City of Tranquil Light

City of Tranquil Light

A Novel

Book - 2010
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"Will Kiehn is an 'ordinary man,' seemingly destined for life as a humble farmer in the Midwest, when, having felt a call from God, he moves to the vast North China Plain in 1906. There he is surprised by love and weds a strong and determined fellow missionary, Katherine, who is also a dedicated nurse. Early in their marriage Will and Katherine find themselves witnesses to the crumbling of a more than two-thousand-year old dynasty, which plunges the country into years of civil war. As they work to improve the lives of the people of Kuang P'ing Ch'eng--City of Tranquil Light, a place they come to love--they face hardships they could not have imagined: a personal loss that shakes them both to the core, the constant threat of bandits, the physical dangers and tragedies of warlord China. But while they are continually tested both spiritually and physically, they are also rewarded in ways that leave them forever changed"--Cover, p. 2.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Co.,, 2010.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805092288
Branch Call Number: FIC CALD
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 25 cm


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May 02, 2015

This is the best book I have read since Rohinton Mistry's epic "A Fine Balance". The characters are real, flawed, people who I would like to know. The story of loss, bitterness, forgiveness and surrender is powerful and poignant.

Apr 04, 2014

A very moving book. It flowed easily between the thoughts of the husband in the present day husband and the past journals of the wife.

Aug 26, 2012

I picked this book off of the shelf on a whim - - not knowing anything about it or the author. It turned out to be an incredible treasure. A book that touched my heart and mind beyond explanation.

Sep 20, 2011

A book about a pious Christian life.

debwalker Dec 07, 2010

An enthralling love story about Will and Katherine Kiehn, their adopted country of China, and their God--a deceptively straightforward tale told in powerful, profound prose. It's based on the life of Caldwell's maternal grandparents, who were missionaries in China and Taiwan from 1906 to 1961. In melding fiction and truth, we learn about remarkable lives, but also sense that we are discovering what Caldwell herself has learned of life and love and faith.


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