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We Stood Upon Stars ~ a book review

We Stood Upon Stars review

Travel is such a unique, inspiring opportunity. It is different for each person travelling the road, even following the same directions. And, when you approach it from the aspect of looking for God and meaning no matter where you are heading, it becomes something that shapes your life.

We Stood Upon Stars by Roger W. Thompson will take you on the adventures you dream of, finding peace and life and hope in the wilds of the continent. From a secluded fishing spot to the highest peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park and back down to the lowest lows of Death Valley, Mr. Thompson explores life at its fullest. Because in those adventures, life happens and meaning, purpose is found.

Full of tidbits of life learning, I found myself smiling along with the adventures filled with beauty and biting my nails when there was tenseness. From a family outing with his children to remembering the outings from his own childhood, there is much wisdom to be found by looking at nature and what God has placed all around us.

While the presence of God is found throughout the many stops in the book, Mr. Thompson’s observations are right in line with a peaceful, pleasant outlook. The magnificence of God’s handiwork is just part of life and it is treated that way in these memories. It is there and there is no denying it. This was so pleasant and encouraging to read.

Not to be ignored are the wonder-full maps that express some of the beauty and special places along the road. These hand-drawn, personalized maps show not just the main stops along the book’s discussion but they highlight many other moments that can help you find yourself and connect with friends, family, and more importantly, God.

Read about Roger W. Thompson or read the first chapter or just look up more information on We Stood Upon Stars.

I have had a desire for a while to take my girls to many of the natural wonders of our nation and this book just solidifies that desire within me. Finding these peaceful, hopeful, and inspiring outlooks from nature, seeing God through his world, that is what We Stood Upon Stars shares with the reader and what I want to take my girls to do. And this book? It just might be a guidebook to take along.

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Summer Reading for Mom

Summer Reading for Mom

I have spent the last month reading. No, I have not just curled up somewhere with a glass of tea and a good book and ignored life. But, I have worked at making sure I was reading more. I love to read and I love to learn and I had kind of neglected that part of myself. So, I was on a mission. Here are the books that I read for myself this month, though some have moved to be a part of other reading lists because they were enjoyable.

Standing In The Rainbow by Fannie Flagg

This was another book by Fannie Flagg (read the Book Club post about The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion). I have decided I just like reading her writing. It is strange and interesting and fun. She takes a different perspective on things and it is a good challenge to look at things differently. This one tied in neatly to the books of hers I have already read, using many of the same characters, just not in the main roles. This one follows a family (Neighbor Dorothy’s family if you have read some of her other novels) from their children being young through their adulthood.

I did find it interesting the perceptions of churches of Christ in this book. There are many misunderstood statements about the church but they are often ones I have heard others talk about so they are pretty wide-spread. Made me sad that it was included in a book. The story was a good read, though.

The Dragon of Lonely Island by Rebecca Rupp

This book was a quick read and is probably found in the juvenile section of your library. It is fun and interesting. We will be using this book for the August Book Club post. It is definitely a fun one about three children (about the giggly girls’ ages) exploring an island where they are staying for the summer. Exploration stories are always fun!

Women Heroes of WWII

Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue

This is a difficult to read book, not because it is actually hard words but because it is another that brings to light the hideous work of the Nazi regime in WWII. These are short biographical sketches, about 5 – 8 pages each, about 26 women who stood up for what was right during the war. They helped others when their lives were on the line. One of my favorites showed up as the Google person of the day last week but they did not even mention all the work that she did as part of the Resistance. Instead they focused only on Josephine Baker’s singing. She did much good. Head over and read my Book Club post to learn more. I highlighted about 6 women from the book so there are plenty more for you to read.

Gladys Aylward

Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime by Janet and Geoff Benge

Christian missionary stories are a good way to encourage global awareness, in myself and in my girls. This book from YWAM highlights the missionary career of one who the world told “no” to being a missionary. But, instead of listening to the world, she listened to God, traveled to China on her own, found a missionary there to work with, and stayed. She saved hundreds of children from being crippled and killed due to traditions and war. She shared the gospel with hundreds more and it traveled far due to her brave work. Visit our review of this YWAM title to find out more about it. I read it myself and then shared it with all three of the giggly girls. It is a joy to read.

