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The Calling of Emily Evans (Women of the West #1) [Paperback]

By Janette Oke (Author)
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In the first book of the Women of the West series, Emily faces many challenges and doubters as a single woman opening a church in a frontier community.

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She feels God nudging her toward ministry, but what options are there for a young single woman?
Emily Evans has a hard time getting herself to class on time, much less figuring out God's will for her life. Then, to her surprise, she feels that God is calling her into full-time Christian service. She expects the Lord will also provide her with a companion to share her life and ministry, but Emily does not want to marry any of the available young men. She squares her shoulders and decides she will accept the task of opening a new church in a pioneer community--alone.
When Emily arrives at her new assignment, she is disappointed to find the church building in disrepair. After many days of hard work fixing it up, she announces her first service and is once again disappointed, this time in the size of her congregation. Is her faith strong enough to stand against the local doubters and myriad challenges that will test her calling?

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Pages   222
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Age  10-12
Edition  Reprinted  
Series  Women Of The West  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  0764202448  
ISBN13  9780764202445  

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More About Janette Oke

Janette Oke Janette Oke (born 18 February 1935) is a Canadian author and pioneer of inspirational fiction. Her books are often set in a pioneer time period and centered around female protagonists. She is a committed Evangelical Christian.

Janette Steeves was born in the Depression years in Champion, Alberta, to a Canadian prairie farmer and his wife, Fred Steeves and Amy (née: Ruggles) Steeves. She graduated from Mountain View Bible College in Didsbury, Alberta. Janette met her husband Edward Oke (pronounced "oak") while they both attended college. They were married in 1957 and have pastored churches in Indiana, and Calgary and Edmonton, Canada. He later became the president of the college. Janette and Edward had 4 children, including a set of twins.[1] Her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan, has co-written books with Janette.

Her first novel, titled Love Comes Softly, was published by Bethany House in 1979. This book was followed by more than 75 others. She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction.

Janette receives fan mail from all over the world and answers each letter personally. She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and enjoy their many grandchildren.

Janette Oke currently resides in Alberta. Janette Oke was born in 1935.

Janette Oke has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Acts of Faith
  2. Canadian West
  3. Love Comes Softly
  4. Love Series Fox Faith/Hallmark Channel
  5. Prairie Legacy (Paperback)
  6. Return to the Canadian West
  7. Seasons of the Heart (Janette Oke)
  8. Song of Acadia
  9. Women of the West (Bethany House)

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Great  Nov 5, 2005
The calling of Emily Evens is one of the best books that Janette Oke wrote. I really enjoyed the story and the idea that woman can serve God just as well as men.
Truly shows struggle women face in Ministry....  Oct 29, 2004
This is an excellent book for those of us who want to go into the ministry.It truly describes the hardships that this young woman had and have to face; in Spiritual and emotional as well as the physical areas of her life. The most compelling aspect of this novel is the simplicity it is written. Joshua 1:9 comes to life in this book.
Beautiful Story  Sep 20, 2004
This is the first "pioneer story" I've read in a long time. To tell the truth, I was tired of the same story told using a hundred different heroines. The Calling of Emily Evans is classic Janette Oke. It is a story of faith and inspiration, hard work and courage. Based on the actual ministry of early church workers, or "Sister Workers", the book tells the story of one young woman who answers God's calling and goes forth into a field which was once reserved only for men. Even her own father doubts her ability and the Church's good intentions, but ultimately shows his support.

