Another thoughtful and courageous work by Ms. Rivers.
Unfortunately, Eunice (the heroine) quietly suffers along through most of the book, enabling her power-hungery, domineering husband to plow along in his sin so long that I skimmed too many pages. Yes, Eunice's character was upright--but I would have liked to see her practice Godly meekness far sooner in the storyline, encouraging the reader that if one is abused, it is right to protect yourself and your child. Repentence and forgiveness is allowed at the very end, but the reader is left with little understanding of how a wife can move through that forgiveness.
If you have a "week stomach" for a heroine who is a door mat, this will leave a bad taste in your mouth.
This auto-biography is a comprehensive scope of A. Wetherell Johnson's life.
The China years of mission work reveal a different viewpoint to WWII history in the Asia theatre.
For those familiar with Bible Study Fellowship, the details of step-by-step progression are interesting, while those unfamiliar may find it tedious.
All in all, a thoughtful record.
I'm no expert on how accurate this was, but I bought it because of my interest in Diana.
There were a lot of parts somewhat "dreary" in her life, but all in all it covered her "before-princess" years and the questions about her death fairly well.
The author writes in first-person narrative. The central character is not afraid to break her mother's rules, which is dissappointing, but her best friend puts her foot down in the end and because she does so, it turns out ok.
The plot involves death, a psychic, tumultuous relationship with mother, blending families, finding a father who deceived his family with his mother's/a granma's help, and various other blended family issues.
The ending is not black and white, but considering the plot, it is quite realistic and hopeful.
These short stories can be used as devotionals or read a few at a time. I found most of the stories had such a funny twist I laughed out loud! Mab Graff transparently admits her faults and failings and then brings scripture and hope into the conclusion of each story.
Collections of short stories on fact and fiction. After each story (2-4 pgs. each), "Looking Back" includes 1. and 2. "Skill Practice" helps reader identify 3 detail of the story. 3. "Think About It" asks a couple of questions for discussion on the story.
Romantic fiction: Julie Roseman is a divorcee and Romeo Cacciamani is a widower. Both own florist shops and both belong to the wrong side of a generational fued. But when they actually meet they fall in love with eachother. But when their families find out, it's war...
Don't expect the expected ending with this story. The characters are real the and the plot could really happen.
I found the mother's contentiousness droning on and on sometimes, but as one moves through the story, that is understood and again, I think the realistic approach of the author would bring all aspects to the story. Faith will be encouraged as we see the heroine grow, but Ms. Rivers doesn't spare hard subjects and grappling with issues--painful at times.
The end comes gently and leaves the reader comforted.
Gertrude's husband dies suddenly, leaving her with 3 sons and a farm. Now she has enrolled in seminary to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a minister, but she faces challenges doing so in the 1960s. Now her 2 grown sons return from their travels to South America with a Capucion monkey for her. "Elmer" and his escapades change Gertrude's grieving and solitary life forever. A brave lady setting out on her own--with a monkey to explain to all she comes into contact with--will it work out? Heartwarming, funny and a lesson to us about loving and taking chances.