Thursday, October 29, 2015

Book Review-Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling


Streams of Mercy
By:  Lauraine Snelling
Publisher:  Bethany House

“Streams of Mercy” is part of the continuing saga of the Bjorklund Family of Blessing, North Dakota. 

Anji Baard Moen’s husband died while they were in Norway.  She returns to Blessing, North Dakota because she wants her children to grow up in a loving community and home, not in the formal environment of her in-laws home in Norway.  Although it is easy for her to return to a familiar routine of teaching school, writing newspaper articles and taking care of her children, she is not prepared when a circus train arrives in town, bringing with it an epidemic of Diphtheria.  She and Thomas Develin, a minister who arrived in Blessing with no church, has become more than friends, but he has suddenly been asked to take a parish in St. Patrick on the lake, in Michigan.  He asks Anji to be his wife and to go with him.  Her emotions are all over the place as she doesn’t want to leave Blessing because it is home and it’s comfortable but she also feels she is called to stay and take care of Thorliff to whom she was engaged a long time ago.  What will happen to the town of Blessing?  Will Anji and Thomas find a way to work things out?  These questions will be answered as you turn the pages of “Streams of Mercy”.

I have become a big fan of Blessing, North Dakota and “Streams of Mercy” did not disappoint.
Each time I pick up one of these books it is as if I am stopping in to visit with old friends once again.  There is always a heartfelt welcome from Ingeborg, Drs. Astrid and Elizabeth Bjorklund, and Miriam and Trygve.  Manny and Ben are still filled with mischief but are growing into fine young boys. 

“Steams of Mercy” is basically the story of Anji Moen, but also about how Blessing pulls together to survive the epidemic of diphtheria.  Eventhough there is so much sickness and death; they learn forgiveness and find increased faith.  Once you start reading this book you will be hooked.  I often wish I could have lived in a time where God and faith were practiced daily and in a time when “politically correct” was not thought about and God and respect were taught in our schools. 

If you long for an inspirational book…please read “Streams of Mercy”

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Bethany House, through the blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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