This Week in History 10/24 – 10/30

HistoryThis Week in History:

October 24:

  • “Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history with drops of around 10% in most indexes (2008)
  • US Civil War: West Virginia seceded from Virginia (1861)
  • Robert Koch discovers germ that causes tuberculosis (1882)
  • Missionary Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy Semple, founder of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, married Harold Stewart McPherson (1911)
  • Levi P Morton, US ambasador to France, drives first rivet in Statue of Liberty (1881)
  • Mob in Los Angeles, California hang 18 Chinese (1871)
  • United Nations born (1945)
  • First New York subway opens (1904)
  • Margaret Ellen Towner became the first woman ordained in the Presbyterian Church (1956)
  • First barrel ride down Niagara Falls (1901)
  • George Washington Bridge linking New York City and New Jersey dedicated (1931)

October 25:

  • Tappan sells first microwave oven (1955)
  • Chrysanthus and Daria were martyred when pagans stoned them for being Christians (283 AD)
  • US Revolutionary War: Congress petitions English king to address grievances (1774)
  • John Adams marries Abigail Smith (1764)
  • John Steinbeck awarded Nobel Prize for Literature (1962)
  • Pablo Picasso born (1881)
  • Giovanni Cassini discovers Iapetus, satellite of Saturn (1671)
  • Postcards first used in USA (1870)
  • First Youth For Christ rally was held at Bryant’s Alliance Tabernacle in New York City (1941)
  • Emma Whittemore’s first Door of Hope opened to help girls on the streets of New York City (1890)
  • Apostolic Church of Pentecost of Canada was founded (1921)
  • Cabinet member found guilty in Teapot Dome scandal (1929)
  • The U.N. seats the People’s Republic of China and expels Taiwan against US objections (1971)
  • United States invades Communist Grenada and overthrows government (1983)
  • Charge of Light Brigade – Battle of Balaclava, Crimean War (1854)
  • Emperor Charles V bans wooden buildings in Amsterdam (1521)

October 26:

  • US Revolutionary War: Benjamin Franklin departed from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution (1776)
  • Lead pencils first used (1492)
  • US Revolutionary War: Minute Men organized in colonies (1774)
  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1881)
  • Mother Teresa founded Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India (1950)
  • Pentecostal Fellowship of North America was organized to promote unity among Pentecostals (1948)
  • Betty Ferreri is acquitted for killing abusive husband (1948)
  • US Civil War: Union troops ambush & kill ‘Bloody’ Bill Anderson in Richmond, Michigan (1864)
  • Pinckney’s Treaty between Spain & US is signed, establishing southern boundary of US & giving Americans right to send goods down Mississippi (1795)
  • Erie Canal between Hudson River & Lake Erie opened (1825)
  • White terrorists kill several blacks in St Bernard Parish, Louisiana (1868)
  • Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine (1858)
  • International conference begins in Geneva aimed at improving medical conditions on battlefields leading to the founding of the Red Cross (1863)
  • Pony Express ends (1861)
  • Federalist Papers published calling for ratification of United States Constitution (1787)
  • Georgia Colony reverses itself & rules slavery is legal (1749)
  • Mobs attack Jewish community of Krakow (1407)

October 27:

  • The first complete New International Version (NIV) of the Bible was published by Zondervan (1978)
  • 20,000 women march in a suffrage parade in New York (1917)
  • The United States and Soviet Union step back from brink of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)
  • Two Quakers are executed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony for their religious beliefs (1659)
  • New York City subway opens (1904)
  • DuPont announces its new synthetic fiber will be called “nylon” (1938)
  • Michael Servetus was burned at the stake for refuting the doctrine of the Trinity. John Calvin was on the council that tried him. (1533)
  • President Teddy Roosevelt born (1858)
  • WW2: Chicago Daily Tribune editorialize there will not be war with Japan (1941)
  • Samuel Williams and the first U.S. astronomical expedition to record an eclipse of the sun observes the event at Penobscot Bay (1780)
  • The first Lithuanian Church in America was organized (1889)
  • William (Boss) Macy Tweed, Democratic leader of Tammany Hall, arrested after NY Times exposed his corruption (1871)
  • First published reference to Jazz (1916)

