About the Book:
Amanda Pearson, a Quaker woman suffering from a broken engagement, leaves her home in New York and travels West to minister to the Nez Perce Indians. Along the way, she encounters many problems, yet she never gives up. Like a true woman of courage, Amanda trusts God to see her through, even when she fights illness, abandonment, misunderstandings, and an unexpected event. Set in 1837, this historical novel has many twists and turns that will take readers from the rugged Rocky Mountains to Oregon Territory and the home of the Spalding Mission, where the Nez Perce Indians were first introduced to Christianity.
Read the interesting note of how the book came to be from Wanda E. Brunstetter.
I’ve enjoyed reading Wanda Brunstetter for years now and when I had the chance to read and review her newest, Woman of Courage, which doesn’t include Amish people I knew I wanted to read it. I liked that the story included a Quaker woman, even if all the thees and thous got on my nerves like it did the characters, as it wasn’t the usual Amish fiction I typically read. While I don’t know a lot about Quakers – I do know there is a Friend’s Meeting House – about 30 minutes from me I know they do have a different outlook on God and how He resides in everyone, even non-Believers, through what they call the Inner Light. That said Wanda Brunstetter does not give much in the way of explaining the Quaker life, but then again her book isn’t an expose on the Quakers – just a work of fiction (although the Rev and Mrs. Spalding really did witness to the Nez Perce) with a Quaker woman at the center of the story. The book started off quite fast, with Amanda receiving a broken heart, she and her dad set off to go to the West and become missionaries but along the way Amanda is met with more hardships and almost near starvation until she is rescued by Buck – a trapper.
The book got a bit slower toward the middle as Amanda spends some time in the cabin of Buck’s friend, Jim and his American Indian wife – neither man wants anything to do with God, the Bible or religion. As the women set out with Jim more hardship follow them as they continue the trip to the Rendezvous – an annual time for trappers to trade and to buy supplies. As they set out to finish the trip to the Spalding mission, Amanda learns more about the American Indians and superstitions that pervade their daily life as well as to know that she is able to survive. Through the book Amanda grows into her faith, and it becomes not just her parents, but her faith as well and she wants others to know about God and accept His gift of His Son – not only does he faith grow stronger she too realizes she is a woman of courage. The book ended with some incredible twists and I’m hoping that maybe I haven’t heard the last of Amanda, Buck, Yellow Bird and Gray Eagle.
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