In The Reign of Terror by G. A. Henty

Henty novels are not simple to read but they are so full of interesting history, they are worth the time and energy it takes to read them. I read this one because I knew that it was the next Heirloom Audio Production story and Miss E would be listening to it. So, I wanted to know about this story.

In the story, a young boy from England is sent to live with a wealthy family in France. It is intended that he would learn a lot but that the French boys of the family would learn much from him. While Harry’s family knew that there was talk of revolution, they felt he would not be in danger going. Well, as to be expected, that did not work out quite the way his family thought it would and this is the where the story really begins. Harry is thrust into the midst of the danger, the killings, and so much more. It is an interesting story but do beware that it is a time of much violence in France. A worthwhile story about a time that we don’t always hear the background and truth of.

Something I love about the Henty stories is that they are well-researched and well-written. Henty was a global traveler so he studied the places he went so he could learn about them and their history. He then wrote novels based on the research that he did. Very good stories and very enjoyable for me.

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All The Children by Bessie Hardin Chenault

This book is about true missionary stories from around the world. Mrs. Chenault write about stories that will influence readers to see God’s work in difficult places and difficult times, as well as seeing the joy found on the mission fields. These are written at a level that makes them simple to share with children. We read these as a family, as part of our morning devotionals.

It does not show up on a search engine so I am linking to a place where you can get the book. This is not an affiliate link. Visit Gospel Gazette Online to order a copy. She has also written White Unto Harvest, which is more missionary stories. Our family is currently reading this book.

Flying Higher: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II by Wanda Langley

I know – I keep finding interesting books about the WASP program of WWII. This is another one. Each book seems to share a different part of the program and the women who were a part of it. This was an interesting read. And a good one.

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A Fine Romance: Falling in love with the English Countryside by Susan Branch

This was a fun travel book about two months spent in England. You can read much more about it in a post that I wrote not long ago. It was such a pleasant book to read. And, of course, it made me want to visit England. 🙂

So this is my reading in May. We’ll see if I do quite as much in June since it has been a busy month so far. I have several I am working on. 🙂

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Women Heroes of World War II – Book Club

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This month’s selection is Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue. It is written by Kathryn J. Atwood. These stories all have one thing in common – concern/love for  others who are not being treated right. Each of the 26 women in this book stood up when there was evil being done and said, in her own ways big and small, “I will not take this.” And then she did something about it.

Many of these women joined others in formal resistance organizations, but not all. Most of these women lost their lives for standing up for what is right, but not all. All are heroes and all are being remembered for staying the course, even in the face of things I cannot fathom.

I was to highlight just a few, though I encourage you to read all of their stories. It will bring both delight and encouragement to you. And, if you want to read more, each individual has a small box at the end that tells you about other books and articles that have been written about them.

Women Heroes of WWII

Sophie Scholl from Germany – Sophie was involved with an underground publishing group sharing leaflets in Germany and encouraging students to not tolerate the Nazi beliefs that were being forced on them. She is quoted in the book as saying “Somebody had to make a start! What we said and wrote are what many people are thinking. They just don’t dare say it out loud!” What bravery and courage it must have taken to state that. Having seen the growth of the German forces, she knew that it was not right and determined to make a stand. She was executed after a trial in which she was found guilty of possessing The White Rose pamphlets and distributing them. A tribute to her and others from The White Rose came when Allied forces reprinted some of The White Rose pamphlets and dropped them from the air over Germany.

Noor Inayat Khan from Great Britain – Noor was a gentle, quiet spirit who enjoyed writing and illustrating, especially children’s stories. When the war began, she joined the WAAF and became a radio operator. This was the beginning of her quiet, unsuspected assistance in the resistance movements. Her special training allowed her to join the SOE (Special Operations Executive) which sent agents into Nazi-occupied countries to fight secretly. She was a radio operator for this, sending messages from other agents back to London from France. She was a very successful radio operator but was betrayed and arrested. She was eventually executed at Dachau but not before she sent additional encouragement to others who were in the prisons with her.

Fernande Keufgens from Belgium – This was a teenager who did might work and kept her cool in many close situations. One of my favorite related in the book is when she was able to get a five year old child to safety, even after being directly questioned by the Gestapo. She evaded capture very narrowly several times but always continued helping the Resistance. She survived the war and her story lives on.

