With a simple wrong move by Gideon, influenced heavily by alcohol, Lonnie is deemed ‘tarnished’ by her father and forces the young teens to marry, neither of which is planned or happy about. Lonnie truly is an innocent and she is caught up in the times of that era and must abide by her Pa’s doing or is considered tarnished for the rest of her life and unmarriageable. I felt so sad for her when she was forced to be married and go to live with Gideon and his family, and Gideon soon instructs his parents that he is leaving to make it on his own with his new wife. They are unprepared, have no money and the mishaps just start to pile up.
Be Still My Soul is about the ultimate trial and tribulations for this young couple yet God is always there with them both throughout. One of the sayings that jumped out at me was when Lonnie's Aunt Sarah told her “don’t you let those lies stay inside you. The only opinion that mattes is God’s and he knows the truth.” That’s a theme that resonates through this book as does 1 Peter 5:10.
This book is a breath of fresh air to read. I look forward to reading more of Joanne Bischof’s work in the future!