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    “We must carry on our work with patience. We must bear with many abuses and injuries from those to whom we seek to do good. When we have studied for them, and prayed for them, and exhorted them, and beseeched them with all earnestness and condescension, and given them what we are able, and tended them as if they had been our children, we must look that many of them will requite us with scorn and hatred and contempt, and account us their enemies, because we ‘tell them the truth.’ Now, we must endure all this patiently, and we must unweariedly hold on in doing good, ‘in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God, peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.’ We have to deal with distracted men who will fly in the face of their physician, but we must not, therefore, neglect their cure. He is unworthy to be a physician, who will be driven away from a frenetic patient by foul words. Yet, alas, when sinners reproach and slander us for our love, and are more ready to spit in our faces, than to thank us for our advice, what heart-risings will there be, and how will the remnants of old Adam (pride and passion) struggle against the meekness and patience of the new man! And how sadly do many ministers come off under such trials!”
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The Daughter’s Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick

The Daughter’s Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick is about a young Norwegian American woman, Clara, and her mother, Helga, who walked from Spokane, Washington, to New York City in order to earn money to save the family farm that was threatened with foreclosure. They were promised $10,000 by the fashion industry to make the trip in 7 months on foot. Clara and her mother were gone for more than a year and suffered many trials and disappointments along the way that eventually led to fracturing the family and leaving Clara on her own.

The story tells of how Clara lost her family and found an unusual set of friends who taught her about loyalty, success, failure, and an enduring faith. Most of the story’s details can be found in actual historical events, details supplied to the author by Clara and Helga’s grandchildren and great grandchildren. The story was unusual and unexpected. It was one of those books that as you read it, you wonder where the story was going. But knowing it was derived from real life women kept me wanting to finish and see the outcome. I have found real-life stories to be much more worthwhile in the long run, and this book  has proven that. Anyone can weave a story that inspires and comes together in the end. This story wove the truth into an inspiration. I recommend this book to anyone who finds history and family relationships interesting regardless where the story may take them.

I received this book free from WaterBrook Multonomah Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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One Response

  1. Thanks for your thoughts and the review. It sounds like an interesting book! :O)

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