Thursday, May 9, 2013
A Book Review of City of Tranquil Light
-- excerpt from City of Tranquil Light, Bo Caldwell
Looking back over my list of books read in 2013, I think it's safe to say that City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell is my favorite book of the year (thus far, of course). It's a novel that's based on the lives of the author's grandparents who were missionaries to China and Taiwan in the early 1900's. The story is beautiful and eloquent - full of both tragedy and joy.
Will and Katherine Kiehn are Americans who live in China as missionaries during the first three decades of the 1900's. This is a story about their marriage, their friends, their enemies and how their faith in God impacts them all. Written from his perspective, as well as her's, we are given a glimpse into the doubts, fears, hopes and dreams of two people who passionately love their Savior and the people of the land of China.