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Told partially through Jakob's flashbacks of fleeing genocide-ridden Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th century, this novel reveals how even when mankind strips humans from their homeland and attempts to erase their faith---God will never leave his people.
Number of Pages: 36
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
With the reappearance of a high-school sweetheart, deliveries from Ukraine addressed to her, and the discovery of a mysterious, vintage aquamarine gemstone, Nel senses God is pulling her into the past to restore their faith and their futures. Told partially through Jakob's flashbacks of fleeing genocide-ridden eastern Europe at the turn of the twentieth century, the novel combines elements of mystery, history, faith and romance to reveal how God redeems the broken years ... and our future.
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5Things to think aboutMarch 17, 2015MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3What I enjoyed about this book was going back in time with Jakob. I was struck by the fact that what happens, the choices we make, has such a significant impact on our futures and our families futures.
I also was sad to see how Jakobs mind was going. It is a slow fade that Amy portrayed nicely.
I have to be honest, initially I didnt care for Nel. Her relationship with the Lord is very superficial and she still is really living how she wants to. I also struggled with getting a good picture of her. I wanted to make her younger than she really was and had to keep reminding myself that she is probably closer to my age or a bit older.
That being said, as the book went on I warmed up to Nel and couldnt wait to see her open her heart up to Gods amazing grace and receive the love He wants to lavish on her.
Amy writes a book with many layers and each one is peeled back slowly and with great care. She has a way of writing that touches the heart and many issues in our broken world.
One of my favorite things about this book was part of it takes place in South Haven, Michigan. I love how Amy described Michigan in the fall and the leaves changing, the sunset over the lake. So true to this great state.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful story of a dark time in historyMarch 2, 2015Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After reading a few pages in this book, I turned to the back of the book. I knew I had read a book by Amy Sorrells before because I recognized the writing style. Sure enough, she was the author who wrote How Sweet the Sound, as well. That was another book that I had fallen in love with.
I was immediately sucked into the story and found myself saying "okay... just one more chapter and then..." I wouldn't call this a happy book per se. It wasn't a depressing book, but it was full of Jewish history in Ukraine and those other countries at the time when persecution of the Jews was high.
I had a hard time reading the treatment of the Jews because some of the things done to them was absolutely horrible. It was beyond comprehension and absolutely sickening to know people have been and are still treated in ways like this.
Jakob has survived a lot in his time on earth. As he walks through dementia, he holds his life story very near his heart and doesn't want to share it with anyone. That doesn't stop his wife Catharine from trying to find out his story, though. When she doesn't find it out, his daughter Nel is left wondering if he will die with his secrets or if he will let her in to know her family history.
I finished this book and wanted there to be so much more. It ended perfectly...I just wasn't ready for the story to end yet! I am looking forward to the next book by Amy Sorrells. She is such a talented writer, in my opinion.
I received this book free from David C. Cook and CFBA in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Will The Secrets of The Past Be Lost Forever?March 2, 2015Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4One of the best reasons for loving books is that often times as you read them you get insight into a part of history you never knew before as the author uses a particular setting or real life story as the inspiration of their novel. Amy K. Sorrells does just that in Then Sings My Soul, her latest Christian Historical novel.
The story intersects throughout the novel between life in 1904 to present day as Eleanor "Nel" Stewart returns home after learning her mother has passed away. She has wanted to come home before this but simply never had the time and now as she prepares for her mother's funeral, she also comes full term to the realization that her father, Jakob is dealing with dementia. Their families past is rich in historical detail as Jakob remembers fleeing the Ukraine as a Jewish boy to come to America for a better life. It's those long pain ridden memories that Jakob shares in subsequent chapters that shows the horror he and his older brother Peter shared as the genocide took place eliminating anyone of Jewish origin and Jakob's survival was based on his ability to hide when his family was killed.
It is a horror no one with dementia would ever want to revisit as they find themselves locked into a past they only wish to forget. For Nel, she witnesses the man she adored and looked up to become a fragile shell of who he once was as she learns more about the families past while working to resolve her families estate and help her father with his illness. Her experience as a lapidarist is evident as she spent her childhood with her father watching him cut gems into beautiful jewelry, something she treasures as something they both loved to do to help support them. She learns about how much her father refuses to accept that God was in control despite all the horrors he had to witness in his life despite the faith of those around him.
I received Then Sings My Soul by Amy K. Sorrells compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and David C. Cook Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are my own. This is such a beautiful story of hope because you can relate to what Jakob has had to endure his whole life. People telling him about God's faithfulness but despite their faith terrible things still happened to his family. It would definitely cause one to be hardened to those things as his life wore on and that comes across through Amy's novel. It's about getting to the end of your life and taking a hard look back and realizing that God was there all along even though He didn't do the things you would have wanted him to do. I'd rate this one, a 4 out of 5 stars in my opinion. At the end of the novel you'll find the personal story behind the novel as well as some reader discussion questions just perfect for a book club group.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sings!March 2, 2015lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The authors first novel, How Sweet the Sound, I read and enjoyed sharing my thoughts about on my blog. Now, after finishing Then Sings My Soul, Ive got to say this book deeply resonated with my heart and soul. Why you may ask? For many reasons one of which was learning how much of the authors personal history is included in the story. Simply fascinating and heart-gripping are two of the words I think of when I reflect on the novel.
Through the use of flashbacks readers will become engrossed in a timeframe of history in the Ukraine, coming to the present day in Michigan. Jakob is the main character that the story is woven around and readers discover the past haunts his waking moments as much as it has impacted his dreams at night. What Jakob endures is what readers will discover along with what he rediscovers when he tells his only child about the past in Ukraine.
Jakob is like the Jacob in the Bible including the wrestling with God, and after a fall his hip replacement slows down his walk. Nel, his daughter, believes she is unlovable and nothing is more important than designing her jewelry that she learned from her father, which he learned from his papa. Nels past comes to the forefront of her life when she moves in to care for her aging father and comes to love a man from her younger years in Michigan. Faith, working with stones and engraving are major parts of the story. It was eye opening to learn at the end of the novel just how much the authors personal history was woven in the tale.
Another reason I love the book is the history shared so naturally about the hymn How Great Thou Art, which reminded me of a lost loved one and the faith that sustains. Hymns are rich in history and steep in faith, love and more about the God we worship. In the novel, we see reflections of reality in that we can pass down our heritage, memories and faith. Sometimes in doing so we are ourselves strengthened and perhaps like Jakob we learn the truth of what happened so long ago. I cannot thank the author enough for sharing such a wonderful story and faith with anyone willing to pick up the book and read!
JanP5 Stars Out Of 5Moving storyMarch 2, 2015JanPThen Sings My Soul is a moving story about a family going through dark times and finding hope in the process. Nel returns home after the death of her mother to find her father, Jakob, in the throes of grief and sinking into dementia. As Nel struggles to deal with her own grief and reach out to comfort her father, the story of his early life, one that he has kept secret, begins to unfold. Its a story of the persecution of Jews in Eastern Europe. The horrors of what Jakob saw and the guilt he felt as a survivor became a barrier in his personal relationships. The author uses flashbacks to reveal the events that molded Jakob into the man he became. Though he struggled with personal relationships, Jakob was successful in business,and pursued the lapidary arts as a hobby. The shaping of the gemstones becomes a metaphor of how God lovingly shapes and molds us into something beautiful. The story is one of great pain and great healing.It reminds us that even in the darkest of times God can and does bring redemption. Amy K. Sorrells has crafted a book that draws you into the pain and triumph of a struggling family who find redemption through God's love. Highly recommended!