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"Fields of Grace" by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I have enjoyed reading Kim Vogel Sawyer’s writing in the past and reading Fields of Grace was no different. A superb novel written by an author with a great talent and penchant for the Amish and Mennonite people – this book is sure to have you rallying, crying and cheering after you have finished it. It was a quick read for me since I couldn’t bear to put it down, I HAD to know what was going to happen to this family to the new country of America!

Russian Mennonites are either forced to allow their adult sons to enter military service or leave for America. The Vogt family decides in order to keep their belief of non-resistance they are going to leave – and they have three sons one who will be conscripted in a few months if they don’t leave. The five Vogt’s and Uncle Eli board a ship bound for America, but as they travel tragedy breaks out. Can the mom, Lillian’s, faith survive the hardship and the frontier – you’ll have to read to find out.

Go on board with the Vogt’s as they travel amid other emmigrants to a new country – one that promises land and freedom. Kim Vogel Sawyer does a wonderful job in making you feel as if you making the journey with the emmigrants. From the crummy food, to the stench of body odor and sickness and heartache and then on to the harshness of frontier life – the reader will definitely appreciate the feel of actually living with the characters. With characters who are well developed you feel like you are extended family dropping in for an intimate look at their life.

Also with Kim Vogel Sawyer’s books you won’t find lurid romance scenes or other un-Christian attributes (although at times the characters do question God – but it isn’t un-Christian for them to do so) so it’s safe reading for a married woman. Since there is an allusion to the husband and wife having consumated their marriage, I would caution for that, but again it’s not in detail and nothing about it is untoward. I would definitely recommend this to friends without feeling like I have led them astray.

**I was provided a copy of Fields of Grace by Bethany House Publishers Book Reviewers in exchange for my honest review.

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The American Patriot’s Bible NKJV

The American Patriot’s Bible is a wonderful, hard back New King James Version of the Bible. This Bible is “The Word of God and the Shaping of America”. Thomas Nelson has put out a Bible that is great reading neither taking away or adding to Scripture.

In the front of the Bible are beautiful, full color pages for a marriage record between a man and wife, areas for the husband’s family and the wife’s family, children, grandchildren, church records, family history, ancestor’s of interest, map of the United States of America, the fifty states and dates when they became a state, military and public service and deaths of family members.

Also in the front are The Seven Principles of the Judeo-Christian Ethic:

  • Principle 1: The Dignity of Human Life (all human life not just the born but the pre-born and elderly, everyone)
  • Principle 2: The Traditional Monogamous Family
  • Principle 3: A National Work Ethic
  • Principle 4: The Right to a God-Centered Education
  • Principle 5: The Abrahamic Covenant
  • Principle 6: Common Decency
  • Principle 7: Our Personal Accountability to God

This Bible is NOT saying that Jesus is only for Americans. This Bible is NOT saying that God’s Word is only for Americans. In fact this Bible states that the Bible is for everyone who will receive it. What makes this Bible nice is that it includes American HIStory within His Word to drive home facts. While some things I did learn in my mediocre public school education – there were gaping holes when it came to things like why the Pilgrims really came to America or the fact that our founding fathers were in fact Christians although there were some deists as well. This could very well be written for the British, Africans, Indians, any nationality that wants to incorporate their nations history with God’s written Word.

I will say I don’t think that every Christian is called to vote. While this Bible has a full page of quotes on why American Christians should vote there also seems to be an unwritten understanding that Christians who don’t vote aren’t doing their duty to God and country. I beg to disagree. While I do vote, I haven’t been convicted by God to not vote, but if I ever do it wouldn’t be the end of the world. Not voting doesn’t mean you don’t care about your country, those who don’t vote can do other things to direct how laws are made without getting involved in politics – like praying.

The other aspect of this Bible is the picture of Obama in it. He is quoted saying how change has come to America. I don’t believe a picture of our current President belongs in a Bible although I know the editor and publisher were making a point about equality for the races, but I think it could have been done in a better way. I must add as well, I don’t think that God is behind wars. men start wars and then seek God’s guidance, rarely have I seen or heard of a war started with a man first seeking God’s will. I mean no disrespect to anyone in the Armed Forces (I myself am a Navy veteran) and while God can be with those serving I hesitate to say that He supports the act of war.

Overall, The American Patriot’s Bible, is a great Bible for those desiring to add a little more history to the readings of Scripture. You can view a YouTube video about this new Bible published by Thomas Nelson. I would say give it a chance and take a look at it, you may be genuinely surprised.


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