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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
by Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn
Published by Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 0-7642-2055-1 (1998)
This book is a sequel to Another Homecoming by Oke and Bunn. Whereas the first book introduced us to Kyle and her two families, (she was given up for adoption at birth), she was reunited with them by the end, and had also married Kenneth, the man her father had hired as his assistant, and to whom she turned for help after her adoptive father died.
In this book Kyle gives birth to a son, but he is not well, and soon dies. This devastates Kyle and
seems to ravel all that she gained in the first book. Everyone is very concerned when she drifts
away from God, and rejects Him.
However, God is not stymied. I loved the way the story unfolds so realistically, and also revels
God's processes in the hearts of His dear people. It was a relief to see her husband show a strong
faith that Kyle would come through this, and a joy to watch how events opened her mother, Abigail's
eyes to her real need of a Saviour, while Kyle's biological parents became earnest prayer
Besides that, there is the sub-plot of Kyle's brother Joel, and his wife Ruthie, and their wedding,
then the birth of their son, and Joel's health failing. Their compassion for Kyle, and the scenes
into the home and hearts of Ruthie's Mennonite family on the farm were precious experiences for me
in this book.
You know of course, if you read a lot of novels, that we read them for the vicarious experiences we
can have with the characters. That's why good characterization is so very important in a good
I appreciate some spiritual maturity too, as I watch people grow in faith and knowledge and love for
our Lord. I much prefer that over a bang-bang, hurried action story.
If you are at all like me then, you'll enjoy this book, Tomorrow's Dream too. Watch for
anything by Oke and Bunn. You are sure of a good read!
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