October 28:

  • Constantine defeated the army of Maximitius and became emperor of Rome after having a vision of the cross and, soon after that, became the first emperor to embrace Christianity (312 AD)
  • Statue of Liberty dedicated and celebrated by first ticker tape parade (1886)
  • At Nonantum, Massachusetts, John Eliot conducted the first Protestant worship service for the Natives of North America while delivering the first sermon preached to them in their native tongue. (1646)
  • Khrushchev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba ending Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)
  • Gateway Arch in Saint Louis, Missouri completed (1965)
  • Ernest Hemingway wins Nobel Prize for Literature (1961)
  • Volstead Act establishing prohibition passed by US Congress (1919)
  • Harvard University founded to train ministers (1636)
  • Flag of Israel adopted (1948)

October 29:

  • Great Depression: Black Tuesday Stock Market crashes (1929)
  • Osama bin Laden first admits direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and threatens the US to try to influence the 2004 U.S. presidential election on Al Jazeera broadcast (2004)
  • Christian business man and first Nobel Prize winner Henry Dunant  founded the Red Cross. A year later, they drew up the Geneva Convention rules for treatment of prisoners of war. (1863)
  • Birth of Juji Nakada, Japanese Christian evangelist, who influenced Charles and Lettie Cowman to come to Japan where they incorporated the Oriental Missions Society. (1870)
  • President William McKinley’s assassin, Leon Czolgosz, is executed (1901)
  • Publishing companies Penguin and Random House merge to form the world’s largest publisher (2012)
  • Apostolic Christian Association, now known as International Pentecostal Church of Christ, was incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia (1919)
  • First time missionary Jim Elliot saw a Auca Indian in Ecuador from an airplane. Ten weeks later, he and four other missionaries were martyred by the same Indians. (1955)
  • Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in New Jersey resulting in 110 deaths and $50 billion in damage and forces the New York stock exchange to close (2012)
  • John Glenn becomes oldest person to go into space at 77 when Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off (1998)
  • Law bans discrimination of sex or marital status in credit application (1974)
  • Alaska highway completed (1942)
  • Record-breaking snowstorm in the northeastern United States leaves nearly 2 million residents without power for more than 36 hours (2011)
  • Sir Walter Scott Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England (1618)
  • Colonel Nasser disbands Muslim Brotherhood (1954)
  • The international day of Cyrus the Great, king of Persia, who declared the first charter of human rights in the world also known as Cyrus Cylinder (529 BC)

October 30:

  • Wesley Chapel on John Street in New York City was first Methodist church to be dedicated in the American colonies (1768)
  • US President John Adams is born (1735)
  • Orson Welles causes a nationwide panic with his broadcast of “War of the Worlds” by not letting his audience know it was a fictional broadcast (1938)
  • WW I: Ottoman Empire, now known as Turkey, signs an armistice with the Allies, agreeing to end hostilities at noon on 31 October (1918)
  • Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is published anonymously (1811)
  • WW2: Benito Mussolini forms government in Italy (1922)
  • Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah becomes first female senator (1896)
  • 20 die & 6,000 made ill by smog in Donora, Pennsylvania (1948)
  • Daniel Cooper patents time clock (1894)
  • English Parliament passes Act of Supremacy making King Henry VIII head of the Church in England officially breaking ties with the Pope and starting the Anglican Church (1534)
  • Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Lars Onsager for thermodynamics (1968)
  • Nobel prize for physics awarded to Luis Alvarez for the bubble chamber (1968)
  • WW2: Anne Frank is deported from Auschwitz to Belsen (1944)
  • Antioch surrenders to the Muslim forces under Rashidun Caliphate after the Battle of Iron bridge (637 AD)

