We had the map, the trail was mostly a loop with a few intersecting paths going across it. How hard could it be to get where we needed to? Yeah, famous last words!
I’m not sure if it was that the trails were poorly maintained and therefore we didn’t even see the one we intended to take or if we were just having too much fun being together on the path, but somehow my husband and I completely missed the path we had intended to take and ended up on a longer route than we had expected. Ultimately, it wasn’t a big deal because we were enjoying ourselves and still ended up where we needed to be – the parking lot.
Contrast that with going somewhere like Disney World or the airport. It seems like all you need to do is point yourself in the right direction and thousands of signs will make sure you end up exactly where you need to be.
Sometimes it feels like navigating life is like the nature trail we took. You know there is an intersecting path you need to take but the way is overgrown and you are a little unsure. Sometimes it is more like going to the airport – if you get lost doing that it could only be because you weren’t paying attention at all because the route is so well marked.
Solomon tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6 to:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
This Courageous Journey
Series: Heart of the Mountains #4
Publication Date October 9, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Action/Adventure, Western, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Montana, Canada Gold Rush Era - US - 1848 - 1855
Written for: Adults
As the fifth daughter in a family of nine, Noelle Grant spent her life striving to be unique. Her love of telling stories helps define her goal—to be known around the country as one of the top news correspondents of her time. And what better way to uncover sensational tales than to travel through the mountain wilderness to visit her brother? The trip comes together perfectly as she journeys with family friends who will be settling in the same area. Her first inkling that things may not be as perfect as she’d imagined shows up in the form of the mountain man hired as their guide for the final leg of the journey.
When Daniel Abrams agrees to guide the small group of easterners along his usual route northward to the Canadian mountains, his gut tells him he’s making a terrible decision. But if he doesn’t take them, who will? The crew’s leader refuses to consider turning back. As they start out, Daniel can’t help but notice the woman traveling under the care of her friends. Though she appears too genteel to last long in these mountains, she soon reveals a strength that draws him more than he should allow.
When the dangers of this wilderness become more than the group bargained for, Noelle must choose to delay her trip northward or proceed alone with the man she’s come to trust against all reason. She never dreams her decision will place her—and the man she loves—in a situation more hazardous than any story her imagination could conjure.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: This Wilderness Journey, This Freedom Journey, This Homeward Journey, This Daring Journey, This Healing Journey
Noelle had a close relationship with the Lord. When faced with the need to decide whether to continue her journey with just Daniel or to delay until her brother can accompany them, she cries out to God for wisdom and direction.
I was amazed at Noelle’s strength in adversity. When faced with seemingly impossible circumstances, she sought the Lord’s help and did her best. She wasn’t always unafraid but seemed to know that in the rugged, snowy wilderness, giving up or not trying was equal to a death sentence. Yet despite that, she was insecure and longed to be in a place where she could make a difference. To matter.
Daniel was most confident in the wilderness – alone. The skills he learned from his Father’s people, the Blackfeet, served him well. Yet the fact that he was Indian and Caucasian made him feel that he didn’t have a part of either world. He was fearful of being judged for who he was.
There were so many things to appreciate about this story. The spiritual lessons were inspiring and integrated very naturally. The descriptions of the majesty of the Rocky Mountains, the blizzards, and the perils made me feel as if I was there and gave me a sense of the vastness and isolation of the region. I don’t recall ever before having a story convey the sense of what it would be like to be completely and truly lost in the mountains in the winter, yet my reading of This Courageous Journey did that quite well.
I have read other books where the travelers encounter one problem after another and, frankly, they left me feeling like everything was overdone, unrealistic, and contrived. Despite the fact that Daniel, Noelle and their companions faced hardship after sickness after peril after near disaster, this made sense and worked well in the narration.
Daniel and Noelle’s growing attraction for each other also came very naturally. Fighting the elements in the way they did, as well as spending significant amounts of time together is bound to either cause two people to develop a close bond or to hate each other! Their caring for one another as they journeyed touched my heart.
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Ever Been Struck by Lightning?
by Misty M. Beller
One of the fun things about being a writer is the crazy topics I get to research. Without giving away too much of the story, part of my research for This Courageous Journey included uncovering what happens when lightning strikes a person. It turns out anything can happen!
Surprisingly, about nine out of ten people struck by lightning live to tell their story. Each person’s experience seems to be different—some are knocked unconscious, while others are horribly aware of everything happening. One person who was struck said it seemed as if time slowed to a crawl and a white haze surrounded him like a bubble, as excruciating pain shot through him.
People usually try to determine the path the lightning traveled through them, based on where burn marks appear on both skin and clothing, but sometimes that can be difficult if jewelry or coins were touching the body. Survivors might suffer a variety of short- and long-term effects, including—but not limited to—cardiac arrest, confusion, seizures, dizziness, muscle aches, deafness, headaches, memory deficits, distractibility, personality changes, and chronic pain, among others. That may sound like an awful list, but it does beat the alternative!
As I considered the possible effects of a lightning strike when I was writing This Courageous Journey, I was reminded once again how magnificent God’s creation is. Both the incredible power contained in one streak of lightning, and the beautiful inner workings of the bodies He created for us. As the Psalmist said, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made!”
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