Monday, March 3, 2014

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn... Breeds Character

When I received The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn in the mail, I had no idea it would add depth to my character.

Available April 15, 2014
Tamsen Littlejohn “longed for the freedom to choose her own path”. In a courageous moment, she fled the life her harsh stepfather tried to force upon her. Enlisting the help of an Overmountain man, she trekked into the wilderness, leaving behind everything familiar, on a search for the freedom always held just beyond her grasp. Would she come to regret her first free choice? Or would her patience prove to be just the seed God intended to burst into bloom?

As Tamsen ventured beyond the people and places she knew well, I latched onto her hope, her perseverance. These things I thought I already had, but the world often tests the things I think I’ve learned. When that happens, the Lord shows me more about my character. He refines the character traits He’s burrowing deep into the core of who I am. In so doing, He’s preparing me for the life He’s laid out before me. Today, I hope for my turn to create a family. This day, I’ll persevere past any trials that pop up against that future.

Thankful describes me right now. Tamsen Littlejohn’s story helped me realize I had more patience than I thought I did. The author, Lori Benton, didn’t unravel the mysteries surrounding Tamsen’s journey until the very end. That is talent I appreciate in a novelist. That patience—waiting to find out what happened to the heroine of the story—I applied to other areas of my life this week, and it made for a happier, more easygoing me. Taking life as it comes is something I’ve struggled to learn over the years. The last several years I’ve done better, but I have a feeling it’s all going to look upward from here.

What have YOU learned from a book that was applicable to other parts of your life?

Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah for the complimentary copy of The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn in exchange for this honest review.


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4 comments:

  1. Hi Andrea. Thanks for reading The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn in its early release ARC format. I'm thrilled you found much in Tamsen's character and journey to encourage you in your own walk. No sweeter words to a writer's ears (or eyes) than that! Blessings to you as you wait on God to unfold His perfect plan for you. Seasons of waiting can be a sweet time of fellowship with Him.

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    1. Lori, thanks for visiting my site. Thank you for writing Tamsen's story. Yes, I found it encouraging, but your comment even more so. "Seasons of waiting can be a sweet time of fellowship with Him." I'm finding that to be true more each day. Thanks for encouraging me! Keep up the great work on your stories. I'm sure they're (you're) blessing so many more than just me.

      Blessings,
      Andrea

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  2. I just may have to pick this one up when it comes out. This sounds more my cup of coffee than Burning Sky. ;)

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    1. Glad I piqued your interest, Alyssa. Sharing books I enjoy with others is so much fun. Feel free to come back and tell me what you think of it when you get it read. I hope you like it!

      Blessings,
      Andrea

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