The story of how a woman's faith and trust in God grew out of hardship and tragedy in the early 1800's.
Hannah, at only seventeen, has been married only a few months when her new husband Caswell announced to her they would be traveling west to work with his uncle.
Hannah hated the idea of leaving her family, her home and all she knew to travel with a wagon train west.
While with the wagon train, they endured sever storms, livestock stampedes and death. But one of the worst things the young couple had to face was being left behind by the wagon train, when Caswell appears to have come down with a contagious disease.
Follow Hannah's adventure through hardship, and tragedy as she travels the wilds of the western wilderness
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About the Author
We live a simple life in that we love to night fish and work in our yard.
I have been an ordained minister since August of 2007. I am called to minister to hurting women who carry the emotional scars of domestic abuse.
For as long as I can remember I have always loved to write. Growing up a shy person, when I couldn't express myself verbally, one only had to hand me a pen and paper and out would flow my thoughts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The mystical cover imagery of the book, Spirit Dancer by Cissy Hunt, perfectly represents this tale of spiritual reliance. This is a straightforward story of pioneers. Set in the early nineteenth century, we follow the protagonist, Hannah, through her life. Beginning with her marriage to Caswell and their move from Alabama to Nebraska in a covered wagon caravan, we anxiously track their progress while cringing with dread at the hardships they endure. A strong theme throughout this land-rush narrative is hope, despite the trouble and pain, tribulation and adversity. Classified correctly under Religion and Spirituality, Teen & Young Adult and Faith based books, this story weaves its own religious tapestry. It melds Christianity with Animism of the early Native American Indians. While Hannah engages in a ‘spirit dance’ to connect with the ‘Great spirit’, she prays to her Christian God—often quoting scripture. Occasionally, her prayers smack more of deal-making with the Lord whereas her husband is more fundamentally Christian and acknowledges Jesus. There is also a combined belief effort used in healing the sick; Christian prayers and a sweat lodge, for instance. Painted Hands, an American Indian informs us, “The purpose of the sweat lodge goes beyond getting the body clean. The sweat lodge serves to cleanse the mind, body, spirit and soul. Its ceremony is a means of prayer and connecting with your spirit and the spirits of the grandfathers.” Author, Cissy Hunt uses simple language and tone matching the book’s early setting. It begins with the end as Hannah reflects on her life—much like the way the movie, Titanic, starts. Throughout the book we time jump with her to specific memories until we experience the full emotional circle with Hannah. Written primarily in third person, this story could have been just as easily written in first person diary form as it felt autobiographical at times—and long—at 345 pages. However, anyone desiring a decent, clean historical fiction will likely find Spirit Dancer a good read. I rate this book 3.5 out of five stars.
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Spirit Dancer by Cissy Hunt is the story of a woman and how she held on to her faith even when all seemed lost. The novel follows Hannah, who kept her faith when times became desperate and too hard to live through. She was just seventeen years old when she married Caswell. He was a good husband, but a couple of months after their marriage, Caswell decided that they would be moving west where his uncle had a better job opportunity for him. Hannah didn't really want to leave her family and everything she had ever known behind, but she had no choice. She just had to keep faith in God and her husband. Embarking on the wagon train going west, her life changed radically. There were storms, death, and livestock stampedes. She endured it all, but when her husband caught a terrible contagious disease, the wagon train left them behind. With a sick husband and a long way to go, Hannah had to struggle through the wild wilderness of the west and reach safety. With so much going on around her, can Hannah keep faith? Will she still trust God to help her through? Or will her faith crumble with her life? What an adventurous novel. Hannah is such an empowering woman; she is strong and resilient and she never backed down. Her faith is admirable. She is certainly no little woman; she took charge when she needed to and made sure that she never failed. This is Christian fiction, but it is a lot more than that. It is a humanistic stance set in a time when women were no more than a burden. A job very well done by Cissy Hunt. I hope there is more of her writing because I will be on the lookout for more from this talented author.