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Mystic Sweet Communion [Paperback]

By Jane Kirkpatrick (Author)
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Based on real events that unfolded in steamy turn-of-the century Florida, this powerful love story chronicles the triumphant life of Ivy Stranahan, a missionary who overcame unimaginable obstacles---including her husband's suicide---in her struggle to share God's love with the Seminole Indians. Discover, in Ivy's story, a love the Bible calls "as strong as death."

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Set in turn-of-the-century Florida, this frontier saga traces the life of Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the first English-speaking teacher in the region, as she struggles to teach school in the Seminole Nation and lead Indian families to Christ. Ivy is disliked by tribal leaders in spite of her obvious love for their children, yet she eventually overcomes their resistance and serves as their spokesman in negotiations with the U S government. Already scarred by her mother's tragic death in childbirth, Ivy overcomes her husband's suicide and other devastating disappointments to share her faith with her adopted people and eventually earn their love.
In 1900, Ivy Cromartie Stranahan gives up a promising teaching career to join her husband at the remote New River trading post in south Florida - but she doesn't give up her love for learning or her passion for righting wrongs. In this remarkable story of God's faithfulness and one woman's commitment, Ivy becomes a friend to the Seminole people, their teacher of forbidden English and the Christian faith, and finally, their spokesperson in a time of turmoil.
Like all of us who search for meaning, Ivy yearns to experience the power of faith, understand the limitation of human protection, and learn the importance of perseverance in caring for those we love. She finds them in Mystic Sweet Communion.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Multnomah Books
Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.03" Height: 1.03"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 2, 1998
Publisher   Multnomah Books
ISBN  1576732932  
ISBN13  9781576732939  

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More About Jane Kirkpatrick

Jane Kirkpatrick Jane Kirkpatrick is the award-winning author of many novels, including "A Flickering Light". She is a frequent speaker at conferences and lives in Oregon.

In The Author's Own Words...

If you'd like more information about me, please come visit my website at and click on my blog. My dog also has a blog and you can find out what it's like to be Bodacious Bo, too. A monthly newsletter called Story Sparks is my way of sharing books about authors I enjoy as well as commenting on life and love. You'll find out more about me than you probably ever wanted to know!

One item not listed on my lists of books is my selection included in an anthology called "Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West" published by Houghton Mifflin I also have a piece in Storytellers II, a book published a few years ago by Multnomah Press and a few short selections in Daily Guideposts of a few years back. My first novella, "The Courting Quilt" is part of a collection that made the New York Times bestsellers September 2011 in a collection called Log Cabin Christmas. The rest of my writing, as they say, is history. Or it was until my first contemporary came out this fall. Called Barcelona Calling, it's the story of a writer who loses her way as she seeks fulfillment thinking she'll find it with fame. It's a laugh out loud book according to reviewers. I hope you'll enjoy it.

Jane Kirkpatrick currently resides in Bend, in the state of Oregon. Jane Kirkpatrick was born in 1946.

Jane Kirkpatrick has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Change and Cherish Historical
  2. Dreamcatcher (Multnomah)
  3. Kinship and Courage (Paperback)
  4. Portraits of the Heart
  5. Tender Ties Historical (Paperback)

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Reviews - What do customers think about Mystic Sweet Communion?

Fact or Fiction?  Mar 14, 2004
Very disappointing. The author has written a fictional, in-the-first-person, autobiography. Quite a contradiction. The extremely personal details of Ivy Stranahan's life should not have been included, as the reader has no idea where fact and fiction begin and end. One cannot imagine that Mrs. Stranahan would have wanted these details, if they are true, to be available to anyone who happens to pick up the book. Perhaps speculation of this sort would be more acceptable if the main character were one who had lived centuries ago rather than a 20th century individual. The bizarre details of her private life tend to distract from Mrs. Stranahan's accomplishments. This book can vaguely be categorized as historical fiction, and there are no illustrations.
Women activists unite!  Dec 24, 2001
I, too, was captivated by the cover of this book as I browsed in the library. I had never read Kirkpatric (nor even heard of her). I was skeptical about the religious overtones the book might have but the cover and back exerpt won me over. I had just returned from a vacation in the Everglades and wanted to continue the magic of the place. This book exceeded my expectations. The natural history of the Seminoles, the Everglades, and the flora and fauna is very well-portrayed.
The book is heartbreaking, pioneering, inspiring, and an amazing account of History of the south florida area. I could see a bit of myself in Ivy and her idealism and heart. I am just venturing into the environmentalism field and wish to teach. Her quest for her "purpose" in life was very inspiring for me. The strength of Ivy and other women in this book is amazing. Even now, 100 years later we are still fighting for women's rights. I cannot even fathom the struggle 100 years ago. I admit, Initially Ivy's motives were sometimes hard to interpret as she liked to hide certain parts of herself. I think we understand her better as she learns to understand her motives and dreams. I have a hard time understanding the life-long celibacy with her husband although I do not doubt the strength of the love between her and Frank. I just believe that the strength of a relationship depends upon the commitment of the people involved - sex or no sex!
I think that Kirkpatrick did a thorough and heartfelt novel based on the history of the area. It was precisely what I needed to read after leaving the Everglades. I admit, I am heartbroken over the loss of much of the Everglades but have hope as dikes are removed, and some natural flow returned. The injustice done to the Seminoles can also not be forgotten.
Not very interesting  Oct 25, 2001
After reading the Kinship and Courage series I excpected this book to be just as good. I was very dissapointed. I did not like all the boring history. I also did not care for the characters very much.
mystical indeed  Jul 1, 2000
I have never heard of the author but while browsing the books in the library the cover art caught my attention. After reading the back I decided that I would give it a try and I am so glad I did. This book takes you back in time when Florida was young and makes you really feel for the indians. I truly understood the main characters reasons for not wanting a physical relationship with her husband and marvel at the depth of his love for her. Please check this one out!
This one just didn't quite engross me.  Jun 2, 2000
The history of Florida was interesting but the book didn't make much sense to me. The plot never really was developed and the characters didn't seem real. A lot happened to the characters but without being able to feel what they felt, it was just a history lesson. I did finish the book but it was a struggle. It was such a disppointment after reading Love to Water My Soul.

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