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The Calling of Emily Evans (Women of the West #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,149 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
She feels God nudging her toward ministry, but what options are there for a young single woman?
Emily Evans has a hard time getting herself to class on time, much less figuring out God's will for her life. Then, to her surprise, she feels that God is calling her into full-time Christian service. She expects the Lord will also provide her with a companion to share her life
Paperback, 222 pages
Published 1990 by Bethany House Publishers
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Jun 18, 2015 Cecelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Janette Oake book. After Emily Evans is finished with her Bible school training, she feels called to start a church. As a young woman, her options are limited – how can a female be chosen to start a church. The church committee sends Emily to a remote town to start her church – alone. I thought the premise of this story was extremely interesting – it’s a historical story, yet, there’s a woman leading a church. I loved seeing Emily tryi ...more
Ellie Sorota
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Mar 14, 2013 LeeAnn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Emily, the young woman in this novel, was too sensitive for my taste. She cried often (tears brimmed, filled, or spilled down her cheeks) despite the silly circumstances. If she had a back bone, I would have enjoyed the story much more. I enjoyed the time period (1900s) as well as the setting out West on open farmland. Priorities at that time were so different. Families stuck together, as well as communities, to survive the times. Food wasn't readily available, and an over abundance of materiali ...more
Dec 26, 2011 Larisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how Oke writes & draws in her readers. God has truly gifted her. I felt like Emily and I could be dear friends as I too have often responded at times too quickly in reply and after :) hoped I could take a word or two back.

Like Emily I can testify!!! To our Ever Faithful Father, God's Faithfulness & Provision. God ALWAYS supplies ALL our needs according to His riches & glory. HE doesn't always supply like we would have thought or sometimes even like, but HE supplies!!
Janette Oke is my kind of people. I had heard good things, and after watching Loves Enduring Promise, or whatever the series of movies is called, and then When Calls the Heart on Netflix (season 2 out in a couple weeks!), I set out to finally read and was not disappointed. I could really relate to the desire and call to serve, and I am inspired to be a more faithful, humble servant of God.
Lora Armendariz
Loved it!!!! This is such a beautiful story and so unique. A woman listens to God's call that she serve as a minister during a time and place and history where women in the church was not common at all. She sets up a church in a farming community and God is with her through her struggles and as she falls in love.
SUMMARY: Emily Evans has a hard time getting herself to class on time, much less figuring out God's will for her life. Then, to her surprise, she feels that God is calling her into full-time Christian service. She expects the Lord will also provide her with a companion to share her life and ministry, but Emily does not want to marry any of the available young men. She squares her shoulders and decides she will accept the task of opening a new church in a pioneer community--alone.

When Emily arriv
Emily feels called to be a Bible teacher. She goes to Bible college, and although she is quite frail and not as intelligent as some of her classmates, she eventually graduates and is sent to look after a small, dilapidated church in a village where there has been no pastor for many years.

So far so good, and it was, in general terms, a fascinating account of a period of American history which I knew little about. I was quite surprised to learn that girls were sent out to look after churches, eve
Kari Trumbo
Aug 21, 2013 Kari Trumbo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a huge fan of Janette Oke anyway, because of her sugary sweet, perfect characters and ultra-basic story lines. This one had me bored from page one. I should have just deleted it from my kindle, but I liked the idea behind the story, a woman setting up a teaching church until a "proper" minister felt called to be there.

Too much of what you are expected to just swallow as fact, just can't be. The father was COMPLETELY unbelievable, that a father who was so worried about his daughter being
Lisa Blair
Jan 05, 2014 Lisa Blair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fictional story of christian missions in Canada in the early 1900's. I felt that it was a realistic depiction of what a woman as a single missionary might face in the outlying towns in that time period. This is in regards to the people, their attitudes and the aspect of ministering to a group of people who are not excited about a church being in their town.

I didn't care for the developing romantic side of the book and felt like it was unrealistic and took away from her overall purpose which wa
Virginia Markhart
Feb 26, 2013 Virginia Markhart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Janette Oke is one of my favorite authors. Finding a book by her that I have not yet read is a real treat. This book took about a day to read. I love the casual friendly style. It is just soothing to read and know that it will all have a favorable outcome. I really enjoy the time period that Oke writes about, early 1900's. Life was simplier. The book is about a woman who is called to serve God. She answers the call and is sent to a small town. The story follows her path for a couple of years and ...more
Jan 08, 2015 Shawna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-for-fun
I love Jannette Oke and way she he writes. They are fairly quick, easy reads that keep your attention all the way through. This one did not disappoint is a great read for a rainy day. A girl who is called into ministry on her own to a small Canadian town with few that welcome her. Her trials and challenges throughout her time in this town are relatable, as well as a good reminder to be thankful for what you have. I found this especially moving since i live on the mission field, as a single woman ...more
Mar 09, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable historical novel.
Nov 10, 2015 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
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Dec 30, 2011 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't mind the religious connotations nor the old fashioned preachiness of the story, but her writing style was that of a middle schooler. I liked the idea of a young gal leaving home in the early 1900's to go start a church, I just wished it was written a little better. Every other conversation was I-I um I just wanted.... or would-would would you consider ... And the whole-tears filled her eyes, brimming with tears, tears about to spill etc.. got on my nerves. This is a good story written ba ...more
Oct 21, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read a Janette Oke book in years, but I was happy that I chose this one, Yes, a bit predictable, but a good wholesome pioneer book about the good basics of life. It was not easy for the pioneers or for those that were bring religious messages to them. The character, Emily realized that she needed to be sincere and have her own faith be strong before anything would progress with her helping others. Pretty much the same for our time. So this story was thought provoking for me.
A sweet story of faith and trust in a loving God, what being a channel of His love can do in the lives you touch, and how the blessings always come back tenfold, usually in ways you wouldn't have thought.

