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Amazing Grace (Hymns of the West Book 3) by [Blum, Faith]
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"I very much enjoyed this delightful story. There are certainly very strong Christian undertones, and Faith Blum's writing does much to espouse the glory of God. The story is a simple and good read, filled with interesting characters that have had to deal with many difficult challenges, but still do their utmost to be the best person they can be. Faith in God and in prayer are an important aspect in Amazing Grace and author Faith Blum handles these themes with delicacy and subtlety. This book would appeal to any reader who is looking for a sweet romance, likes historical fiction, and who enjoys reading books with a strong Christian focus. I was pleased to see that Faith Blum plans to continue writing in this series, and will look forward to the next book!" ~Tracy, a Reader's Favorite reviewer

About the Author

At the suggestion of a friend, I entered my first book into the Women of Faith contest. A Mighty Fortress was a semi-finalist for the 2013 contest and after praying about the opportunity WestBow Press gave me to publish at a discounted price, I decided to publish the book independently on my own. Shortly after making this decision and sending my manuscript to a few beta readers, one of my beta readers asked what the sequel was going to be about. I hadn’t even thought about a sequel, but once the idea was planted in my brain, I came up with ideas for at least six books in the Hymns of the West series. I love to read Historical Fiction, especially Westerns. My goal is to create clean, fun, and challenging Western stories for the whole family. That being said, I don’t gloss over the hard issues, either. When I’m not writing, you can probably find me reading, crafting, playing piano, playing games with my family, or petting a cat (sometimes while doing one of the other things). I live with my family in the Northern Midwest on a hobby farm where I sometimes have to do some goat wrestling or feeding goat kids in the early morning because I’m the only one who wakes up that early. There are many ways to connect with me online. All of them can be found in one convenient place: www.FaithBlum.com. On my website, you can find me on various social media sites as well as my blog. Would you please consider leaving a review of my book on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog? Reviews help authors get more exposure in various places. Thank you for reading Amazing Grace!

Product Details

  • File Size: 786 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502783584
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Faith Blum (April 26, 2015)
  • Publication Date: April 26, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TUJTWQK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,483 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Blum has a lot of potential as a writer. Her plot idea for Amazing Grace, though cliché (mail order bride stories are nothing new), contained many unique elements. I love how all the different books in her series are interconnected, and I find it so neat how all the books in this series are themed around a different hymn. I especially appreciate Blum's dedication to upholding biblical standards and presenting the gospel message in all her books. Lastly, while Amazing Grace is a love story of sorts, it portrays relationships of exemplary purity and decorum.

However, on the downside, Blum characters and plot were not developed beyond a surfacey narration. I was disappointed that this story's perspective was written from that of an outside observer, rather than from the personal perspectives of the individuals who make up this story. This made it hard to become attached to her characters, and made the tale drone on in a disinterested fashion at times.

There was something that disappointed me even more about Blum’s story. I was happy that she did not gloss over the difficult, painful realities of this sin-filled planet, but, at the same time, I found it ironic that she described these violent events in such detail, while quickly skimming over more important events. Obviously, these descriptions were in no way gruesome, but they did make me wince, especially her description of Jeb's fight with his father. Younger readers may find this disturbing.

Then, on the flip side, Blum portrays the lives of the Christian characters in such an extreme light of perfection that I found it very difficult to relate to them.
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Stories about mail-order brides always intrigue me. Not being very romantic, I'm not really sure why (maybe it's the history or unusual concept); but I was happy to realize that Amazing Grace incorporated the story of a mail-order bride and found the first portion of the story very interesting as it bounced between several correspondents.

As the story progressed, I got to know Caleb, Anna, Iain, Maggie, Rachel, Miles, John, James, and Toby, and enjoyed following their story. There is definitely a strong Christian emphasis in the story (which I appreciate) and a lot about seeking God for His direction in your life.

A few things I really appreciated:
~I appreciated how Miles would just break out into prayer during tough times.
~I appreciated the realistic conclusion that though we may present man with the Gospel, we cannot force him to accept it. Though I almost didn't want to read it, it is very true that some people, though we witness to them, we may never know in this life whether or not they accepted that Gospel for their own.
~I appreciated that the salvation message was very clearly presented.

A few things that I was hesitant about:
~I will admit that I was very cautious in reading about a Christian woman corresponding with (and practically courting) an unbeliever. Though it turned out well (and it was very clear that Maggie was not the reason for Caleb's profession of faith), I know that such is not always the case. It is easy for our emotions to run away with us and a Christian girl might hope for the same results as Maggie and Caleb, and before she realizes it, gets swept into an unbiblical marriage. This is pretty much the main point that I cringed in reading the book.
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Little Rachel captured my heart in this moving book. Although she was only ten years old her childlike innocence touched other's hearts. There were some sad moments but also some very happy things happening. I'm very glad that I read this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
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I enjoyed reading this book and really appreciate the very clear witness to saving grace of God. The characters were regular people and believable for the 1870's. Nice family love story. I will continue to read this series.
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Very subdued story, no action or mystery, but packed with character development and spiritual growth - surprisingly of children as well as adults. The best fictional book of faith that I have read recently. Truly, pick a quiet time, sit back, and allow your faith to blossom.
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It was a sad story that opened the book, and in the end, both of those involved probably went to heaven, but it's not sure with one. It leaves me with sadness to think a child was so hated. The romances were satisfied long before the book ended. At the end you have a death and half of the family moving away, maybe never to see their family on earth again. It's not quite a happy ending. The book was very good about giving the gospel, and I usually rate books high for that, but even to me the story was very preachy.
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The continuation of this series is great. She's a great author and once I start the books, I finish them. That's why I'm up so late lol.
I do have one thing to mention to the author, that is when the preacher announced Anna and Miles marriage, I believe he presented them as Mr and Mrs Stuart and it should be Jenkins right? Don't mind me, I usually can find errors in books. God bless, I need to get the 4th book now
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