This story is about a newly married woman, Rosetta Wakefield, whose husband enlists in the Union army and leaves her on his parents farm. She tries f This story is about a newly married woman, Rosetta Wakefield, whose husband enlists in the Union army and leaves her on his parents farm. She tries for a few days (literally) to be apart from him and decides her place is with her husband so she disguises herself as a man and enlists with her husband’s company. I’ll try not to spoil anything for anyone, but oh my GOODNESS this was a tear-jerker. Now, most of the story takes place at the camp, with a lot of soldiers. There is at least one character named Hiram, who is the course jester of the group and he has many bad words and remarks about women that the gentler reader might not like, but other than that the book is very clean. Hiram is not exactly viewed favorably. Rosetta and her husband seemed to remain chaste prior to marriage (it takes place very early) and even in the confines of marriage Ms McCabe leaves the romance mainly veiled. You understand what is happening but it is treated respectfully. I feel like one can’t enter into the topic of women disguising themselves to fight without touching on egalitarianism or women’s rights or something, but I enjoyed how non preachy McCabe’s story was. Rosetta has always found farm work and outside labor much more interesting than housework, which doesn’t come very naturally to her, but it doesn’t seem like she’s trying to make a statement. She has seen her father mourn over his lack of sons and she is trying to fill that space for him. So, when she eventually enters the war some of the tougher tasks come easier to her than it would to most women. But she doesn’t even enter the war to make a statement. She goes because she decides her place is with her husband. I can dig that. This is a wonderful story of love. True, real, and sacrificial love. There are undertones of Ruth throughout the book and it will break your heart. I just thought it was completely well done and very moving. I am probably going to go back to the library and see if Ms. McCabe has written anything else....more
I can't say this book is revolutionary. It can be summed up by saying: If you go into the holidays with a plan, you won't end up stressed out and you I can't say this book is revolutionary. It can be summed up by saying: If you go into the holidays with a plan, you won't end up stressed out and your gift giving attitude will be a good one. This is probably pretty obvious and you may not need a book to tell you that. However, for the scattered among us, this actually might be fairly useful. The book outlines how to make a plan and how to set your mind during the holidays. Also, it's full of fun ideas to maybe get you a little more excited during the Christmas season. I did enjoy how much Ms. Bader emphasized that great gift giving should have nothing to do with how much money you spend, but everything to do with your attitude and care for the gift recipient. I guess I knew this was an e-book, but I can't say I loved having it because I felt like I was reading someone's printed up essay. I don't have good feelings reading books like this. I like the whole physical book experience, but that's just me being nitpicky. Anyway, thanks Goodreads First-Reads!...more
Not at all the book I thought it was going to be, and there were some of "those scenes" that one encounters in modern books. Also, there were aspects Not at all the book I thought it was going to be, and there were some of "those scenes" that one encounters in modern books. Also, there were aspects of the book that I found somewhat unnecessary. There was basically a whole element that I felt could have been left out completely and I wouldn't have missed it. Maybe I missed something? Other than that I actually found her writing very moving. One of the blurbs on the back promised a modern Jane Austen which was quite a claim, but I actually don't really contest that. It's a great story of the endurance of love in a fast paced and virtual world. I wouldn't really call it a romance novel, because the endurance of love is best exemplified between the two sisters (the main characters of the book) but it has elements of a romance novel. The type of romance novel that shows how important actual love is. ...more
I received this book from Goodreads Firstreads. Since I liked almost nothing about this book instead of reviewing it, I thought I'd list it's major f I received this book from Goodreads Firstreads. Since I liked almost nothing about this book instead of reviewing it, I thought I'd list it's major flaws and then mention the few things that are ok about it.
1. Never never never name your character after yourself. It's extremely off putting for the reader. Even if it is the character's fake name.
2. I had a real problem with the theology. There was this one part of the book where it was explained that one couldn't have true communion with God unless one was "baptized in the spirit," a.k.a. spoke in tongues.
3. One of my LEAST favorite types of characters in books or films is the Snarky, butt-kickin' tomboy girl. No one tells her what to do cause she's such an independent little spitfire. Please, if you are going to make a tough woman the main character make her less obnoxiously obvious about it. I found myself rooting for something bad to happen to her just to teach her a lesson.
