Be Still My Soul - Joanne Bischof

Price: $14.99

Format: Trade Paperback

ISBN: 9781601424211

Release: 10.2.2012

Fiction - Christian - Romance

Blogger's Website

Read Review on Blogger's Site

Review on Retailer Site

Read Chapter 1

About Joanne Bischof

Author's Web Site

Author Podcast


Share This
4 Stars
Find Retailers on Google

REVIEW: BE STILL MY SOUL

by Meadow Merrill
August 29, 2012
@MeadowRueMerrill
4 Stars
0 other readers have rated Meadow's review.

Why do you need my email?
Close Window

In order to rank this review we require your email address as proof that, A) You’re a real person (and not a bot) and B) It ensures that only one person can rank a review one time (and protects from bloggers that might try to “pad” their rankings). Your email address will only be used for review rankings as part of the Blogging for Books program and will not be sold to 3rd parties or used by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers in any way. That said, if you check the box that says “Send me updates on the latest Christian books,” you’ll receive the WaterBrook Multnomah Bookends eNewsletter (sent monthly). You can always unsubscribe to this newsletter at any time.

Meadow's overall score for this review: 0
Meadow's average score for this review: 0.0
Close Window

Each review can be ranked and given 1 to 5 stars. Each star is worth one point. If a review is ranked 10 times and each time is given 5 stars, the overall score would be 50 points. For more on scoring visit the FAQ page. For why scoring matters visit the support page.

Can a relationship based on abuse ever become one based on love?

That’s the question debut novelist Joanne Bischof asks in her soon-to-be released historic romance, “Be Still My Soul” (Multnomah Books, Oct. 2, 2012). Caught offering a kiss to the wrong boy, shy and innocent Lonnie Sawyer is forced to marry banjo-playing, heart-stealing Gideon O’Riley.

Angry at having to settle for just one woman, Gideon forces his new wife to accompany him on an ill-fated journey. The weaker Lonnie grows, the meaner Gideon becomes. Enter Jesus in the form of a retired farmer wielding a shotgun, who teaches Gideon what it takes to be a man.

As Gideon struggles and fails to make right choices, he falls in love with Lonnie. At one point, Lonnie tells Gideon to leave, which he does. But he is drawn back by his wife’s quiet, sincere faith and his growing love for his family.

After one apology from Gideon, Lonnie says, “When you say you’re sorry for all that you’ve done, that’s nice and all, but it will mean more to me when the change runs deeper than that.”

“Deeper?” Gideon asks.

“Bein’ sorry is just not enough,” Lonnie replies.

Nowhere does the author imply that women should tolerate abuse, and yet Bischof’s writing suggests that men who are mean to their wives should be given a chance to change—at least with Christian guidance. It’s a thought provoking theme, which leaves me wondering, is the church doing enough to help husbands and wives who are struggling?

In the early 19th century Appalachian Mountains where Bischof’s book takes place, women like Lonnie didn’t have many choices. Most did what they men in their lives told them. Food and a roof were their reward. And the Bible was often misused to make them obey.

Jebediah, the farmer who intervenes in Gideon and Lonnie’s life is almost too good to believe. Yet, his actions make me question why there aren’t more men like him—older men in the church willing to come alongside hurting couples and help them find their way.

I found Bischof’s writing enjoyable and clean—although Lonnie came off as a bit passive. This reads more like Gideon’s story than hers. Still, the author tackles a difficult theme with gentleness while still affirming women’s rights. However, I wanted to see Lonnie become more confident. Most the action happens to Lonnie, leaving her relatively unchanged.

Were it not for the “ma’s” and “pa’s,” and the kerosene lanterns, Lonnie’s story could easily take place today—a young girl in trouble who marries a troubled boy and the troubles that follow. Maybe a century later, we can follow Jebediah’s example and get involved.

For this review, I was provided with a free copy of “Be Still My Soul” by the publisher

Most Active Bloggers (This Month)

Most Active Bloggers (This Year)


This content requires the Flash Player. Please Download and install it here.

Tastebook_General_200x165.jpg