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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0906330459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0906330456
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Janette Oke (pronounced 'oak') pioneered inspirational fiction and is the leading author in the category today. Love Comes Softly, her first novel, has sold over one million copies. Janette is now the bestselling author of over 70 books, 32 of which have been translated into fourteen languages. Her books have sold over 22 million copies.
Janette receives fan mail from all over the world and answers each letter personally. She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and enjoy their many grandchildren. They make their home in Canada.

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I have read at least a dozen of her books.
barbara jones
It may sound depressing but it is really a good book, and i would recommend it to all.
Joey
God truly blessed me by this book. i hope He will touch you too.
myrtille

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KL Wagenbach on November 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is, in my opinion, the most spiritually edifying book I have ever read that is ficton. The main character is humble and submissive and a TRUE Christian. She is innocent and naive, yet mature. I wish I could be more like her. I feel like I KNOW her, too. A very good book for ALL AGES. You must read it. It will change your life by drawing you closer to God though the wonderful Christ-like example that this woman is.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Bray on December 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book when I was really down in the dumps. Life was going wrong. After I read it, I felt so awesome that I bought myself a copy! I want to be a missionary when I grow up, so this also helped me in that area! It is a great book! :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Bohon on October 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Measure Of A Heart, by Janette Oke is truly inspirational. She uses the character Anna Trent as an example to all Christians. She is introduced in the beginning of the book as a young, intelligent, six-teen year old farm girl. Throughout the book she grows into a wonderful Christian women, whom most readers would respect after finishing. Anna is innocent and selfless. When she decides to accept the role of being a minister's wife by marrying Austin Baker, she feels tremendously inadequate. Anna has a constant battle by questioning her good deeds, decisions, motherhood, and weather or not she does the title of minister's wife justice. She does the title more than justice! In fact, I wish that everyone could handle situations and treat others as she does. When conflicts arise not only does Anna have to deal with those circumstances, but also a second struggle follows, herself. She is extremely insecure. It is not until later in the book that she finally discovers that all her efforts are significant. I would highly recommend this book, because it offers a new perspective on life. Anna's selflessness makes the reader consider their priorities. Her first and foremost desire is to please God by doing her job sufficiently. I agree with Anna's desire, and this is probably the reason why I loved this book so much! Janette Oke is a talented author. I like the ideas and thoughts that she expresses through the context. After reading The Measure Of A Heart, I am excited to read more of her work!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Logan Wright on October 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is especially good because it shows the miraculous things that the Lord can do with a humble heart. For example there is is very good part about befriending someone that does everything to discourage friendship. I also very much enjoyed the author's attempt at showing the particular challenges of dealing with addiction. Although not dealt with in much depth, there is wisdom in what is portrayed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Wilsdorf on June 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm surprised by all of the raving reviews this book got, aside from one other person I guess I'm the only one who found it very depressing. Anna's lack of self esteem and overdone humility got very old after the first few chapters, it almost got to the point of pride it was so bad. And then her husband never gave her much credit for any of her really good ideas that helped people in their town, that bugged me. For all the value and interest he gave her before they married, afterwards he seemed to totally take her for granted. He was unaffectionate, remiss in his family duties and a lousy provider. It's one thing for an author to illustrate struggles and being poor but even at the end of the book nothing was much better for them. The part that made me the most mad was when Anna wouldn't allow a confrontation or lawsuit on that Carl guy for his hogs getting out and eating up her much needed garden. She'd rather be "righteous" than feed her two children and her hungry family. God kept providing, but the good Lord also calls us to use wisdom in our daily lives to improve our condition, we shouldn't be having to live from miracle to miracle. I was quite annoyed by the end of the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "georgia-cowgirl" on August 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
Janette Oke in this book is wonderful. She places infront of me the examples I need to know. All of us need to know. most people in this world today would not be such wonderful examples. I do not know of many myself. Showing me the way to see the positive in the negative, I find that this is a very special book, indeed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joey on February 13, 2000
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I liked this book very much because it really hit home with how life really is. It tells of a couples stuggles in life. It may sound depressing but it is really a good book, and i would recommend it to all.
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Many times in life, one must face challenges through feelings of doubt and inadaquacy. Anna, a young and innocent farm girl, shares such feelings of never being enough. These emotions are aroused as Austin Barker, a passionate pastor fresh out of seminary, asks her to marry him. Anna is overwhelmed by the offer and feels she would only hinder the ministry as a pastor's wife. Once Anna agrees, she continues to struggle as the trials of ministry cause her to see herself as a failure. However, outside her feelings of limitation, Anna is known for her compassion and selfless love. Everyone else knows her worth, but Anna.

Janette Oke, author of the novel, has written many books displaying women who have overcome such trials as Anna has. Mrs. Oke was born into a farming family herself in the Canadian prarie. She is active in her local church and serves in various ministries.

I personally was able to relate to circumstances throughout the novel. I have experienced both the triumphs and hardships of ministry in being a pastor's daughter. There is a standard that one in ministry wishes to withhold, however, I never have felt burdened with failure to the degree as Anna had. Her story revealed the reality of faith on the field. She serves as an inspiration to me as she grows in the Lord through her struggles. This novel causes one to measure their own heart and grow as a believer.
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