The Faith of Ashish, Blessings of India Series #1
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Virat and Latha named their son Ashish, for he is the light and glory of their world. Yet a simple drink of water changes all their lives forever. For Virat, Latha, and Ashish are Untouchables, members of a caste who must never contaminate the world of the other, higher, castes.

When Ashish mistakenly drinks from the wrong cup, he's badly beaten. Knowing that his son needs a doctor-which takes money-Virat ventures into the dangerous realm of the high caste. He begs Mammen Samuel Varghese, the wealthy landowner and Christian, for money. He receives the loan-along with a life of slavery for himself and his family.

But Mammen Samuel does not understand the strength of a father's love, the power of a young British nurse who could not forget a boy named Blessing-or the faith of a child.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1426709080
ISBN-13: 9781426709081
Series: Blessings in India

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“His name is Ashish. His name is Blessing. The boy is my blessing.” Virat and Latha named their son Ashish, for he is the light and glory of their world. Yet a simple drink of water from the wrong cup changes them forever. Virat, Latha, and Ashish are Untouchables in 1905 India, members of a caste who must never contaminate the world of the other, higher, castes.
When Ashish is in desperate need of a doctor, Virat risks everything to save his son and ventures into the dangerous realm of the high caste. There, the strength of a father’s love, the power of a young British nurse, and the faith of a child change the lives around them.
"Kay Strom has penned a high-powered suspense novel using her extensive overseas research and her experiences in third world countries. A master in creating the unexpected." - DiAnn Mills, Christy Award winner and author of Pursuit of Justice, The Fire in Ember, and Under a Desert Sky

"Author Kay Marshall Strom, in her professional yet heart-rending style, has penned another story that will open the eyes and change the lives of her readers. This is an exquisitely written tale of hope and faith in the midst of difficulties born out of superstition and bondage. I am already anxiously awaiting the sequel!"-  Kathi Macias, award-winning author of more than 30 books, including the popular Extreme Devotion series
"Do not miss this historical, inspirational novel by Kay Marshall Strom. It will touch your heart." - FreshFiction.com

Author Bio

Of Kay Marshall Stroms 39 published books, four have been book club selections, nine have been translated into foreign languages, and one has been optioned for a movie. Her writing credits also includethe Grace in Africa Series and the Blessings in India series. Her writing has appeared in several volumes, including More Than Conquerors, Amazing Love, The NIV Couple's Devotional Bible and The NIV Women's Devotional Bible, and The Bible for Today's Christian Woman. Her best-known book is Once Blind: The Life of John Newton, which is packaged with the recently released DVD Amazing Grace. She also has written several books with her husband, Dan Kline. Kay is a partner in Kline, Strom International, Inc., leaders in communication training. She currently lives in Eugene, Oregon.Learn more about Kay at www.kaystrom.com

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In Kay Marshall Strom's The Faith of Ashish, the first book in the new Blessings in India series, Indian outcasts Virat and Latha unwittingly sell themselves and their son Ashish, whose name means blessing, into slavery in order to save Ashish's life. Suddenly thrust into a mixture of castes in the Hindu culture and forced to work in the fields, this Untouchable family lives in fear of the gods and the landlord, the "Christian" Mammen Samuel Varghese. The family members must also struggle to remain alive and together as well as to retain hope, learning more about the true God as they reach out in faith. Ashish in particular must choose whether to continue to suffer with his family or to seek a better life under the care of Abigail Davidson, an English woman who helps run a nearby Christian clinic.

The book is told from several different points of view, switching mainly among Ashish, his parents, Mammen Samuel, and Abigail Davidson, with a different focus for each section of the novel. Though at times scene transitions seem a bit rough, it is easy to understand the characters and their personalities, as well as the constraints of the religions they follow. The lives of the women especially are described in horrifying detail, including a scene in which a mother kills herself in her own burning house after her husband has sold their daughter to a brothel.

The characters are vivid, and a few, chiefly Ashish and his family, show marked growth in the book, though Strom is careful to sustain reality. She is not afraid to showcase seemingly hopeless situations and harsh truth, but she is still able to incorporate a kernel of hope that can only come through the work of God. Psalm 23 is a perfect reflection of this. The only dissatisfaction I felt with this book was the abrupt ending. I felt as if a few chapters were ripped out; there was no clear resolution, and I did not know I was at the end until I had nearly finished the last page. It doesn't end, it just stops.

The Faith of Ashish is valuable for anyone who can persevere with characters through harsh trials, who may be considering entering into missions, or who is interested in the workings of another religion in a historical context. I recommend reading it, though I await the sequel, which hopefully will bring a more satisfying resolution and conclusion. – Katherine Sozansky, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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    Renee
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    I know we have had our share of racial prejudice, which is hard to believe that it was going on so recently, but it is still shocking to read how people have been treated due to the caste system.
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    Falcon
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    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
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    I knew very little about the caste system in India. It was heart breaking to realize the suffering and the lack of hope due to this system. The news of the Gospel is sorely needed for these people.

    I'm looking forward to reading Book 2.
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    This book was one of the best for 2012
    June 5, 2012
    momella
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    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    It was a surprise to me to realize that they still abided by the caste system as much as they do. My eyes were opened up in real way to the abhorent way these people were treated. Of course as usual there were some who took advantage of the system.

    It was refreshing to see the nurse show such caring and fearlessness as she tried to care for Ashish. Her desire to follow Jesus and introduce others to Him came across as she worked with the doctor who didn't see things in quite the same wa y. He was always ready to do his best in medical situations, but beyond that he felt no compulsion to go further.
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    Leona Koziarski
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    I bought the first two books from this series and I can't wait for number three which is coming out soon!
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    Very moving story of India
    November 12, 2011
    Sherrel Hailstone
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    The caste system in India was so hopeless unless you were at the top. So glad the light of Christ came there.
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