I always turn to Janette Oke's books for a lovely escape - she never disappoints.
Apr 21, 2016 Kelsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, need-hardcover
I love Emily's spirit and determination to follow God's will for her life. I read this book for the first time about 15 years ago. Over the years I have read and reread all of Janette Oke's books and The Calling of Emily Evans is still one of my favorites of the Women of the West series.
Oct 12, 2015 Olivia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westerns
I have to admit the whole thing of Emily Evans being called to preach really threw me off on this book. Not everything is unlikable in this book, but it probably would be the last Janette Oke book I'd recommend to anyone.
Denisa Howe
This was a hard book for me to review… I loved the characters.. The story line. I did expected a bit more in depth concerning the history. This was a book about the early ladies of religious ministry, especially one woman in particular. The happenings were fine and the little conflicts along the way BUT where was the emotion? As I read.. it was like a text book or something matter factly and lack that which pulls at one’s heart strings or emotions… It was a good read but needed to be a bit longe ...more
Jul 05, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book loved it to the end but the end was abrupt and I was trying to turn the page when I realized had reached the end. I want more of the life of Emily Evans but what was there was really good.
Sep 30, 2009 B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was okay; I've liked other books by Janette Oke a lot better. I didn't really like that Emily Evan's 'calling' was to become a woman pastor and start a church. I think that only men should be pastors.
Krista Kedrick
I enjoyed Janette's story of a young missionary woman starting up her own church. It was full of Bible teachings and the struggles of some who are new to the faith or have fallen away or haven't taken the time to actually learn what the Bible says (which I think is the biggest issue of people who bash Christians and the Christian lifestyle).
Emily has many troubles herself and it was nice to see how she overcame her obstacles. It was also fun to see who she ended up with. The ended was a bit too
Lisa C.
Aug 30, 2014 Lisa C. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read a number of books by Oke but this was not one of her best. It was slow. Really slow. It was pretty unrealistic in many ways but also gave the reader a peek at what it was like for women to minister during the time period.

The most unrealistic was her dad basically filling her wagon with supplies and sending her off to the unknown. She wasn't even a very good wagon driver but over protective Dad turned her loose. There were a number of other things but that was the most obvious to me.

I w
Jan 12, 2016 Hosanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Calling of Emily Evans is a very unique and interesting book about what life would have been like for a single woman starting a church in a town in the middle of nowhere! Emily is forced to trust in God's provision and learn how to do hard things. The book doesn't have a lot of adventure, but I liked the story line and the beautiful ending! I also enjoyed how she had to learn to trust God. Emily wasn't the "perfect" minister in the community, but people can see how she learns to relay on God ...more
Dec 29, 2013 Tricia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
Several reviewers have mentioned the unbelievability of certain things in this book, such as Emily's father's unconcern for her supposedly fragile health, and Emily falling in love with a briefly-met character, and these things are true, but they didn't bother me, because you have to move the plot forward somehow.

What did bother me is the painstaking ultra-good-girl honesty in one of the early chapters, where Emily confesses to a VERY minor transgression, and practically begs for punishment. Thi
Mar 26, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily Evans graduates Bible college with the hopes of serving God in a needy area without a church. She bravely endures the challenges of the Prairie, meets several young men, builds a visiting ministry to the homes in her community, and starts a church. The experiences Emily has and her unwavering devotion to the God who called her to this ministry encourage me to focus on God's call on my life to spread the Gospel to everyone I meet. You'll find out at the end of the book if Emily finds out wh ...more
Jan 09, 2009 Bridget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just like Janette Oke- simple stories, easy read- Just good books
Apr 01, 2016 blmagm rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Emily Evans answers God's call to serve as a deaconess in the small western community of Wesson Creek. (I wish the time period had been more clearly defined. Emily drives a horse and buggy but others have cars.) We live through the first couple of years of Emily's disappointments and small triumphs as she ministers to the needs of the people there. The sincere but painfully juvenile writing style kept getting in the way for me. I think Christy by Catherine Marshall treated the same type of theme ...more
Another book in my reread of Oke’s Women of the West series and this one sadly disappointed. I can remember loving this book when I was younger but this time around, I was just sort of sad that Emily is so eager to find a man to help her in her calling. I simply didn’t pick up on those elements on other, earlier reads, and this time it made me a little annoyed with her. I still enjoy the small events of Emily getting her church set up and becoming part of the community, but the magic just wasn’t ...more
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