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Kathryn's Fountain: A Novel Paperback – November 8, 2008
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"An uplifting and enjoyable story. ... The breezy book is fun to read and also shines a light on the spiritual side of life without getting preachy." --The Toledo Blade, Nov. 15, 2008
About the Author
David J. Claassen writes a weekly newspaper column and an inspirational blog. His other published books include Object Lessons for a Year (Baker) and Silent Words Loudly Spoken (CSS). He serves as senior pastor of the Mayfair-Plymouth Congregational Church in Toledo. He lives in southeast Michigan with his wife, Diann, where he enjoys photography and other outdoor pursuits.
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The main character, Kathryn and a former preacher, Ed, talk about something I hadn't ever thought of before. He says, "...aging seems unnatural. We never quite get used to the idea of getting old. It's like it's an enemy. We're all at different stages of aging, and that separates us, by what we call generations, from each other. Sometimes I think it separates us as much or more than race, creed, or economic status."
I love how the author weaves these very intriguing, powerful gems that make you go `Hummm,"! in the middle of Kathryn's adventures. These gems turn up throughout the story when you least expect it. I loved that!
Kathryn doesn't know how to take Ed at times but he is a fountain of fun and companionship for her at Victorian Manor. She asks Ed "Do you believe in Miracles?"
He says, "Jesus never did miracles to make someone without faith believe. In fact, he required at least a little faith on the part of someone involved before he did a miracle!" Another gem!
I was taken on a great unexpected journey filled with adventure, wonder, love and self-sacrifice. I found myself rooting for Kathryn's determination to do God's will in her life, when it seemed impossible for her to do it. This is a story that fairy tales are made of--I can't wait for others to share in the great adventure I've just been on reading Kathryn's Fountain. Treat yourself to drink from Kathryn's Fountain - You'll be glad you did.
Finding Hope Through Fiction
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The struggle is Kathryn trying to decide why the miracle is happening... it's happening TO her, but is it happening FOR her? I loved the way everything worked out - not a beautiful red bow at the end, but with a bittersweet ending that loops back to the beginning. I enjoyed this book a lot and found it to be a welcome break from the same old, same old - and the fact that it made me think and question why miracles happen along with Kathryn was a big bonus. Wonderful story.