Author Faith Blum takes readers from southern Illinois to the wilds of Montana in her novel “A Mighty Fortress.” Her inspirational Western fiction sees farmers becoming ranchers and lost souls being found. Set in the late 1870s, the story describes the Western movement and its inherent dangers as seen through the eyes of Joshua and Ruth Brookings, the youngest siblings of a close knit Christian family.
As Joshua and Ruth travel west to their parents’ new ranch, they encounter stagecoach robbers and desperation as the driver is killed and they must flee for their lives on foot. As they fight to stay alive in unfamiliar country and to make their way to civilization, the reader is part of the journey. Pursued by the thief they outwitted, they need all of their faith and skills to get through the ordeal.
Blum tackles subjects that include forgiveness, the nature of evil and salvation. As part of her Hymns of the West series, “A Mighty Fortress” introduces a perspective on deciding to apply faith in day-to-day life and how that decision can change everything. She also examines the importance of living the life of a Christian witness and how it can touch others.
“A Mighty Fortress” offers a pleasing blend of nail-biting adventure and family values. Christian readers will enjoy it faith based message; non-Christian readers can delight in the feisty protagonists and Western action. Young adult readers can follow two young people on an exciting journey.
In her author notes, Blum says that she set out to “create a clean, fun, and challenging Western story.” She has accomplished that aim. Her novel can serve as a pleasant fictional diversion or as a basis for an illuminating Bible study. The issues she presents, although shared in an historical context, still face society today.
“A Mighty Fortress” by Faith Blum
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