Book Review: This Road We Traveled

Jane Kirkpatrick, the author of This Road We Traveled, has written over 25 historical fiction books, many based on real people or incidents in the American West. Jane’s attention to detail and historical accuracy are evident as she follows the story of Tabitha Brown.

The Road We Traveled, by Jane KirkpatriclThis story starts in Missouri when Tabitha Brown’s oldest son returns from a trip to Oregon, eager to return. Because of her age, her family doesn’t want her to go on the difficult journey with them. She refuses to be left behind and hires her own wagon team. Showing true grit and determination, she joins them on the long trip to Oregon.

The book tells the story of leaving friends and family behind, the difficulties on the trail as fellow travelers get sick and die, and the hardships – and joys – in starting over in a new frontier. As she says at one point, “Just because a person chose a thing didn’t relieve them of pain.”

I didn’t realize until I read the author’s notes at the end of the book that Tabitha Brown is known as the Mother of Oregon. When she discovers how many children are orphaned along the Oregon trail, she gets busy. She starts a school that is now known as Pacific University. As one who loves Oregon, its landscape and its history, I felt that this made the story she told come alive for me.

Jane Kirkpatrick ( is a Christian author who writes about historical Christian women, women whose faith was deeply important.

I received a free book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.


Book Review: Hebrew Word Study

Reading a good fictional book is always good, but sometimes I need to stretch my brain. And this book does that gently. Hebrew Word Study is a study, written as a devotional with 90 short chapters, 2-3 pages each.  hebrew-word-study

The author, Cháim Bentorah (a teacher of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic), takes a Hebrew word or phrase and not only explains the English meaning, but provides insight on what the word meant at the time(s) it was used, but what it means for us today.

I must confess that I haven’t finished the book yet, but have enjoyed reading a chapter at a time. The author has a friendly and conversational way of explaining the word (or phrase) and how it’s used. For example, let’s take the word BELOVED, which in Hebrew is yadiyad. Here’s a short excerpt of the chapter.

You enter the heart of God the way a man enters the heart of a woman. He looks at her and says, “You are my beloved. There is no one else but you.” The word yadiyad is formed from the word yad, which means “hand.” Note that yad is repeated in yadiyad, thus meaning “hand in hand.”

I wish I could include the full chapter because it’s so descriptive. The author tells anecdotes and stories to make the meanings of the words and passages even more vivid.

So check this book out. You can learn a little Hebrew and more about your Bible from this book – and it won’t hurt at all.

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I received a free book from Whitaker House through The Book Club Network, Inc., in exchange for an unbiased review.

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