If Life Was Just a Rose, But It Isn’t

by Carole Brown

Five Tips to Live Happily When Your Life’s Rose Has Thorns

If Life Were a Rose
by John Roxell
If life were a rose would I smell it?
Or would the fear of the bee’s sting hold me back?
If life were a rose would I take pleasure in its lucid color?
Or would the brevity of its glow cloud its sunshine?
If life were a rose would I marvel at its delicate changing form?
Or would the falling of its petals bury the moment of its triumph?
If life were a rose would I pick the frail flower to be my own?
Or would the thorns create a barrier causing me to leave it behind?
If life were a rose.
1.  We don’t always take advantage of the opportunities that are given us. But don’t despair. Follow your instincts, ask advice from trustworthy friends and family. Seek God’s face for His will for each one that is offered. That is the perfect solution for knowing which opportunity to accept.
2.  Life is full of bee stings. That’s a fact. Deaths, disappointments, rejections, bees-freesetbacks, illness, loss-nothing is perfect in life. But remember, we’re humans, and most, find some way to go on living. Take joy in your overcoming experiences. Take heart that you have another chance, another day. Refuse to allow sad and hurtful things get you down. None of these disappointments will last forever–except the loss of a loved one, but even in that, we know we can see them again someday.
3.  Take time to enjoy the world about you. Laugh and play with children. Take a stroll around town, in the country, in the park or by a lake. Watch the sunrise some early morning, or tell someone you love them. Dance in the rain. Thrill at the sight of blue lightning streaking through the dark clouds. Smile at a checkout person. Go see an older, lonely person. Love a pet. Call someone. Mainly, enjoy life. Enjoy the day God’s given you.
4.  Realize that nothing stays the same forever. We get older and older, then old. Sickness comes. Death comes. We lose jobs. We have to move. Expenses come that take that saved-back money. We don’t always get what we want, but isn’t that good–in some ways? How else can we learn to trust God? Has God a better plan for us that we can’t see at the time? Learning to leave it all in God’s hands is hard, but necessary if we are to be as a trusting child, knowing God will take care of us. Learn it!
  1. Don’t shun the small things. So what he didn’t get you a huge bunch of flowers! That
    bouquet of wild ones, meant he took time to go daisies-chamomile-freeinto the fields or alongside the country roads to hand-pick them for you. You didn’t get a big birthday cake? But your favorite grandchild gave you a hand drawn card with all the love his/her little heart could put into it. Don’t always expect the “big” things when the small ones are so much more precious.  Appreciate each gift you’re given!


Wishing you a happy, happy day–today! 

10 Tips for Fall Decorating

I love to add a few decorations for each season. Autumn is one of my favorite times to add some seasonal décor because of all the rich colors. Only a few additions will make a big difference. Here’s 10 tips for Fall Decorating.

1. Use a tablecloth with Autumn colors such as brown, rust, orange, or burgundy to bring color to your dining area.

2. Make or buy an Autumn centerpiece for your table. Here’s a post on How to Make a Simple Fall Centerpiece that even someone with two left thumbs can do.

3. Use pumpkins, gourds, and pinecones for decoration accents around the house.

4. Use candles and accent pieces with Autumn colors.

5. Glue different color leaves onto a poster board making a collage of color. Then frame it and hang it in a prominent place.

6. Take a hike through the woods and take photographs of the leaves changing colors. Blow up and hang the best photograph.

7. Cut holes in the top of gourds and place flowers in them for unique vases.

8. Attach dried cornhusks to porch posts or set them on either side of your front door.

9. Add a few fall colors to your flower arrangements.

10 Hang an Autumn wreath on the door.

Happy Autumn!!!

This Week in History 10/17 – 10/23

historyThis Week in History

October 17:

  • WW2: German occupiers issue identity cards (1940)
  • Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, was martyred by being thrown to wild beasts (107 AD)
  • Texas Rangers founded (1835)
  • Albert Einstein arrives in US, a refugee from Nazi Germany (1933)
  • Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph, the first movie (1888)
  • Ohio national guard kills 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man (1894)
  • US Revolutionary War: Americans win Battle of Saratoga (1777)
  • UN passes resolution saying “Zionism is a form of racism” (1975)
  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher Destroyed in Jerusalem destroyed by Muslims (1009)
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington starring Jimmy Stewart is released (1939)
  • Al Capone sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion (1931)
  • The United States population reaches 300 million (2006)

October 18:

