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Janette Oke
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March 15 1990 Women of the West
When young Emily Evans went off the Bible School, she had all she could do just to keep up with her studies, let alone discover God's will for her life. That discovery seemed to be limited to those who had everything together, not for those who struggled even to make it to class on time. Then comes the chapel hour when the vast needs of the prairie settlements are presented. To her surprise, Emily feels God's call into full-time Christian service.

Emily expects that along with His calling, God will also provide her with a companion to share her life and ministry. But Emily does not feel comfortable with agreeing to marry any of the young men who present themselves. The decision is made: On her own, Emily will take on the task of opening a new church in a pioneer community.

But were those struggling years of Emily's training sufficient preparation for all the responsibilities and challenges of running a parish? Is her faith planted firmly enough to not be shaken by local doubters? It is one thing for her church to have faith enough to send her, and quite another for her faith to sustain her away from family and friends.

A Timeless Story of Enduring Strength and Commitment Through Hardships and Joy

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Janette Oke pioneered inspirational fiction and is the leading author in the category today. Love Comes Softly, Janette's first novel, has sold over 1 million copies. Janette is now the best selling author of over 40 books, 32 of which have been translated into fourteen languages. Janette receives fan mail from all over the world and answers each letter personally She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, and has been awarded the coveted Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and nine grandchildren and make their home in Canada. size : 5.2 x 8

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Her Best April 25 2004
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Despite the fact that Mrs. Oke created a good plot for this book, I was keenly disappointed in it. I felt as though Mrs. Oke knew not how to write about certain scenes in the book. She therefore, quickly brushed through that certain scene and TOLD us what happened, not necessarily SHOWED us. It seemed as if huge chunks of the story were missing, leaving me hungry for those chunks. I didn't particularly, like the ending at all. Although I believe in surprise endings, which is what she gave us, this ending didn't quite seem to fit. True, all of Emily's (the main character) struggles would have been solved with the ending (I'm not telling you just what the ending was...he he.), but...I don't know, I was also disappointed with it. Now, Mrs. Oke didn't do such a bad job; the plot of the story was very charming itself. Mrs. Oke just didn't do the best job of telling it.
The plot begins with Emily Evans, a slight, young, and not the healthiest woman, studying dutifully away at Bible School. She isn't the brightest little thing and has to work harder than others to achieve her good grades. She isn't quite sure what's she doing at Bible school, but she strongly feels it's what God wants her to do, for ever since she was young, she's had a strong desire to serve the Lord. Then, during chapel one day, she decided to fill that desire and become the "deaconess" at the mission in Wesson Creek. Her father packed a bunch of gunny sacks and crates and sent her off, although he wasn't too sure that any woman (no matter of their health) should do the preaching. He thought that preaching was a man's job, and especially since Emily is so often sick, I guess you could say he sort of resented her going. Nevertheless, he gives her his blessing and prays for the best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Janette Oke: A Christian Author Nov. 28 2003
Janette Oke
"The Calling of Emily Evans"
Canadian West
Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 1990
222 pp. $5.50
Do you like to read about things of the past? Did you ever wonder how the gospel was spread throughout the Canadian West prairies? Do you like reading a love story with a Christian theme. Then "The Calling of Emily Evans" would be a perfect choice for you. This book was written by Janette Oke, pronounced "Oak", under the genre of Christian fiction. She is an expert in this field of writing and one of the pioneers in writing in this style. She has won numerous awards that highlight her already glowing career in writing. Her first book "Love Comes Softly" has sold over one million copies. She has won the President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, the CBA Life Impact Award, and the Gold Medallion Book Award.
The targeted audience that the author writes to is women ages 16 - 24. She has also written some children's books. I believe that any women regardless of age would enjoy this book. The purpose of this book was to inform the readers of the missionary life of a women. The author researched many conference journals that spoke of the various things that went on with the women in the ministry. There is a dedication page that dedicates her book to all the women of the Missionary Church. The next page then tells a short biography about the author. The table of contents then follows listing the prologue first then the chapters are listed and on what page they begin. The chapters run smoothly from one to the other, they all fit together perfectly in harmony.
To summarize the book it begins by talking of a girl whose name is Emily Evans that is in Bible college.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another magnificent story by Janette Oke Aug. 27 2003
Emily Evans has always known that God wanted her to dedicate her life to him, but she never knew just what that was until one day at Missionary school. Reverend Witt gave a sermon on being "called" to do missionary work for the Lord. Emily felt God speaking to her telling her to step forward, and this is just what she did. Although only men could be actual preachers, women were being asked to help start new churches. She would be allowed to preach sermons and have her own congregation. The only thing standing in her way was her father. He was not so sure about his young daughter going out on her to start a church. After praying to God to open her father's heart, he finally relented on letting her go.
When Emily came to Wesson Creek, she was not welcomed with open arms. There were very few who actually wanted t o attend church. Therefore she decided to call on people in and out of town. She kept reminding herself that she could only open the door and God would do the rest. As time went on she found that although she was the one preaching, the people of Wesson Creek helped her come closer to God by building her own faith. Along with learning about faith, Emily also had to realize that finding love with a man would not be easy with her calling.
The Calling of Emily Evans is a wonderful read. This is a book that this reviewer feels every young Christian woman should read. Emily herself is a remarkable character. She always puts God first, and this is not easily done for any person especially a young woman on her own. She trusts that God will always provide for her no matter how low on food or how small her allowance is. Emily is what every Christian aspires to be. Janette Oke has written another magnificent story.
--- reviewed by JoAnn Miller for Christian Bookshelf
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice light read
In true Janette Oke fashion this book was both entertaining and thought provoking. I liked that I could put it down for a week and then pick it up again when I had time and not... Read more
Published 11 months ago by M Sawatzky
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow ! The Calling of the West
Just loved this character. Emily is just wonderful in this story. We don't want the story to end. It prouves that a woman has her place and that she can make the right choices... Read more
Published 15 months ago by joelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want to put it down
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was very easy to ready and Janette Oke brought her characters to life showing many different types of people that one would encounter if put... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Patty Brannan
4.0 out of 5 stars Religious, or not religious - this is still a good book.
"The Calling of Emily Evans" was much better than I expected. I took this out from my library not knowing how deeply religious it was, but with all of it's biblical and... Read more
Published on June 12 2003 by MAB
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
This account of a young woman following God's voice to the mission field in an era where women were only supposed to marry the first boy or man that came along and raise a family... Read more
Published on Dec 5 2002 by G. B. Mccormick
5.0 out of 5 stars A tender and touching story
The Calling of Emily Evans is a tender and touching story. Young Emily gets her calling to become a pastor while in Bible School. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2001 by K. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK !
THIS BOOK I COULD NOT PUT DOWN! Emily Evans went to Bible School and answerd the her God given calling. Read more
Published on April 26 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Janette Oke
This is my favorite Janette Oke book! I read this entire book in one Saturday afternoon. I think it is a wonderful story of courage, determination to follow God's will, and... Read more
Published on March 29 2001 by D. M Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Calling of Emily Evans - A GREAT book!
This book is about a woman who is called by God to set up a church. She has many problems along the way, including poor attendance, a low food supply, and a difficulty convincing... Read more
Published on June 9 2000 by "anne-girl"
5.0 out of 5 stars Determination
I thought this book was great. What i liked about it the most was how Emily was so determined to do what she wanted to, no matter who did or did not support her.
Published on Feb. 13 2000 by Joey
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