ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Books, Literature, and Writing»
  • Books & Novels»
  • Fiction

A Great Non-Fiction Book to Read this Winter!

Updated on February 10, 2015

Shows Christianity in a Positive Light Spell Bounding

One may not think of reading a historical book on a missionary's life as exciting but in this case it truly is As I read each chapter I struggled to put it down realizing the plight of this God fearing couple and the extent of their trials along with their innate trust in God. This is an uplifting book that shows Christianity in a positive light.

They begin their long journey as children trying to seek the will of God. They are soon led to each other and come to depend on not only God but their endearing love. It is a powerful and uplifting love story, historical essay and gripping mystery all in one.

The City Of Tranquil Light

City Of Tranquil Light was written by Bo Caldwell born in 1955 in Oklahoma City. She lives in California with her two children. She was raised in Los Angeles and graduated from Stanford. Caldwell came to notoriety when she wrote The Distant Land Of My Father, voted Los Angeles Times’ Best Books of 2001.

City Of Tranquil Light was based on her maternal grandparents who became missionaries in China in 1906. While reading the book, you are literally taken away to another century.


Author, Bo Caldwell

What Drew me to this Book

I was immediately drawn into the book as I read the first chapter. It is written in the first person as Will Kiehn, the author's maternal grandfather, relates to us his life, meeting his wife and how and why he came to the mission field.

Will Kiehn and his wife, Katherine became missionaries in 1909. Their love for each other grew during their travel to China. They married and set up their church in the china plains in Kuang P'ing Ch'eng, City of Tranquil Light. Will does most of the narrating of the book and reads from his deceased wife's diary. Will was the spiritual minister of the family and Katherine a nurse, helped to heal difficult diseases and wounds under less than ideal circumstances.

At the time China was in a period of turmoil and Will and Katherine live through the imperial dynasty, the revolution of 1911, the era of bandits and warlords, the civil war between the south and the north and the beginning of the communist revolution and Japanese occupation prior to World War II. Will is writing a love story of his dear wife and God. There is so much color in the book as Caldwell outlines the scenery and even the smells within the setting

The book was moving and life changing for me as I saw the couple go through the trials and joys of their life living far from their home in the united States. I was touched spiritually observing their deep trust in God and the changes they learned to endure. They had to become fluent in Mandarin and worked diligently to gain the trust of the villagers in the 20Th century. They lived in china for almost 28 years.

Today we think of missionaries as flying to a country and coming home at least once maybe twice a year. In 1906 they had to travel for weeks to get to their destination and then only come home for emergencies which are often life changing crisis'. This book is full of history, faith, story telling and love. It is truly inspiring without being overly spiritual.

Times Have Changed

Today we think of missionaries as flying to a country and coming home at least once maybe twice a year. In 1906 they had to travel for weeks to get to their destination and then only come home for emergencies which are often life changing crisis'. This book is full of history, faith, story telling and love. It is truly inspiring without being overly spiritual.

It is amazing the amount of faith the young family has for God as the suffered through the birth and death of their first child, and living among harsh warlords of China following the death of first president of the Republic of China Juan shikai, from 1912 to 1916. It was through their trust in God and love on man that they were able to win over many of their enemies who normally would have killed them but instead became their greatest ally.


Why You Would Enjoy This Novel

I believe readers of all faiths will receive a blessing from this book as they see the power of God work in the heroine's life to bring them through fear and trials and come out whole.

I adore Historical Non-Fiction especially when written in a fictional or story telling form. This novel is one of the few that deeply shows our Christianity in a positive light.

We leave the story with Will reminiscing on times of his life as he is an elderly man in California.

City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell

Bo Caldwell the Author

References

faithfulReader.com

Amazon.com

The China Bea

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is used to quickly and efficiently deliver files such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisements has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)