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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-15

Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!

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This story is a reminder of so many people in my life, but sadly mostly of my sorry, sinful self. Thankfully there is nothing so horrible anyone has ever done that God won't reach down and forgive us! Once we repent, God will change our hearts and will continue to make us more like Jesus. In striving to be more like Jesus, we should remember what God has done for us, and so keep praying for redemption for our lost loved ones. Praise God for this author and narrator for portraying God's mercy, grace, and agape love!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-15

Post Civil War brought to life!

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This story really shows how hard life was during this point in our nation's history. The only way to survive the horrible hardships was to have faith in God. I appreciated the many encouraging Bible passages in this story :-)

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-14

Wonderful story with excellent narrator

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I am slowly listening to all of Francine Rivers' books, and each one is better and better!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-14

Only by God's grace!

Which character – as performed by Joe Smith – was your favorite?

It's a toss-up between Jeremiah and his mother, Verna. I loved Verna for her kind heart and Jeremiah for his exuberant nature. I really enjoyed how Mr. Smith read Verna's elderly voice - perfect!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I especially liked the first meeting of Jeremiah and Cassie, and particularly Verna's comment about Jeremiah - a real chuckler! :-) But I was really taken aback by the surprise ending of this story - certainly wasn't expecting that!

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There were so many wonderful Bible verses quoted in this story, many were already favorites, but now I have some new favorites as well! All are so encouraging and reminders that we just need to trust God in all areas of our lives. We need to stop thinking that we can do things in our own strength; it's God we need to focus on each moment of each day!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-14

Delightful characters!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Western Groom: Penny Wise and Pound Foolish?

One of funniest (and tragic) scenes was when Buzzer and Moose attempted to rob the Trading Post.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Penny's heartfelt prayers were so sincere. The way Mr. Smith read her part made me feel her angst for all she was feeling.

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This story really brings home the fact that there are no coincidences in life. Everything that happens in our lives is God's way of making even insignificant things work together for His glory!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-14

Heartwarming and uplifting!

What did you love best about Mail Order Bride: Cowboy Father Finds Beauty Within Her Scarred Body?

I really liked all the Scripture that was quoted in this story. They were all some of my favorite verses that served as a reminder to keep focused on Jesus no matter what trials may come.

Which scene was your favorite?

I particularly enjoyed the scene when Susan first meets Gabriel and Gideon, and especially the ride from the train station to the ranch. Oh, to see everything in our lives for the first time and never take any of God's gifts for granted!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-14

Wonderful example of unwavering faith!

Where does Our Wagon Train's One Special Christmas Eve Along the Oregon Trail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is another one that ranks right at the top for its encouragement for keeping faith in God no matter how dire one's circumstances.

What did you like best about this story?

The forgiveness offered is how we should strive to live our lives. The Bible says forgive 70 times 7, which is humanly impossible without faith in God (Matthew 18:22).

What does Joe Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Smith's portrayal of the characters' voices was so moving. I felt as if I were there in the circle of wagons right along with them, experiencing their fears and triumphs. His voice was perfect for this story!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-14

We need each other!

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This story was such a wonderful reminder of a couple of things: Given to our own thoughts, we soon are led down a dangerous path (Proverbs 23:7; 2 Corinthians 10:5), and no matter how much we think we can do things on our own, we need each other - not only for physical helps, but more importantly for encouragement (1 Corinthians 12:15-20). It's hard to imagine life in the rugged west and that folks actually survived leaving their homes and traveling through unknown lands. Only by God's hand was our "Land of the Free" founded. We must never forget that; we need a spiritual revival!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-14

What a fascinating tale!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend who was going through trials. This story is proof that God works in ways that we can never fathom. Troubles we have that are so awful turn into marvelous plans in God's hands.

What about Joe Smith’s performance did you like?

I really liked how Mr. Smith read the various characters - particularly the nice Betsy and the horribly nasty Big Jaw and Chigger characters.

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This story had so many twists and turns along with interesting facts. I definitely want to listen to this tale again, especially when going through trials. It's very uplifting!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-14

Loved the surprise ending! :-)

What made the experience of listening to A Widow & Her Rival: A Christian Mail Order Bride Romance the most enjoyable?

I liked this story because it had a 'twist' in that it focused on the what I thought to be the 'lesser' characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The children were my favorite part of this story - very amusing antics! :-)

Have you listened to any of Joe Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to many of Mr. Smith's performances, but this ranks as one of my favorite, especially with his rendition of Margaret's voice - so appropriate! :-)

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