Item description for With Endless Sight (Crossroads of Grace) by Allison K. Pittman...
Overview When disaster falls during Belinda's journey with her family to the Oregon territory, she is left wounded, weak, and alone, but her faith in God gives her the strength to persevere.
Publishers Description Behind every story of loss is the promise of grace.... "Belleville, Illinois and Wyoming Territories, 1861 " Born into a life of privilege, fourteen-year-old Belinda never questions her security, even as she leaves Illinois with her family to discover new adventures in the Oregon Territory. But when disaster falls, Belinda is left wounded, weak, and alone. Her faith in God gives her the only strength she knows in a harsh new world. Belinda's journey takes her to a snow-covered mining camp and a red-roofed brothel in the Wyoming mountains, but not before she must spend a lonely winter with the man who took away the life she knew. Throughout the grief and hope of a strange land, Belinda must decide if her faith is big enough to allow her to forgive. The satisfying conclusion to the Crossroads of Grace series, "With Endless Sight "offers a rich story of family, new beginnings, and the freedom that grace can bring.
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.02" Width: 5.17" Height: 1.01" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date May 20, 2008
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Crossroads Of Grace
Series Number 3
ISBN 1601420129 ISBN13 9781601420121
Availability 0 units.
More About Allison K. Pittman
Allison Pittman is a former English teacher in Texas. In 2005, she was awarded the Harvard Prize Book in recognition of her teaching excellence. She also serves as the leader for her church s Theater Arts Group, writing and directing worship drama. Whenever possible, Allison enjoys going on dates with her husband of seventeen years, Mike, or just hanging out with their three sons which usually means spending a lot of time at soccer fields and baseball diamonds."
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WITH ENDLESS SIGHT Oct 20, 2008
Allison Pittman continues in her Crossroads of Grace series with book three, WITH ENDLESS SIGHT. Belinda and her family strike out on a cross-country trek that her father hopes will lead them to a new life. What starts as an adventure for Belinda soon turns into devastation. Belinda's strength throughout this harrowing year in her life is beyond the maturity that you would expect from a fourteen year old. Though I absolutely loved the book, as I did TEN THOUSAND CHARMS and SPEAK THROUGH THE WIND, I was a little surprised how easily Belinda adjusted to each new challenge she faced. Coming from a family of wealth, Belinda probably had little experience dealing with adversity, so her lack of fear or emotion in her extraordinary circumstances caused me to not feel the emotional tie to Belinda that I would've liked to. In fact, there was a time I had even forgotten about her vagabond brother because she never seemed driven to find him. I can't really elaborate without giving some of the story away, let's just say, at times I was looking for a little more depth in the character. Even in spite of the lack of emotion, WITH ENDLESS SIGHT has definite highs and lows that draw the reader in and keeps you turning page after page.
Hooked from the First Sentence Sep 26, 2008
I won this in a giveaway, and although historical fiction is not my genre of choice, I loved this book from the first sentence: "I wasn't asleep--wasn't even pretending to be--when my cousin Phoebe slipped into my room." So many thoughts come to mind with that sentence. What time is it? It must be night because the speaker is supposed to be asleep. Why is Phoebe slipping into a room when someone is sleeping? What's she up to? Why isn't the speaker asleep? Why doesn't she even pretend? What happens next?
Allison K. Pittman can write! With the compelling plot, the main character so realistic that I felt as if I've had conversations with her, the twists and turns surprising me over and over again, all add up to make this ONE GOOD READ!
We All Have Choices Sep 14, 2008
Although this is the last book in a trilogy, this story was strong enough to stand on its own. The year is 1861. I was gripped by the story as Belinda's father packs up the family and moves them to the Wyoming Territories. They leave their family and comfort in Belleville, Illinois. Dad's a dreamer and this is an adventure of a life time; Belinda's mother is not convinced. She is a dutiful Christian wife who submits to her husband (but she doesn't have to like it). Her husband was so caught up in the new frontier and the opportunities of building something big.
The adventure began with a train ride, which was followed by a luxurious boat ride. Wow, things were grand!! Then came the wagon coach ride for days and days. Life as they had known it was over. As I read about all the discomforts of traveling this way for days on end, I never thought of all the uncomfortable things that could be encountered. It really made me appreciate what we have today which I sometimes take for granted. Even with gas prices being so high, I think I would rather ride a bike then a wagon coach.
Life as Belinda had known it, is definitely over when they get to their destination. There's nothing that she can do to bring it back. But, in spite of what her mother thought, she was determined to make the most of this adventure. Her cousin Phobe wasn't helping either. Her attitude was almost worse than her mothers.
