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This site is like Ruthe,
the heroine of my novel,
Ruthe's Secret Roses
Ruthe is . . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
has creative ideas,
likes to give
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile
So this site offers;
good books to read!
help to become Friends with Jesus,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
An Older Sister's Coping Secret
how to pray Panic Prayers,
how to grow in faith
how to share your faith
A Book I can Highly Recommend
The Measure of a Heart
by Janette Oke
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Mnneapolis, MN. 55438
Again, I find myself marvelling at the insight this author has into ordinary, book-loving young
women from poor families. (I suspect she may know something of this from personal experience).
With words as her paintbrush, Oke sketches soft water colour portraits of her characters. In this
case it is Anna, the only daughter in a poor prairie farm family of boys. So she must help her
mother in the house, and do many chores. Her one treat is to take a pail of milk to the pastor
couple up the road. That elderly couple takes a fond interest in her and share books with her.
One day she finds they have gone on a trip and a young seminary student is staying there and will
pastor their small country church in the interim. They begin a two year exchange of letters. Then
Anna was able to go with the elderly pastor couple to attend Austin's graduation from Seminary. It
was a scary experience for her.
Not long after that Austin comes calling, and soon they are Austin and Anna Barker, with a small
church pastorate in a rural farming community.
One crisis after another causes Anna to find solutions that bless others. Yet through it all, she
continues to feel that others would do a better job. Her insecurities, and sense of short-comings
really drag her down, and bring on a depression of sorts.
This story is a testament to God's faithfulness, in how He sends the very person she has always
admired and wanted to emulate, to convince her that she is doing very well, and being a great
helpmeet to her husband, Austin. I was glad for how Oke handled that resolution to Anna's
Really, I wonder if this isn't Oke's own story in disguise. She does such a great job of making
Anna's thoughts and feelings come alive.
This story will give you a whole new respect for those plain, but faithful pastor's wives in
obscure, prairie towns. If you feel insignificant, the ending will cheer you up!
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