Friday, April 18, 2014

Do You Have A Shining Light?

Mawnin' Loverlies! I have finished reading A Shining Light written by Judith Miller. A Shining Light is a Christian Fiction, it was also a hard book for me to read. Not because of the way it is written, it is hard to read because of the story. A little information I will give away is, her husband wasn't nice. I didn't give much away because you will find out about her husband in the beginning of the book. I found this book decently written, the Author wrote the book in three different point of views and it wasn't hard to follow along. I found it neat that she set this story in West Amana, Iowa 1890, because there were actual communities in that area. I read on Wikipedia that they are just tourist attractions now. If what I read on Wikipedia is true, it seems this author did her research about this community. Here is a link. That is neat! I like it when authors do their research if they are going to write about a certain historical item, even if their story is fiction.

Like I mentioned earlier I was very frustrated at reading this book, because of what Andrea and her son had to go through. It also shows how trusting in God will help you get through such awful situations. I find reading Christian Fiction helps remind me of how I need to be, how I need to have more faith. What made me choose this book was mainly the cover of the book. I thought it was a pretty photo, and yes the story sounded interesting once I actually read the synopsis. I am such a sucker for book covers. I also love that they have a woman on the cover helps me picture what the main character would look like. I sometimes have a hard time trying to picture a new person for each book, sometimes the characters I imagine blend with other characters of books I have read. It can be very frustrating, but always good to have a little help with the main character is on the cover of the book. lol I don't know if this is a re-reader for me, maybe later on in life I may give it a go again. It is worth reading at least once though. It was very interesting learning about the life in the Amana communities. I don't believe I could live there though, ever. Especially since the women only had so many jobs they could choose from, I'm not the best home maker. lol If you like adventure, love, and learning how God works through people to help others. You should give this book a chance. Oh, one more thing. Even though I was frustrated about what was happening in this book, I couldn't put it down for long. :) Ta Ta For Now!

After Andrea Wilson receives the devastating news that her husband has been lost at sea, she returns home to Iowa with her young son, Lukas. But what she finds there causes more heartache: The family farm has burned and her father has died, Leaving Andrea with nothing. Andrea must rely on the kindness of the people from the nearby Amana village who invite her to stay with them for a time. She discovers much generosity and contentment among the Amanans-especially from the tinsmith, Dirk Knefler, who takes her son under his wing. But is the simple, cloistered life in Amana what Andrea wants for Lukas's future? Is she willing to give up the comforts and freedom of the outside world? And when yet another round of shocking news comes her way, will Andrea ever be able to find the serenity and hope that have eluded her for so long?

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