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Best for Ages: 10 - 18
While the last book I read by Faith Blum, A Mighty Fortress, had many short comings, the message touched my heart, so I decided to give her next book a try.
In skills in writing, Faith has come a long way. This book was far better written and laid out. There weren’t confusing scenes, rambling dialog, and pages and pages of scripture. I can tell that she worked very hard between the books to improve and listen to constructive criticism.
Before I get to some of the things I liked about the story, let me get some of the short-comings out of the way. Anna goes from being a non-believer to a mature Christian far too quickly. You really don’t see her struggle with any real issues, even the anger or sorrow you would expect from some things that happened in her early life. But then, most of the characters were a bit one-dimensional.
Showing, not telling was probably the biggest issue with this book. Instead of showing the changes within Anna or the other characters, the narrator or other characters tell us. The story jumps ahead several times and tells what changes took place, instead of showing. It got a bit irritating at times, but not so much that I hated the book.
I did love Blum living up to the highest ideals of courtship. Yes, at times that made it seem a bit fake. I think far too often, in attempt to be real, we think that those ideas are silly. While maybe the reality of love, courtship, and life is messier than this story and some books make it out to be, treasuring high ideals is important. There wasn’t even a kiss in the story.
I also really loved how Anna took the two motherless boys under her wing and loved them. Seeing not only a problem but being willing to do something about it had me cheering. The challenges with helping the boys was probably one of the best written parts of the book.
Even though the book was fairly simplistic, it was very engaging. I listened to it while on a car trip and wasn’t very happy when I was only a little bit from the end of the story and the trip was at an end. I had to wait until the next day to finish it.
I recommend this book to those who like very clean romance, westerns, and good, Christian morals.
Much about the faith in your book I agree with, especially about the name of God. His personal name is Jehovah, Psalms 83:18. He is not Jesus, rather he is Jesus Heavenly Father. He sent Jesus here to the earth to die for all mankind, that's how much Jehovah loves his creation. Jesus willing gave his life for mankind because he too loves mankind that much!
It isn't enough just to believe and have faith, we must do so much more. John 17:3 tells us we must take in accurate knowledge about both Jehovah and his Son, Christ Jesus! We also have to follow Jesus command at Matthew 28:19, 20. We must preach and teach others what their will is for man.
We must live every day in obedience to them and love one another just as they love us. Is all this easy? No! But it can be done, with help from them in prayer and through the pages of the entire Bible.
Thank you Faith, I've been at an all time low lately and reading these stories has made me realize I had forgotten just how much I needed prayer, how much I needed both Jehovah an Jesus to see me through. I'm in pain 24/7 have tried everything medically possible with no relief, there are no known cures for my many health problems. I realize I've forgotten to be thankful for them helping me to endure each day and for my husband, son and brother's last vet and support! I allowed my pain to get the best of me. Not anymore!
Today I lean on them and prayer again and I will endure! Thank you for reminding me of this in these stories Faith.
I think the author has a good story line here, but it had problems.
The skipping of time and contradicting of how much time had passed really confused and irritated me. And the fact that I really had no idea what time of year it was half the time because of time jumps. (On one page it is winter and a few pages later they have a large garden, or something like that.)
I found it interesting that the story was written in 1st person. But then, about 3/4 of the way through the book, the author suddenly throws in a section written in 3rd person. Talk about a major mind switch!
Since I love historical fiction books, I was disappointed that the conversation sounded so modern much of the time. If you read books written during that era or even twenty years after, you don't find them saying "Okay." Also it seemed that most of the conversations were light with quite a bit of teasing and bantering even between the pastor and the main character when they've really only just met, and most had no depth to it. I know that can be difficult to achieve deep conversation when you are writing first person, but it can be done.
The amazing Christian growth of Anna seemed rather unusual, as did the fact that the church was threatening to dismiss their pastor because he chose to marry someone the gossips didn't like.
The ending wasn't very "ending" as it left several things hanging without resolution. Some I can understand (Caleb's relationship), but others (the church situation) needed to be concluded since it were a part of this story.
All in all, I found the book okay, but I probably won't read it again.
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