Friday, March 19, 2010

No Distance Too Far-Lauraine Snelling

No Distance Too Far
Lauraine Snelling
Bethany House, Apr 1 2010, $14.99
ISBN: 9780764206108

In 1904 Dr. Astrid Bjorklund decides to practice her calling in Africa as the third generation in her family to do God’s work. However, she prays her beloved Joshua Landsverk understands her desire. Instead they have an argument and she leaves for the east to attend missionary training.

In Blessing, North Dakota a deadly measles epidemic threatens those residing on the Red Bud Indian Reservation. Her friend Dr. Hawk asks for her medical assistance. Rushing back to help, Astrid wonders if her missionary calling is closer to home as she follows God's message.

The second Home to Blessing historical novel (see Measure of Mercy) is an entertaining early twentieth century tale that focuses on the personal life of a female missionary. Astrid believes she has been called by the Lord to serve, but where as the need in the Dakotas is great but Africa has been her destination goal. Although at times the pace is a bit slow due to the deep concentration on practicing medicine in 1904 in substandard environs, the strong cast makes for a profound historical.

Harriet Klausner

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