Josephine Baker from France – Josephine was an elegant singer who entertained many. What they didn’t know was that was also a spy for the Deuxieme Bureau, a military intelligence group. She was able to move about from place to place and no one would suspect an African-American-turned-Frenchwoman to be gathering intelligence to pass along to the military while she was singing and dancing. She was able to gather many important bits of information and often knew more about the war than the servicemen she was performing for. She was an encouragement and help to many in the war efforts.

Without these and many, many others, the war could have drug on more many more years. I am so inspired by those who stepped up when they could have just turned away. They didn’t ignore; they didn’t hide their faces; they didn’t walk away. The said “not on my watch” and did something. Every little thing helped.

What lessons there are in that for me today. I need to look around for ways to assist and then to boldly do so. I challenge you to do the same as these women.

Head over to Ladybug Daydreams to see which women Wendy chose to highlight. We’ll see if any caught both of our attentions. So many to choose from, each very special.

Join us next month for the book club selection of Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. It will post on  July 6.

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The Cutest Travel Book

T Travel Book
I am cheating a little bit today so that I can use Travel Book for my letter T in the Blogging Through the Alphabet series. But I have to tell you about this darling book! I am currently planning a trip to England now because of this book! Seriously – I would go tomorrow and I just finished the book today.

Traveling is a dream. I like to do it but I don’t like to plan it. This book, well, basically plans my trip for me. Of course, that is not her purpose, but it works for me. 🙂
T Travel Book cover

A Fine Romance: Falling in love with the English Countryside by Susan Branch is her diary of a 2012 trip she took with her husband to England. She talks about where the dream originated and then goes through their two month trip (yea – 2 whole months!) through all the dreamy places in England that I would want to go.

The visit begins on the voyage over, aboard the Queen Mary 2. They visit Tenterden in Kent, Aylesbury, London, Wirksworth in the Peak District, Ambleside in the Lake Distict, the Yorkshire Dales, The Cotswolds, Bibury, Tetbury, Chawton in Hapshire. They visit the homes of Beatrix Potter, Ellen Terry (actress), Vanessa Bell (sister of Virginia Woolf), Rudyard Kipling, Vita Sackville-West (author), Jane Austen, and so much more. There were stunning gardens galore. Beautiful footpaths that led through breathtaking views. And plenty of foods to experience.

While all of these diary entries are unique and fun and interesting, the pages have been illustrated in watercolors done by the author herself. They are beautiful! Words cannot describe. This is a stunning beautiful book. I have spent quite a bit of time just looking at how lovely each page is. The watercolors, sketches, and photographs are a story in and of themselves.

T Travel book page

I cannot forget to tell you about the quotes. Throughout the book, Mrs. Branch puts quotes from various authors and other people that fit in well with the place they visit or the idea she is expressing in her writing. They are often hand-lettered and add such whimsy and character to the book. Just another part of what makes this book such a joy.

Add it all together and this is a “not to be missed” kind of book. I am kind of sad that I have to return it to the library because it is so pretty and so interesting. But, I am keeping track of the title and if I ever get the chance to spend some time just wandering the English countryside, this  book – A Fine Romance: Falling in love with the English Countryside by Susan Branch – will be my guidebook.

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This is part of the Blogging Through The Alphabet series.

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YWAM: Gladys Aylward ~ a Crew review

Gladys Aylward

Historical fiction is a favorite genre for the girls to read, especially if it is from YWAM Publishing. I often find the girls browsing through the biography section of the library, scanning the spines of books for the brown color with the distinctive print of a Christian Heroes: Then & Now book. The opportunity to review a book and curriculum guide from YWAM is always exciting so our selection to receive Christian Heroes- Gladys Aylward was exciting.

YWAM PublishingChristian Heroes- Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime by Janet and Geoff Benge is the true story of the Christian missionary to China. Gladys had desired to be a missionary and tried her best to pass the required to classes to be sponsored to go to China but she just could not do it. They did not think she was cut out to be a missionary and that she was too old. (Can you imagine being too old to do the will of God?!?) Gladys would not accept their choice and decided that she would just have to get to China on her own. So she did.

Through many difficulties (frostbit, war, no money and more), Gladys finally makes it to China. She makes her way to where Mrs. Lawson is, though Mrs. Lawson never truly expected her to show up. She dug in, learned the language, how to work hard, how to do what needed to be done. And, she spread God’s word. Even after the death of Mrs. Lawson, Gladys stated with the people Yangcheng, teaching and helping them. She became very trusted, even to the point that the mandarin (ruler) of the area sought her out for assistance.

