- Series: Chosen Daughters
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: P & R Publishing (June 30, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0875526411
- ISBN-13: 978-0875526416
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr. Oma: The Healing Wisdom of Countess Juliana Von Stolberg (Chosen Daughters) Paperback – June 30, 2006
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About the Author
Ethel Herr was a writer, teacher, historian, and author of the Reformation fiction books known as the Seeker Series. She was an active member of the Institute for Historical Studies and taught seminars on writing and research.
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In the book, Dr. Oma: The Healing Wisdom of Countess Juliana von Stolberg the Lord and His gracious protection for His people is show throughout this novel by Ethel Herr. In this astounding peace of writing, Ethel Herr shows the Lord’s protection of Maria by keeping her father safe in war, moving her where she would be out of danger, and also placing her in the care of the gentle but disciplined Juliana von Solberg.
The first way the Lord showed His protection for Maria was by keeping her father, Willem of Orange, safe while he was at war with King Philip of Spain. Maria’s mother passed away when she was just a young girl, therefore if the Lord had not kept her father safe she would have become an orphan. As an orphan, the next legal guardian for Maria would have been her egotistic stepmother, Anna. Anna would have been the worst person to care for Maria, since she was not only selfish and arrogant, but she also drank, committed adultery, and gave away her children for other people to raise. Also, if the Lord had not kept her father safe, there would be no one to take his place as the leader of their country. The only heir to the throne was his son who had been taken captive by King Phillip. With the war and no heir, their country could have fallen into the King of Spain’s hands or into civil war among the people. This is just one way the Lord showed His protection over Maria and her family.
The next way the Lord showed His protection for Maria was by moving her from Brussels to Dillenburg where she would be safe. While in Brussels, Maria was training to become a lady in waiting to King Phillip’s sister, Duchess Margaretha of Brussels. The Duchess wanted to protect Maria from getting killed or captured by King Phillip, but she knew she didn’t have enough power. Margaretha was leaving Brussels because her brother wanted her to do cruel things. She wanted to take Maria with her, however she was not her child nor did the Duchess know when she was leaving. Also, in Dillenburg she would be under the care of her loving grandmother Juliana von Solberg.
The Lord showed His protection for Maria again by placing her in her gentle grandmother’ss care. Juliana von Solberg was the perfect guardian for Maria, not only because she was kind and gentle but also she was disciplined, loving, longsuffering, self-sacrificing, and motherly. With this loving grandmother teaching Maria, she blossomed into an amazing apothecary and was taught to trust the Lord in everything. Being cared for by Oma was the best thing not only because Maria was learning home making skills, such as sewing and cooking, but also Oma was guiding her through hardships by encouraging her to read the Bible for herself and not to worry but pray for those around her that were in difficult situations.
This novel by Ethel Herr showed the Lord’s mercy and love by protecting Maria and her family. He did this by keeping her father safe in war, moving her to Dillenburg where she would be safe from any danger, and placing her in the care of the motherly hands of Juliana von Solberg. When I read this book, I was amazed by how the author showed the Lord’s love throughout the story. She really expressed how Maria learned to love the Lord and trust Him with all things. I didn’t want to stop reading! I would say this book is a must read and rate it 5 stars.
Juliana is known as the Queen Mother of the Netherlands, cherished for her wisdom and healing ability. When her granddaughter Maria comes to live with her, during Holland's fight for freedom from the Spain, Juliana passes on her herbal healing secrets. More importantly, Juliana teaches young Maria about faith, through her love for the then illegal "Protestant Bible," her strength in tragedy, and her care for her family--including the child of Maria's step-mother Mad Anna. Maria must learn to apply her Oma's teaching to "Trust God with everything," as her father and uncles march off to fight and the world seems to fall apart around her.
Ethel does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the 16th-century, through two woman who, though they lived long ago, are endearing and real. The book includes historical notes, and some background on how and why she chose to write Juliana's story.
Here is what Ethel said, when I asked what she hopes readers will take away from Dr. Oma. "If there's one thing I want them to take away, it would be this: when we trust God with everything and follow the pathway He lays out for us, we, too, can change our world in some way that no one else could ever do. Don't despise the role God has given you. Thank Him for it, trust Him to show you how to fill it, then go do it with gusto and gratitude to Him!"
This is a story that both girls and adults will enjoy!