Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fields of Grace

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Fields Of Grace

Bethany House (October 2009)


Kim Vogel Sawyer


Best-selling, award-winning author Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wife, mother, grandmother, author, speaker, singer of songs and lover of chocolate... but most importantly, she's a born-again child of the King!

A former elementary school teacher, Kim closed her classroom door in 2005 to follow God's call on her heart to write and speak. Now blessed with multiple writing contracts with Bethany House, Barbour, and Zondervan Publishing, Kim enjoys sharing her journey to publication as well as the miraculous story of her healing from a life-long burden of pain and shame.

Kim's gentle yet forthright testimony lends credence to the promise of Ps. 117:2--"Great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever."


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Fields Of Grace, go HERE

Kim Vogel Sawyer has crafted a story that tugs at the heart and expertly portrays the emotions and experiences which Lillian and her family encounter. The fear and anxiety associated with pulling up roots to move to a new and unfamiliar land gives way to anticipation and hope. After the discomfort of the arduous voyage, they prepare to arrive in America, but the paralyzing shock of loss upon loss, and the numbing grief which accompany it, seem more than they can handle. Yet there is no time to adjust to this new reality before life-altering decisions must be made by Lillian and Eli. When they finally arrive at their new acreage, the exhaustive work of settling the land serves to bring some members of the family closer while driving a deeper wedge of resentment between others. As the sharp edges begin to smooth away from their shock and grief, however, flickers of hope and joy begin to once again ignite, along with new dreams. But when a new sorrow carves another hollow in Lillian's bruised heart, she blames Eli and her grief turns to anger and bitterness. Will her tears of sorrow lead her back to God, allowing Him to bloom a field of grace within her heart?


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quilly said...

I recently read this review on someone else's blog. This does sound like a book I would enjoy!

Kim Vogel Sawyer said...

Thank you for reviewing FIELDS OF GRACE, Linda. It was a joy to bring Lillian to life on the page, and I pray her faith lessons will bring healing to a reader's heart. God bless!