  • Women considered persons under Canadian law (1929)
  • Mason Dixon Line first drawn (1767)
  • Edison makes electricity available for household use (1878)
  • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah who hacks the Church’s foundations down to bedrock (1009)
  • African Inland Missionaries landed in Kenya led by Peter Cameron Scott (1895)
  • First published African-American woman and poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery (1775)
  • American flag raised in Puerto Rico (1898)
  • US takes possession after buying Alaska from Russian for 7.2 million (1867)
  • Ferdinand and Isabella marry uniting Spain and leading to persecution and expulsion of Jews (1469)
  • Boston Shoemakers, first labor organization in America, is founded (1648)
  • Louis XIV revoked the 1598 Edict of Nantes which permitted French Protestants limited religious tolerance (1685)
  • WW2: Hitler ordered captured allied commandos to be killed (1942)
  • Birth of Matthew Henry who was known for his Bible commentaries that are still in print (1662)
  • Thomas Edison

    Thomas Edison dies at age 84 (1931)

  • Civil War: Battle of Charleston, West Virginia (1863)
  • Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroyed the town of Basel, Switzerland (1356)
  • West Side Story movie release (1961)
  • Walt Disney Jungle Book released (1967)

October 19:

  • US Revolutionary War: Victory at Yorktown bringing war to an end (1781)
  • First 4 African-Americans elected to Congress (1870)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. arrested at Atlanta sit-in (1960)
  • Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, was born (1921)
  • Birth of George Abbot, archbishop of Canterbury who played a major part in translating the 1611 King James Version of the Bible (1562)
  • Death of Jacob Arminius, theologian who espoused Arminianism (1609)
  • US Civil War: Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia (1864)
  • Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity (2005)
  • Birth of John Woolman, American Quaker reformer whose writing influenced abolitionist movement of 1800s (1720)
  • English revivalist George Whitefield arrived in Maine for his second visit to America (1744)
  • Editorial accuses Thomas Jefferson with having an affair with a slave. Later it proved to be true. (1796)

October 20:

  • US Revolutionary War: George Washington declared a day of Thanksgiving to celebrate the end of the war (1781)
  • Birth of American lawyer Horatio Gates Spafford who, upon learning his wife and four daughters had drowned in a shipwreck, wrote It is Well With My Soul (1828)
  • Publication of The Return of the King, the 3rd and final volume of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London (1955)
  • All white federal jury convicts 7 in murder of 3 civil rights workers in Meridian, Mississippi (1967)
  • US President Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday (1864)
  • First Middle Ages Crusade (1007)
  • WW2: Nuremberg Nazi war crime trials open (1945)

October 21:

  • President Harding

    US President Harding makes speech publicly condemning lynching in the deep South (1921)

  • William Penn was deposed as Governor of Pennsylvania after being charged with being a papist (1692)
  • US Revolutionary War: First display of the word “Liberty” on a flag raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts in defiance of British rule in Colonial America (1774)
  • Explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his fleet reach Cape Virgenes and become the first Europeans to sail into the Pacific Ocean (1520)
  • Women allowed to vote in France for the first time (1945)
  • First women admitted to Coast Guard Academy (1975)
  • Birth of American Baptist clergyman Samuel Francis Smith who wrote over 100 hymns (1808)
  • Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses were sent to the Crimean War (1854)
  • Vietnam War: Nearly 100,000 people gather to protest in Washington DC to protest the war when 50,000 try to invade the Pentagon (1967)
  • My Fair Lady movie release (1964)
  • In Paris, Can-Can was first performed (1858)
  • Guggenheim Museum opens in New York City (1959)

October 22:

  • International Meridian Conference creates 24 time zones and the international date line (1884)
  • Cuban Missile Crisis announced (1962)
  • Thomas Edison perfect the carbon cotton filament light bulb (1879)
  • Ringling Brothers Greatest Show on Earth buys Barnum & Bailey circus (1907)
  • College of New Jersey now known as Princeton was founded (1746)
  • William Miller, a Baptist preacher, predicted the return of Christ (1844)
  • James B. Rodgers, missionary to the Philippines, baptized his first Filipino converts to the Christian faith (1899)
  • The complete Jewish Torah was published in English for the first time (1952)
  • Panic of 1907 leads to depression (1907)
  • 3000 blacks demonstrate & riot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1906)
  • Sam Houston becomes first elected president of the Republic of Texas (1836)
  • Henry Ford becomes president of Ford Motor Company (1906)
  • First ship sails Erie Canal (1819)
  • Sons of American Revolution organizes (1875)
  • Mobster Pretty Boy Floyd killed by FBI (1934)

