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Reminiscent of A River Runs through It and Montana 1948, Cold Train Coming capture the essence of a simpler time in American history, a setting in which a boy struggles to understand a looming adult world that is overwhelming and mysterious. Filled with humor and emotion, Cold Train Coming is a nostalgic, coming-of-age story that will take you back to the bittersweet days of adolescence, when summer was endless, first love was both thrilling and frustrating, and the future was as exciting as it was uncertain.
“CONGRATULATIONS!” Your sweetheart has just been called to serve in a very responsible position in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Oops. Perhaps congratulations are not in order. Some might think “Condolences” would be the better sentiment. You two could become strangers passing in the night with this new assignment. While it’s true your spouse – and your family – will have many wonderful, uplifting experiences upon accepting a call to serve, and his or her worthiness and willingness to serve certainly warrants hearty congratulations, a demanding tenure of service presents new challenges for your marital relationship. What’s the appropriate sentiment upon receiving a call to serve?
With careful planning, the experience of supporting your spouse in a Church calling can strengthen rather than weaken your marriage. You can enjoy all the blessings that come from being married to a worthy, capable servant to he Lord, and at the same time assure Church service does nothing to your marriage except make it richer.
The purpose of this book is to help you find the joy inherent in serving the Lord, while simultaneously realizing greater joy in your marriage. The two goals are not incompatible. In fact, they complement one another. Couples need not become strangers during a period of demanding Church service. You can actually find greater joy in your marriage when your spouse is steeped in Church service than you did when his or her time was more available to you.
The book is divided into four parts: caring for your spouse, caring for yourself, caring for the children, and caring for the flock. You might be tempted to jump right into the middle of the book and immediately begin lightening your own load. You may truly desire a survival guide to help you endure your spouse’s tenure of service. Forget supporting your spouse, how can the wife of a devoted Church leader face all the challenges that come her way? Please have faith, read the chapters about supporting your spouse. As you discover the absolutely vital role you play in your loved one’s ability to serve, your perspective about your role will change, and this is the first stop to lifting your own load.
At least two types of stress enter into the lives of busy Church servants: emotional and physical. The same types of stress affect the spouses of busy Church servants. In this book you will learn to help your spouse alleviate these different types of stress that may accompany a calling. Plus, you will learn to alleviate your own stress.
The first quarter of the book will help you learn how to be a support to your spouse. You’ll learn how to
The heart of the book will help you make sure your own emotional and physical needs are met when your spouse is involved in Church service, including how to
The next section will help you attend to the needs of the children. You will discover ways to
The remainder of the book will conclude with suggestions for keeping your flock happy, emotionally and physically. You can bless the members of your organization most effectively when you
In the following chapters I will share what I have learned from years of counseling Latter-day Saints who, along with their spouses, lose themselves in Church service. I also draw from experiences as the daughter of a Saint devoted to Church service and the wife of a Saint who is equally bested in such service. In addition, serving in eleven different wards across the United States – from the West to the Midwest to the Northeast to the South – has given me a diverse perspective of members and callings in the Church. (If you read any stories that sound familiar, remember they could have occurred anywhere in the world, at any time in the past forty years. And yes, you guessed correctly, I have changed some of the names and the details to honor people’s privacy.)
On every page of this book is my prayer for you that you will not be weary in well-doing. We are “laying the foundation of a great work” (D&C 64:33). Ours is the work of the Lord, and this great work will roll forth. We are invited for a brief moment in history to accomplish deed that will affect the eternities but not for one minute compromise the unity of our individual families.
PART ONE: TAKING CARE OF YOUR SPOUSE
PART TWO: TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
PART THREE: TAKING CARE OF THE CHILDREN
PART FOUR: TAKING CARE OF THE FLOCK
Posted December 14, 2004
Larry Barkdull's Cold Train Coming is a beautiful story full of rich detail about wonderful characters and a special dog. I was captivated from the beginning. It would make a great gift any time of the year but especially at Christmas.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2004
This is a story of young love, deep love, family relationships and some of the struggles we all face, and the best of all--a story that portrays the love given to and received from a beloved dog. It had me tearing up at times while laughing at others. It was one of those books you love curling up with and dread turning the last page, not wanting the story to end. I loved it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2004
I loved Barkdull¿s ¿The Mourning Dove,¿ but I adored his ¿Cold Train Coming.¿ It¿s a wonderful Montana story set in World War II. The main character, Ben Colby, is all of us when we were growing up¿confused, silly, loved-struck. But despite his disappointments, he still keeps trying¿just like Shep, the faithful sheepdog that Ben tries to adopt. Always understated, Barkdull weaves important touchstone qualities of successful living into his principle-driven book. I¿m eager to share it with friends and family.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.