Homeschooled Authors asked:
When God meet you unexpectedly in the pages of a book?
(We excluded the Bible)
“Did she frighten you when she talked that way?”
“Well, you’d think so, but the Lord has a special way of bearing you up, times like that. I’d read Little Women to Sarah when she was younger, and we’d cried together over Beth’s dying. But she thought it was too bad she and Jo hadn’t talked more, about it. I always remembered that...”
“Did you talk about Heaven, Mrs. Chaney?” she asked.
“Yes, we did, Miriam. And do you know, Heaven becomes dearer, when a loved one goes on ahead. My daddy always told me he didn’t want to live a long life. People who live long, he
said, live to see their children die. He lived to see his granddaughter die. Miriam, there’s just no place to put pain like that except in Jesus.”
Sarah Brazytis ~ For several years I had read in other books about an out-of-print classic – The Hoosier Schoolmaster by Edward Eggleston. I knew it was a tale about a schoolmaster in rural Indiana in a rough, back-country school who conquers toughs who like to beat up schoolmasters; I’d read those kind of stories before and enjoyed them, so I kept my eyes open and found a very old antique copy.
Well, it was certainly about rural Indiana. And the toughs certainly were determined to beat up the schoolmaster. But what I didn’t expect was the unique message of salvation, a message that both moved and amazed me with its power. The schoolmaster brings one of his tough young students to the Lord – but only after having his own personal encounter with Christ, and making a tremendous personal sacrifice.
It’s a beautiful story. It contains faith, self-denial, the definition of true repentance and true religion, and a glorious ending that nobody sees coming! I felt like I learned a lot about the nature of the Gospel and how It reaches everyone in a unique way, as well as how our actions as Christians influence the world around us. And it was totally unexpected!
Claire Banschbach ~ One of the books that really stands out in my recent memory is Resistance by Jaye L. Knight. It really challenged me to think about my reaction and actions if I were to be put in a position where my faith was challenged by persecution. I was really struck by the message in the book and I think that’s what I enjoyed most about it.
Now it is your turn: Post your answer to the question on your blog. On Friday, you will have a chance to share the link to that post here so that readers and authors can check it out!
The official rules for the Read-to-Win Challenge can be found here.