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A Light to My Path (Refiner's Fire #3)

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Shackled in a world where authority is not questioned, where the will is battered as surely as the body, hope will not be denied. But broken chains bring daunting choices: The way of revenge or the way of the Spirit.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2004)
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Salyna
These books are amazing! I love how Lynn Austin does the three books: Candle in the Darkness, Fire by Night, and A Light to my Path, each in a different perspective during the Civil War- A white woman from the South, a white woman from the North, and a male and female slave living in the South. They all impacted me in different ways because I saw different ways of thinking, whether they were for slavery or not. They all also did something for the cause, whether it be nursing, spying, making unif ...more
Simone Barker
I just finished this book and i really enjoyed it. I loved how the different characters and their circumstances drew them closer to God and all of the courage and encouragement was shared in ways that could be understood by everyone. There were true testimonies of how even though it was hard to believe God was with everyone even in the struggles they were going thru I love how Grady forgave Massa Fletcher and accepted the money for his son's benefit. Freedom changed everyone accept Missie Clarie ...more
Staci
A Light to My Path is the third book in the Refiner's Fire series. For the series overall, I really liked how the author focused on a different aspect of the civil war in each book. The first book is about a southern woman that is a Union sympathizer. The second book is about two women and their role near/on the battlefield and this final book was the perspective of two former slaves.

A Light to My Path tells Grady's story that had a limited amount of time in the first novel. Grady is very angry
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Ogz
I would say this is the best book in the series. It was touching, very real and taught so much about God's love through slavery. It is easy to pick on the bad things people have done to you but we never realise how much we've done to others, most especially God, yet we are forgiven everyday. Amazing Grace was key in this book and I'd say this book is top followed by the first in the series.
I hope to read more from Lynn Austin. She really has a talent.
Jeni Enjaian
I didn't think that I could love any book in this series more than I did the first. Lynn Austin sucked me into the story from the first page and never let go. I absolutely loved this book and cannot fathom why Austin's writing in some of her other books falls so short of the high standard she set with this trilogy. If I didn't know better I'd be tempted to think that someone else wrote these books, that there's another Lynn Austin published by Bethany House.

Austin writes of the slave perspective
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Susan
I've been processing this book for the past few days after finishing it. I've learned so much from reading this series and I appreciate Lynn Austin writing each book in the series from a different person's perspective during the Civil War. This specific book was the hardest for me to read, but the most important to me as well. It is beyond my understanding how anyone could feel OK about owning slaves. Thank heavens there were clear headed people back then who could see how wrong it was and desir ...more
Louise
Story Description:

Refiner's Fire Book # 3. Kitty, a house slave, always figured it was easiest to do what she'd always done--obey Missy and follow orders. But when word arrives that the Yankees are coming, Kitty is faced with a decision: will she continue to follow the bidding of her owners, or will she embrace this chance for freedom? Never allowed to have ideas of her own, Kitty is overwhelmed by the magnitude of her decision. Yet it is her hope to find the "happy ever after" ending to her lif
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Jacqueline
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Loved this third book in the Refiner's Fire series. My favorite character in this book is Delia. She has so much strength! Her story slowly unfolds throughout the book and when you finally realize all that's she's been through you can't help but be struck by her strength of character.

There are a couple of quotes in the book that I just love.

Delia is telling Kitty "Just think of your life as a story. As if you're telling it around the fire someday to your children...Now, how are you wanting that
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Pam Smith
Amazing!! A fantastic conclusion to this trilogy. I loved reading every single word of all three of these books and would recommend them to everyone.
Jacquelyn
Gifted, amazing and talented - this is author Lynn Austin. This series had me completely enthralled throughout the whole series. It was one of those incredible storylines that stays with you long after reading the book. When I was reading this series I completely forgot I was even reading, this author pulls you right into the storyline as if you were there. When I forget I'm reading and feel like I'm living the story... THAT's a Great book!

*** Kitty, a house slave, always figured it was easiest
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Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
The third book in the Refiner's Fire series by Lynn Austin. Each book tells the story of the Civil War from a different viewpoint. This book is told through the eyes of Anna and Grady, house slaves on a plantation in South Carolina.