Gladys did many amazing things: stopped prison riots, became the foot inspector in charge of assuring that foot binding had stopped in the province, taught, nursed, and more. But she is best known for an amazing feat – assuring the safety of hundreds of children during the war.

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Gladys’ story is one of remarkable courage in the face of unbelievable odds. Trust in God, knowledge that He is the one who cares and provides, is the overarching theme of the story of Gladys Aylward. It is one of strength and power of the God Almighty. What a marvelous story for our children to hear.

The story alone is magnificent. But, if you couple it with the unit study curriculum guide from YWAM, you have a unit study that takes you beyond the story into the heart of the missionary, the areas of England, Russian, and China, and a time of war. By adding just a few of the activities from the curriculum guide, you open up the story to additional understanding and an increased ability to remember some of the lessons from the story.

The curriculum guide comes in a downloadable format. Once you download and unzip the file, you can access an additional short biography of Gladys, a “Meet the Authors” page, and the unit study. The unit study is in two parts – the first is the written activities and ideas; the second is the printable maps and worksheet.Table of Contents

The first part, the written activities and ideas, is extensive. There are tons of ideas and activities. From comprehension questions (with answers provided) to vocabulary words, there are plenty of the expected activities. You will find maps to mark the places and geographical locations mentioned in the books, as well as lists of ideas of the places to mark (with page numbers from the book to help you know which part of the story that places corresponds to). There are ideas for community involvement, displays, hands-on activities, and projects.

Our family chose just a few of the ideas since we have already moved into summer mode but we love doing unit studies that allow for flexibility in intensity. We worked on the maps. Using a map to relate to the story is always beneficial. I read the book out loud with Miss J (age 8) and I used some of the comprehension questions with her. Miss E (13) and Miss L (age 11) both read the book on their own and then talked with me about what they read, with me thinking through some of these questions to guide the discussion. Each of the girls chose one of the Bible verses to illustrate or memorize. Miss E also decided to combine this Bible verse with the Related Themes sections of the guide.

Related Themes basically gives some examples of ideas that are related to the missionary story and where it took place. One of the themes from the book that was of interest to Miss E is the foot binding – when did it originate, why was it continued, what were the physical properties of it, when was it abandoned as a practice, etc. This related to her theme and a speech she wanted to write. She is still working on the speech and the research of foot binding.

map work from curriculum guide

The guide also lists a number of additional resources directly related to the story, as well as some that are less directly related but might be of interest. We used a few of these but found many were not available through our library system. Instead, we used the idea of supplemental materials and I located books, videos, and other materials to go along with the study. I kept these in our book basket for the girls to pull out on their own. We watched a couple of documentaries on China and some illustrated folk tales from China. We will continue to pick and choose activities for a bit longer, as we find them interesting.

The curriculum guide is not necessary to get a lot out of the story Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime but it definitely brought the story even further to life for us. If you would like to read an excerpt from the book, visit the Bonus Section for the Heroes Series. There is a sample with a couple of chapters from Gladys Aylward, as well as some more specific information about the curriculum guide. This page also includes lots of extras like word puzzles, crosswords, and coloring pages for various books.

labeling map of China

It is difficult to say enough good things about YWAM Publishing. Their series Christian Heroes: Then & Now and Heroes of History  are both excellent history resources, well researched and easy to read. Challenging the mind to think about the people, the decisions they made, and what they chose to pursue, these stories are well suited as a read aloud for a family but can easily be read by a 10 year old student who enjoys reading. They are definitely appropriate from that age on up. Though a high schooler might find a more challenging read more suited, there is much to be gained for all ages by reading the books of these two series.

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The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion ~ Book Club

All Girl Filling Station Book Club

At the end of the last Book Club post, I mentioned the book we expected to be discussing this month. It was a very obscure one and I don’t think we realized just how obscure until we tried to get our hands on it. So, we made the decision to change and I neglected to let you all know. I apologize for that!!

We jumped over to The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg. Most people are at least a little bit familiar with Fannie Flagg’s work but don’t know it. Fannie Flagg also wrote Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café. Yes, the book on which the movie was based. Anyhow, The All-Girl Filling Station was a wonderful read. I highly suggest that you take a day or two and enjoy the fun read.

