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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Review: My Soul Sings by Kim Vogel Sawyer

My Soul Sings by Kim Vogel Sawyer is the sequel to Sweet Sanctuary.  In Sweet Sanctuary, we read about Micah's brother Jeremiah who is in Poland serving as a missionary and helping Jewish children escape.  My Soul Sings picks up Jeremiah's story after he has to leave Poland earlier then he wanted because of the childhood bout of Polio he had that crippled his legs and weakened his heart.  He goes to a small town in Arkansas to take over for a pastor that cannot preach because he is recovering from surgery.  Jeremiah hopes that his time in Shyler's Point will help him to recover from the feelings of failure he has for not being able to help more people and also from the fears he carries after being involved in the war.

Tessy grew up in Shyler's Point.  Her father is the minister there but the townspeople are all afraid of Tessy because they are very superstitious and she was born on Friday the 13th.  They believe that everywhere Tessy goes an ill wind will befall the people she is around.  Tessy stays away from the people as much as possible and has only one friend, a hermit named Ol' Gordy.

Seeing the way the people treat Tessy reminds Jeremiah of the way the Jews were treated in Europe. He wonders if God sent him there to help the people get over their fears of her and accept her as one of their own.  But, unusual things are happening around town and many items are being stolen.  People are quick to blame Tessy and Jeremiah fears that befriending her will prevent him from truly reaching the people of Shyler's Point.

Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my absolute favorite authors.  I loved Sweet Sanctuary and was very excited to see that there was a sequel!  One of the reasons I love to read Ms. Sawyer's books is that she does an amazing job making the reader feel as though they are transported through time and a part of the story.  You will feel as though you have stepped back to the 1940's and are part of the small town of Shyler's Point where you may think believing a child is a jinx may be silly but the people around you have strong beliefs that have been passed down.  The other reason I love them is that they are faith based books.  You will read the message of faith and hope and believe that God answers prayer, uses all things for good, and places people where He needs them.  He helps you overcome your fears if only you will let him.  I love the way that Jeremiah and Tessy both help each other through their different struggles that really aren't so different.

Another outstanding book by Kim Vogel Sawyer! 

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance to the FTC regulations.

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