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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2008
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
In this book, the reader watches as the Gallagher children grow up, begin their relationships with God, and live their lives, but always wondering if they will ever be together again. The only things they have connecting them are the family Bible, some letters written from their father to their mother, one family photograph, and their ties of love to each other. Nevertheless, those bonds are so strong, they remain despite time, distance, and ill fate.
This book is a must-read for people who are interested in drama and faith. The author shows a segment of history from an emotional and human perspective, rather than just a statistical recording of events. The youngsters on these trains experience multiple levels of trauma because of death, family separation, personal injury, poverty, and abandonment. The Scriptures say that those who reach out to these desperate children and offer them shelter, food, clothing, and nurturing are following biblical mandates. Christ said that even a cup of cold water given in His name would be righteous service to him. The love of friends and family cannot be discounted in the effort to bring the Gospel to those who need it most, and this story shows such love in action. The author makes history come alive through vivid scenic descriptions, powerful dialogue, and strong plot pacing. -- Alyssa Crager, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
bookloverHarrisville, NYAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5a very good storyNovember 29, 2013bookloverHarrisville, NYAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a very nice story. It keeps you interested as it goes. Maelle is quite an interesting young lady. I liked her inner spirit. She never gives up. I enjoyed reading this.
Roberts/w WashingtonAge: Over 65Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5GrippingSeptember 28, 2011Roberts/w WashingtonAge: Over 65Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The product of "Orphan Trains", this book will keep you in suspense throughout. The contrasts are amazing.
Jagster66ArkansasAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very upliftingSeptember 20, 2011Jagster66ArkansasAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book was very hard for me to put down. It is an easy read, touching in many places and helps us to realize that God takes a bad situation and shows us His plan, in His time. I have recommended it already to many friends...
Elizabeth Cain5 Stars Out Of 5Very touchingDecember 24, 2010Elizabeth CainQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book captured me from the beginning. The strength, determination and love in the characters is beautifully written. There are moments I wanted to cry with the characters. The scenes and emotions that come from them are amazing. A great read for sure.
Sharyn NobleCape Paterson AustraliaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5June 5, 2010Sharyn NobleCape Paterson AustraliaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleI really enjoyed this story. It was well researched informing the reader about the train orphans and the fight to stop child labour. A touching story that brought tears to my eyes. Will be passing this one on to my non christian friends.
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Located in: Kansas
Submitted: February 05, 2008
Tell us a little about yourself. I am the proud wife to military husband Don; mother to three wonderful daughters; Gramma to four (soon to be five!) adorable grandsons; a lover of cats, children, and chocolate...and most importantly, I am a born-again child of the King. Being a writer was my childhood fantasy, and I praise God every day for the doors He has opened to me. I am active in my church where I teach Sunday school and participate in the music ministry. In my spare time, I enjoy quilting and acting in community theater.
What was your motivation behind this project? I believe there is a universal desire to find our place of belonging. My dear step-grandmother's search for the love of family is symbolized through the characters of Maelle, Mattie, and Molly Gallagher. My step-grandma eventually found her place of belonging...in God's family. And that is where all of us can find our place of rest and fulfillment.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My prayer is that readers will discover for themselves the true Bringer of Joy and Fulfillment as they travel the road to reunion with the characters in the story.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I was so excited about this story because it was inspired by someone who is very dear to me. In my head, I began writing the story for Tantie (which is what I called my step-grandma). But suddenly the "fire" dimmed, and I found it very difficult to put words on the page. Eventually, through prayer and self-reflection, I recognized that my focus had been skewed--God put me on this pathway and I needed to be writing for Him. Once I changed my viewpoint, the story began to flow again. It was a good reminder to me--God gave me this ministry, and glorifying Him through the written word should be my main goal.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? God is my biggest influence. I call my story ideas "God seeds." In His timing, He waters the ideas and brings them to fruit. I am fortunate to have had parents who always encouraged me to pursue this dream and fellow authors who convinced me I could succeed. I am deeply grateful for their impact on my life.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I love to hear from readers! Please feel to visit my website and drop me a note.