Before you move on to my summary and questions, I wanted to update this with Wendy’s link. She had some very good thoughts so please head over to Ladybug Daydreams and read her post about the book.

SUMMARY: Sookie has finally married off the last of her girls and feels like, other than her aging, somewhat-exuberant, always in the middle of something mother, she is finally free to relax. Sookie’s husband is a local dentist so she is very conscious of who she is at all times and who she represents when out and about. In addition to that, her mother has always insisted that Sookie be dressed well and, well, just insisted. About everything.

One day, though, Sookie finds out that there is a secret in her past. As she begins looking into that hint of something different, she finds a big twist that she never expected or saw coming. So much for relaxing with an empty nest! She finds herself looking far back – 1909 to be exact – and off in Poland. That is where Sookie’s story began.

Stanislaw Ludic Judabralinski left the dangerous life of Poland and headed to Chicago at the age of 14. There he lived, worked, fell in love, and married. With his wife Linka their family began. They worked hard and owned a filling station (here is where the title begins to make some sense). After having a gaggle of girls, war came, death came, and the girls had to step up to help the family. In order to attract customers to their filling station during the war (we are in WWII now), the girls advertised the all-girl filling station. They worked hard for their family and kept them together during the rough times.

But, even rougher times were ahead and one of the girls, Fritzi, decided she needed to do something more. She joined the WASP and moved to Texas to train. The WASP training was interesting and challenging and do we ever get to see a big bit of Fritzi’s character! It is fun.

All of this jumps back and forth from present day, with Sookie searching out all of this information, to the past to help us learn Sookie’s history. As we near the end of the book, the history is all making sense and well, there are still plenty of surprises for you to find out.

This is a terribly fun, interesting, and engaging story. I had such joy reading it. (I had also read another Fannie Flagg book earlier so I kind of knew what to expect with her jumps from time to time and character to character.) A definitely recommendation.

All-Girl Filling Station

Questions come from LitLovers:

1. A lot of Southern identity is wrapped up in one’s family history. “Now, just who are your people?” is an oft-quoted phrase around the region. Sookie’s biggest crisis comes when she realizes that her “people” aren’t actually who she thought they were. How does Sookie’s discovery of her true family affect her identity?

Sookie’s discovery was a shock. She felt she was an imposter, a big fake. Even a liar. She wasn’t but that is how much it impacted her. You can be an imposter or a fake or a liar when you didn’t know that what you were purporting was incorrect.

2. Though Sookie tells us that Lenore’s nickname, “Winged Victory,” came from the way she entered a room—as if she were the statuesque piece on the hood of a car rushing in—how might “Winged Victory” reflect Lenore’s personality in other ways? Does her representation as a classical goddess serve to heighten the air of history and tradition that surrounds her? How might the image of a winged woman tie Lenore in with the ladies of the WASPs?

The nickname certainly gives a larger-than-life expectation and Lenore lived up to that. She brought all eyes to her and she was the center of attention. This is the type of expectation that goddesses had in their stories – center of attention and the expectation of complete obedience and service from all. Lenore had that same personality.

I don’t know if the image of the winged woman was intentional to tie in the WASP but it certainly does. Especially when you know that the mascot of the WASP was actually a winged girl. And the WASP were women who flew, helping provide victory during the war in every way they were allowed.

3. Sookie’s best friend, Marvaleen, is constantly trying different suggestions from her life coach, Edna Yorba Zorbra. From journaling to yoga to the Goddess Within group, which meets in a yurt, Marvaleen tries every method possible to get over her divorce. How does Sookie’s approach to dealing with her problems differ from Marvaleen’s? Do you think her friendship with Marvaleen might have helped push her to confront the question of her mother?

Marvaleen was quite a character. She never really faces her problems; she just searches for another magical fix. This is where her crazy life coach comes in. I think Marvaleen was a good balance for Sookie, helping her recognize over-the-top when it showed up.

4. In The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, we learn about a mostly unknown part of American history—the WASPs of World War II. These women went for thirty-five years without recognition because their records of service were sealed and classified. Were you surprised to learn about this? What parts of the WASPs’ story spoke to you?