October 23:

  • Bishop James Ussher, 17th century scholar, declared God created the world on this date at 9:00 am (4004 BC)
  • 25,000 women march in New York City demanding right to vote (1915)
  • Walt Disney’s Dumbo released (1941)
  • Delegates from eight states met in Nashville and organized the Southern Baptist Sunday School Union (1857)
  • Boethius, a Bible scholar and writer of The Consolation, was executed for defending the Trinity and the deity of Christ (524 BC)
  • Elizabeth Gaunt, a Christian who provided aid for a traitor, was the last woman burned alive in England for treason (1685)
  • First steam locomotive is introduced (1828)
  • In Roman Republic Civil Wars, Marc Antony defeats Brutus, and Brutus commits suicide (42 BC)
  • WW1: Unknown soldier selected (1921)
  • Tornado, possible T8/F4, strikes the heart of London killing two and demolishing the wooden London Bridge (1091)

Why YOU Should Read Knight in Shining Apron

by Carole Brown


Some of my reviews encourage it!

  1. Carole Brown does not shy away from the tough issues of life. Domestic abuse is not something discussed over the kitchen table, but needs to be addressed. The Knight in Shining Apron presents the debilitating effects from abuse ostar-ratingsn the victim’s psyche in a sensitive and understanding manner. The reader empathizes with Starli as she copes with intimidation from the brother of her deceased abusive husband. Living with secrets presents challenges to Starli’s ability to forgive and trust. Music and Ice skating are her therapeutic tools. The plot is realistic, but includes romance.The setting in Apple Blossom’s chef kitchen keeps the reader salivating. A satisfactory resolution of all the subplots makes for a page turning read. Well structured. Well written. Well worth curling up with hot chocolate and cookies.
  2. Carole Brown’s KNIGHT IN SHINING APRON is a wonderful mystery and an excellent read. Her characters are so real I kept thinking I knew them personally. You will know then too.

  3. Carol Brown is a gifted author. She is specialized in writing fictional novels. It is my first time reading her novel. Her main character, Starli, entertains our curiosity throughout the book. Her book is full of suspense. A broken life rebuilt completely by the power of God. Would Starli let go of her past to embrace a future free from pain and sufferings? Carol Brown’book is an excellent way to reflect on what matters in our life. Is our life driven by materialism or the love of God? Are we letting God reaching out to us? Is God using our relationships to show us His amazing love? A lesson for each one of us in our walk with God? If you want to know the answer, I invite you to read Carol Brown’s book!!!


  1. Carole Brown does not shy away from the tough issues of life. I give you not only entertainment, but “real meat” with my books. I love to include issues that pertain to our everyday lives. Things that need addressed, but at times we shy away from. Knight in Shining Apron touches on abuse, but not in a way that takes the enjoyment of the book away from the reader.
  2. Her characters are so real I kept thinking I knew them personally. That’s what I won’t readers to see and feel when they read my books. I want them to be there, to almost feel they are the characters, so I dig deep into their personalities until I know what each is feeling, what motives each has. That makes for real characters.
  3. Carole Brown is a gifted author. She is specialized in writing fictional novels. I never claim to be the best in the world. But after six published novels with at least one more coming this year, I can claim that I’m experienced. I’ve studied hard, accepted the hard critiques from my writing partners and wrote, wrote, wrote.


  1. I think you’ll enjoy the book! reading-leaves-cup
  2. Autumn’s here, winter’s coming. What better idea than to snuggle down in the evening and enjoy a cozy mystery that will set you wanting more after you finish the last page?
  3. $2.99’s a bargain, but if that’s too steep for your budget, then keep watching. We’ll have promotions and giveaways in the future so you’re sure to see an even better price or maybe even a freebie! 


If you’re interested in reading–well, the first two people who:

  • comment here on this post with email (ex: browncarole212(at)yahoo(dot)com ) and
  • are willing to give an honest review on various sites,

I’ll be happy to send you a kindle copy.

