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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2013
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Grace Livingston Hill was born in 1865, and she supported herself and her family during most of her adult life by writing over 100 books. In this story, the heroine Hazel loses her way in the wilds of Arizona in the late 1800s and is found by the embodiment of muscular Christianity, David, who takes care of Hazel on the 40 mile journey back to her father who is a mine owner. I loved this section of the book the most as the two young people come to see themselves in new ways by their interactions with each other.

Hazel is a socialite -- rich, beautiful, but with no skills to help her survive in the rugged South West. Both David and Hazel love each other, but sorrowfully part from each other because David is committed to his missionary work and Hazel must return back East with her family.

Slowly, Hazel realizes that she wants to be able to be a worthy partner to David, and the rest of the book covers her long process of self-transformation. She catches a brief glimpse of David when he speaks at a religious convention in NYC. Through some twists and turns of fate (or God's will, as these books are touchingly religious without being sappy), the couple finally meet again. Guess what happens!??

Hill has her prejudices against superficiality, but she does not show that becoming a person with a higher purpose is an easy process. Her books have a quiet humor about them and some glimpses into the past when phones, cars, and the electronic media had not yet intruded in every aspect of our lives. I like those glimpses and Hill's treatment of the Native Americans in the Southwest -- the cliff dwellers get a small, but important walk-on.

Hill is not a writer everyone will like. Her people are divided between those who are decent and those who are selfish. The social classes are pretty well defined. But the writing is lovely and the sentiments conveyed remind us of a time when at least some people considered living the "good" life had more to do with moral choices than with apps.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2012
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This is a very old story. A western romance. One of my favorite of all time. Its also inspirational. Great read if you can find it. Just remember it was written about 1905 or sometime like that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2012
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I WAS THRILLED TO SEE GRACE LIVINGSTON HILL BOOKS AVAILABLE ON KINDLE. I LOVED THE MAN OF THE DESERT. KEEPS YOUR INTEREST ALL THROUGH THE BOOK. I HAVE PURCHASED SEVERAL OF HER OTHER BOOKS AND ENJOY THEM ALL.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2000
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The Man of The Desert is charming story set in the vast Arizona desert. Hazel, a wealthy society girl gets stranded when a would be lover tries to take advantage of the situation. Miracles happen when God sends his faithful servant, John Brownleigh, to her rescue. Brownleigh immediately finds the girl of his dreams, but he fails to see that his love is returned and lets her go home. There, another miracle occurs when she meets his mother and the faithful mother introduces her to God. As the mother leaves for her heavenly home, she sends her son a letter with Hazel as the delivery messenger not realizing that Hazel and John have already met. Hazel and John are finally reunited and God's miracle of love reigns.
Grace Livingston Hill's books are inspirational. This is the type literature that today's generation needs to bring them to the throne of God. I hope Mrs. Hill's descendants enjoy her writings as much as I do!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2013
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This book was a look into the sacrifices and rewards of a surrendered life unto Christ. The main characters within "The Man of the Desert" experience loneliness, grief, exuberance, fear, love and every human emotion Father created within. The lessons taught within this beautifully written book are many. To sacrifice for the sake of the Kingdom is reward in and of itself but our good Father in Heaven is a rewarded to those that surrender and diligently seek Him. Love the way this author brings the human heart to become entwined with the characters!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I have been reading and collecting Grace Livingston Hill books for a long time. I love them, and have read each of them 2 to 3 times. I am now getting them one by one for my kindle.

That being said, I ordered this book and it had so many typos, errors, incorrect spacing, digital errors, that I asked for a refund on the book and Amazon promptly gave it. The book, in and of itself is a great read, but do not buy this one.. it isn't worth a dime they way it was digitally processed.

If not for the poor copy the book would have 5 stars. People ought to check things out before they put them up for sale and waste all our time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2013
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Too many mistakes in the book and seriously needs to corrected as soon as possible. I struggled to and still enjoyed the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
The Man of the Desert (Grace Livingston Hill #63)
I loved reading this book, watching the two figure out that they were really meant for each other. The best part about her books to me, is she helps me understand bible verses better. When I read her books, I feel as though, I am in church listening to the preacher. This book helps you feel closer to the Lord. Grace livingston was truly the best author that I have ever read. Let me just tell you that you should consider buying this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved this book! It shows the compassion, integrity, and lonliness of a gifted worker for Christ in the mesas of Arizona. You learn about the adobe villages of the Hopi Indians, and the landscapes of Arizona back in the day. There was humor in it, as well as Spiritual direction. You will be moved by the interaction between the wealthy socialite of the east and this humble servant of the Lord. It really gave me a new direction in life. Happy reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2013
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This is a book that you must read and judge for yourself. He is a minister who falls in love with a woman but- he fears that his ministerial work in the desert would be too much for her to handle. Worth reading.
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