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Drums of Change: The Story of Running Fawn (Women of the West (Sagebrush)) [School & Library Binding]

Janette Oke
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Oct 1999 Women of the West (Sagebrush)
An Indian girl is forced to go to a reservation with her people where she is confused by the white people's culture and their God.
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  • School & Library Binding: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Econo-Clad Books, Div. of American Cos., Inc.; New title edition (Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613134761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613134767
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,329,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janette Oke (pronounced "oak") pioneered inspirational fiction and is the leading author in the category today. Love Comes Softly, her first novel, has sold over one million copies. Janette is now the best selling author of over 70 books, 32 of which have been translated into fourteen languages. Her books have sold over 22 million copies. Janette receives fan mail from all over the world and answers each letter personally. She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, the 1999 C.B.A. Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and enjoy their many grandchildren. They make their home in Canada. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites 29 Oct 2006
Format:Hardcover
This is one of my favourite Janette Oke books. The picture she paints of a young Indian girl struggling to adjust to a new life and embracing a new God is heratbreaking
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a very good book. 20 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:School & Library Binding
I agree with the reader from Basingstoke; this book definitely isn't one of Oke's best. Janette Oke has written some really good books, very enjoyable ones, like the "Canadian West" and the "Love Comes Softly" series. Unfortunately something happened to "Drums of Change." There really isn't anything good to say about it other than that it is all right if you want something light to read and don't have anything better. None of the characters were likeable, least of all Running Fawn herself. In fact, I thought this whole book was rather insulting to Indians. Take Running Fawn's insane bathing episode, for instance. I think this scene was supposed to be cute, or pathetic, or something, but it instead makes Indians look plain dumb. Running Fawn's attempt at running away was just about as crazy. Again, you're supposed to feel sorry for her, but her stupidity just makes one annoyed at her. Then, on top of all that, there's this missionary who first saw her when he was nearly twenty and Running Fawn was, like, six years old; then when she grows up he decides he likes her. So then you are disgusted with the missionary. I have nothing against a guy wanting to marry someone half his age, (someone whom he's watched grow up from a little kid!) but Oke should have rationalized his sudden interest and given us a good reason for it instead of springing it on us... Overall, I wasn't very impressed with this book. It seemed rather stereotypical and also degrading to the intelligence of Indians. And no, I am not an Indian. But I still didn't like the book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best books. 30 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Running Fawn is born into the Blackfoot tribe as the white man is encroaching and the great buffalo herds are diminishing then disappearing. Should her tribe continue their nomadic lifestyle or move to a reserve? Should they fight the white man or come to terms with them? How will they cope when the white man's diseases ravage the Blackfoot nation? What about the white man's religion, brought by a young missionary?
The essentials are there for a great novel, but Janette Oke manages to skip over these great issues. She also fails to fill in many details of the story: for instance, the heroine is sent away to boarding school for a number of years to learn the white man's ways, yet we're never told anything of what she learnt.
I didn't personally find any of the characters convincing or interesting and couldn't have cared whether Running Fawn lived or died or whom, if anyone, she married.
I personally think that Janette Oke has done a lot better than this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light historical fiction 10 May 2014
By Sue
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the story of a Native American group, beset by changes when the white men arrived – some positive, some not so good

There's a low-key Christian message (one of the white men is a missionary) and an even lower-key romantic thread. It brings alive some of the customs of the time, and the cultural difficulties as people tried to adapt and adjust to each other. Overall, a pleasant light read.
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