Actually, not at all surprised. We have studied this recently and we were able to visit the WASP Museum in Sweetwater, TX, not too long ago. The WASP stories are amazing and the women are quite inspiring. They definitely faced things head-on!
Want to read about our visit to the museum? We’d love to share it with you!

5. “Blue Jay Away,” Sookie’s brand-new invention, keeps Sookie’s house finches and chickadees fed, while also making Sookie famous. Who do you think have been the blue jays in Sookie’s own life? Has she learned to manage them successfully?

I don’t know that we ever are able to “manage” the blue jays in our lives. We manage ourselves around them and become more confident in who we are. I think that is what happened with her mother, in particular. Sookie became more confident once she understood more about her background and was able to be more herself, rather than fitting into what someone else expected of her. That is a very freeing thing.

6. A major theme in this book is accepting your home. Sookie experiences a homecoming many times—after she first meets Fritzi and returns to Point Clear, when she goes to Lenore’s bedside at Westminster Village, and when she flies to Pulaski for the All-Girl Filling Station’s last reunion. What is your favorite part about going home? Who are the people who make home a home for you?

Home is where comfort abides. Family makes a place home. So do friends.

I truly enjoyed this read and will be reading more of Fannie Flagg’s writing. It was a joy. Watch for Wendy’s post to come up. I’ll try to remember to share it with you when it becomes available. Also, once we have decided what we will read for the coming month, I will share that, too. Thanks for joining me again for Book Club.

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The Secret Bridge ~ a Crew review

The Secret Bridge review

We were recently introduced to Lamplighter Publishing and the beautiful books they publish. So when The Secret Bridge by Amy Le Feuvre was released and we were given the opportunity to review it, I was more than happy to do so. After all, a rich, historical story focused on the gifts of God and coming to know Him is such a blessing to read. I was very excited about this book.

Lamplighter Publishing chooses stories that bring a God-focused life to light through characters that are strong and courageous. The company edits the stories they choose to reflect the character of God. This does mean that sometimes a story is edited to remove questionable or inappropriate language and/or content. The result, though, is a story that fully meets the mission of the company.

The Secret Bridge {Lamplighter Publishing Reviews} 

When The Secret Bridge arrived, I was shocked at how lovely it was. This is a hardback book whose cover is a soft, buttery-feeling, leather-like material. Now, I don’t know if it is really leather but it is so soft, that just holding it while reading adds to the pleasure of the story. With the bright gold accents, this is truly a beautiful book that anyone would be proud to have on their shelf.

However, that is not the true value of this book. The value lies in the truths about God that it explores and teaches. Originally written in 1899, the story begins on a boat where we meet Bridget as she is traveling to England after losing her father. Her mother had died very early on in Bridget’s life so her father was her only family. Upon her father’s death, she found out that she did have one other living relative who would take her in. However, this relative also dies before Bridget’s arrival.

A stranger who took an interest in her on the boat happens upon her shortly after she found out she was truly alone in the world. He takes pity upon her and offers to help her. This help is very hard to accept for Bridget but once she does, she finds her world completely changed. Now a bride, Bridget is challenged “Acquaint thyself with Him.”

Bridget’s heart embraces this challenge and so begins the beauty of the story – learning how to search after God, to feel Him searching for His children and reaching for them. Bridget searches out how to “acquaint thyself with Him.” Realizing she doesn’t really know God, her main priority becomes learning to live that out getting to know Him, even among a web of very tangled family relationships.

This is an engaging story that is very thoughtfully put together, tantalizing the mind with hints of what is to come and encouraging the reader to also “acquaint thyself with Him.” In becoming more familiar with Christ, the reader is also brought to know about Christ. There is scripture placed throughout the book that points to Christ and knowledge of Him. That is the true gem of this book – the story is fun and engaging but the knowledge of Christ that is woven throughout the story is precious.

I truly enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy read, taking me just a couple of days of reading after the girls were in bed. It was enjoyable and one that I didn’t really want to put down. (And can I just say that I wish I had that terrace walk where she spent her evenings looking out over the sea, longing for her husband’s return?)

I did ask the older two girls to read a bit of the story but it just was not engaging for them. Honestly, having read the book, I can see that. It is really not one that will be that interesting for a pre-teen or early teenager. Possibly at around 15 or so the interest might be there. There are a lot of family relationship complexities in the book and that can be difficult for a younger teenager to understand, thus making the book not make a lot of sense. For me, though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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