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Despite her feelings of inadequacy, Anna Trent discovers she is truly "a woman of worth". Despite her feelings of inadequacy, Anna Trent discovers she is truly "a woman of worth".


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Despite her feelings of inadequacy, Anna Trent discovers she is truly "a woman of worth". Despite her feelings of inadequacy, Anna Trent discovers she is truly "a woman of worth".

30 review for The Measure of a Heart

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Keels

    Anna hasn't envisioned her life outside of the context of living with her large family, doing her share of hard work on their farm. But when a young pastor asks Anna to be his wife, she accepts, despite her shock at his proposal and her belief that she isn't cut out for the role in The Measure of a Heart by author Janette Oke. I've lost track of how many times I've read this novel from the Women of the West series over the years. Four times? Five? It was quite a read for me back in my young adult Anna hasn't envisioned her life outside of the context of living with her large family, doing her share of hard work on their farm. But when a young pastor asks Anna to be his wife, she accepts, despite her shock at his proposal and her belief that she isn't cut out for the role in The Measure of a Heart by author Janette Oke. I've lost track of how many times I've read this novel from the Women of the West series over the years. Four times? Five? It was quite a read for me back in my young adult days, as I shared Anna's love for books, and I empathized with her feelings of guilt and inadequacy. Even now, while its way of teaching/sermonizing at times isn't my style, this simple ChristFic tale is uplifting comfort reading for me. Sure, it has its flaws. Too many dashes that sometimes give the dialogue a jerky feel; too many tears where less could have been more for the story's emotional impact; and though I understand how Anna feels, her criticism of herself becomes redundant and her reasoning for it doesn't always make sense. What I wasn't aware of in my younger days is just how much Anna's thoughts of identity revolve around how she doesn't think she measures up where her good husband, his ministry, and his needs are concerned, let alone what Anna may think about herself as a person in her own right. Still, Anna's shrewdness and shine are still there, even when she doesn't know it, and needing to find a true sense of self-worth is something so many people can relate to. I quite enjoyed revisiting this story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Larisha

    Anna, the main character, learned a valuable principle: God doesn't need our great abilities, good works, talents... but our Father, God desires our faithfulness, obedience, and a sweet intimacy with HIM. When we have that, we naturally surrender our lives to God and our "little" becomes "MUCH".. .I have seen that with each ministry opportunity God has called me to. God uses my lack of ability, my weaknesses and continually :) keeps me humbled while in HIS great mercy and Faithfulness, showing t Anna, the main character, learned a valuable principle: God doesn't need our great abilities, good works, talents... but our Father, God desires our faithfulness, obedience, and a sweet intimacy with HIM. When we have that, we naturally surrender our lives to God and our "little" becomes "MUCH".. .I have seen that with each ministry opportunity God has called me to. God uses my lack of ability, my weaknesses and continually :) keeps me humbled while in HIS great mercy and Faithfulness, showing that as HIS servant... we are called to do HIS purpose, not our own!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    This was not a romance novel! It is a book that shows what it is like to be a servant of God in your everyday life--thoughts, actions, prayers... All too often we get caught up in what we perceive a good Christian should be like and the outcomes if we are achieving what we should be for God, but most of the time we set ourselves up for disappointment because the goal is unattainable for any human being. We need to strive to be the best we can and allow God to work with what we have.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lulufrances

    GRRR MARIA -.- if you read this you might know what I mean. I don't even feel like going into detail let's leave it at this: I made my friend (who read it after me) count how often she nearly breaks out in tears/actually cries. We got a total of whopping 28 times. No further comment needed. Two stars because there were some good biblical wisdoms in it but I couldn't warm to the story at all. Sorry GRRR MARIA -.- if you read this you might know what I mean. I don't even feel like going into detail let's leave it at this: I made my friend (who read it after me) count how often she nearly breaks out in tears/actually cries. We got a total of whopping 28 times. No further comment needed. Two stars because there were some good biblical wisdoms in it but I couldn't warm to the story at all. Sorry

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Now this is what I call a fluffy book! No real conflict, just a story. Anna was slightly annoying with her constant self doubting, but I was surprised how quickly the pages flew by. Not as good as Oke's other books, but still enjoyable if you want an easy read. Now this is what I call a fluffy book! No real conflict, just a story. Anna was slightly annoying with her constant self doubting, but I was surprised how quickly the pages flew by. Not as good as Oke's other books, but still enjoyable if you want an easy read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Otterstrom

