I’ve always found stories of immigrants interesting. In Fields of Grace by Kim Vogel Sawyer the family leaves Russia in the 1870s and heads to Kansas, America, so that their sons will not be forced to enter the army. I know that stories like this happened in real life and I wonder how the people did it. What kind of vision did they have to leave everything they knew and loved and start over from scratch?
The heroine of this book, Lillian, goes through tremendous physical changes as well as emotional and spiritual. She changes modes of travel, countries, husbands, houses, types of food, and much more. Being raised in the Mennonite faith and married to a faithful Mennonite man she had just gone on living the faith she knew and was surrounded with. When times get rough she remembers the hymns first. Then she turns to the Bible. Lillian has one more major trial that causes her to reject God’s teachings before she once again embraces the idea that the Lord is her friend.Here is the backcover copy:
Will their Mennonite faith be shaken or strengthened by the journey to a new land?
With their eldest son nearly to the age when he will be drafted into military service, Reinhardt and Lillian Vogt decide to immigrate to America, the land of liberty, with their three sons and Reinhardt’s adopted brother, Eli. But when tragedy strikes during the voyage, Lillian and Eli are forced into an agreement neither desires.
Determined to fulfill his obligation to Reinhardt, Eli plans to see Lillian and her sons safely settled on their Kansas homestead–and he’s equally determined that the boys will be reared in the Mennonite faith. What he doesn’t expect is his growing affection for Lillian–and the deep desire to be part of a family.
To read the first chapter visit Where the Story Begins. To find out more information visit Kim Vogel Sawyer’s website or Bethany House.