Happy Reading! 

Guest Author Michelle Griep – Everybody Wants Something – Your Characters Better Too


by Michelle Griep

what is your story question in vintage wooden letterpress printing blocks, stained by color inks, isolated on white

See that chick over there? She wants a bacon double cheeseburger but she’s worried if she honks one down that she won’t be able to hike up her skinny jeans over her bloated thighs.

Or how about that dude on the corner? He wants to be a lion tamer but he’s allergic to cat dander.

What about you? What do you want? Currently I’d like a pumpkin spice latte because there’s a chill in the air and red and orange are everywhere. Even my dog wants something, preferably the leftover tuna hotdish sitting on the back bottom shelf of the frig with a slight green haze growing over the top.

Are you noticing a trend here?

Humans are needy little creatures, all wanty and feed-me feed-me. If you want your readers to feel a strong connection to your characters, here’s a sweet little tip: give your characters a desire for something, anything, and make that clear from the get-go. Sure, those wants can and should change by the end of the story, but don’t ever take their needy nature away or you’ll lose your reader.

In my latest release, The Captive Heart, my heroine wants nothing more than her freedom. Too bad she’s forced into a lifelong marriage commitment. The hero simply wants a wife to care for his young daughter—and he gets way more than he bargained for in the process.

It’s the wants and desires of your characters that creates conflict when they don’t get what they want. And if you want to make your story really memorable, have those desires change by the end of the story.

Now then, I think I want a slab of chocolate chip banana bread to go with my latte . . . which is a great snack for you as you’re reading The Captive Heart.

captive-heart-cover-jpeg-copyTHE CAPTIVE HEART

The wild American wilderness is no place for an elegant English governess.

On the run from a cruel British aristocratic employer, Eleanor Morgan escapes to America, the land of the free, for the opportunity to serve an upstanding Charles Town family. But freedom is hard to come by as an indentured servant, and downright impossible when she’s forced to agree to an even harsher contract—marriage to a man she’s never met.

Backwoodsman Samuel Heath doesn’t care what others think of him—but his young daughter’s upbringing matters very much. The life of a trapper in the Carolina backcountry is no life for a small girl, but neither is abandoning his child to another family. He decides it’s time to marry again, but that proves to be an impossible task. Who wants to wed a murderer?

Both Samuel and Eleanor are survivors, facing down the threat of war, betrayal, and divided loyalties that could cost them everything, but this time they must face their biggest challenge ever . . . Love.

View More: GRIEP’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: THE CAPTIVE HEART, BRENTWOOD’S WARD, A HEART DECEIVED, UNDERCURRENT and GALLIMORE, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery OUT OF THE FRYING PAN. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at or or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Review of Brigid of Ireland by Cindy Thomson

brigidBrigid of Ireland

by Cindy Thomson

In 5th-century pagan-dominated Ireland, Brigid is born a slave to her own father and is separated from her mother. Desperately seeking love and acceptance, Brigid becomes a believer in Christ. Knowing how the Irish people cling to superstitions and fears, can Brigid overcome them? Will her hatred for her father and a scheming evil sorcerer destroy her faith? Set in the era of St. Patrick, this fantasy-filled novel will captivate readers as Brigid must choose between God’s will and the desire to save her family.

My Review: ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

I admit I knew nothing about the legend of Saint Brigid of Ireland, so all of this was new to me. I found the story Cindy Thomson weaved about Brigid to be fascinating. In this novel, Brigid was a real girl with longings and temptations just as every other girl has had. She wasn’t some larger than life saint. She was ordinary. What made her extraordinary was that she surrendered her life to God and prayed every time she or someone else needed help. Because of this devotion to God, God used Brigid mightily perform many miracles through her, most to feed those who were hungry and destitute but some for protection. Brigid, in some ways, reminded me of George Mueller who prayed every time he needed food to feed the orphans he was caring for.

Another thing I loved about this novel was the sense of Irish folklore and the element of danger throughout the story. I couldn’t put it down because I need to find out what happened next. I recommend this novel.

I was given a free copy of Brigid of Ireland but was not required to give a favorable review.