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Say to This Mountain

A book by by Bodie Thoene

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Excellent historical novel set during start of Depression

  • Mar 4, 2011
"Say To This Mountain" is set in 1929 right after the stock market crash. It picked up immediately after the end of "A Thousand Shall Fall." This book was my favorite of the trilogy and was the third in the series. You really need to read at least "A Thousand Shall Fall" before this book to fully understand the events in this one. Besides, reading this novel out of order will spoil many events in the previous two novels.

There were several point of view characters from different parts of America and different stations in life. The characters were interesting, engaging, and dealt with realistic struggles. However, one character did do a pet peeve of mine: he decided not to tell his wife and child that they were in danger because...it might worry them.

The story was a fast read. The suspense was fairly high from beginning to end due to relationship tensions and threat of physical danger to several of the main characters. The historical and setting details brought the story alive in my imagination. The backdrop of this book was the fall-out from the market crash and how it affected various types of people.

Several of the main characters were Christians. There were multiple occasions where the characters briefly had conversations about God and how He worked, but they flowed naturally as a part of the story and weren't "preachy."

There was no explicit sex. There was a minor amount of "he cussed" style bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this enjoyable, well-written historical novel.

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City-boy Davey Meyer, street-smart and gutsy, had this inner longing too belong to somebody--Max Meyer, a city-boy grown up and a Wall Street regular, also wanted to belong.

Jefferson Canfield had been unjustly incarcerated for a decade. But his escape didn't mean freedom--he didn't really belong anywhere until he came home to Shiloh...Lily's husband had died not long after their baby was conceived. Could she ever feel she belonged to anyone again?....Willa-Mae and Hock Canfield had belonged to each other for nearly as long as they could remember. And for ten years they had made a life for themselves far away from Shiloh and the killing. Now it seemed to have found them once again.

Like his father before him, Ellis Warne belonged in the medical profession. But now he was required to do some things that made him wonder if he could remain a doctor...Becky Warne's empty arms reflected her empty heart. A baby belonged there! Why couldn't Ellis have saved his own?...And two little boys who had a mother, but who didn't really belong to anybody.

These characters and more fill the pages of Say to This Mountain with the stuff of life tragedy and laughter, pain and joy, the dramatic and the ordinary. And through it all over it all is the sense, the wonder, of faith that moves mountains.
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ISBN-13: 9781556611919
Author: Bodie Thoene
Publisher: Bethany House
Date Published: August 1, 1993
ISBN: 9781556611919
Format: trade paperback
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