Jeremiah has been hiding in shadows. Tessy is afraid of the dark. Together will they learn that God is able to shed His light even in the shadows of their lives?
Jeremiah Hatcher witnessed war’s atrocities while serving as a missionary in Poland. No one knew of his secret missions to hide Jewish children on Red Cross ships and send them to homes in New York. The childhood bout of polio that made Jeremiah a cripple and weakened his heart forced him to leave Poland earlier than he wanted, and now he’s being sent to a small church in the hills of Arkansas to fill in for the minister while the man recovers from an operation. Jeremiah hopes his time in the beautiful mountains will help heal some of the wounds the war inflicted on his spirit and help him cast off his feelings of failure for not saving more souls.
Tessy McCleary grew up in Shyler’s Point. Although her father served as the local minister, superstitions surrounding the day of her birth have made her a pariah to the townsfolk. Her only friend is a hermit known as Ol’ Gordy. To escape the town’s scorn, Tessy spends a great deal of time on her own in the mountains, finding joy in sketching images of the beautiful flowers and wild creatures she encounters while traipsing through the woods.
Jeremiah is immediately drawn to the sad-eyed young woman named Tessy, and he wonders if God brought him to the community to help the townspeople overcome their irrational fears and accept her as one of their own. Their ostracism reminds him too much of the mistreatment the Jews faced in Europe. Unfortunately, a series of thefts and unusual happenings plague the town, and fingers of blame point at Tessy. Will befriending her steal his opportunity to truly minister to the people of Shyler’s Point?
|Publisher:||Kim Vogel Sawyer Ministries DBA Wings of Hope|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)|
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One of the things that I love most about Kim Vogel Sawyer's writing is that she comes up with unique, compelling stories that are so difficult to put down. My Soul Sings is no different. I got wrapped up in the characters, and had a difficult time putting the book down once I started-- I needed to find out where she went with the storyline. Now I just want her to write another book for this series- the story can't end!
Sweet Sequel by Andrea Renee Cox Do you believe in jinxes? I don’t. But there’s a fictional town that completely does, and a young woman is suffering because of their superstition. Kim Vogel Sawyer’s My Soul Sings contains an incredible sweetness that I have come to expect and admire in her writing. I especially liked how she wove that in amongst trials such as disability, outcasts, superstitions, hermits, and prejudices. Not only that, but she laces the entire tale with a thread of humor that perfectly balances out the weighty topics. One thing more that I enjoyed was how she’s got such a wonderful ear for nuances of speech. That really comes through well on each page. Once again, her characters are unique and deep and greatly diverse. The plot was intriguing and filled with twists and surprises I didn’t expect. The thing that always draws me to a KVS book is her heart. It’s laid bare with each letter in every word that’s set in every single chapter. It’s quite clear that she cares about the message her readers receive, and that is such a gift, because it means she’s prayed for everyone who reads her stories. Can you imagine a stranger praying for you? Kim and I have met via Facebook and e-mail, but never in person, and prior to my connecting with her in those places, I was a complete stranger to her… yet she prayed for me as she wrote My Heart Remembers, the very first – and still my favorite – of her books I read. And if you pick up one of her books to read… well, then she’s prayed for you too. Isn’t that neat? May God bless you as you read one of her novels! I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, authors, and sites like Netgalley, Litfuse Publicity Group, and Blogging for Books. They do not require me to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
My Soul Sings by Kim Vogel Sawyer is the sequel to Sweet Sanctuary. In Sweet Sanctuary, we read about Micah's brother Jeremiah who is in Poland serving as a missionary and helping Jewish children escape. My Soul Sings picks up Jeremiah's story after he has to leave Poland earlier then he wanted because of the childhood bout of Polio he had that crippled his legs and weakened his heart. He goes to a small town in Arkansas to take over for a pastor that cannot preach because he is recovering from surgery. Jeremiah hopes that his time in Shyler's Point will help him to recover from the feelings of failure he has for not being able to help more people and also from the fears he carries after being involved in the war. Tessy grew up in Shyler's Point. Her father is the minister there but the townspeople are all afraid of Tessy because they are very superstitious and she was born on Friday the 13th. They believe that everywhere Tessy goes an ill wind will befall the people she is around. Tessy stays away from the people as much as possible and has only one friend, a hermit named Ol' Gordy. Seeing the way the people treat Tessy reminds Jeremiah of the way the Jews were treated in Europe. He wonders if God sent him there to help the people get over their fears of her and accept her as one of their own. But, unusual things are happening around town and many items are being stolen. People are quick to blame Tessy and Jeremiah fears that befriending her will prevent him from truly reaching the people of Shyler's Point. Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my absolute favorite authors. I loved Sweet Sanctuary and was very excited to see that there was a sequel! One of the reasons I love to read Ms. Sawyer's books is that she does an amazing job making the reader feel as though they are transported through time and a part of the story. You will feel as though you have stepped back to the 1940's and are part of the small town of Shyler's Point where you may think believing a child is a jinx may be silly but the people around you have strong beliefs that have been passed down. The other reason I love them is that they are faith based books. You will read the message of faith and hope and believe that God answers prayer, uses all things for good, and places people where He needs them. He helps you overcome your fears if only you will let him. I love the way that Jeremiah and Tessy both help each other through their different struggles that really aren't so different. Another outstanding book by Kim Vogel Sawyer! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance to the FTC regulations.