Monday, July 6, 2009

Across the Wide River

Across the Wide River
By: Stephanie Reed

I love learning more about history in story format. Something to make it real to me. That is exactly what author Stephanie Reed has done in this book by putting you into the mind of a child and getting his perspective. That made this story very interesting and captivating. My favorite part was when he found out about his family being part of the Underground. He actually helped a slave escape without knowing it!

As Lowry grows up he shares his family's views of slavery, but isn't so sure that he is cut out to be an abolishionist preacher like his father. He even goes to seminary just to return home shortly after very tired and very discouraged. Lowry doesn't realize just how much he has done for the Lord and thinks that God could never use him even though He has been for years.

This book is an encouragment to those who feel that they can't do anything for the Lord. Sometimes God is using us and we don't even realize it because we have our focus on the wrong thing. Keep in tune with the Lord and keep your eyes open for how you can help Him. God is at work all around us, we just need to join Him.

Stay tuned for a review of the sequel "The Light Across the River".

Back of the Book:

Some take it for granted.
Others consider it worth dying for.

Lowry Rankin knows all too well the cost of freedom; after all, his family's red brick home is the first stop on the Underground Railroad north of the Ohio River.

He's seen friends beaten for the color of their skin. He's watched simple farmers make a difference. He's even risked his own life transporting escaped slaves to the next "station". But will Lowry be able to conquer his greatest fear when he's called to speak out?

About Author, Stephanie Reed:

During her childhood, Stephanie Reed’s family would often pass through Ripley on their way to her grandparents’ home. The signs she read there about the Rankin house were what prompted her to write this story. After working for nearly a decade with the Dayton Metro Library, Stephanie is currently a volunteer spotter for the National Weather Service. She lives with her husband and two children, in Dublin, Ohio.

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Stephanie Reed said...

Julianna, thank you! If anyone is interested in winning a copy of The Light Across the River, there's a giveaway at this blog:

And hey, my blog is the Web site address is another Stephanie Reed.

I'm glad you enjoyed Wide River and I look forward to your review of Light!

Laura Davis said...

Julianna, I agree with your comment that this book is an encouragement to anyone who thinks they are not doing enough for the Lord. I really enjoyed it from that perspective as well. I love history in novel format too! Great review!