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Review: Be Still My Soul

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Review: Be Still My Soul

Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof
Reviewed by: Jennifer Roman
Genre: Christian, chick lit, romance, historical fiction
Publisher: Multnomah
Publication Date: October 2, 2012

After a stolen kiss provokes Lonnie’s alcoholic father to force them to marry, Lonnie and Gideon take off to a new town in order to start their lives together. While neither is fond of the idea of being married so young, at least Lonnie puts her faith in God and looks toward the future. Gideon, on the other hand, is sullen and angry that he has had to give up his womanizing, bachelor ways. When Lonnie is exhausted and nauseous and falls behind Gideon’s pace, they realize she is pregnant. She gives Gideon until the baby is born to make a decision about whether he is willing to stay with his family.

Written in a language that makes the story easy to follow, Be Still My Soul demonstrates two different perspectives on God. Lonnie realizes she has come from a bad situation but still feels God’s love and faith. Gideon has lived a somewhat easy life with his family, but now blames God for his troubles. Seeing each perspective makes it easier for readers to understand how different people approach God and religion. Eventually Gideon realizes that God is on his side, and is willing to step up and accept responsibility, knowing God will provide. Gideon is not a lost soul, just someone on a detour, and we get to see how he gets back on track when he realizes that a woman actually loves him for who he is.

This book does contain some mature themes and mild violence, and is not suitable for young readers. Older teens will find the book inspiring and interesting.

Rated PG: There is mild violence (a character gets beaten) but there is nothing else offensive.

Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!


Jennifer Roman

Jen RomanJen is a lifelong book lover. When she is not working or sleeping, she can usually be found reading something. Nothing makes her happy like snuggling up on the couch with a good book, a blanket, and her Labrador Retriever, Daisy. She loves mysteries and suspense, but will happily read just about any genre. She refers to her love of books as a “sickness,” and has stacks and stacks of books waiting in the wings to be read. Jen is a strong supporter of her local library and highly encourages others to support their libraries.

When not reading, Jen can be found crafting, playing with Daisy, volunteering, or spending time with her friends. Jennifer is married and lives with her husband Steve, her cat Roberta, and Daisy in North Canton, OH.



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