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Archived Group Reads 2016 > August Book of the Month - Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof

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Beth (bbulow) | 2317 comments Mod
One of August's Books of the Month is Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof!

Goodreads Summary: Pretty Lonnie Sawyer is shy and innocent, used to fading into the background within her family, and among the creeks and hollows of the Appalachian hills. Though her family is poor and her father abusive, she clings to a quiet faith. But when handsome ladies’ man and bluegrass musician Gideon O’Riley steals a kiss, that one action seals her fate.

Her father forces her into a hasty marriage with Gideon—a man she barely knows and does not love. Equally frustrated and confused by his new responsibilities, Gideon yearns for a fresh start, forcing Lonnie on an arduous journey away from her home in Rocky Knob.

Her distant groom can’t seem to surrender his rage at the injustice of the forced matrimony or give Lonnie any claim in his life. What will it take for Gideon to give up his past, embrace Lonnie’s God, and discover a hope that can heal their two fractured hearts?

Gideon only ever cared about himself. Now that Lonnie is his wife, will he ever be worthy of her heart?

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Hope you will join in on the group read!


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Staci | 1825 comments Mod
I really enjoyed this novel and will chime in when the discussion begins.


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Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 867 comments Hopefully I can get this from the library...


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Beth (bbulow) | 2317 comments Mod
I finished this one yesterday and really enjoyed it. Joanne's writing is very atmospheric and the characters admirable. Well...most of them. ;)


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Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 867 comments I was able to put a hold on this one at the library. Now we'll see if it comes to me this week or not!


Brianne | 4 comments I'll be joining on this also. :)


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Beth (bbulow) | 2317 comments Mod
Hannah, I hope it comes!

Brianne, so glad you're joining!


Dana | 47 comments This will be finished today I have like 3 chapters left I am dying. Why does work get in the way lol. I will be joining!!!


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Beth (bbulow) | 2317 comments Mod
Dana, I have so been there many times! I'm like, no, why did I choose to stop at the point last time I stopped?? haha.


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Dana | 47 comments Beth wrote: "Dana, I have so been there many times! I'm like, no, why did I choose to stop at the point last time I stopped?? haha."
I know! It was the first time I wanted my train ride to be longer! But just finished on the ride home. So so good *sigh*


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Beth (bbulow) | 2317 comments Mod
It's mid-month, so it's time for some discussion questions! :)

1. What doe the title, Be Still My Soul, signify to you? Do you feel it reflects Lonnie or Gideon? Or perhaps both?

2. Lonnie and Gideon grew up in the same hollow, yet were never well acquainted. Having only known each other from afar, how do they view each other the night of the singing? In what ways did those opinions change by the time Joel gathers them together several days later?

3. Both Lonnie and Gideon have faced difficulities growing up. Which of their difficulties are similar? How do their families differ? Whether good or bad, how did each of their home lives mold them into who they are in the beginning of the books?

4. Lonnie's aunt Sarah is very dear to her. What traits do you feel the two women share? What lessons has Lonnie learned from Sarah that support her along her journey?

5. Views of marriage in the early 1900s were much different than today, and Lonnie is faced with a difficult dilemma. When refusal to obey her father's wishes would result in consequences both physical and emotional, do you feel she has a choice to refuse Gideon - refuse her pa's demands? What would you say to encourage her during this time?

6. Jebediah and Elsie provide shelter for Lonnie and Gideon physically, spiritually, and emotionally. While the Bennetts are kind and generous, they are also wealthy. Do you feel the Bennetts would be equally as generous if they had less? What is is about their character that influences your conclusion?

7. There are many things in Gideon's ife that he rerest, yet he's unsure of how to move past them. He has a difficult time owning his actions and admitting when he's wrong. What counsel would you give him? In what ways do you see him grow as the story progresses?

8. Jebediah challenges Gideon in ways the young man has never experienced. He's also patient at times when Gideon is undeserving. What does this say about Jebediah? What role does the older man play in Gideon's life over the course of the story?

9. There are many choices to make in life, but sometimes the choices of others affect us the greatest. How does this relate to Lonnie and Gideon's journey?

10. Being faced with a situation that is out of control is difficult. Is there a purpose for these moments in life? If so, how does it shape the person enduring the hardship? How can losing everything draw us closer to the Lord?

11. The Cadence of Grace series is based on 1 Peter 5:10: "But may the God ,of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you." In Be Still My Soul, how does this scripture relate to Lonnie and Gideon's journey? Have you seen this scripture reflected in your own life?

12. In the final moments of the story, Gideon vows to cherish his family. He also prays that God will keep at bay all which lies outside his own strength. Do you feel a change might be coming for the O'Rileys? What do you think might be on the horizon?


Carole Jarvis | 39 comments Sometimes an author's style of writing just resonates with me, and that is the case with Joanne. I've read everything she has written except for her most recent, which I plan to read shortly. Joanne has a quiet way of blending setting, characters, and lyrical writing with an emotional pull that totally hooks me.

There's so much that I enjoyed about Be Still My Soul, but I'll just mention one thing right now - and that's setting. I live in the Atlanta area, but my heritage is the mountains of north Georgia, an area that was as economically poor when I was growing up, yet beautiful as Joanne described. I'm an avid fan of the Waltons and Catherine Marshall's Christy, so I found Joanne's Appalachia hauntingly real and moving.

I look forward to everyone's thoughts.


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