Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Want to Know More About Quakers than the Nutritional Value of Their Oatmeal?

Messenger, The, Siri Mitchell, 978-0-7642-0796-9

Well, I would say this book is a good place to start.  Other than Nathanael Greene, the “Fighting Quaker” of the Revolutionary War, I really don’t know anything about the Society of Friends.  In fact, I was confusing the little I remember from school with the little I knew about another group, the Shakers.  By the way, there seems to be a pretty big difference.  While not an in depth study, you will get a good idea of how the Friends worshiped and lived their lives.

Friend Hannah Sunderland is a good Quaker girl whose twin brother is in prison after being captured with the Colonial rebel army by the British.  Hannah is forbidden to visit him since his imprisonment is seen as punishment by God for joining the rebellion.  Hannah struggles with the faith she has grown up with.  Is the Meeting truly obeying God’s Voice or are they just setting rules to follow.

Jeremiah Jones has been nursing a grudge against the British since an ill-fated battle in the French and Indian War.  He now spies for the Colonial Army with the specific mission of helping the Colonial Rebels escape from prison.  Jeremiah needs Hannah to help him accomplish his plans and vice versa, but Jeremiah is not sure he can do anything with a pseudo-spy who will not compromise her principles.

It took me a couple of chapters to get into the story, mainly because it is told in the first-person narrative, which is not my favorite, with each chapter being told by either Hannah or Jeremiah.  Once I got into it, I thought the story was engaging and I really wanted to know how it was going to end.  Hannah and Jeremiah both have to struggle with the right thing to do, and to do it in the right way—or at least as right as can be when you are spying and rebelling against the established authority!
For more information about this book and to read an excerpt click here or the title above!

I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

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