Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Book Review of First We Have Coffee

First We Have Coffee by Margaret Jensen is the true story of a family of immigrants in the early decades of the 1900's.  It's a simple but encouraging tale of faith during trials, perseverance through hardships and obedience to the LORD.  The star of the show is Mama Tweten - the Norwegian mother of six whose love and coffee ministered to not only her own family, but countless others wherever her preacher husband was called.  The book includes funny stories and sad ones, too, but always with a hope-filled thread woven throughout.  My favorite parts of First We Have Coffee are the little scenes of home life that the author (one of the children in this family) paints so beautifully - fresh loaves of rye bread, linen tablecloths, starched petticoats, kettles of meatballs, and the weekly housekeeping schedule.  Vignettes to delight my homemaker's heart!


Lori in Texas said...

This is one of my favorite books and one that I have re-read different phases (decades!) of my life. I've often recommended it to others also. Look for her other books!

Julie said...

Thanks for the tip, Lori! I checked our library system but they don't have any others. Will keep my eyes open at used book sales -