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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House (Sept. 15 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764227106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764227103
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 14.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g

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About the Author

Janette Oke, recipient of the 1992 ECPA President's Award for her significant contribution to the CBA industry and to Christian fiction, has also been awarded the coveted Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband live in Alberta,

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Heart of the Wilderness April 30 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Kendra was not yet four when her parent's died in a river accident. She had to live with her grandfather George MacMannus who was a trapper in the wilderness. Every time that George would go out, he would summon an old Indian woman named Noni to come to stay with Kendra. Although Noni didn't say much, she tought Kendra all about the wilderness. She tought her what kinds of plants to eat, which one's were poisonous, and which one's to use for medicines. Also, she tought her about how to respect the earth and animals, and that they were all her relatives. Papa Mac, what Kendra called her Grandfather, didn't want Kendra to believe in Noni's fables, which led Kendra searching for something more. Kendra's desire for knowledge leads her from her wilderness home to the home of her Papa Mac's trusted friend Maggie where she attends school. Will she find the answers that she is looking for? This is a an exciting book to read, and one of Janette's better books.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very touching and inspiring Nov. 6 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. Kendra Marty falls in love and wants to spend time with this young man, but she also feels the need to help her grandfather. The decision she makes reveals a lot about her character, caring and unselfish. A great Christian novel that I would recommend to anyone!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
a touching story of a girl growing into her womanhood June 12 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Heart of the Wilderness is an inspiring story about the experiential growth of a young girl into a women set on the backdrop of trapper country. Young Kendra lost her mother early in life and is raised in a "man's" world of wilderness and trapping with her father and the strong influence of North American Indian beliefs. As she matures, Kendra and her father search for the "proper" way to raise and educate a "proper" lady. Kendra's intelligence finds her in college and influenced heavily by a loving Christian family. The conflicts she faces are as real as her resolutions revealing. Kendra faces changes such as growing up in buckskins and then needing to learn social graces; growing up strong and independent and entering a society of submissive women; never thinking of a god and her best friend being a devout Christian. Her growth is most believable and most challenged when she returns a new women to her home of origin. This story is refreshing because it resonates with timely themes without the usual outcomes. Themes such as the role of women in society, the pressures youth face, struggles with religious growth, and family interactions are treated with a fresh outlook of triumph and peace.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An uplifting story easily read in a couple of hours. Nov. 24 2005
By Donna K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is my first experience with Janette Oke's books, and it certainly won't be my last! I had heard a lot of wonderful things about the author and was very excited about reading this book. It didn't disappoint. Beautiful in its simplicity, this moving story is full of pioneer culture and Native American folklore. The characters are well-presented and the attention to detail makes the setting and adventures come alive to the reader.

When Kendra is exposed to influences outside of her secluded world, she becomes a Christian. At this point, the story becomes quite heavy-handed in its preachiness. This is the reason I deducted rating points - I don't buy into the concept that it is the mission of all Christians to impose their beliefs on others. I prefer stories that deliver the Christian message more subtly.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Janette Oke rocks! Aug. 24 2011
By Lecram - Published on Amazon.com
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My Mother-in-Law only reads Janette Oke books. She reads them over and over and says they give her peace and inspiration.