Yesterday I began my review of Dale Cramers 2006 Christy-award-winning Levi's Will by pursuing the themes of non-violence that I have discussed in my reviews of Cramer's Daughters of Caleb Bender series. But this book isn’t really about war and non-violence. It is about relationships and about grace over three generations.
When Will runs away from home as a teen, he must lie to hide his identity and keep his father from finding him and dragging him home. He lies about his last name and where he is from in order to explain why in the midst of World War II he has never signed up for the draft. He lies about his age to join the military.
Last year I reviewed Dale Cramer’s Paradise Valley, the first volume in his Daughters of Caleb Bender series about an Amish settlement in Mexico in the 1920s. In January I reviewed its sequel, The Captive Heart. I liked them both. I liked them enough to review them on this blog and not merely say something polite on Amazon or Shelfari. But THIS is the book you really want to read. In fact, Levi's Will stimulated so many thoughts that I will be spreading this review over two days. Today we deal with the non-violence theme that Dale and I discussed when I reviewed The Captive Heart. Come back tomorrow to hear more about the theme of grace found in this 2006 Christy Award winner.
"Dear children,” the apostle John wrote in old age, “let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18) I don’t think he was talking about chocolates or Hallmark cards.
Valentines Day is over, but love is more than flowers and chocolates. In the end it has more to do with dirty laundry and toothpaste splatters on the bathroom mirror. Sometimes it may even mean NOT doing unto others as you would have them do to you because men and women are different and the way they perceive love is not always the same.
Another friend who doesn't have a blog wrote a New Year's letter I asked to share with you. Deb Snell and her husband, Greg, are missionaries in leadership training in East Africa.
I'm not big on women's retreats. First off, I'm an introvert who finds small talk stressful. By the time I have had a half dozen getting-to-know-you conversations I can't for the life of me remember which was the woman who had been on a short term missions trip to someplace I know and which has a daughter who went to the same college as mine, much less come up with their names. Multiply this by a couple days and disperse the conversations over several churches full of people I will probably never see again, and I am ready to pull a blanket over my head and turn invisible.
LeAnne Hardy has lived in six countries on four continents. Her books come out of her cross-cultural experiences and her passion to use story to convey spiritual truths in a form that will permeate lives.
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