Jolissa becomes an orphan at age 7 and goes to live with her uncle, a man in a wheelchair who calls her stupid and convinces her she is worthless. Her dream is to work with needy children, but she is sure she can't do that because she stutters and no one will understand her. One day she went into a church and met an older woman named Eva, who "adopts" Jolissa as her granddaughter and uses a quilt depicting the life of Fanny Crosby to teach Jolissa about God's love, forgiveness and mercy.
This book was beautifully written. The author's love for God shows through every page. My heart hurt for Jolissa every time her uncle spoke to her, and I wanted to either be Eva, or have her in my life. I have always heard wonderful things about Fanny Crosby, but I really enjoyed learning more about her life through the stories Eva told Jolissa. This is my first book by Kathi Macias, but it won't be my last.
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The Singing Quilt is a delightful addition to the Quilts of Love Series.
Jolissa cannot fathom how God could use a stuttering, passive woman to accomplish anything great but through the story of Fanny Crosby, she finds that courage and life's calling comes from God. In a story of two women's prayers that lead to a much needed healing friendship, The Singing Quilt unfolds.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and found it to be an easy read that was encouraging and touching. At times, I found myself wanting to defend Jolissa from the hateful words of her uncle, but also found that her character possessed the quiet answer that turns away wrath (Proverbs 15:1). Sweet Eva gives Jolissa such incredible love and friendship. Adopting her as her own granddaughter and loving her through the hard decisions she has to make yet never manipulating Jolissa into doing anything.
The characters possessed godly characteristics and were sweet to get to know. The Signing Quilt is a wonderful story of friendship, forgiveness and miracles, a delightful read.
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"The Singing Quilt" is an easy, light read that stands alone, even though it is book three in "The Quilt" series. This is a fictitious story that contains a true story about Fanny Crosby, inside of it. Kathi Macias has written a novel that is full of compassion and love, and models an older woman mentoring a younger woman. It is a great story about helping others, meeting needs and searching for the ability to forgive when we have been wronged. I would have liked to have seen a deeper character development, especially of Uncle Joseph. My heart broke for Jolissa and the suffering she had silently endured for so many years. Everyone needs a "grandma" like Eva! This is a wonderful story about the family of God working as it should.
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Jolissa Montoya was orphaned at the age of 7 and went to live with her abusive wheel chair bound Uncle Joseph, her tio. He calls her an idiota and that she is worthless. She can do nothing to please him. She feels God is calling her to work with disadvantaged children but thinks this is impossible as she has a speech impediment and a heavy Spanish accent and fears the children would not be able to understand her. One day she finds herself at the Light House Church where she meets Eva Pedrosa an elderly woman who has been led by God to pray for Jolissa. Eva becomes her confidante, friend and adopted grandmother. Eva shows Jolissa her precious quilt that depicts the life of Fanny Crosby and shares Fanny's courage despite her disability. This gives Jolissa courage that she might be able to overcome her fears and problems. Through Eva's faith and prayers will Jolissa be able to overcome her fears and heartaches? To be able to forgive and find God's love for her so that she can follow His will for her life?
Kathi Macias has written another winner in the Singing Quilt. I thought it was wonderful as was the Doctor's Christmas Quilt that I read a while back. I recommend this book and I plan to read the Moses Quilt
I learned a lot about Fanny Crosby in this novel. I knew she had written a lot of songs but did not know how much more she accomplished in her life.
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The Singing Quilt is a beautiful story of overcoming heartache, learning how to forgive, and accepting God's love. I found the story to be rather slow at times, but I think the pace gave me time to think about the moral of the story. I loved Jolissa and felt my heart break for her. Her friendship with Eva was wonderful. I loved their conversations with one another.
Such a inspiring book. I liked it!
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