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J. Oke
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April 1998 Women of the West
Will she ever be able to see herself as others do? Everyone knows that Anna
Trent is a woman of worth. Everyone except Anna, that is. The oldest child
in a farming family, Anna feels fortunate to have received an education.
She loved school, loved to learn, loved the excitement of discovery. But
now, as she graduates at age sixteen, it looks like all that is over. Then
Austin Barker comes to town to fill the pastorate for the summer months.
The young seminarian is captured by Anna's intense desire to learn. Through
his books and correspondence, Anna's education continues to expand, and the
sweet country girl grows into a lovely young woman. Still, Anna is shocked
when Austin asks her to marry him. Why would he choose her? If only her
feelings of inadequacy and self-consciousness would go away...
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764221000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764221002
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.2 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,200,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JANETTE OKE, recipient of the1992 ECPA President's Award and the 1999 CBA
Life Impact Award for her significant contribution to the Christian book
industry, has also won both the Gold Medallion Award and the Christy Award
for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, live in Alberta, Canada. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and moving 17 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A moving, lovely story of struggles that we all face emotionally. The feelings of inadequacy and frustration when those we care about die without Christ. The poverty issues are well scripted and hold true feeling. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OKE'S MOST SPIRITUALLY EDIFYING BOOK EVER! 26 Nov 1999
By KL Wagenbach - Published on Amazon.com
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This is, in my opinion, the most spiritually edifying book I have ever read that is ficton. The main character is humble and submissive and a TRUE Christian. She is innocent and naive, yet mature. I wish I could be more like her. I feel like I KNOW her, too. A very good book for ALL AGES. You must read it. It will change your life by drawing you closer to God though the wonderful Christ-like example that this woman is.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book Ever! 18 Dec 1999
By Lynn Bray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this book when I was really down in the dumps. Life was going wrong. After I read it, I felt so awesome that I bought myself a copy! I want to be a missionary when I grow up, so this also helped me in that area! It is a great book! :)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 3 Oct 2004
By S. Bohon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Measure Of A Heart, by Janette Oke is truly inspirational. She uses the character Anna Trent as an example to all Christians. She is introduced in the beginning of the book as a young, intelligent, six-teen year old farm girl. Throughout the book she grows into a wonderful Christian women, whom most readers would respect after finishing. Anna is innocent and selfless. When she decides to accept the role of being a minister's wife by marrying Austin Baker, she feels tremendously inadequate. Anna has a constant battle by questioning her good deeds, decisions, motherhood, and weather or not she does the title of minister's wife justice. She does the title more than justice! In fact, I wish that everyone could handle situations and treat others as she does. When conflicts arise not only does Anna have to deal with those circumstances, but also a second struggle follows, herself. She is extremely insecure. It is not until later in the book that she finally discovers that all her efforts are significant. I would highly recommend this book, because it offers a new perspective on life. Anna's selflessness makes the reader consider their priorities. Her first and foremost desire is to please God by doing her job sufficiently. I agree with Anna's desire, and this is probably the reason why I loved this book so much! Janette Oke is a talented author. I like the ideas and thoughts that she expresses through the context. After reading The Measure Of A Heart, I am excited to read more of her work!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Janette Oke 21 Oct 1999
By Logan Wright - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is especially good because it shows the miraculous things that the Lord can do with a humble heart. For example there is is very good part about befriending someone that does everything to discourage friendship. I also very much enjoyed the author's attempt at showing the particular challenges of dealing with addiction. Although not dealt with in much depth, there is wisdom in what is portrayed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A downer 28 Jun 2011
By T. Wilsdorf - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm surprised by all of the raving reviews this book got, aside from one other person I guess I'm the only one who found it very depressing. Anna's lack of self esteem and overdone humility got very old after the first few chapters, it almost got to the point of pride it was so bad. And then her husband never gave her much credit for any of her really good ideas that helped people in their town, that bugged me. For all the value and interest he gave her before they married, afterwards he seemed to totally take her for granted. He was unaffectionate, remiss in his family duties and a lousy provider. It's one thing for an author to illustrate struggles and being poor but even at the end of the book nothing was much better for them. The part that made me the most mad was when Anna wouldn't allow a confrontation or lawsuit on that Carl guy for his hogs getting out and eating up her much needed garden. She'd rather be "righteous" than feed her two children and her hungry family. God kept providing, but the good Lord also calls us to use wisdom in our daily lives to improve our condition, we shouldn't be having to live from miracle to miracle. I was quite annoyed by the end of the story.
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