How I Decided on the Title for my Book

Someone asked me the other day, “How do you decide on the titles for your books?” For a moment, I was speechless. How did I decide? “It just came to me,” I said. And that was that. But then someone else asked and then someone else. Then, I realized, the title “just came to me” because it was natural.

You see, we were rescued from the Los Banos Internment Camp only by the “skin of our teeth,” or “Only by the Grace of God.” We were to have been machine gunned at roll call that morning. Roll Call was always at 7:00 am sharp. The Japs were tired of having to take care of us and they had stopped all rations. Starving us to death would take time. Shooting us was faster.

At 6:55 a.m. on February 23, 1945, we were rescued by the American Army. I think it only by the grace of God.


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