Friday, February 17, 2017

1940s-era Saskatchewan Mennonite novel CONSIDER THE SUNFLOWERS reviewed by Rita Dozlaw

It moved me (tears, actually) to read that Frank and Tina got through the struggles life threw at those two, and the reasons they did was Tina's faith and God's mercy. The title, in the end, meant a lot to me. Sunflowers rise to see the Son, and considering the humble flowers' example brought the tears on.


I loved the clear truthful way you told their stories. If I know Frank, he'll 'come around'. How can he not give his heart and life to Jesus with all those wonderful people around him to work God's plan (for everyone) out to the finish? I got tears again this morning as I told Jack how it came about that Tina's heart, where the Holy Spirit of Jesus lives, turned again to prayer, finally.


Elma, you don't just pick up any book and find the road to salvation right there in its pages. I loved that and somehow it didn't surprise me because just look at the author! I love you. I appreciate the talent exuding out of your veins onto the pages.


There are a lot of things I'm regurgitating from Consider the Sunflowers. I loved it. Thank you for writing it. I'll never look at sunflowers the same.

CONSIDER THE SUNFLOWERS is a 1940s-era Saskatchewan Mennonite novel by Elma Schemenauer. 299-page paperback. If you're interested, ask in a store or library.  Or order online: 

​​-Chapters Indigo

-The publisher, Borealis Press






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