    Janette Oke is often kind of Hokey, but usually writes easy to read cute stories. This book however was just painfully "sweet"! Janette Oke is often kind of Hokey, but usually writes easy to read cute stories. This book however was just painfully "sweet"!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nichole Hack

    Wow! This is definitely another favorite! The story was amazing, and it really hit home for me! I was hooked by the first or second page! I read it kinda slow, so it wouldn't finish so soon! Wow! This is definitely another favorite! The story was amazing, and it really hit home for me! I was hooked by the first or second page! I read it kinda slow, so it wouldn't finish so soon!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Augustė

    The action begins in the spring and also in the book, the whole action takes place in a small village. In the book „The measure of a heart“ the author tells the story about Anna Trent. She is a teen girl, who I quote: „[…] already past her sixteenth birthday. […] loved to learn, loved the excitement of new discoveries, loved the quickening of her pulse as she shared some great adventure in the pages of a book.“ End quote. One summer she met a new church minister whose name was Austin Barker. They The action begins in the spring and also in the book, the whole action takes place in a small village. In the book „The measure of a heart“ the author tells the story about Anna Trent. She is a teen girl, who I quote: „[…] already past her sixteenth birthday. […] loved to learn, loved the excitement of new discoveries, loved the quickening of her pulse as she shared some great adventure in the pages of a book.“ End quote. One summer she met a new church minister whose name was Austin Barker. They began to talk about the word of God, lifelong learning, because as Austin Barker said: „We never need to quit learning“ and he gave her a book. He gave Anna to read a book, which she could change to another after reading. I quote „Anna seemed to have no interest whatever in the young man – apart from the books he was willing to share“ end quote. Yet, among them arose what is called chemistry. Austin Barker I quote: „Needed a good wife to help him in his ministry“ end quote, so he asked Anna to marry him and she said yes! After that the story tells us about their lives together, about the challenges and each their relationship with God. The main characters of this story, as you probably understand, were Anna Trent and Austin Barker, wife and husband, whose relationship close and sincere. Austin always said, that I quote „You’re good for me, Anna. You force me to think.“ Actually, it seems to me, that there is no end for they love. Anyway, I was most interested in Anna. I think she is close to me. Her thoughts, her problems are close to me. She thought that she is I quote: „not perfect for anything“. I really felt that emotion actually. She tried to find relationship with God, with herslef. I think, that it’s the story of that journey. Because it’s a journey, of course that her attitude, maturness and behavior change. At the end of the story she becomes not only a wife, but also a mother of two daughters. Through the experiences she learned so much not only about herslef, but about others too. I quote: „She had idolized Mrs. Angus as her teacher.“ She wanted to be as perfect as Mrs. Angus, but she didn’t know, that I quote: „I was never good with children. My husband used to chide me.“ So she realized that others also have problems and they are not as perfect as she think they are. If we talk about her husband, Austin Barker, I only can quote him: „I haven’t been living like I did. I’ve been trying to carry the whole load myself. I’ve been thinking that it all depended on me. How well I preached. How much I prayed. How effective I was.“ I think the two main characters have found themselves, the meaning of their lives – to be themselves. Also, if we talk about realism, I think that plot and the description of the characters are realistic because the problems in this story is realistic. Actually I thought, that I read about real life because the main problem is about the relationship between humans and God. Some of characters didn’t believe in God, some did and I think if you writing about relationship between human and God, you can’t write unrealistic story, follow fairy tale or something like that. I really didn’t want to read the book, I was scared. Everytime I looked at it, I just said „No, no, no, no, not this time“. I was afraid not to understand what I reading, so I set my goal: increase my speaking skills. So I read the book loudly. And when I couldn’t pronounce the word I looked at its translation and pronunciation. But I think that the language of this book is modern, easy and simple. Not as scary as I expected. I think, that this book have really clear and important message, I really want to quote Mrs. Angus because I think, that what she said, is the main message and when she said this to Anna I cried, so the quote sounds like this: „Remember, my dear. Your greatest and most important task is to be you. You ar an intelligent, gifted, sensitive person. That is enough. Don’t try too hard to be all of those other things. Just.. just continue to be Anna. Give God you, Anna. All of you. Just as He made you.“

