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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

City of Tranquil Light

I was very moved by this work of fiction based on the author’s maternal grandparents and their lives as missionaries to China. 

City of Tranquil Light tells the story of Will and Katherine Kiehn who meet, fall in love and marry on the mission field.  They begin their life together while serving in China and this book details their love story along with their hardships and heartache. 

After reading this book, I had a deepened respect and appreciation for those who are called to go and serve in distant lands and share the Gospel.  While this book is a fictional work, the author drew many of the ideas for this story from her grandparents’ experiences and the biographies of other missionaries who have served.  It is a powerful testimony of what missionaries sacrifice to be obedient to the call upon their lives. 

The story begins with an elderly  81 year old Will Kiehn at his retirement home in California.  He is reminiscing and thinking back to when he first felt called to the mission field and from there, his story is told through his memories.  Prepare to be moved and inspired when you read this novel – it was agonizing at times to read, yet a beautiful tribute to those who have given their lives for the sake of the Gospel.

This book was provided free for review by The B&B Media Group

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