Sometimes a person has to leave home, even if that home is the most marvelous place she’s ever lived, even if her mother will be diagnosed with terminal cancer, and her beloved farmer, a man she’s loved for years asks her to marry him. Janice Westfahl feels called to publicize Godspeed Books, a small evangelical publisher outside Chicago, a good thousand miles away from upstate New York. The job fits her, a woman who loves God and books.
But Janice finds herself working with Jeremiah Sackfield, a radical right-wing activist, who toys with revolution. Even though she is a brilliant publicist, Janice feels like she is betraying herself by promoting a cause she doesn’t believe in. Like the elder brother in the Prodigal Son story, her brother has stayed home, furious his sister has dodged the painful months of his mother’s dying, while earning their father’s favor. When her father dies, they must settle the estate with this jealousy flickering between them.
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About the Author
She has an MFA from the University of Arkansas. Her collection of poetry, When the Plow Cuts, was published in 1988 by Thorntree Press. She has published over fifty articles, essays and reviews in places like Christianity Today, Moody, The Wittenburg Door, and Sun Dog. Most recently her poem "Why Girls Love Horses" was included in Brushstrokes and Balladeers a beautiful coffee table book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I read a novel outside my comfort zone, I will try to keep an open mind. I was hooked within the first chapter and could not put this book down. Katie paints a beautiful, very detailed picture, of the country side, of family love and values, and the country life that I can relate to. In my opinion, this book was very well written. The characters were realistic and some parts of the story touched me emotionally. I can see where this could be the end to this story. However, I hope that another story waits to be told as Janice (main character) continues to follow her faith in her new journeys. GO TEAM CALEB (the farmer) Dont be afraid to read outside your comfort zone. I enjoyed reading this story and you will to.
I typically steer clear of faith related narratives. It just doesn’t resonate to me anymore. However, I found Janice’s story not only compelling, but that her story was mine and anyone else’s who has struggled to find their voice, to face terrible loss and yet found unexpected healing, and ultimately speak her truth in the face of power. Read this book, it’s beautifully written and it’s brave.
I loved this first novel. It is unlike anything I have read, but it is very realistic and engaging. It is the story of a young woman's struggle to find her way, her voice, and her values amid the conflicting demands and expectations of her family, her faith, and her job. Her struggles with her awakening sexuality are muted and poignant. Her family suffers multiple blows and she is forced to cut her ties in ways too painful to divulge. But what makes this novel relevant to today is its setting amid the culture wards of the early abortion debate,. The protagonist struggles with her faith as she sees the extremes of the anti-abortion agenda unfold. There are few mainstream novels that attempt to create rounded, believable Christian characters who struggle with the parties in the culture wars. for this reason, The River Caught Sunl8ight is a brave and even a fearless book that deserves readers and thoughtful discussion. The writing also has lyrical description of the land of upstate New York and the agricultural Midwest, qualifying the author as a regional writer as well. I recommend it without reservation.