Monday, April 28, 2014

Review: Through the Deep Waters

Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a story of extreme sadness but also of extreme joy.  It even has a magical Cinderella quality in some parts of the book. Honestly, I wasn't sure if I would like this novel when I realized it was based on a girl who grew up in a brothel because I wasn't sure how much they would say about it. But when I started to read it I found it to be a powerful story of redemption filled with needed reminders to Christians on how we should react to ugly situations in life.

Dinah has hated her life for as long as she could remember. Growing up in a brothel has brought her nothing but grief so when an opportunity arises for her to leave she grabs it. Leaving her ugly past behind, she travels from Chicago for a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Her goal is to become a Harvey girl when she turns eighteen because she wants the prestige and respect that comes with it. Even though she has moved far from home and past, she is still beset with fear. It governs her life so much that she can't see or accept any good in her life.

Amos Ackerman walks with a limp from a wagon accident when he was a child. Because his leg didn't heal right, he is limited in what he can do. He started a chicken farm so he can support himself and has been doing quite well with it. During one of his trips to town, he meets Dinah. Immediately drawn to her, he thinks he may have met his future wife. When he sees her at church, he is almost positive she is the one. But their journey together isn't as easy as he thought it would be. Why is Dinah so timid and fearful?

Even though this isn't what I would typically read, I found it to be one of the best books the author has written. I really liked Amos. He has a lot of perseverance, and I loved how realistic the author wrote him with his physical and spiritual struggles. One of my favorite parts of the story was when Dinah got saved. Finally free of fear and shame, she blossoms into a confident lady. What a wonderful story of hope and the redeeming power of God.

I was given this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.

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