Then something unforeseen happens to rock Belinda's world even further. It was totally a whole new world out here!! Her faith is being tested and she's really torn up to find out what she really believes. Her faith is wavering. Who is this God she has been serving? God is asking her to do the impossible. Can't He see she's in tremendous pain? She can't give any more! But, she does. She hears the Lord say "Be Still". God is asking her to forgive the very man who caused so much pain in her life. How could she? (She knew that God hadn't given her a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.) She memorized the scripture, but putting it into practice was another story. It sounded great on paper, but now God was asking her to do the unthinkable. She had to let God work thru her it was the only way. "Be Still" she kept hearing. So, she waited.
How fast life can change. She didn't appreciate what she had when she had it. Food, nice clothing and a warm bed. It was the simple things in life that she appreciated now. Funny how that is. It was harder and harder to not let the circumstances of this life get her down. At one point she felt blessed to find shelter with "souls wounded as mine. (she thought) I didn't have to spell out my pain; they knew it all too well. And I could talk to God without opening my mouth." She learned how quickly one simple step could change your world and everything you thought you knew. Belinda was starting to believe that she had run out of choices. She had to play the cards that were dealt to her. But a friend reminds her that we always have choices - no one can take that away from you.
This is a book that helps me to be thankful for the little things in this life that I take for granted. When I was done reading this story, I was thankful that I wasn't a woman born during those times who had to be put through the hardships of daily life and how women are viewed. In many ways Allison Pittman reveals the struggles we deal with today, are not that much different from women back then. We are in a spiritual battle. We don't fight against flesh and blood put against principalities and powers - the bible says. Allison does a beautiful job of showing that struggle with the back drop of the wild, wild west. It's made me want to go back and read the other two books in this series.
Nora St. Laurent [...]
Sweet little Biddy is one tough cookie! Jul 23, 2008
Belinda, the main character of "With Endless Sight", is different from the heroines of the previous books in the "Crossroads of Grace" series in two big ways: she is a woman who relies on God from the beginning the end of the story, and although she calls Jewell's brothel home for a while, she is never a prostitute. It may sound like her story makes for a fairly unexciting end to a sensational series, but that's entirely untrue.
I won't ruin the plot for you by telling you WHY her story is exciting, you'll just have to read it yourself. But I will say that Pittman's third novel shows how God can bring someone through the most horrific events and still have their best interest at heart. Through everything that Belinda endures, God is still guiding her steps, and she needs only to believe that in order to make it through. What I love about her character is that she still has times of doubt, and times when she feels further from God than she wants to, just like we all do. She has the hope and strength of God's provision... without being so goody-two-shoes that it's impossible to read, as is often the case in Christian fiction. There are times in the novel where you may find yourself thinking that nothing of consequence has happened for the last thirty pages, when will she get to the meat of the story?... and yet, this novel is still so entirely riveting that you will not be able stop reading page after page until there is no more left to read!
My favorite of the series is still the second book, Sadie's story, titled "Speak Through the Wind", and I loved seeing more of her in this novel. Even though the previous book ended Sadie's journey in a fairly satisfying way, I still hoped that Belinda's story would give a little more insight into the rest of Sadie's "happy ending". It was interesting to view Gloria from Belinda's eyes as well, and I had to keep reminding myself that Belinda knew Gloria before she had seen God's grace. It was also nice to finally "meet" Belinda after reading about her fresh-faced innocence in the previous two books; I thought it was a wonderful illustration of how no matter how perfect someone may appear to be, everyone has burdens from their past to bear, and EVERYONE needs God's forgiveness.
I love the way that Pittman used three entirely different women with completely different pasts and paths, and drew them together to tell three different tales that still have a beautiful sense of cohesion. I sincerely wish that this wasn't the final book in the series, as the jacket suggests - I wish Ms. Pittman would tells us Mae's story, too! Overall, "With Endless Sight" is a wonderful conclusion to the series, which I wholly enjoyed. I highly recommend the entire series!
"A Gritty Tale of Seeking Redemption" Jul 10, 2008
Belinda was born into wealth. Then, her Bohemian-like father decided to try out the new frontier. They head to Oregon against her mother's wishes. This trip leaves Belinda to trust only in God and to seek his redemption and love. With only His grace, she survives the horrible trials of the trip. Pittman has a rare talent for painting the setting with such detail that you feel as if you are with the characters. This will be a delightful read for anyone who loves Christian fiction and history.