by Cara Luecht
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing (April 15, 2015)
They want to worship as their hearts demand...but is it something they can give up everything for?
Brianna has only ever been what her life demanded. A wife, a hostess, a mother. But when a stand her husband takes ostracizes them from the Lutheran church that controls so much of life in Sweden, Brianna finds herself needing to find a strength beyond her station...a strength that will see her through prejudice and persecution and to a home she never dreamed she would find.
Based on the true story of the author s family s journey from Sweden to America, this sweeping saga paints the brilliance of new faith, the bravery of a new land...and the beauty of plunging beneath the waters and emerging a new person, capable of what one never thought one could do.
This little historical (little because at 250 pages it is tiny for a historical) is packed full of story. Covering a time frame I've not looked at before, and a challenging and costly time in religion.
When religion rears it's ugly head as has happened over and over again through the centuries, the price to follow Christ climbs for Brianna's family. In this particular situation, greed and pride drive folks away from church and away from the protection that is provided by a community that believes the same way and obeys all dictates from above. To be a rebel means to choose Christ over family and the comfort that comes with close family oftentimes. Based on a true story, and with the authors' family letters shared with the reader, Cara Luecht tells the fictionalized account of how this story might have played out as her family members escaped from Sweden to America.
Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer