Where the Sky Meets the SandAmbassador International
Publication Date September 1, 2017
Genres: Christian Fiction
Setting: Kenya, Illinois Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-60
Written for: Adults
An American businesswoman with a secret past. An African boy without a home. Two missionaries with more than one mission to accomplish. Will all of their wishes come true where the sky meets the sand on the African plain?Where the Sky Meets the Sand tells the story of Jenny Neumeyer and Ole, a homeless boy she befriends while she and her husband are on vacation in Kenya. This encounter leads her to confront a secret she has kept buried for fourteen years. As she comes to terms with her past, two missionaries to Africa discover Ole and are determined to lead him home. Along the way, they realize that the boy is not the only one who is lost. Jenny, her husband, and the missionaries all discover that their faith in God is what will see them through.
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Where the Sky Meets the Sand takes place over a period time, spanning two continents. Flashing back to the 1980s from 1996 and 1997, between Kenya and Chicago, it follows Jenny’s faith journey, as she learns to trust God to work all things for good.
I love Africa, and always have. Having visited South Africa only increased that fascination with that continent. I was excited to find this book and loved reading of Kenya and the Massai people. The descriptions of the country and the people made me feel like I was there experiencing it personally. It is obvious that the author has a love for the country and the people of Kenya. She dealt with the hardships they face with tact and kindness.
There is a very clear message of salvation through Jesus and the love of God. Prayer plays a large role in the story.
Jenny’s story was touching, and I did like the characters. There were a couple of things that happened in the book that seemed like a bit too much of a stretch for me to believe. There were also some things described which left me wondering exactly what did happen. The entire story switched back and forth from the events of Jenny’s college years to 1996 in Chicago, then in Kenya and didn’t stay in any one time quite long enough to make it as interesting as it could have been.