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    This is one of the standalone novels in Janette Oke's Women of the West series. Sixteen-year-old Anna has just completed the eighth grade and wishes that her learning could continue but she is needed at home. As luck would have it, a young interim pastor arrives for the summer who also loves learning and reading and has a library he is willing to share with her. They discuss what she reads and he is impressed with her comprehension and depth of insight. When he returns to his studies, they conti This is one of the standalone novels in Janette Oke's Women of the West series. Sixteen-year-old Anna has just completed the eighth grade and wishes that her learning could continue but she is needed at home. As luck would have it, a young interim pastor arrives for the summer who also loves learning and reading and has a library he is willing to share with her. They discuss what she reads and he is impressed with her comprehension and depth of insight. When he returns to his studies, they continue to exchange books and notes about them through the mail. Two years later, Austin graduates from the seminary and Anna is invited to attend the graduation with her pastor and his wife. So yes, I think you can see where this story line is headed and you would be correct. The real theme of the book, however, would be Anna's shyness and self-consciousness, the inadequacy she feels about her looks and her abilities. Through the experiences she has in the next few years, she learns much about herself and others, realizing that others do and have felt the same way that she does. This is the story of that journey. It is at times touching, sad and occasionally humorous. To be honest, I wasn't particularly impressed with most of the writing. In the beginning, the sentence fragments really bothered me. I didn't immediately become invested in the story and wondered if it was one of Oke's earlier novels (having read others that I enjoyed more). This novel was published approximately 30 years after her first novel, so that wasn't the case. I do feel the writing in the final +/- 20 pages was the best writing of the book and I am glad I read all the way to the end. There's not a lot of action or excitement in this book, but it is a quick, clean, sweet read of a life centered in Christ. A couple of favorite parts: Austin reporting to Anna what Pastor Angus said at the Conference: " 'I don't believe God keeps the same set of statistics that we as the church find it necessary to keep. . . . God's records are of another sort. How faithful to your calling? How concerned over lost souls? How willing to be obedient? How close a walk with Him? God doesn't care so much about statistics. But about faithfulness, commitment, obedience, devotion. That's what He wants to see. Growth. Personal growth.' " (pp. 202-203) Mrs. Angus to Anna: "Remember, my dear. Your greatest and most important task is to be you. . . . That is enough. Don't try too hard to be all of those other things. Just . . . just continue to be Anna. Give God you, Anna. All of you. Just as He made you." (p. 214)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    In the book, The Measure of a Heart the author tells the story from Anna a teen who loves to learn. When she finishes the eighth grade at age sixteen she is very fortunate. She soon learns that Mr. and Mrs. Angus have to leave and there will be a replacement for the summer months. Mr. Barker is a handsome man is captured by her qualities and her desire to learn. Anna continues her education in many ways and has Mr. Barker there to help her. My favorite part of the story was when Anna and Mr. Ba In the book, The Measure of a Heart the author tells the story from Anna a teen who loves to learn. When she finishes the eighth grade at age sixteen she is very fortunate. She soon learns that Mr. and Mrs. Angus have to leave and there will be a replacement for the summer months. Mr. Barker is a handsome man is captured by her qualities and her desire to learn. Anna continues her education in many ways and has Mr. Barker there to help her. My favorite part of the story was when Anna and Mr. Barker were married in Anna’s church. I like this part because I think it is a very romantic part in the story and it is a very big change in both their lives for the better. I like it because it was special to both of Mr Barker and Anna to have Mr. Angus, Anna’s neighbor until this past year, to perform the ceremony. I also like this part because I feel that Anna and Austin were meant to be because Anna loves to learn and Austin is there to help her learn and because he enjoys teaching her. In the end I really think it’s my favorite part in the book. One reason I would recommend this book is that it is very interesting, exciting, and heartwarming. I would try it if you were to try and go out of your comfort zone or if your were into historical fiction or Christian fiction, it would be a great choice for either of those areas. It is during the year of 1935 and is about Anna Trent’s life growing up. She loves to learn and Austin Barker is the perfect one to teach her what she wants to learn. Anna is the right one to help Austin along in his ministry while they both learn and to give him courage in what he does. I give this a 5 star rating. I gave it this rating because I was very interested in everything that came next. Whenever I turned the page it was exciting and entertaining in each new thing that came along. I was interested in the way the book went along. If it were a series I would read the next book because it was interesting and exciting what came next in the story. They got through hard times together and I would want to know how they did years later raising their family. I gave it a 5 star rating because I was interested, excited, and enjoyed the book the whole way through.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Beverly McClure

