Across the Wide River


I just finished reading a wonderful novel set prior to the beginning of the Civil War. This novel though is very unique because it is a story about real people who dared to live by faith in Jesus Christ in a way that could have cost them their very lives. The author did excellent research on a family by the name of Rankin, who served their Lord by saving at least 2000 lives. They risked their lives not for just anyone, but those who escaped slavery to be free. Wonder how?
Well, this family became part of the Underground Railroad. The story is centered on a man known as Lowery. It is a story of him living each day obedient to his parents, growing up and deciding to join the church, while continuing to search for his call in life. Lowry views his “failures” in a way most of us even today would measure ours. While there are some scenes not actually rooted in fact, most of who this man and his family were is very much rooted in history.
The author provides a way to connect with her and welcomes all questions, comments and feedback. I wrote to her asking a question, not really expecting an immediate response. I thought I might hear back from her sometime as she would be busy. It was but a short time later the information she had was sent to me with an invitation to contact her should I desire more.
The historical witness left by this family both encourages and exhorts us to live lives totally surrendered to Him. You will be able to connect with this author via Face Book, email her at or look her page on the World Wide Web:
When you are done with this book, know there is a sequel to this story entitled: THE LIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER. I plan on reading it and hope you all will do the same!

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