Apr 292011

I have been so very busy lately. I have had a ton of reviews to get done and started, it’s spring so it is time for some deep cleaning, I’m the mom of two preschoolers (enough said, right?) so it was a delight to be able to read a fun book (for me, for a change. I’m typically reading things to the girls that enthrall them, but after having read it what feels like a million times, it really doesn’t retain that appeal for me for some reason). I was blessed to receive a copy of the new Kim Vogel Sawyer book, Courting Miss Amsel.

Edythe Amsel finally did it. She had risen above her past and her family that had tried keeping her down. She was forced to take on the roll of mom to her siblings when their mother passed when she was merely 14 years old. Her father told her she wouldn’t ever achieve her dreams of being a school teacher. Yet, here she is, at the front of the classroom of eager young pupils out on the plains of Nebraska. She has hopes and dreams out there on the prairie, non of which include living a conventional life (but then she was already 28, unmarried and finally embarking on a career that most people have already begun by that age) including marriage and raising a family of her own after raising her siblings.

Her students quickly fall in love with their new schoolmistress. And so does the entirety of the town’s bachelors (or so they thought). The townspeople aren’t sure what to make of her and her teaching methods which differ so greatly from the teacher before them.

The school board has enough when Edythe decides to try and take some students to hear a woman’s suffragist speak, or all the crazy notions. Only God can save her now.

Is Edythe able to keep her job? Will she discover the glory of a relationship with Christ? Will she open her heart and mind to God’s plan for her instead of her own?

I loved this book. It was a great reminder to daily surrender myself to the will of my Father instead of my own. A habit I find myself in a lot. I forget to seek out what the Lord wants for me and for my family instead of what I want or think is best. It is well written, easy to read and digest and was a great all around read. I appreciate the honesty in the book and the encouragement to seek out the Father’s will instead of my own and to be open to new jobs and ideas from Him instead of clinging desperately to my ideals and dreams. His dreams for me are always better than my dreams for myself. The same holds for you. So take a break, read a delightful book and be encouraged in your walk and life.

I was given a copy of Courting Miss Amsel by Kim Vogel Sawyer from Bethany House for the purposes of this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone and no other compensation was received..

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