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

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  3,049 ratings  ·  154 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
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Paperback, 222 pages
Published 1990 by Bethany House Publishers
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Amy
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Ellie Sorota
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LeeAnn
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
Larisha
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!!
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.
Sue
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
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Kari Trumbo
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
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Lisa Blair
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
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Virginia Markhart
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
Shawna
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
Julie
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
Nancy
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.
Carly
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.
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
Jennifer
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.
B
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
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Lisa C.
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
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Tricia
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
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Sharon
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
Bridget
I just like Janette Oke- simple stories, easy read- Just good books
May
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Jonelle
This book made me think of how difficult it was for women getting the call of God in that time. I admired the main charactor's persistance and could relate to her personallity. It was a good read, fun and kept me hooked. There was not any complexity but the situations and how the charactor of Emily dealt with them gave me insperation practically in my walk with God.

As a side note it was leant to me by a friend just before leaving on a DTS in YWAM. (Youth with a mission.) I am thankful for it.
Carma Chemezova
3.5 stars. If you are a woman who have served a mission this would probably be even more interesting to you (I haven't). It was a fun little story and had a real gem of an insight as to why God would allow a child to die. Spoiler- In the story, Emily is out in the town that she has been called to open a mission in and there is a nice lady that is not personally religious but sends her kids to Sunday school. One of her children becomes ill and she asks Emily to pray for him- with some faith that ...more
Aleta Kay
Emily Evans feels the call to preach in spite of health issues and strong negativity from her father. She travels alone to a country community that hasn't had a preacher in a very long time. It isn't easy for her but as she works through her trials her faith grows, as does the faith of the man she ends up marrying.
The author has written better books than this one (The Love Comes Softly series), but this one is okay.
Simone
“The Calling of Emily Evans” by Janette Oke. Bethany House Publishers. Minneapolis, Minnesota 1990.

“The Calling of Emily Evans” is a Christian fiction book that speaks to young woman of faith that has a desire and passion for ministry. The book portrays the various conflicts that young women may have to endure in a male dominated society. The climax of the story is when Emily, the main character, is boarding out and breaks her bedtime curfew in order to study and catches a cold. Her faith is t
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Emily Good
While it was fairly good read, I would definitely not consider this one of Janette Oke's best books. Aside from the fact that theologically I do not agree with a woman being called to be a preacher, I felt it was a bit slower paced and repetitive than many of her other books. That said, for anyone who does like her books, it is worth a read. :)
Allison Fetch
An interesting premise for a story, especially considering similar events took place in real life. I found the writing to be adequate, but there wasn't much drama. The story was overly gentle and there were no real surprises, so my interest wasn't held as well as it might have been.
Nadine Keels
Thoughts on the entire series.

Overall, Women of the West is my favorite series (that I’ve read so far) by Oke, where I really reveled in what the author had to bring in all of her sweet, warm, and simplistic glory. However, the books aren’t only warm fuzzies, as Oke does deal with some tough, and even some potentially controversial, issues, giving the reader some points to chew on but doing it in her warm style.

I’ve read most of the books in the series more than once (maybe even three times, wit
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