"City of Tranquil Light" by Bo Caldwell
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 twentieth-century. There he is surprised by love and weds a strong and determined fellow missionary, Katherine. They soon find themselves witnesses to the crumbling of a more than two-thousand-year-old dynasty that plunges the country into decades of civil war. As the couple works to improve the lives of the people of Kuang P'ing Ch'eng— City of Tranquil Light, a place they come to love—and face incredible hardship, will their faith and relationship be enough to sustain them?
Told through Will and Katherine's alternating viewpoints—and inspired by the lives of the author's maternal grandparents—City of Tranquil Light is a tender and elegiac portrait of a young marriage set against the backdrop of the shifting face of a beautiful but torn nation. A deeply spiritual book, it shows how those who work to teach others often have the most to learn, and is further evidence that Bo Caldwell writes "vividly and with great historical perspective" (San Jose Mercury News).
# Hardcover: 304 pages
# Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (September 28, 2010)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 0805092285
# ISBN-13: 978-0805092288
MY THOUGHTS: I really enjoyed reading this book. The way it's written is so relaxing and vivid. It's like reading someone's journal. The pictures it conjurs up while I was reading are wonderful. As the story follows Will and Katharine, you can see they their devotion through their faith in God. Do Will and Katharine keep their faith? Do they save The City of Tranquil Light? You'll have to read the book to find out.
[This is a free review book.]