“Could you not teach them what you do know?” Separated from her parents and sent to live with unknown relatives for the summer, Belle Standish clings hard to the promises found in her dear Bible and her beloved hymns. As she grows to love her newly discovered family, she finds much work to be done for her Lord in this neglected field. But when danger threatens those she loves, Belle’s faith and courage are tested in ways she never imagined. Will God’s promises hold true even in the midst of the storm? And what can she possibly accomplish with just her one little light?
I was blessed to beta read this book, and was more than happy to read through the final copy of this. It was a really good, really encouraging book that I immediately wanted to read out loud to all my siblings.
First, let’s take a look at that cover. Isn’t it beautiful! I absolutely love it, and it perfectly encapsulates the story!
This was a book about a young girl who is so far outside her comfort zone who turns towards her Heavenly Father and brings glory to Him. She determines to live purposefully for Him, no matter what. And she does, in a beautiful, gracious way, teaching others as she goes. The way the Lord uses this one young girl throughout the story definitely convicted me and made me think about my own life, and I would definitely say this was a story that everybody, young and old, needs to read.
I loved the old hymns woven into the fabric of the story. This was the perfect way to capture the heart and attention of a music lover who is an aficionado of old hymns =) Each of these hymns has become part of the fabric of the story, and each one has been used to teach a precious truth of Scripture, and I loved that.
Rebekah Morris is faithful in each of her books to teach her readers about Christ, and this one was no exception. I admire her for her tenacity to make the Lord the center of each of her stories, and it is because of this that she is one of my favourite authors. I never am afraid to hand any of her books to any of my younger siblings, and I am thankful for that.
I was blessed to be able to pester Rebekah with questions, which she graciously answered =)
Is there anything in particular that inspired you to write this book? Not really. Just my love of old hymns and the desire to share some of them in a story. This wasn’t going to be a novel. It was going to be a short story. Maybe a few chapters, but that was it. Guess I didn’t know what I was doing.
I *love* the old hymns used throughout this book! Of the ones included, which hymn is your favourite and why? Wow! How can I choose? I think one of my favorites was the final hymn “I Will Bless the Lord” because it was one of the first of these old ones to learn, and the truths of the song just spoke to my heart. For a while I wasn’t sure if it was going to make it into the story because it just wasn’t fitting. And then, to my delight, it did fit. Right at the end. :)
Which character was the easiest for you to write? I’m honestly not sure. They were all so real that I didn’t struggle with any of them. Probably my least favorite was, um, the bad guy, but the others were all about the same. I do find it a bit odd that the character who is the most like me and who I thought was going to be in the story the most besides Belle, stayed out of the picture some, and then didn’t act like I thought she would.
Is there anything special the Lord taught you while writing this that you wouldn’t mind sharing? I think the biggest thing was the reminder that anything can be used for the glory of God. So often we second guess what we said to someone. We worry about it being the “right words” and we fret that perhaps we weren’t clear enough. But, as Belle was reminded, we can’t change what we said. However, if we spoke words for Jesus, we have to leave the results up to HIm. Your words might be something you would consider small, but God isn’t limited by large things. He uses the weak, and the lowly, the unknown and the child to minister and show His light. We have to trust Him to work through us.
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Rebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm and her best-selling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t writing, include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. The Show-Me state is where she calls home.
*I received a copy of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to enjoy this story, only to give my honest opinion.*
I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.