So, I think the story could have been very interesting. It's the story of a princess's return to her kingdom after years of being hidden away, and her eventual fight to take back half of her realm that had been claimed by the outsiders who had taken over from her mother. Naturally, she falls in love with the current ruler of the half that has remained true to her, and there is some amount of tension before they can finally be together. The kingdom she rules is supposed to be a picture of the church I'm guessing because it's in present day era, but not of present day era. That wasn't entirely clear until the end, but that wasn't a flaw or anything. I think I just couldn't stand the protagonist so much that I wasn't exactly cheering her on. ...more
I won this book from Goodreads, and I'm happy I won it. I enjoyed reading it. I liked the healing and forgiveness portrayed in it. I enjoyed that the I won this book from Goodreads, and I'm happy I won it. I enjoyed reading it. I liked the healing and forgiveness portrayed in it. I enjoyed that there was a bit of a mystery. There were (I feel like this is always my lament) some really "PG-13 moments" in this book and if they had been removed I feel like this would have perhaps merited four stars. I loved the concept! Though the mystery was perhaps revealed too quick and FAR too much time was spent on sex I think I enjoyed it overall. It is a story of two families torn apart by death. Both families are poised to merge through a marriage, but both must come to terms with what really happened and what is really going on in their own hearts before they can move on. In both cases there is a rift between parent and child that needs to be healed. I think Ms. Robinson had a good story to tell, and she held my attention, but I feel like this could be improved by some cleaning up....more
I just finished So Much More: The Remarkable Influence of Visionary Daughters on the Kingdom of God and I have to say I was very unimpressed. Actuall I just finished So Much More: The Remarkable Influence of Visionary Daughters on the Kingdom of God and I have to say I was very unimpressed. Actually I was more than unimpressed. I think the book is pretty bad. I recognize that Godly womanhood is under fire in today’s world, but I kind of think Godliness has always been under fire. It’s tough to be a believer. In John 15 Jesus says “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you…If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” As believers, we shouldn’t be surprised that Jesus’s prediction is true. So, yes, being Godly will put you in a position of opposition to the world. So, I appreciate the fact that these girls are questioning things the world takes for granted: “Everyone needs to go to college,” “Independent is the way to be!” “Birth control for at least the first year of marriage,” “Of course women should have their own careers.” All of these things the world, and to a certain extent the church just swallows as truths without much examination. But I feel like the girls made their arguments very poorly. First, a caveat, when I say girls I really mean it. At the time this book was written they were 17 and 19. I think they are thoughtful young women with good hearts and I think they were very zealous for Godly femininity. I just think a few more years would have given them some perspective. I guess I’m more surprised that there were adults in their lives that let them write this sort of thing and put a stamp of approval on it. I think my first clue to the fact that there would be theological problems was when the young authors said, “Many of the answers and solutions we…have found will seem incredibly extreme and drastic. We believe that in a day of extreme apostasy and judgment, extreme measures are exactly what are called for, and that a drastic step in the opposite direction is exactly what we need to take.” First of all, this assumes our struggles are far and away harder than the struggles of any other Christian civilization throughout history. Not true! Also, I’m going to need some biblical proof that the answer to a problem is to take a “drastic step in the opposite direction.” I think there are plenty of directives God gives us as to how to live a wise Christian life and if we just followed them (which is hard enough) we’ll be fine. I don’t think we need to go beyond what God has told us to do. Anyway, the rest of the book is basically rules for living in a way that shows direct opposition to the world. 1. Women must submit to the headship of fathers or husbands; 2. Women should never go to college because every woman who goes to college loses her faith or exits an embittered feminist; 3. It’s best women never work. Ever. But if you must be a “wage slave” work under another Christian woman because male bosses are just RIPE for sexual encounters with their employees; 4. Women must never enter the mission field, unless accompanied by their husbands; 5. Women should never be in leadership positions, not just in the church, which is as far as the bible goes, but in any leadership position ever. Ok, outside of the first rule, obviously there is plenty to make fun of. Like I said, I love when Christians challenge the world’s thinking, but I think where the bible is silent we should be too. The much touted Proverbs 31 woman works publicly and at home. Priscilla and Aquila BOTH were tent makers. God just doesn’t say whether women should or should not work outside the home. The girls did somewhat hesitatingly admit that going to college, getting a job, etc wasn’t actually a sin, but then they proceeded to heap guilt on you about it. Anyway, I guess reading the book made me think I was reading a book written by a conspiracy theorist. They had all these examples of women whose lives fell apart in college or who finally found fulfillment in working at home after trying to find in everywhere else. I don’t deny the truth of those stories. I just have a feeling the Botkin sisters would deny my story or the stories of other women I know who have been through college and/or jobs and made it through with our faith still intact and our lives pretty joyful. They’d probably just say that I was well-intentioned and thought I had it together but I didn’t really. You just can’t argue with someone like that. I would like to know how they would respond when I tell them that due to my college degree I am a better helpmeet to my husband. He actually said it would have been very tough to marry someone who hadn't gone through college. So...hah! ...more