Thanks to a certain book, I have a hymn singing itself in my head these past few days – a beautiful reminder from our Father:
All the way my Savior leads me. What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy who through life has been my Guide?
Heavenly peace, divinest comfort here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.
All the way my Savior leads me, cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for every trial, feeds me with the living bread.
Though my weary steps may falter, and my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me, lo! a spring of joy I see!
All the way my Savior leads me – O the fulness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised in my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed immortal, wings its flight to realms of day,
This my song through endless ages – Jesus led me all the way.
Rereading the words once again, I’m in awe of the beauty of this simple song and the power of the lyrical truths contained in it. Faith Blum has just released a beautiful Western orphan tale centered on this hymn, and I’m grateful to be a part of her blog tour. Check out my review, information about the book and author, and an excerpt. And don’t forget to take advantage of the 99 cent sales and join the giveaway!
Refreshing. Simple. Spiritual. Inspirational. All the Way My Savior Leads is a down-to-earth tale of Henry, an orphan with a big heart for his sisters, a love of farming, and a protective instinct. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for orphans, and this sweet story was certainly refreshing to read.
A few aspects I especially enjoyed:
- The repetition of the titular hymn as the center point of the story. I appreciated that the hymn wasn’t just tacked on the end or mentioned once in the book but rather it truly was the theme. This hymn portrays such deep, powerful, beautiful truths, and I enjoyed hearing Henry singing various verses of the hymn as it applied to different situations in his life – a powerful portrayal of how meditation upon God’s truth shapes our character and behaviour. The incorporation of the hymn was very well done.
- The non-standard plot. Instead of a structured plot in the background-build-conflict-climax-resolution format of many modern books, this book tells the simple story of Henry’s life from his parents’ deaths as a child all the way through to middle age. I found the unique style refreshing and beautiful, and I enjoyed reading the details of his early years and his later years.
- The sweet cleanness of the story. It’s real, and sin is discussed, but in a way that promotes godly and wholesome meditations, rather than dwelling on sin and its details.
- The characters. The young people are well-written and easy to relate to.
I would recommend this book to readers of all ages who enjoy Christian stories that refresh and uplift the soul.
About the Book
Caroline and I walked out the back door and went into the barn.
“What are we going to do?” Caroline asked.
“Head out on our own. Saddle Whitey, please.”
Caroline’s mouth gaped open. “They’ll find us.”
Caroline sighed. “What can we do then?”
I shook my head. “We can stick together. Always.”
Tragedy stole everything from him … except her …
Three years ago, an illness orphaned Henry and Caroline Salisbury. The harsh years at the orphanage have forged a strong bond between the pair.
But Henry’s about to age out.
He must choose whether to leave his only family behind in relative safety, or take her with him as he pursues dreams of owning a farm. Henry trusts that God has a plan for him, but little does he know that others have plans for him and his younger sister as well. He will need all his faith to find the right path.
Although this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.
Note: 50% of my income from this series will go to the World Orphans organization.
About the Author
Faith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and play games with her family. She lives in Wisconsin with her family on a small family farm where they raise goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and have 2 dogs and a varying number of cats.
Faith’s goal in her writing is to encourage Christians in their walk with Christ. If you enjoyed this book, go to her website to sign up for her Monthly Newsletter so you can get an email with fun facts, giveaways, and so much more every month. You will also find links to her other Social Media sites on her website. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.
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Three prizes, three winners! The grand prize is a Savior, Like a Shepherd notebook and paperback. Sorry, but the lantern isn’t Faith’s to give away. For second and third prize, the winners will receive a free eBook of All the Way My Savior Leads.
Note: The grand prize is open only to those in the continental US, but the other two are open to all.
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Emily stood up from the rocking chair when we arrived.
“Hiya, Mama!” Jimmy said. “You’ll never guess what I did!”
She smiled at Jimmy. “What?”
“I swept the jail! I even got to go in the cells.” His voice was full of awe. “Mr. Henry teased that he should lock me in, but I was too fast for him and got out before he could. Then I scrubbed the floors and washed the stove.” He held his hands up. “See? My hands are black.”