Several years ago my friend was saying how much she loved these books. It has been years since I read them so I ordered them through PaperBackSwap and let them sit on the shelf for a couple years. Last week I read through Not My Will and it’s sequel The Light in My Window by Francena Arnold. Even though they were first written in 1946 and 1950 they were as good as I remembered and as she said.
I cried and laughed, frowned and smiled my way through both of the stories. The messages of salvation and surrender in Not My Will are timeless; as is the message of being a servant for the Lord in The Light In My Window. I was able to understand and enjoy it as a teenager. As a mother and adult I processed the stories differently but enjoyed them just as much.
Francena H. Arnold was a school teacher, talented storyteller, mother of four children, and author of nine novels. Her first, Not My Will, was originally written “just for the eyes of the family.” Raised in rural Illinois, Francena lived with her husband, Frank, in the Chicago area. Published by Moody Bible Institute.
I got to thinking while searching for information about Francena Arnold. She does not have a website, and only an empty Facebook fan page. There is not a lot of personal information about her, but her first book [Not My Will] which was originally written only for family is all over the web and the world. Her encouraging and thought provoking stories have endured the test of time.
Now, today, writers can get instant gratification by publishing immediately online, but how long will our words endure? Do they make people think? Do they encourage? It just makes me think.
I got these books all by myself through PaperBackSwap – love that site! Nobody asked me to write about them. I do have affiliate links in this post.