Friday, April 18, 2008

Book 3 Change and Cherish Historical Series Jane Kirkpatrick - GIVE AWAY!!

What a powerful story! This book encapsulates what is true and beautiful, painful and life-altering, real and meaningful about living in this world at any moment in time. Emma Wagner Geisy is a priceless treasure that Jane Kirkpatrick has unearthed from historical record and brought to life in a way that transcends the many years that separate her from this 21st century society we now inhabit. I am so very, very thankful that I had the opportunity to read this story, and that I am now able to share it with you!

Emma Geisy has left behind her life in Wilapa Bay, Washington and come to Aurora Mills, Oregon. Her pain and suffering have tendered her heart, but her willful spirit has yet to be tamed. However, from the very first pages of the book, God introduces people into Emma’s life that begin to teach her a new way to live and within these changes to gather the deepest meaning from every moment of her life. Brita tells her on page 21, “You can’t always get what you want in this life, but as any wise Zwerg knows, a hopeful soul learns to spin gold from the straw she’s been given.” By page 55, Emma is beginning to grasp this idea as she tells Louisa, “We take sad times and find the threads of wisdom there and weave it into the next generation. We’re alchemists we women. We change things.”

There are many changes ahead for Emma as this story unfolds – not all of them pleasant and many of them heartbreaking. However, she finds herself surrounded by those who are holding her up and making it possible for both she and her children to build a new and meaningful life from the heartache they left behind in Washington. Because of the strength Emma gains from her new community, she is able to learn the truth about herself and the human heart in general. She never gives up her true talents and desires, but she learns that as she pours them out in service to others that she strengthens herself and everyone within the circle of her life.

This book contains so much beauty and so much truth, it really is a struggle to express how full my heart is from this journey. God is so good and so faithful in every single circumstance of our lives!! I think Karl said it best on page 64, “God is there Emma, present at the end of the thread, pulling us toward Him. And if we ask ourselves in every situation how He is working in that experience or even our worry or disappointment, then we can feel that tug on the thread.”

I hope you will purchase this entire trilogy and share it with those you love! This is an amazing set of books! And I actually have a FREE COPY of A Mending at the Edge to share with you! Please leave a comment on this post to be entered in the drawing!

8 comments:

Kim said...

Thank you, Kim. I'm humbled by your kind words about my work. It is always a delight to know that the stories that engage me for months and years find their way into the hearts of readers. I'm especially pleased that Emma's life in a communal 1800s community has relevance for our lives living in very different communities and in very different times. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review these books! You're a writer, there's no doubt about that! I like your sharing of some of the character's comments. God often speaks to us through the voice of others. Your words have brought encouragement to me. Thank you, thank you! Warmly, Jane www.jkbooks.com

Tara said...

I would like to win this book since you speak so highly of it!
taradawnrobertson at hotmail dot com

Rachel said...

I am relatively new to Christian fiction...having read all of Francine Rivers books and now starting on a different Christian author, I am always encouraged to hear of another good author! I too would love to be entered...then I will buy the other two books. For some reason when there is a series of books I can't wait to get the next one!

Carole said...

I really enjoy Jane Kirkpatrick's writing, and would love to win a copy of this one. Thank you for the opportunity.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

ChristyJan said...

This sounds like a wonderful series! I'd love to be entered to win a copy.

hawkes AT citlink.net

melanie said...

I have read all 3 of the Change and Cherish series. They were haert warming .I will cherish my time reading about Emma and her life. I was sad when i got to the end of A Mending At The Edge and found out that it was the end of my journey with Emma. I so enjoyed reading these books and am looking forward to starting All Together in one place.

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Tonya Marie said...

I read "Love To Water My Soul" many years ago while going through some life changes myself. It spoke to me the way you say the Change and Cherish series speaks to you. I will definitely have to read those books. Thanks for your comments and insights.