Anna was born into slavery and knows nothing else. She doesn't understand that she is a person in her own right and not a possession. She has always followed orders and obeyed her spoiled, selfish mistress. Grady was born into slavery, but his father was the white pl
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Ebookwormy
Lynn Austin continues to amaze me as a writer. This book is no exception. I finished it today, last book in the series. I was disappointed to have it end, and I don't want to read anything else. I'm still in the aura, wanting to savor it. Hoping the pressure upon my soul will be creating some permanent alteration to this lump of clay the Potter is shaping.

Book 3 of the Refiner's Fire Series covers the years of the Civil War from the perspective of slaves in South Carolina. Each installment of th
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Lora
This book was really hard to read sometimes, but really wonderful too. I've always thought of the Civil War as a terrible thing, but a great thing in that it helped end slavery. However, while reading this book, I realized that the end of slavery was really just the beginning of the battle. African American people still had to work to construct new lives and gain an equal footing in this country. It kind of made me sad for the main characters (as if they were real), knowing the struggles and inj ...more
Rosa
Every American should read at least one close-up account of slavery, either directly or through historical fiction. A Light to My Path provides an excellent option from a Christian perspective. Lynn Austin continues her pattern of well-rounded characters, written with respect and depth. Her dialogue and dialects are authentic and believable. As with the other books in the Refiners' Fire series she resists the temptation to paint the familiar characters in the Civil War drama with broad brush str ...more
Camille
I truly loved this whole trilogy. My book club started with the third book in the series, and I loved it so much that I HAD to read the other two. Each one is set during the civil war and each story is told from different view points during parallel times. One time we read about a slave owner and her slaves. Another book covers a slave owner who is sympathetic to the slaves and helps them. And the third book covers a young girl who serves in the war. All the characters cross over with each other ...more
Cassie
L.O.V.E.D LOVED this book! So tastefully done. Lynn Austin does her homework. Not only is the historical aspect insightful, but the human emotions and deeper understanding for a time now gone is truly remarkable. The story is wonderful and moving. Austin has a gift. There are not many authors that are the whole package, but she is! The whole series was fantastic!
Brandi
(*SPOILER ALERT!!!*)
I don't think I liked this one as much as the other two. It wasn't a bad story or anything. It was just... sad. The other ones were sad too, but... in a different kind way. This one wasn't just sad because of the war. It was sad because the main characters were slaves. It showed you their hardships, their fear. It didn't spare the gory details. It told you the whole miserable story, the horrific life of a slave.
While I don't blame Grady for his hate, I found it frustrating. H
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Cari
A good read. When reading the first book of the series, `Candle in the Darkness`, I always wondered about Grady. I was happy that we could finally find out what happened to him. :)
Elaine Dransfield
This was not my favorite of the Refiner's Fire series. Too much repetition, continually telling us problems that exist or might exist, previous trials and how they affect the characters, issues that the reader doesn't need to read again on the proceeding page(s). If not for that I would have enjoyed reading the book.

The book does show how each of us look at events in our life and what we let those events do to us: build intense anger, cower in fear, or follow God and, through a strengthened rel
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Faith Cummings
Refiners Fire: a Civil War Trilogy

I would highly recommend this book, and the two which preceed it, to anyone who enjoys reading about the Civil War. This trilogy shows all sides of the war, the Confederate in A CANDLE IN THE DARKNESS, the Union in FIRE BY NIGHT, and in A LIGHT FOR THE PATH, the story of the slaves who were freed by this sweeping conflict. This is one of the best Civil War series that I have ever read, and I aread a lot about the war. Thank you, Lynn Austin for treating this par
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Marie D Fye
Like the first two books, book 1and2, this 3rd book was enlightening, exciting and sorrowful. I really hated for this series to end. This was the first time I had Redbooks Lynn Austin, but certainly won't be the last.


I would recommend these books to compassionate people that do not like to see the injustices in this world, to those that enjoy history around the 1850's on, and lastly but not the least of these reasons, to those that have a faith that believes God is control, and has a plan for e
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Patsy Chastang
This is the third book in the Refine's Fire Trilogy. Don't miss this one! It's amazing Lynn Austin is a great storyteller I have really enjoyed these books. All the books are about the Civil War but they are all very different, looking at the war from different angles. I have learned so much about the Civil War from her books and I love the Christian devotions also. This book tells more about slavery, their feelings and their lives. It includes war, love, passion, hate, and courage a wonderful c ...more
Erin
This is probably my least favorite Lynn Austin book that I have read so far. It was still good, still interesting...but just didn't quite live up to the others I've read.

