When Hope Springs New
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About the Author
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I like how she cautiously, yet openly braids her Christian faith into the story.
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I flounderd toward the middle of this book. Having to re read and back track a little, but it was no use... It did not even seem to be the same Wynn and Elizabeth. They did not seem to speak the same, care the same. They lacked...themselves. I put it down, stopping there and just sat...not completing it at all.
Elizabeth and Wynn are traveling even further North to a more remote village. When they reach there Elizabeth is dismayed to find that no one will talk to her and hardly look at her. Despite her best efforts to find friends, she cannot. The house they live in is also little more than a shack.
She spends the first Autumn, Winter, and most of Spring by herself. Then, one day while Wynn is away a fire sweeps through the village. It is up to Elizabeth to organize something as everyone else is in a panic.
After the devastating fire, Wynn receives orders that they can no longer stay there. They are instead moved to the town of Athabasca Landing. This place is modern and after years of living in the wilderness, Elizabeth is amazed at all the amenities. She soon finds herself being a part of the church and people, and she and Wynn even take in a troubled boy named Henry. Her adventures have been toned down until Wynn receives his next assignment.
Since Oke's is a Christian writer I"ll touch a bit on the religious element of this book. There isn't too much. While she makes mention here and there of asking for help from God or guidance, most of the time she shows the Christian attitude through action.
Like most of her writings, there is nothing offensive to be found in this book. No strong language or harsh descriptions. We see the year through Elizabeth's eyes and since she is a calm character, the book is serene. The characters are all believable as Oke takes the time to go into their thoughts and actions. We can see that the Native Americans have spiritual beliefs and we can see Elizabeth's impatience. This makes them more real to me. Nobody is perfect or complete, they all have human qualities.
This novel moved quite a bit faster than the other ones did. While it only covered a year, it seemed that the story went by extremely quickly. The time spent in the village was not as much as I thought it would be until they moved on to the next town.
This is a good book to read anytime. I actually read it while waking up from anesthesia so it isn't too hard to understand! The storyline is simple and just brings a nice addition to the rest of the Delaney's story.
When Hope Springs New
308 pages (Large Print Book)
When a forest fire threatens to engulf the entire village during Wynn’s prolonged absence, Elizabeth discovers undreamed-of strength
to courageously provide the villagers (whose survival skills seem paralyzed by their chief’s absence) with temporary safety, shelter and food. Desperate to find a single friend, she emerges with two and has the moral stamina to face the Chief with dignified Indian grace and language.
Elizabeth often prays to God in her despair: for rain, for a friend, for the means to convert the remote village to Christianity, and still for a baby. Despite her sagging spirits her faith never wavers, but she seems to pray so long in vain. It is difficult for her to discern the Lord’s plan throughout all the reverses she endures. After they are reposted she again faces a quandary: must they choose between the Indian village
which she has come to love and the more “civilized” white community which desperately needs her skills? Unless Oke planned a final book
in this saga, I found this a disappointing ending; Elizabeth has no control over her life, though she proves a valuable servant wherever God sends her.
February 12, 2015
They have daily struggles but come out on top because of their faith in God!