City of Tranquil Light

  • by Bo Caldwell
  • Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
  • 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Will Kiehn is seemingly destined for life as a humble farmer in the Midwest when, having felt a call from God, he travels to the vast North China Plain in the early twentieth century. There he is surprised by love and weds a strong and determined fellow missionary, Katherine. They soon find themselves witnesses to the crumbling of a more than two-thousand-year-old dynasty that plunges the country into decades of civil war. As the couple works to improve the lives of the people of Kuang P’ing Ch’eng - City of Tranquil Light, a place they come to love - and face incredible hardship, will their faith and relationship be enough to sustain them?

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What the Critics Say

“A remarkable evocation of another time and place as well as a deeply moving love story.” (Ron Rash, author of Serena)
“City of Tranquil Light is a poem in prose form, and it will lift any reader’s spirit as it lifted mine.” (Jay Parini, author of The Last Station)
"Told through Will and Katherine’s alternating viewpoints, and inspired by the lives of the author’s maternal grandparents, City of Tranquil Light is a tender and elegiac portrait of a young marriage set against the backdrop of the shifting face of a beautiful but torn nation. A deeply spiritual book, it shows how those who work to teach others often have the most to learn and is further evidence that Bo Caldwell writes “vividly and with great historical perspective.” (San Jose Mercury News)

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What We're Here For

This beautifully written historical story of early twentieth century China has inspiration for us here and now. It's the story of how love, faith, and service to God, can give meaning to individual lives. This book illustrates what we're all searching for and how a few people found it.
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- Annette

Powerful Spiritual Resolve

If you could sum up City of Tranquil Light in three words, what would they be?

This was a marvelous account of a missionary couple's powerful spiritual resolve. This was a moving, brilliant, and inspiring story. Thank you, Bo Caldwell for giving us this must-read.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Katharine - she was a soft and yielding healer and spiritual leader.


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

Ease in listening.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It was more powerful to let it soak in and contemplate the issues brought forth.


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- Celeste Bartunek

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-28-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.