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Desires of the Heart
"Desires of the Heart" tells the story of two mid-20th century American Lutheran missionaries-Albert and Sylvia Frerichs-and their 40-year call to work in what is now Papua New Guinea. The author, the couple's eldest daughter Catherine, draws extensively from their letters and journals to tell an unvarnished story of idealism, ambition, and sacrifice for a call. Focusing ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published February 5th 2010 by Cold River Studio
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Still reflecting on this book- the story of her parents and their decisions to marry and to serve as missionaries in New Guinea, and the impact that this vocation has on the 7 children...the author was the 2nd of 7 children and spent much of her childhood away from her parents at a boarding school. There is a deep strand of anger and sadness for her - about not really knowing her mother well, and feeling the loss of her mother's love and care...even though she learned to cope and to 'succeed' ...more
Catherine Frerichs' parents were missionaries to New Guinea. This memoir recreates the story of their work and marriage through their letters, but Frerichs also explores the unsettling life of a missionary kid in the 50s and 60s. She wrestles with questions such as whether her parents chose their work over their children, the effects of boarding schools on family life and how her parents' choices may have influenced her own life and personality. The memoir is honest; Frerichs respects her ...more
I really enjoyed this book, and found the story fascinating. I know the author, am friends with her brother, but it didn't feel voyeuristic reading it. The story of missionaries to New Guinea from 1935 on, it is well written and I found both the facts and the musings about what drove/called them to go very interesting.