John Phillips’ Heart Shield Bible

Like many soldiers in World War II, John Phillips received a pocket-sized New Testament before shipping off to Europe – a gift from the President. Slogging through knee-deep snow in the Battle of the Bulge, Phillips got caught in a German ambush and was shot five times. As he lay in the snow, thinking he was dying, he reached for his heart. There, he found his Bible—with a bullet lodged in it! The Bible had stopped a bullet headed straight for his heart. Many of the Bibles the soldiers carried had metal covers and came to be called “Heart Shield Bibles.” The metal wasn’t actually designed to stop a bullet — but don’t tell that to Lieutenant Phillips!

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