Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Journey of Faith by Katie McCurdy - Book 1 of the Legacy of Purpose series

14 year old Faith Martin is just a normal, Christian girl living Birchwood, Missouri during the 1800s. Her faith in God has always been strong, but is suddenly tested when her father unexpectedly announces that they are going to move 1,000 miles away to Praire Grove, Wyoming. Faith starts wondering if God really knows what he’s doing, and if her dream of becoming a nurse is possible in such a small community so far away. Yet Faith still holds on to Romans 8:28 – "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to his purpose."

Not knowing what future lies ahead, Faith and her 7 siblings, along with their parents, set out on a wagon train to Prairie Grove, where Faith makes many new friends.
After arriving in Prairie Grove, Faith is holding on tight to what she believes is right: That God knows what he is doing, and that all things have a purpose.
But Faith has a tragic testing in faith when her and her 12 year old brother, Ben, are kidnapped by outlaws. Will Faith be strong enough to stand firm in her faith as she goes through such hard times? Find out in “Journey of Faith”!The Review:
My Ranking: 9 out of 10

Reading Level: 12 & up

The Positive:

First of all, it’s a Christian book placed in the 1800s, my favorite timeline. Not only was it pleasureable to read, but it also gives one some information on what the 1800s were like.
The story was very well told. I was never confused about what was going on, or where someone was. It was all explained very thoroughly, yet at the same time the author did not over explain a single subject.The adventure was not overly done, and was a nice add to the book.
I, having a large family myself, really enjoyed that fact that Faith had a huge family. Her relationship with each of her siblings, especially Ben, was one of enjoyment and love. She helped her siblings through each of their troubles, whether the troubles be large or small, with an attitude of eagerness. Faith was also very respectful to her parents, and to all her elders. She was willing to help wherever and whenever it was needed.
Faith, although around many boys during the wagon train, was not flirtatious by any means. She quickly pushed away any talk that might have been flirtatious, and when unable to change the subject, she simply walked away.
The story taught that God has plans for each of us, and that our response to Him carrying them out is not to gripe and fuss, but to accept them with a thankful heart and know that His plans are for our good and for His glory.

The Negative:
I was unable to come up with any negative aspects of this book.

To Sum It Up:
Katie McCurdy's Journey of Faith was a pleasure to read, and I am eagerly waiting for the next in the series, Journey of the Heart, to be published. I encourage you to read this book, you will not regret it.

Read more about Katie McCurdy and her life at her blog.
To purchase this book go here.


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