This one is told from the point of view of 2 slaves who live through the civil war - one a man, who eventually joins the first african-american Union army unit, and the other a woman, who remains a slave throughout the war. It was very moving to read about their plight and think more deeply about what it must have been like to b
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Kathryn
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Kristalyn
I'd give this one 3 1/2 stars if I could mainly because the beginning was very difficult for me - every page was horribly depressing and extremely difficult to read as I had to wade through the horrible sale of a 9 year old slave boy, ripped from his loving mother and thrown into years and years of brutal beatings, and read about the raw, untamed human nature that existed before the Civil War. But it was particularly hard to read when it's a child receiving all the abuse... I almost had to stop. ...more
rjp316
Another great book by Lynn Austin. This book was from two slaves perspectives – Kitty (Anna) and Grady who were stories we see as they live before and during the Civil War. I loved how the characters from all the books intertwined even in some unexpected places. This book started a little slower than the other two books in the series – in the fact that there was a lot more character development and history that took place before the Civil war started. However the pre-war stories were needed to h ...more
Kasi Lou
Refiner's Fire book 3 Kitty, a house slave, always figured it was easiest to do what she’d always done--obey Missy and follow orders. But when word arrives that the Yankees are coming, Kitty is faced with a decision: will she continue to follow the bidding of her owners, or will she embrace this chance for freedom? Never allowed to have ideas of her own, Kitty is overwhelmed by the magnitude of her decision. Yet it is her hope to find the "happy ever after" ending to her life--and to follow Grad ...more
Beth
Out of the five or six Lynn Austin books I’ve read, I think this might be my least favorite … but that’s only because the competition is pretty steep as I’ve come to expect great things from this author!

A Light to My Path is the third and final volume in the Refiner’s Fire series chronicling events of the Civil War from various points of view — this time from the perspective of southern slaves. What I particularly enjoy in all of these books is the character growth and development. In this parti
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Joselle173
I had a sense of deja vu all through this book. I knew what was going to happen with Grady all the way through, as well as Delia. It was odd, but I had no recollection about Anna/Kitty at all, so I know I didn't read this book before, and yet it wasn't a predictable plot. Maybe I saw a movie based on Grady?? Not a clue where this sense of knowing came from, but it was very eery to not be able to place it.

That being said, this was the final book in the trilogy, and again, the author ends it a bi
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Connie
This is the 3rd and last book in the Refiner's Fire series. This is the story of Grady, the 9 year old slave taken from his mother and home. In these three books, the author (Lynn Austin) gave multiple perceptions of the Civil War and the people of that time.
If you love historical fiction, you'll love this series. It's a pleasure to read books that are written by Christian authors and do not contain the filth that are in other books.
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For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career. When her husband's work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she'd earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher. After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later ...more
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“People are always thinking they can use the Lord to get their own way-- all they have to do is pray and God's gonna take away all their suffering and give them what they whatever they ask for. But it don't work that way. God's doing His business, and it's up to us to be serving Him, not the other way around."

Then why do people pray at all? My papa asked Jesus to help him escape with me when I was just a little girl. But Jesus didn't help us."

Praying ain't about asking for your own way. It's all about talking things over with God, just like you and me are talking things over. In the end, you have to be trusting the Lord to do what's best."

So the Lord thought it was best that my papa died and my mama was sold?"

Delia slowly shook her head. "I don't know, honey, I just don't know. The hardest thing of all to understand is why a loving God keeps letting us suffer... I don't know all the answers myself. I seen my share of suffering, believe me. But there two things I do know for sure. One is that God loves us... And the second thing is that God's always in control of everything that happens. When bad things come our way and it starts looking like He don't love us, all I can say is that maybe we ain't knowing everything He knows."

Kitty's tears started falling again. "I still don't understand."

Remember what you told me about the fighting up in Charleston? How you was standing on that porch, not able to see what's going on? This here's the same thing. We're standing in the smoke, hearing the noise [of the battle] all around us, and we don't know what God's doing because we can't see things clearly as He sees them. But He's gonna make everything turn our okay when the smoke clears. When it does, God's gonna be the winner and all our suffering here on earth is gonna finall make sense. We're gonna look in Jesus' face and say, 'O Lord, it was worth it all.”
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