Monday, June 11, 2012
Through Rushing Water
Sophia Makinoff has her life all planned out. Teaching through an all girl college in the 1870's has put her in the path of a up and coming congressman who would make the perfect husband for her. When "the perfect man" proposes to another, Sophia again makes plans on her own to become a missionary to China, in hopes of returning to her beloved Russia. When she is sent to teach on the Ponco Indian reservation, Sophia learns to walk by faith, plant her feet on solid ground, and ignore the rushing waters around her. Sophia learns to be a person of influence when she lets God lead. To be quite frank, I didn't care for Sophia for the first few chapters. Through the story, she develops into a much more sympathetic and likable character though, showing the reader that we all change and mature as we go through life. I can honestly say that by the end of the book, I liked the characters and loved the story. Its a beautiful novel about the Ponca tribe and the injustices of the governments treatment of the Native Americans.