Amanda must face many trials in her life. She knows God is big enough to get her through them all. She is a stubborn God loving courageous young lady. After heartbreak (or so she feels). She must face many more life altering trials. When she meets an intriguing Indian, can she trust him? Can she keep her heart from loving him? She knows God does not want her to be with an unbeliever, will God give her the desires of her heart or change her desires? I enjoyed Amanda in her strong faith even when at times she was not sure she could go on.
Buck has never wanted anything to do with God and sees no reason to change his single life. He was only trying to help a white woman who would die without his help. Why does she get under his skin so and keep him thinking on a life with a family? He does things his own way and God has not ever cared one bit for him. Can he ever see how God has directed his life even when evil men do evil things?
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes Christian, Historical, Quaker, Romance fiction. I was given this book for my honest opinion from bookfun.org (The book club network)
This story of Amanda Pearson, a young Quaker girl, who goes from an engaged young daughter of a preacher, to the jilted missionary headed to the Nez Perce' Indian reservation in Oregon territory in 1837 is amazing and heartbreaking. One tragedy after another befalls Amanda as she travels across the country. She is so strong in her faith, which never wavers no matter what happens to her. In fact, she continues to minister to those around her. I could not put this book down.
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Wow! Unforgettable! Brunstetter's young, jilted Quaker, Amanda Pearson starts out for the land of the Nez-Pierce' and the Spaldings, missionaries who are ministering to them. She has only her father and guide with her. Soon she has neither of them and is on her own. Will God be her guide? Will He provide a physical guide "with skin on"? Amanda meets a white trapper married to an Indian woman. While Mary Yellow Feather decides to follow God, neither the trapper, Jim, nor his friend, Buck McFadden, want anything to do with Amanda's God. How can Amanda hope to teach the Indians about God when she cannot even reach these few she is in daily contact with? Why are the men so bitter? Just as a softening seems to take place, tragedy strikes, and Amanda's future and ability to ever reach her destination are in grave question. What does God really want from Amanda? Is God really with her(and, by extrapolation, us,) during the hard times? How can a loving God allow so much evil and wrong to take place? Does God care about each individual and have a plan for each? Some questions are asked directly, some are asked in your heart as you read the book and are forced to grapple with the tough issues, even in fiction form.
I come away from this book saying,"What a book! What characters! What a God they served! What a God I serve! Thank you, Wanda Brunstetter!"
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I have read nearly all of Wanda Brunstetter's books and enjoyed each one. Woman of Courage is outstanding and is now my favorite by this author! Usually writing about the Amish culture, in her latest book, Wanda has taken on a story about the Quaker faith and the American West. A new area for her, but a wonderfully written novel! The historical detail is excellent and the story itself is deeply inspirational!
Amanda Pearson is jilted by her fiance on the eve of her wedding. Convinced that she will lead a solitary life from that point on, she convinces her father to travel west to a Nez Perce settlement in order to introduce them to Christ. This becomes her mission now that she has vowed to remain single.
During their trip across the country, they are met with hardships and tragedy. Amanda nearly dies, but is rescued by Buck McFadden. He is half Indian and takes her to the cabin of his trapper friend, Jim, who is married to an Indian woman named Mary. Amanda forms a bond with Mary and converts her to Christianity. Later, after his son's birth, Jim also accepts Christ into his life. Mary and Jim's story is wonderful in itself and adds to the depth of the novel.
Meanwhile, Buck comes back into Amanda's life as her journey continues. Amanda develops deep feelings for Buck. Buck also cares for Amanda and can't seem to forget her, but he is a bitter man scarred by his past. He refuses to even consider Christianity as a choice in his life. This is a heartbreaking challenge for Amanda. Buck's lack of faith makes it impossible for her to consider allowing herself to fall in love with him.
Amanda truly is a woman of great courage. Will that be enough to sustain her? Will her abiding faith be enough to change Buck and lead him to Christ? Will they overcome their differences and find love? You must read this book to discover the answers...and it is a MUST READ!
Woman of Courage is well written and deeply moving. I highly recommend this novel and found it to be and exceptional read!
I received a copy of Woman of Courage from the publisher, through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.