled as they continued
The muzzle fires were almost blinding, like the wall of sparklers
when you stand too close to the fireworks display on the 4th of
July. I dared not move or breathe. It was no time to flinch let
alone turn to run just to be shot in the back. I could see the sand
being kicked up as the bullets ricocheted around me; my ears ringed
with the sound of passing shot. Still, I was in awe that I felt
no pain. Surely, I thought, I must be hit.
English!" I began to shout in response and then cautiously
allowed myself to lower to my knees with my palms forward. To my
left, slightly back, Grif too, had seemly survived the barrage.
If we had already crossed into Syria, it was closer than expected.
Now, cautiously, they came forward. I felt like that snared pesky
rabbit looking up the barrel of Farmer Jones' shotgun, thinking
at any moment my head would be blown off. They grabbed me by the
upper arms and half dragged me around the corner of the building
to the door. Just inside, I felt the warmth of the shelter once
sought but now regretted. Quickly, we were pushed through another
door and into a small room. As we stumbled ahead, I caught a glimpse
of a large portrait on the wall to the right of a man with a mustache.
There were a couple of chairs, maybe a bench but most importantly
there was a pot-bellied heater in front of us. Up to my left hung
that haunting picture. In the chaos of the moment my mind finally
made the match. There was no doubt, it was Saddam. We didn't make