    Today, most everyone has the opportunity for a good education. This was not always true. When Anna Trent finished eighth grade, her schooling ended. She could dream about continuing her education, but it was not likely to happen. God had plans for Anna, however, and Author Janette Oke has written a lovely story about trusting in God. A life that she could never believe awaits Anna. It's not an easy life, but with every problem comes a solution. She just has to have faith and find it. This is a s Today, most everyone has the opportunity for a good education. This was not always true. When Anna Trent finished eighth grade, her schooling ended. She could dream about continuing her education, but it was not likely to happen. God had plans for Anna, however, and Author Janette Oke has written a lovely story about trusting in God. A life that she could never believe awaits Anna. It's not an easy life, but with every problem comes a solution. She just has to have faith and find it. This is a story that will touch your heart as you follow Anna, hoping it will be the life she dreams of. I cheered her on as she made decisions that would change her life forever.The Measure of a Heart is a good story to read when you need encouragement or just a smile or two. Enjoy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Libby Powell

    I liked this book, I think because the main character's struggle with walking in the grace of God is so real to me, and the author truly captures and explores relatable feelings with unique depth and understanding. The novel itself sometimes felt as though it was wandering, though perhaps it is meant to be less of a feel-good fast-paced journey and more of a picture of everyday struggles and joys. All in all, it was an enjoyable and relatable read that is not so much about the girl's romance as I liked this book, I think because the main character's struggle with walking in the grace of God is so real to me, and the author truly captures and explores relatable feelings with unique depth and understanding. The novel itself sometimes felt as though it was wandering, though perhaps it is meant to be less of a feel-good fast-paced journey and more of a picture of everyday struggles and joys. All in all, it was an enjoyable and relatable read that is not so much about the girl's romance as it is about her walk with God.

  13. 4 out of 5

    CorkyNSam92

    This book was excellent. I really liked how Anna was a true helpmate to Austin. Even though it's just a book I think it oozed off the pages how sweet, kind, and godly she was. Would highly recommend!!!!! This book was excellent. I really liked how Anna was a true helpmate to Austin. Even though it's just a book I think it oozed off the pages how sweet, kind, and godly she was. Would highly recommend!!!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maya Robinson

    It's just okay, really, just okay. There are some really good truths in there and if you focus on the good things it is a pretty good story. However, Anna is so SO unsure of herself(to the point that you just think, "really, you really think that your inadequate, you got to be kidding me!"). It's just okay, really, just okay. There are some really good truths in there and if you focus on the good things it is a pretty good story. However, Anna is so SO unsure of herself(to the point that you just think, "really, you really think that your inadequate, you got to be kidding me!").

  15. 5 out of 5

    KAREN LANDSGAARD

    I love Oke’s book when I need an easy, soul refreshing read. This one was not my favorite. Wasn’t truly liking it until the very end, where I enjoyed the message, but I wasn’t a fan of having to suffer the self deprecation the whole book before it was learned. Just an ok read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    Easy read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebeca

    Beautiful story about understanding the difference between what God cares about vs. what we think He cares about.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Really sweet and inspiring.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Adiah Oloma

    When you devote yourself to God and His work, He will always come through for you.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emilye

    The characters were so flat, uninteresting, and boring. I don't understand how people like this book. The characters were so flat, uninteresting, and boring. I don't understand how people like this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Nimegeers

