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Copper Star
Copper Star
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Copper Star ~ beautifully eloquent, 19 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Copper Star (Paperback)
Louisa Schmetterling is a German refugee reaching the end of her dangerous and chilling journey from Nazi Germany where she has been working secretly for the resistance against Hitler. Her destination is a small town in the deep south of America, not far from the border with Mexico. Her host is to be a church pastor and his family. They are not what she expected and neither is she what they expected but as they grow together in difficult circumstances she becomes enveloped into their family almost by accident.

Louisa has seen all of her family and friends murdered, taken off to concentration camps or put in prison and as such her deep desire is to return home to her native land after the war to help rebuild what must surely be a devastated, broken place. How else can she atone for the fact that she was saved when everyone else perished? What she didn't plan for though, is how much she would grow to love the townspeople amongst whom she has found herself? And how much they would grow to love her. As the story builds towards a dramatic climax she must choose between her long held sense of duty to her homeland and her growing sense of belonging in her present environment. This is not an easy choice, indeed it begins to look as though the choice won't be hers to make.

Evocative, spellbinding and richly compelling, this story weaves together with such intricacy and beauty that you won't be able to stop reading until the very final page. Suzanne Woods Fisher's beautifully eloquent writing brings the era and the area richly to life. It is a story of espionage and fear, war and death yet with it hope and love, and forgiveness and faith. An inspirational read.

Review by Hilary Cockshaw at [...]

Barefoot in the Kitchen: Bible Readings and Reflections for Mothers
Barefoot in the Kitchen: Bible Readings and Reflections for Mothers
by Alie Stibbe
Edition: Paperback

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barefoot in the Kitchen ~ immensely practical, 18 Jun. 2007
This kind of book has the potential to be either twee or holier-than-thou. However this book manages, rather wonderfully, to be neither.

It is a collection of short reflections for, primarily though not exclusively, mothers of young children. There are Bible passages, prayers, practical suggestions and examples from the author's own life (as a mother of four and a vicar's wife!) Different subject areas are covered as you read through the book, including quiet rest, prayer, patience and obedience.

The author understands what it is like to feel trapped and to have constant demands on your time and attention. But she passes on hope that you can find God in that. Her suggestions are immensely practical and do-able. It wasn't many pages through the book when I began to think, `Can it all be this good?' It is a good and helpful format. Her examples from her own life are very honest and familiar, from someone who comes across at not a natural `home bird' I began to be able to both see the future and to appreciate what I have now. She passed on hope.

By the last page of this book, I was in tears. They were tears of hope, joy, repentance, tears of excitement about the future, tears for the passing of time. What I have learned from this book about myself, about God and about prayer will stay with me for a long time. I read this book right through but I definitely plan to reread it in daily devotions size chunks as it was intended to be read.

The feminist in me did occasionally have her heckles up! But maybe that's just me!

I would recommend this book to all mothers, of children of all ages. In fact any woman who felt that time was short and her relationship with God was lacking. Although it is primarily aimed at women who are at home with their children, I think the ideas and observations in here are very applicable to mothers who work outside of the home too.

review by Hilary Cockshaw at [...]

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