Mystic Sweet Communionby Jane Kirkpatrick
Set in turn-of-the-century Florida, this frontier saga traces the life of Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the first English-speaking teacher in the region, as she struggles to teach school in the Seminole Nation and lead Indian families to Christ. Ivy is disliked by tribal leaders in spite of her obvious love for their children, yet she eventually overcomes their resistance… See more details below
Set in turn-of-the-century Florida, this frontier saga traces the life of Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the first English-speaking teacher in the region, as she struggles to teach school in the Seminole Nation and lead Indian families to Christ. Ivy is disliked by tribal leaders in spite of her obvious love for their children, yet she eventually overcomes their resistance and serves as their spokesman in negotiations with the U S government. Already scarred by her mother's tragic death in childbirth, Ivy overcomes her husband's suicide and other devastating disappointments to share her faith with her adopted people and eventually earn their love.
In 1900, Ivy Cromartie Stranahan gives up a promising teaching career to join her husband at the remote New River trading post in south Florida - but she doesn't give up her love for learning or her passion for righting wrongs. In this remarkable story of God's faithfulness and one woman's commitment, Ivy becomes a friend to the Seminole people, their teacher of forbidden English and the Christian faith, and finally, their spokesperson in a time of turmoil.
Like all of us who search for meaning, Ivy yearns to experience the power of faith, understand the limitation of human protection, and learn the importance of perseverance in caring for those we love. She finds them in Mystic Sweet Communion.
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As a resident of Florida, this book caught my eye because it is a historical novel about Ivy Stranahan, an actual Floridian, in the early 1900's. The Florida history that unravels in the telling of Ivy's life is thoroughly fascinating. But, to me, the stongest part of the book is the story of Ivy - of her strong beliefs, determination, bravery and perserverance, of all that she accomplish for women's rights, wildlife preservation and protection of the Seminole Indians and of her unwavering love for her family and her husband. This is a story that anyone can read and appreciate. It is a story about the very fabric of life, of what keeps us going and what holds us together; a story that feeds the heart and the mind; a story that teaches, inspires and challenges. This was the first of Jane Kirkpatrick's books I have read and I am impatient to read all the rest. I feel she has opened a new literay path to me and I thank her for that.
Excellent. Based on actual people, this novel is filled with historical information. However, the main character is fascinating. A terrible tradgedy marked her life, and this event makes the reader think. The book includes: marriage, death, betrayal, faith, Indian affairs, and more. Highly recommended. This book deserve an A+++++++