Tuesday, January 31, 2017
In the Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse
I like Tracie's writing and I've read one other book written by her and Kimberely that I liked. This one was good, but not as good.
The main character is a 20 something girl who has only ever known the backwoods of Alaska. She has this persistent optimism that almost doesn't seem like it could be real. And there might be where I struggled a bit with the book. I don't consider myself a pessimist, but maybe I am more than I think because Cassidy was perpetually smiling, laughing and lost in her thoughts and it sort of bugged me. I just don't know too many people like that. So maybe instead of thinking that she was a little immature and underdeveloped, I should try to emulate her more and be more positive and cheerful regardless.
Anyway, she does have a trust and dependence on God that is definitely worth emulating and she does want to share her faith with those around her. She wanted to be a Daniel. Her father was the same way, a careful, plan ahead and take precaution trail guide who looked out for those under his leadership and depended heavily on God.
And of course, there was an eligible man who shows up on the scene, angry and bitter at God for the fact that his father died while climbing Mount Denali under the guidance of Cassidy's father. At the end of the book, it was fully revealed that he didn't die, he was killed by his business partner who was also making the climb and of course, the eligible young man gave up his anger, made things right with God and secured the hand of the young eligible woman.
My takeaway from the book is to depend on God, to trust Him, to cry out to Him and to work on being a bit more of a positive person. I did enjoy the book and will try to read the rest of the series when it comes out. This was the first book in the Heart of Alaska series.
Thanks to Bethany House for providing me with a complimentary copy. I was not required to write a positive review.
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