- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: OakTara (December 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1602900841
- ISBN-13: 978-1602900844
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,549,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cry of My Heart Paperback – December 1, 2008
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The story was nice and had emotional scenes in it that my eyes welled with tears. But I wish there would be more to the story.
Also, I felt that the motive of the book came out wrong. It seems that people who have more money and are given more are happy, and violence is normal among the poor people. It is true that violence is more common when people are short of money and face more difficulties in their lives, but the real happiness should come from faith in God no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in. It is easier to give up on our faith when things change from better to worse not otherwise.
Ms. Bischof transports you--she really transports you--into the thick forests, craggy ravines, and rushing waters of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia through the lives of young Gideon and Lonnie O'Riley. Even if this book didn't have the magnificent cover that it does, by the time you've finished reading the story, this very picture would be firmly implanted in your mind's eye. You'll hear the crunch of autumn leaves underfoot and feel winter's snow soak through your leggin's as the couple strikes out through the wilds in search of a place they can call their own.
Gideon's faltering leadership lays his family bare to the perils of an unforgiving wilderness and the wiles of unscrupulous backwoodsmen, both of whom threaten the couple's relationship and very lives. Saved in the nick of time by the elderly Jebediah and Elsie Bennett, who take them in to help with the upkeep of their farm, Gideon and Lonnie learn through experience and example what it means to become a family--yes, the rewards, but especially the cost.
Carefully researched and lovingly portrayed, Cry of My Heart saturates every page with the ambiance of The Blue Ridge mountain culture and personality. Ms. Bischof's vivid descriptions of every aspect of the milieu from the lay of the land to the spread on the kitchen table paints a glorious picture. I mean, how can you read "A plate of pancakes was busy melting a pad of butter....She grabbed a chunk of pork sausage and popped it in her mouth" and not start salivating like the most obedient of Pavlov's dogs?
Finally, consider the title. Cry of My Heart--along with the cover--was what caught my eye and interested me in the story in the first place, but I love its poignancy now even more having read the book. There will indeed be a crying of the heart. You will feel it; you will share it.
Oh, one last thing: prepare to love Lonnie. You really just can't help yourself.
A very enjoyable read that brings home a message of forgiveness, grace, and a reminder not to be too quick to judge.