Bethany House, 2009. ISBN 978-0-764-20508-8.
Reviewed by Linda Hoye
Posted on 08/29/2009
Picture in your mind the swaying of vast fields of wheat in a warm gentle breeze and imagine, just for a moment, the countless hours of hard work that it takes to bring a crop to maturity even for those who have farmed the same land for many years.
Now, step back in time more than one hundred years, to the harsh Kansas plains where the first Mennonite immigrants settled. Changes in Russian government found them unable to continue to live according to their faith at home, and ultimately shipload after shipload of Mennonites fled to build a new life in America. They brought with them precious grains of special "Turkey Red" wheat that they had grown successfully in Russia. This fine wheat eventually enabled them to prosper in their new home but not without enduring much hardship and no small measure of heartache, all the while being sustained by their faith in the God who had brought them to this new land.
Kim Vogel Sawyer in her new book Fields of Grace tells the fictional account of one such family. This book, reminiscent of similar Christian fiction about Amish and Norwegian immigration to America, is a refreshing story that captivated me from the first page, when Reinhardt and Lillian Vogt make the decision to bring their family to America, and kept my interest until the last page. The family endures much in this story, but the faith that is woven throughout the saga carries them through each trial. In addition to being an inspiring and enjoyable read, I found myself learning more about the Mennonite way of life and gained new appreciation for the strength of their character as they built new lives in a new land.
This book could easily turn out to be the first in a series about this group of Mennonite settlers.
Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of thirteen novels, including several bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Colorado Romance Writer's Award of Excellence. Visit Kim's website for more information.
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