Monday, October 12, 2009

Fields of Grace by Kim Vogel Sawyer & GIVEAWAY

Fields of Grace
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0508-8
Format: Paperback
Publication date: Sep. 09 Division: Bethany House

First I'd like to thank Jim at Bethany House Publisher for my review copy of Kim's book Fields of Grace.

I have been trying something new with the books I receive to review. I'm not reading what the book is about on the back cover. So far it's been an enjoyable adventure. I did this with Fields of Grace and wasn't disappointed!

I know very little about the Mennonite faith, but learned about the old faith, to a degree, that was brought over from Russia. It seems very similar to the Amish faith.

Reinhardt and Lillian Vogt are heading to America with their 3 boys and Reinhardt's adopted brother, Eli. They are leaving to protect Henrik from joining the war. The trip over is costly and lives are lost.

Eli and Lillian enter into an agreement to make sure their lives start off on the right foot here in this new land. They head to Kansas ready to start a new life and make what's left of their fractured lives work.

I found this story compelling. It's a historical novel, but a genre I haven't read before. I found the way Eli chose to honor Reinhardt and Lillian was a beautiful example of love. He also loves the boys, as much as he can without putting his heart too much on the line.

Lillian, for her part, makes the most of living in a sod house and living with her broken heart along with her oldest son's frustration. She is grieving her loss and trying to figure out what her new life holds for her and her boys.

How they manage to balance their lives the way they do is amazing to me. I never would've survived living in those times. The plains they live on with the weather elements they had to deal with is a vital part of this story. Lillian & Eli's future lives depend on the harvest that is to come.

To win this book, leave me any kind of comment. I'm not very "creative" today. :o) Leave your email address so that you can be contacted. Open to US residents only, 18 yrs old and older. Giveaway will end October 16, 10pm (CST).


Carmen said...

I don't think I'd do without an air conditioner. Living on a farm without 'conveniences,' I could handle the rest. Please enter me.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Sandee61 said...

I really enjoyed your review of Kim's book, and would love to be entered in the giveaway. Thank you!

I believe that with our faith, we can do anything...with or without "conveniences".



Wendy said...

I never read the back of books anymore. I remember once that the back of the book gave away so much information. One of the characters died it revealed but it didn't happen until the last 3rd of the book. I was very disappointed.
I enjoy Kim's books so thanks for the opportunity to win.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in North Carolina without a lot of conveniences. I think I would have a harder time now. I am sure God would get me through it. I would love to win this book. Thank you. Ro

Michelle V said...

I tell people on my blog that I rarely read the book blurbs, especially if it's an author I already love. I love being totally surprised in the story line without knowing anything before I read it!!


lshultz said...

Please enter me in the contest for Kim Vogel Sawyer's new book. I am a big fan. She writes beautiful stories filled with rich, endearing characters. She glorifies God with her faith messages! My email address is

Anonymous said...

Reading my first book by you and it has been great (Where the Heart Leads)! I have always liked Bethany House and the books they produce. Looks like a great book!

Anonymous said...

To tag my last comment, my email is!

Unknown said...

My 17 year old daughter wants to be a writer. She decided this after having started to read these types of Amish/Mennonite books about 2 years ago. She will begin the process of becoming a writer once she graduates this year. I would love to win this book to give to her for her "inspiring" collection.
Thanks for doing this contest!

Unknown said...

My 17 year old daughter wants to be a writer. She decided this after having started reading these types of Amish/Mennonite books. She will pursue that venture once she graduates this year. I would love to give this book to her for her "inspiring" collection.
Thanks for doing this contest!

Sara said...

I love Kim as an author and as a person. I met her at a book signing last year and have kept in touch with her ever since:) What a nice surprise it would be to get a free book of hers :) P.S. your website is adorable!!
Curtslovelywife at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I think we all should live 24 hours in "those times" to appreciate what we have today....Kim is an awesome writer and I enjoy being swept away in her stories!! I would love a chance to win her book.
God Bless,

Kathy Carlton Willis said...

I love Kim's books and would be pleased to win this title for my personal library. Thanks for this great look at Kim's current read. WillisWay(at)aol(dot)com

Cecelia Dowdy said...

Please enter me into the drawing. I love Kim's books!
cdnovelist (at) aol (dot) com

Jo said...

It's amazing how quickly we get used to modern day conveniences and wonder if we could live without them now. This book sounds very interesting and would love to read it.


Jody said...

Oh I would so love to win this book. I have read Kim's books and she is a wonderful author.

Thanks for the chance to win!

rodgerandjody (at) hotmail (dot) com

Winning Readings said...

I'd love to read this!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

And we've posted about it at Winning Readings:

Jblanton said...

This sounds and looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win

ejxd95 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I have several books authored by Kim Vogel Sawyer...all beautifully written. Please add my name to this wonderful giveaway. thanks.

karen k

Annette W. said...

Oh! Looks good!
derekannette at gmail dot com

Mark said...

I'd like to enter, thanks

Deborah said...

I have not read one of Kim's books yet. Even though I have one on my shelf waiting to read. This one looks really good. I too have always been impressed with how simple the Mennonites live and how easy they make it seem. We do take for granted the everyday items that they tend to go without. Please enter me in the drawing.*Deborah

Emma said...

Fields of Grace sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

This looks great. I'd love to win.


Aimee said...

I'd love to win this book; thanks for the chance.


Danielle said...

I can't get enough Christian fiction, so I hope I win! Thank you for the chance!

Anonymous said...

i would love to win this book. thanks

Casey said...

This looks like a great read!

Mimi N said...

Carmen, I agree about the A/C!

Sandee, you are absolutely right, but I do enjoy my A/C on those hot days. :)

Wendy, I am really enjoying not reading the backs of book. How I went so long not doing that is beyond me. I had the same thing happen to me one time with reading too much on the back.

Ro, there are a lot of conveniences I think many of us wonder how we ever lived without!

Michelle, I have really enjoyed not reading the back of my books.

lshultz, I'll have to look into more of her books. I really thought this was a sweet book.

Daisy, I love Bethany House, too. I've heard a lot of good stuff about Kim's other books.

Dianne, that's so awesome about your daughter writing. I do my drawings by a program called Top Hat. I still feel terrible since only one person can win and everyone is so wonderful to leave comments for the book. :)

Sara, thanks for visiting my blog. Crissy did a wonderful job designing it! How lucky you were to have met Kim! So cool!

Glennda, I would actually love to live that way for a day or more. I know it would help me appreciate everything I take for granted!

Kathy, thanks for stopping by. I wish everyone could win! I hate the guilt I feel having only one winner. :(

Cecelia, thanks for dropping by.

Jo, I know I would have a hard time living without certain things, like a fridge and my car.

Jody, thanks for dropping by to enter.

Jane, thanks for posting my giveaway again. :)

Jennifer, it was a sweet book.

Karen, can't wait to read more of her books.

Annette, it is good. :)

Mark, nice to have a guy drop by.

Deborah, come to think of it, I might have another one of her books on my TBR shelf that's packed!

Emma, Holly, Pixie, wolfbayou, and Casey you're entered!

Danielle, I'm with you about CF!

Thanks to everyone who has stopped in and left a comment! I really do appreciate everyone's time they spend here.

plb8156 said...

This sounds great, please enter me in this contest

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