He describes his years of alternative service as a medic on a hospital ship on the Black Sea during World War l. He recounts the impact of the Bolshevik Revolution and ensuing anarchy during which five relatives of his first wife were murdered by bandits. This chaos transformed his family into refugees within his native land, and increased the misery of the crushing famine during which he lost three immediate family members to disease. He finally gives an account of the complex process of emigration in which he performed some crucial roles.
Rempel saw himself as a witness to God’s mighty acts. He was simply astonished with gratitude that God had preserved him through tribulations and had led many of his people to Canada, in the same way that God had led the Israelites to the Promised Land. The book includes an index and two genealogical outlines. These help to locate and relate the various places and persons in Rempel’s writings, as well as provide a list of his descendants.