Oh the joy of a public library! I never would have dreamed that when I spent $.60 to purchase these much worn, but complete set of books in Mr. Morris’ “American Odyssey” series that I would find so much pleasure in them!
And to think, all it cost me were 6 dimes. I must be, by far, one of the most blessed fellows that has ever had the honor of living on this earth.
In this 2nd volume of the six book series, “A Time To Die,” the lives of the Stuarts continue to unfold. World War I is beginning to boil, and the Stuarts find themselves falling off the ledge of desire and patriotism. America still has yet to join the fray, but this doesn’t deter the Amos, Owen or Gavin as they each begin to step on the stones that God has laid for them, across this raging river of life.
With her world wide pursuits in theater, Lylah Stuart finds herself in Europe at the same time, and finds her heart has been captured by one that neither her brothers, nor her country will approve of.
As the world anxiously awaits the nod from President Woodrow Wilson, entrance into this fracas, Gavin decides to stretch his own wings in the French Foreign Legion. There, Gavin will encounter the infamous Baron Manifred von Richhofen, who is more familiarly known as the Red Baron.
Little does he know how great a part this man will play in his and the rest of the Stuart’s lives.
One of my favorites aspects of this book, as well as the series is how the author weaves the facts of history. Here is a favorite passage, where Amos, now a star reporter for The New York Journal, the widely circulated newspaper owned by William Randolph Hearst, has come to the home of his old friend, none other than Theodore Roosevelt, to discuss his views on President Wilson’s attitude about not entering the war yet:
“Roosevelt stared at him, a sharp light in his eyes. ” You’re here to find out what I think about the European war. Isn’t that so Stuart? Amos shrugged ans smiled slightly, ” Sir, I think I know how you feel. I’ve been listening to you for a long time. But, if you don’t mind, I’d like to hear it directly.”
“Mind? Of course I don’t mind,” Roosevelt said, shaking his head. He looked around the room at the many trophies;at the trophies of a lifetime, really spent fighting for his country he loved so dearly. “We’ll have to fight Stuart,” he said without hesitation. ” No way out now. It’s got to be. Everyone seems to know that pretty much…” he paused, then shrugged his husky shoulders. ” That is, everyone except President Wilson and Secretary of State Bryan.”
I believe that Theodore Roosevelt was an amazing man.
The beauty of the writing of Gilbert Morris, is that he never fails to show how God works in the lives of his children. As you read, you almost get the feeling that you are privileged to stand almost outside of time, and watch the unfolding of the lives of this family. It is so incredible to see how intricately woven together their lives and the true history of our nation, and what reliance on God can accomplish.
I am so glad I am a Christian. I am so glad to be living in America. I know that right now, we have turned from God in many ways, but as long as He bears us, we must never stop praying for our glorious country. We must have faith…faith like Saeed Abedini.
Pastor Abedini was arrested in his birth country, Iran in September 2012 for building orphanages. Because he is an American Christian pastor, who shared God’s love, he has been sentenced to 8 years, asked to recant his faith, which he will not do. He truly loves the people of Iran, and wants them to experience the joy that is found only in Christ.
I want to have a faith like Pastor Saeed.
The reason I brought this up, is that books like “A Time to Die,” help to instill that kind of courage in us. God works in many ways to build us up in our own faith, and one of these ways I believe is to use fine authors such as Gilbert Morris.
Please read this series…you will not be disappointed I promise…
…and please add Pastor Saeed to your prayer list. Pray for him to remain strong, and ask the Lord to bless him. Pray for his freedom.