Help me welcome author Murray Pura to Home Thoughts

Good afternoon, readers….

I’m posting a tad later today due to the Frankenstorm. You would think Ohio would be far enough inland to avoid the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, but we just had a huge tree fall in front of our home, totally blocking the highway. The police and Highway Patrol have their hands full. The winds are howling, and it hasn’t stopped raining in 3 days. But today Home Thoughts welcomes Canadian author, Murray Pura. I just finished his book, The Face of Heaven, and I absolutely adored it! Murray combined my three personal favorites in one lovely book that I could not put down: the Amish, American History (namely, the Civil War) and a yummy romance. Here’s a blurb about the book:

Following on the heels of The Wings of Morning, the first book in Murray Pura’s Snapshots in History series, comes this compelling saga of the Civil War. In April 1861, Lyndel Keim discovers two runaway slaves in her family’s barn. When the men are captured and returned to their plantation, Lyndel and her young Amish beau, Nathaniel King, find themselves at odds with their pacifist Amish colony. Nathaniel enlists in what will become the famous Iron Brigade of the Union Army. Lyndel enters the fray as a Brigade nurse on the battlefield, sticking close to Nathaniel as they both witness the horrors of war–including the battles at Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, and Antietam. Despite the pair’s heroic sacrifices, the Amish only see that Lyndel and Nathaniel have become part of the war effort, and both are banished.And a severe battle wound at Gettysburg threatens Nathaniel’s life. Lyndel must call upon her faith in God to endure the savage conflict and to face its painful aftermath, not knowing if Nathaniel is alive or dead. Will the momentous battle change her life forever, just as it will change the course of the war and the history of her country.

If you love a good story, one set in a turbulent time in America’s past, I recommend you get a copy of The Face of Heaven. This book has something to appeal to everyone! Murray has graciously agreed to give away a copy of his latest to one of my readers. Please post an answer to this question: How would you deal with the possibility of killing someone during wartime?

I will draw a random winner of The Face of Heaven in one week. Stay warm, stay dry, and stay away from down powerlines, my dear readers!   Mary

ps. If you have a little time, please click on this link to check out a new free magazine for booklovers. If you click on my book cover, Living in Harmony, I might win some free advertising. thanks bunches!

8 thoughts on “Help me welcome author Murray Pura to Home Thoughts

  1. In times of war, you have to almost find a way to separate your civilian life from the life you live as a soldier. At times, its even hard to sort through your walk in Faith, because everything going on around you makes you feel nearly forshaken. I am not sure when the military started to have Chaplains on hand, as its not something I’ve researched, so I am not sure if they were available in the Civil War… however, those who are resilant in their faith, and face their tribulations head on, tend to find insurmountable strength in the most wretching of circustances. I think this is a poignant question even for today’s modern world, as I know Chaplains who are deployed to help servicemen find that internal balance between, service, duty, and self. Our spiritual lives help strengthen us internally, but its what we do for a living that sometimes breaks away that eternal resolve. Having said that,… this is a roundabout way to say,… life, death, and the invisible thread inbetween both, is part of war. There isn’t a ‘one’ way answer to conclude this,… each soldier has to live it, re-live it, and make his peace with what happened. Including taking another man’s life in order to save his own, his comrades, or the greater good. I salute all men and women who serve in harm’s way and give the sacrifices that come with service.

  2. That is really good question. I’m not sure how I would deal with it. I guess I would have to put my faith in God and leave it in his hands.
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