Some books are okay to read once; but this isn't one of them-
Emily's Bible School experiences bring back memories of my own days in the dorm and the types of people one is apt to find. The day to day life on 'the field' is not 'romanticized'- real people with real hurts need real answers and Emily's faith strengthening studies certainly strengthened my own. If you like a lot of fainting, giggling, and a token Christian heroine, maybe Emily will be a breath of fresh air and reality with her honest struggles and desires.
This was a very good,curl up by the fire,light kind of read.
I really enjoyed the parts about The people in Emily's community,
especially Sophie and her family,I was very happy to see how her story ended.
It was well written with the exception of one short part were Emily is asked to shave a man who had died,someone might find this disturbing but it is very short and brief.
I also liked Emily's repentant nature,she was quite an example in the way that she asked forgivness for her behavior,even when it greatly humbled her.
I was very sorry how Mr. Travises life ended,and it got me thinking,would it have been better to have sent a man to the community instead? one who could safely help him?
Though I loved someof this book,I believe that Emily's "call" to ministry was not genuine,an emotional experience does not overule Gods written word, and he commands that Women not teach men.
Also I was troubled by the fact that she spent much of her time thinking about a appealing young man who had walked away from God,while their was a caring Christian young man right in her congregation,and how in the end of the book,Shad never mentions giving his life to Christ only that he is going to be a minister.
Also I saw a hint of a works based Salvation in this book,
when a woman comes to Emily and asks how she can prepare to die,Emily leads her through Sin,Gods Holiness,Judgement and the cross and tells her to be baptised in faith.
She gives her life to Christ but then says about having the pastor baptise her,He had better hurry I could die any day,
The fact that she was not baptised would never keep her out of heaven,Baptisism is only the outward confession of a persons faith.
I enjoyed the book and it(like so many of Mrs. Okes books) was a wonderful read,but I belive that the Bible says women may not preach and because of this I would not recommend this book to an undiscerning reader.