    This book is for anyone who likes to read about very courageous and stubborn people who know how to work really hard for what they want in life. The character in this novel has to work through her own mental anxiety, before she can help her husband with his Christian ministry. I would really recommend you have a kleenex box beside you for this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    anette Oke’s Measure of a Heart tells the heartwarming story of farm girl Anna Trent. When seminary student Austin Barker visits, he is intrigued by her eagerness to learn, but despite her exceptional character, Anna is constantly plagued with feelings of inadequacy and must struggle to realize that she is a “woman of worth.” Heart falls is an Inspirational Historical Romance, a classification Oke was among the first to popularize with stories such as this one set on the North American prairie co anette Oke’s Measure of a Heart tells the heartwarming story of farm girl Anna Trent. When seminary student Austin Barker visits, he is intrigued by her eagerness to learn, but despite her exceptional character, Anna is constantly plagued with feelings of inadequacy and must struggle to realize that she is a “woman of worth.” Heart falls is an Inspirational Historical Romance, a classification Oke was among the first to popularize with stories such as this one set on the North American prairie containing strong spiritual themes. Inspirational Historical Romance falls under the larger Romance sub genre of Period Historical works. These love stories are “given credibility by [their] remoteness from the reader’s own experience” (Herald 175). This story’s setting is not nearly as sumptuous or decadent as the eras depicted in other Period Romances, where the lavishness of the time allow readers to believe that epic romances can take place. Instead, the challenging, bare bones prairie life depicted in Heart give Oke’s readers the reassurance that if love can flourish in an environment as harsh as this, surely it can in their own lives, where considerably less effort is needed for daily survival. Oke never mentions any specific time period, but Anna’s one room school and the common presence of trains suggests the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. The lifestyle required by this landscape certainly does make modern life seem ridiculously luxurious. For example, Anna must wash all her laundry by hand, which becomes quite difficult when a new baby arrives (years before the disposable diaper), and can only provide her family with milk and cream when friendly neighbors offer to share some of their cow’s excess (there are no milk men, let alone supermarkets, in this remote setting). While I am generally a fan of romantic novels, I don’t think that I will continue to read inspirational ones, at least not ones like Oke’s that are more focused on inspiration than romance. Although I am a Christian, I would prefer not to be preached at when I am in the mood for a good love story. The style of the book was also a little to simplistic for me. I was actually surprised that it wasn’t considered a Young Adult book, because I would definitely consider recommending it to YA readers who have enjoyed authors like L. M. Montgomery. While I consider Montgomery one of my favorite authors, I think it was because I was exposed to her books at a young age, so I am not surprised that Oke seems too sanitary for me now. Also, Montgomery does not place the strong emphasis on Christian spirituality that Oke does, so I would make sure that the patron was okay with a stronger Christian message. With Oke’s strong moral emphasis, it’s also doubtful parents would complain that librarians were suggesting “inappropriate” reading material for their children. I would also recommend this book to any other patron looking for a clean romance, especially older patrons in rural areas, because it does seem to accurately portray rural life in the past. Because Oke is careful not to tie her book too closely to any specific year, it could conceivably be placed as late as the 1930’s, making the lifestyles portrayed in it personally identifiable to older patrons. Even when I wasn’t enjoying the rest of the story, I really appreciated her accurate descriptions of the work involved in keeping up a house in a remote rural area, because it reminded me of my own childhood growing up on a farm and the stories my grandparents would tell me about how different things were when they were kids. Even though The Measure of a Heart didn’t enthrall me, I think patrons who primarily read Inspirational Romance would find it, and other titles by Janette Oke, just what they were looking for.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    This was a sweet, wholesome read that was perfect for my mood! It was both relaxing and really inspiring! It gave me Little House on the Prairie vibes (which I love!) All in all, I enjoyed it!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This is one of Janette Oke's Christian historical romance novel. As usual, the novel is well written with great character development, and as is often also the case with her novels or series, the novel doesn't just conclude with a wedding but instead travels with the protagonist, Anna, through her years of marriage and motherhood as well. I enjoyed Anna's journey throughout her early years of marriage not only to a closer faith in God but to a better understanding of her value to God, understand This is one of Janette Oke's Christian historical romance novel. As usual, the novel is well written with great character development, and as is often also the case with her novels or series, the novel doesn't just conclude with a wedding but instead travels with the protagonist, Anna, through her years of marriage and motherhood as well. I enjoyed Anna's journey throughout her early years of marriage not only to a closer faith in God but to a better understanding of her value to God, understanding that while she might be a flawed servant of God, He wants to use her, and even more than that, she realizes that it is not up to her to save others but only to present the Gospel. It is not her fault that someone she tried to reach ultimately rejected God and died; there is no better method she could have used to present the Gospel because the choice was theirs, not hers, and in addition, she is not the Savior, only a messenger. The only thing I have always disliked about this novel is how abruptly it ends. I want more of Anna and Austin, their family and their ministry.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ginny Reed

