City of Tranquil Light
"What ardent, dazzling souls emerge from these American missionaries in China . . . A beautiful, searing book that leaves an indelible presence in the mind." —Patricia Hampl, author of The Florist's Daughter
Will Kiehn is seemingly destined for life as a humble farmer in the Midwest when, having felt a call from God, he travels to the vast North China Plain in the early...more
Katherine is a nurse and does much to help with the ills of the village as the poor have no way to get any kind of medical help. They establish a clinic and a church and become deeply involved with the people that they meet and serve.
Later when San Jose picked "The Distant Land of My Father" for BOOK of the YEAR --(I was not surprised) --I was excited because I knew I'd get a chance to meet the author.
Listening to Bo Caldwell speak that first night inspired me. Everything about this Bo Caldwell touched me. She wrote a brilliant book. She herself was beautiful. Her family was extraordinary. --A marvelous eve ...more
City of Tranquil Light is a beautiful novel that tells the story of a missionary couple in China in a very respectful, loving way. These missionaries are not crazy men and/>City ...more
"I have learned to do what God places in front of me, whatever that is," Will Kiehn says as he explains to Hsiao Lao, the bandit chief, his commitment to help anybody in need, be that a sick old farmer or an injured thief. Those same words could also sum up Will's life story in City of Tranquil Light."
In 1909 Will and his wife, Katherine arrived i ...more
City of Tranquil Light is a love story. It is a love story about a husband and wife who faithfully love each other through intense trials and great joy, grievous loss and gifts of grace. It is the story of an American couples' deep love for the Chinese people, and it is the story of their Chinese frien ...more
"City of Tranquil Light" is a deep, tender, story that flows on many levels. Themes of life's purpose/ calling, maturity, China, marriage, cross-cultural living/ transformation, life & death, suffering, self-sacrifice, retiremen ...more
A former Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at Stanford University, Bo Caldwell demonstrates her ability to provide a fulfilling sensory experience as she recreates a slice of place and time in early twentieth-century China. The two thousand-year-old dynasty is crumbling and civil war rocks the county. Into this turmoil steps a set of unmarried mid-western Mennonite missionaries, Will and Katherine, who are each determined to give their skills and their hearts to the people of China.
"When you leave a place you love, you leave a piece of your heart. But you take wit ...more
The years the couple are in China are pivotal in the country's economic and political outcome. A dynasty ends, a civil war is fought, there is drought and famine, ...more
One of the big comp ...more
An ordinary man, Will Kiehn of a farming family hears the call of God and goes to the North China Plain in 1906. There he is meets Katherine, a fellow missionary and nurse who at first ...more
The subject was loosely based on the author's own family and it brought me back to The Good Earth by Pearl Buck mixed with a dollop of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.
Their commitment to their faith was believable, beautiful and inspiring. ...more
I've lived in a foreign country, as have my 3 adult children. We all had some kind of 'culture shock'. But the characters in this book didn't seem to address that. It w ...more
Much to my surprise, I liked the Chinese words interspersed throughout (with their translations, of course!). I learned so much about China’s history and culture, as well as what it might be like to serve in a foreign mission. I have gained a desire to learn more about China and also spend some ...more
Gorgeous! Just that word .. it's a gorgeous story. The deep and true love and strength and faith through unimaginable poverty and hardships and loss ... This was a book that you really didn't want to put down. I felt myself drawn into these missionaries' lives (not as though I'd want to live them, however, as I'm a bit too used to running water, electricity, and food to want to live their lives), but feeling as they felt and seeing what strengths e ...more