Through Rushing Water by Catherine Richmond ~ Book Review
Sophia has her life all planned out—but her plan didn’t include being jilted or ending up in Dakota Territory.
Sophia Makinoff is certain that 1876 is the year that she’ll become the wife of a certain US Congressman, and happily plans her debut into the Capitol city. But when he proposes to her roommate instead, Sophia is stunned. Hoping to flee her heartache and humiliation, she signs up with the Board of Foreign Missions on a whim.
With dreams of a romantic posting to the Far East, Sophia is dismayed to find she’s being sent to the Ponca Indian Agency in the bleak Dakota Territory. She can’t even run away effectively and begins to wonder how on earth she’ll be able to guide others as a missionary. But teaching the Ponca children provides her with a joy she has never known—and never expected—and ignites in her a passion for the people she’s sent to serve.
It’s a passion shared by the Agency carpenter, Willoughby Dunn, a man whose integrity and selflessness are unmatched. The Poncas are barely surviving. When U.S. policy decrees that they be uprooted from their land and marched hundreds of miles away in the middle of winter, Sophia and Will wade into rushing waters to fight for their friends, their love, and their destiny.
This is the second book I have read from Catherine Richmond. I love that her books are easy to read. Even though they are easy to read, there is a lesson for everyone in each of her books. Through Rushing Water is no different.
How often have we prayed to God, deliberately asking for a certain thing to happen in our lives, only to have God point us in a very different direction? The main character in this story, Sophia, prays that God will send her to China to be a missionary. Instead she gets sent to the furthest place from China she could get. She finds out through the book, that perhaps God knew what he was doing! An amazing thought, huh. I think we can learn a very important lesson from this story - what we think is best, is not always in God's plan for us.
If you are looking for a great read, this book is for you.
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