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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.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Blessings in India
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 fathers love, the power of a young British nurse, and the faith of a child change the lives around them.
"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
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
ReneeAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5August 20, 2012ReneeAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
FalconAltamonte Springs, FlAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 7, 2012FalconAltamonte Springs, FlAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I 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.
momellaKansas CityAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This book was one of the best for 2012June 5, 2012momellaKansas CityAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It 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.
Leona KoziarskiAlberta, CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Yes! Yes! Yes!April 27, 2012Leona KoziarskiAlberta, CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I bought the first two books from this series and I can't wait for number three which is coming out soon!
Sherrel Hailstone4 Stars Out Of 5Very moving story of IndiaNovember 12, 2011Sherrel HailstoneQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The caste system in India was so hopeless unless you were at the top. So glad the light of Christ came there.