    I found this the least enjoyable of Janette Oke's books. There were so many places in this book for full chapter story lines and they were written off in a sentence or two. I can't even count how many times Anna was in tears or voiced her inadequacy as a person. Sorry I can only give this 2 stars, but her other books have been written so much better. I found this the least enjoyable of Janette Oke's books. There were so many places in this book for full chapter story lines and they were written off in a sentence or two. I can't even count how many times Anna was in tears or voiced her inadequacy as a person. Sorry I can only give this 2 stars, but her other books have been written so much better.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Inscription by my mom: August 1993 To our "Anna," Annette - Known for your kindness, compassion, serving others, thoughtfulness, giving, helping, sacrificing and common sense - you have great worth - everyone knows it - you need to come to know it, too! May this story remind you of who and what you really are - and accept this and share this with others and especially yourself. Stay as special and as "beautiful" as you are - Love, Mom and Dad Quotes: "'Remember, my dear. Your greatest and most important Inscription by my mom: August 1993 To our "Anna," Annette - Known for your kindness, compassion, serving others, thoughtfulness, giving, helping, sacrificing and common sense - you have great worth - everyone knows it - you need to come to know it, too! May this story remind you of who and what you really are - and accept this and share this with others and especially yourself. Stay as special and as "beautiful" as you are - Love, Mom and Dad Quotes: "'Remember, my dear. Your greatest and most important task is to be you...You are an intelligent, gifted, sensitive person. That is enough. Don't try too hard to be all of those other things. Just...just continue to be Anna. Give God you, Anna. All of you. Just as He made you.'" (p. 214)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jaclynn

    Anna Trent feels blessed to finish 8th grade at the age of 16, but what does her life hold after that? Will she had the opportunities to continue learning? Anna is a shy, sensitive and a bit self-conscious, but she has a servant’s heart as she helps her mother take care of her family. Then Austin Barker comes to fill the pastorate for the summer and that is just the beginning to her furthering her love for learning. When she is led to fill another position in life....will she meet the expectatio Anna Trent feels blessed to finish 8th grade at the age of 16, but what does her life hold after that? Will she had the opportunities to continue learning? Anna is a shy, sensitive and a bit self-conscious, but she has a servant’s heart as she helps her mother take care of her family. Then Austin Barker comes to fill the pastorate for the summer and that is just the beginning to her furthering her love for learning. When she is led to fill another position in life....will she meet the expectations and overcome the inadequacy she feels?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Anna never dreamed she would marrie Mr. Barker. She prayed that a wonderful women would come a long and help him through his ministering, but never dreamed it would be her. I think Janette Oke did a woderful job writing this book. I found it to be a very captering story. I didn't have to learn from this book that God is always there for you, but it did say perfectly that God is always there and He always answers your prayers, maybe not the way you wanted him to, but He does it even better than w Anna never dreamed she would marrie Mr. Barker. She prayed that a wonderful women would come a long and help him through his ministering, but never dreamed it would be her. I think Janette Oke did a woderful job writing this book. I found it to be a very captering story. I didn't have to learn from this book that God is always there for you, but it did say perfectly that God is always there and He always answers your prayers, maybe not the way you wanted him to, but He does it even better than what you had wanted.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I rated this as "I liked it" because I did when I first read it. But, for a pastor's wife and a model of a godly woman, Oke's main character is rather disappointing. She and her husband are ignorant of some of the most basic truths about Christian living. On the other hand, there are some great moments of their relationship with God, depending on Him and trusting Him through their feeble efforts. And, when my parents first joined the pastorate, they made some big mistakes too, and struggled with I rated this as "I liked it" because I did when I first read it. But, for a pastor's wife and a model of a godly woman, Oke's main character is rather disappointing. She and her husband are ignorant of some of the most basic truths about Christian living. On the other hand, there are some great moments of their relationship with God, depending on Him and trusting Him through their feeble efforts. And, when my parents first joined the pastorate, they made some big mistakes too, and struggled with very simple questions. So that was true. Maybe the book does deserve three stars. :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I enjoyed this one a good bit, not as much as Roses for Mama or A Woman Named Damaris, but better than the other Women of the West books. I thought it portrayed everyday life in the West for a minister and his wife in a very believable way. The romance was simple and sweet too, which is how most romances truly are as opposed to the overly dramatic ones we usually find in books and movies. The self-loathing and doubt and insecurities got kinda old about halfway through the book, but that was abou I enjoyed this one a good bit, not as much as Roses for Mama or A Woman Named Damaris, but better than the other Women of the West books. I thought it portrayed everyday life in the West for a minister and his wife in a very believable way. The romance was simple and sweet too, which is how most romances truly are as opposed to the overly dramatic ones we usually find in books and movies. The self-loathing and doubt and insecurities got kinda old about halfway through the book, but that was about the only complaint I had with this one.

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