12/15/2010

City of Tranquil Light

A Novel
Bo Caldwell
2010
Henry Holt and Company LLC
Fiction


Reviewed by Cindy Loven


I must preface my review by stating this fact.  I love missionary stories, I love missionaries.  As a child of a pastor and now a pastor's wife, my favorite memories and services often center around missionary services.  That being said I was very excited to read and review this book. While it is a work of fiction, it is inspired by the lives of the author's maternal grandparents.
Set in the early 1900's two young Mennonites, join a mission team, both unsure of exactly how much help they will be, but knowing they are called of God to be there.  Thrown together, it doesn't take Will Kiehn long to realize that he is falling for Katherine Friesen.  Will never considered doing any thing in his life other than farming with his father. Though Will had attended Bible college it was with the intentions of returning home to the farm to lead his congregation as the Sunday school superintendent.  But a visit from an old friend of his father's changes all that.  In a matter of a few days Will finds himself going to China, to help with mission work.
This is an amazing story of the mighty work God does in the lives of missionaries, protecting them from dangers even unrealized.  The hurts and needs faced, thousands of miles away from family.  And the love shown to Will and Katherine by the Chinese people in their village.  I could not put this book down, once I started reading it.  I laughed, cried and grieved as Will and Katherine did, throughout the story.  Definitely a book to read to inspire you, and to stir within you a passion for serving wherever God places you.  287 pages $25.00 US hardback 5 stars.

This book was provided by B & B Media Group for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

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