Name: Nan’s Journey
Author: Elaine Littau
Recommended Ages: mature 15 and up
“Nan’s Journey” is a unique and thought-provoking book. There is mature content in the book, but Elaine handles it very well. In the less edited version that I read, the writing wasn’t quite up to par with what I like to read, but it the story was engaging enough to keep reading.
After reading “Nan’s Journey”, I was hesitant at first to review it because I would have given it a 3 star review at the most. However, when I raised my concern to the person who is organizing this blog event, she informed me that she also had that problem, but the books have all been edited and that the other four books in the series were even better.
The overlying worldview is Christian. Nan is not a Christian, at least at first, but I have a feeling that if I had been treated like she was, I probably would have been angry at God as well. This anger was also done very well by Ms. Littau.
*spoiler alert* Nan is raped by a group of men. This is part of the mature content I spoke of above. However, the author does not go into detail. *end of spoiler*
Nan’s stepmother beats her and whips her mercilessly.
Overall, “Nan’s Journey” was a good book and if I could afford to buy the newly revised version, I would. I recommend it to anyone who likes Westerns, Christian books, and books that aren’t afraid to talk about the tough issues. I am looking forward to reading more from the author.
Note: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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The harsh consequences of other people’s sin leaves Nan bitter and broken, but God’s amazing Love prevails in her life and overflows into the lives of those around her. Elaine Littau is the author of eleven published books and many magazine and newspaper articles. She is a mentor/coach for other authors and enjoys public speaking for groups. Many enjoy listening to her humorous take on life. Even the simplest activity takes on a life of its own when Elaine is involved in the telling of it.
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Christian writer Lynn Baber retired as a National and World Champion horse breeder/ trainer after careers as a business and equine pro. From horses to “contending for the faith” every message is based on God’s Word. Lynn shares simple truth even when it’s not the popular path.
Lynn teaches worthy leadership, methods for achieving success, and the process of building faith under the brand Christian Horse Training for Amazing Grays Ministry, a 501.c.3 non-profit.
Life is simple when you follow a worthy leader. Peace, joy, contentment, and security are found with proper focus and commitment. Lynn shares messages in print and in person to help folks find blessed simplicity as Christians, horse lovers, and citizens, in a world where complexity and confusion presently reign.
Highly credentialed in matters of leadership, relationship, and most things equine, Lynn offers a unique mix of experience and perspective that is open, conversational, and personal. For folks who love Jesus Christ, horses – or both!