Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Review of "The Hope of Refuge" by Cindy Woodsmall

Recently, I was given the opportunity to read a copy of Cindy Woodsmall's newest book The Hope of Refuge before it was released. The book centers on Cara Moore, a young widow and mother. Cara was raised in foster homes after her mother died and her father abandoned her. When she is stalked by a man from her past, Cara and her daughter flee to Dry Lake, an Amish community she and her mother visited just before her death. Little does Cara know, this small community is a major part of her mother's past and becomes a place of understanding and refuge for herself. As secrets about Cara's mother start to surface, Cara is forced to come to terms with long-held bitterness and anger towards her mother's family and her own father.

I liked the way Ephraim Mast listens to God and reaches out to Cara, even though it means his shunning from the Amish community. God uses Ephraim to show Cara He has always been with her and loves her in spite of her past. Oftentimes, doing the will of God will not be understood by those closest to us. Like Ephraim, we still need to follow God's lead and see what He will bring about through the trials and tribulations.

One thing I kept expecting as I got closer and closer to the end that didn't occur was the reappearance of Mike, Cara's stalker. When he makes his appearance at the beginning of the story, and later when Cara tells Ephraim why she fled to Dry Lake, Cara mentions that Mike always seems to find her, no matter how hard she tries to hide. Mike read her mother's diary, which held information about Dry Lake. I was expecting Mike to turn up in this Amish community and stalk Cara again but it never happened.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It is a pretty easy read and has a great story line. If you are interested in purchasing this book, you can go to the Random House website. Here, you can see all of the different options where you can purchase the book online.
The author, Cindy Woodsmall will be on a book signing tour in Nashville, TN on Wednesday, August 12 from 7 – 8pm at the Barnes & Noble Opry Mills. It is located at 515 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37214. Their number is (615) 514-5000.

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