“Gathered Waters” by Cara Luecht, book review
Brianna: wife, mother, hostess, Godly woman. Anders: husband, father, minister. But in 1880 Sweden, there was a crisis within the church, which was controlled by the government and it was setting families against each other. Anders and Brianna are in agreement that above all they must obey God, which is revealed to them through the Bible. Even though this stand puts them in disagreement with their family, employer and friends.
This novel is the story of how the family stands together in the face of disagreement about religion. They go against what has always been accepted to pursue what they know is right. The affect is open and hostile treatment from family and friends. But Anders and Brianna stand firm in their decisions.
While I enjoyed this novel, it was difficult to “get into the story” for the first several chapters. I would have appreciated a foreword that explained the general or historical context. But overall, I did learn quite a lot about this time period. This would be a great book for anyone interested in history of the Christian church, especially in Europe during the 1880’s.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, WhiteFire Publishing. All opinions expressed are my own.
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WhiteFire Publishing (April 15, 2015)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Word from the Author:
I never planned to be a writer.
In fact, it took me a while to finish college. But I did, and here I am. And I now I can’t imagine not being a writer.
By day, I am an English Instructor for a local college, Marketing Manager for Degnan Design Builders, Inc., mother to four amazing children, and wife to an eternally patient and supportive husband.
In the evening, when I can squirrel away some quiet time, I read and write historical fiction.
I have a B.A. in English Lit. from UW Whitewater and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.
ABOUT THE BOOK
They want to worship as their hearts demand…but is it something they can give up everything for?
Brianna has only ever been what her life demanded. A wife, a hostess, a mother. But when a stand her husband takes ostracizes them from the Lutheran church that controls so much of life in Sweden, Brianna finds herself needing to find a strength beyond her station…a strength that will see her through prejudice and persecution and to a home she never dreamed she would find.
Based on the true story of the author s family s journey from Sweden to America, this sweeping saga paints the brilliance of new faith, the bravery of a new land…and the beauty of plunging beneath the waters and emerging a new person, capable of what one never thought one could do.