Emily's life is full of turmoil and personal doubt. Her collegues who also answered God's leading seem to be so much better suited to their mission that she is. She fears she is doing everything wrong. But Emily stays true to her calling, refusing to accept offers of an easier road. While not a romance it is assumed that the heroine will find romance in the end. I enjoyed this little book and recommend it.
Not Her Best  Apr 25, 2004
Despite the fact that Mrs. Oke created a good plot for this book, I was keenly disappointed in it. I felt as though Mrs. Oke knew not how to write about certain scenes in the book. She therefore, quickly brushed through that certain scene and TOLD us what happened, not necessarily SHOWED us. It seemed as if huge chunks of the story were missing, leaving me hungry for those chunks. I didn't particularly, like the ending at all. Although I believe in surprise endings, which is what she gave us, this ending didn't quite seem to fit. True, all of Emily's (the main character) struggles would have been solved with the ending (I'm not telling you just what the ending was...he he.), but...I don't know, I was also disappointed with it. Now, Mrs. Oke didn't do such a bad job; the plot of the story was very charming itself. Mrs. Oke just didn't do the best job of telling it.
The plot begins with Emily Evans, a slight, young, and not the healthiest woman, studying dutifully away at Bible School. She isn't the brightest little thing and has to work harder than others to achieve her good grades. She isn't quite sure what's she doing at Bible school, but she strongly feels it's what God wants her to do, for ever since she was young, she's had a strong desire to serve the Lord. Then, during chapel one day, she decided to fill that desire and become the "deaconess" at the mission in Wesson Creek. Her father packed a bunch of gunny sacks and crates and sent her off, although he wasn't too sure that any woman (no matter of their health) should do the preaching. He thought that preaching was a man's job, and especially since Emily is so often sick, I guess you could say he sort of resented her going. Nevertheless, he gives her his blessing and prays for the best.
Once Emily arrives, she is very disappointed in her house and church. She spends about a week fixing it up (with the help of some crews). Then, she holds her first service and is once again disappointed, except this time, it's in the size of her congregation. Emily struggles on, meeting new people, finding enough money for her food, and laboriously preparing sermons. She even falls in love with Shad, but his unbelief in God, makes it seem rather hypocritical to allow him calling. Big John, the mercantile owner, poses hard questions for Emily to answer, and she has to do some researching. To sum up, the book is all about Emily's struggle to obey God's calling, even though it isn't her first choice.
All in all, I guess what I'm trying to say is that; Oke had a good plot, but skipped some major parts. The book was ending all too soon.
Janette Oke: A Christian Author  Nov 28, 2003
Janette Oke
"The Calling of Emily Evans"
Canadian West
Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 1990
222 pp. $5.50

Do you like to read about things of the past? Did you ever wonder how the gospel was spread throughout the Canadian West prairies? Do you like reading a love story with a Christian theme. Then "The Calling of Emily Evans" would be a perfect choice for you. This book was written by Janette Oke, pronounced "Oak", under the genre of Christian fiction. She is an expert in this field of writing and one of the pioneers in writing in this style. She has won numerous awards that highlight her already glowing career in writing. Her first book "Love Comes Softly" has sold over one million copies. She has won the President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, the CBA Life Impact Award, and the Gold Medallion Book Award.
The targeted audience that the author writes to is women ages 16 - 24. She has also written some children's books. I believe that any women regardless of age would enjoy this book. The purpose of this book was to inform the readers of the missionary life of a women. The author researched many conference journals that spoke of the various things that went on with the women in the ministry. There is a dedication page that dedicates her book to all the women of the Missionary Church. The next page then tells a short biography about the author. The table of contents then follows listing the prologue first then the chapters are listed and on what page they begin. The chapters run smoothly from one to the other, they all fit together perfectly in harmony.
To summarize the book it begins by talking of a girl whose name is Emily Evans that is in Bible college. She felt lead by God to go to Bible college and while there listening to a sermon she feels that God has called her to preach. The church places her in a town called Wesson Creek. This is where she resides as she faces the trials and tribulations of being a minister of the Lord. Times are hard for young Emily, but with the help of God to strengthen her she has a small congregation. She falls in love with a young gentlemen but he does not have a commitment to God and so she can not let herself become involved. By the closing of the book this young man turns his life over to God and returns to his call from God that he had spurned when his preacher father died, and then his mother. He had become bitter towards God and did not want anything to do with God. But seeing a young girl taking on the task of feeding the flock, a ministry that he should have been doing. He came under conviction and turned back to God. He went back to Bible college and then asked Emily if she would be his wife.
The authors style of writing is simple and logical. She uses the broken dialect of the west with some of her characters which makes the story seem more real. You can feel each and every feeling that her characters are conveying, this is what makes this a great book. The only weakness that I can see is that the author portrays the use of a woman as a preacher as Biblical. This does not go along with the scriptures. They may have been used in the Missionary Church but there is no Biblical basis for this assumption. I think that the author should have thought on what the Bible says about such things. For example in I Timothy 2:12 "But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence." Also in I Timothy 3:2 "A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach;" These are but just few examples of what the scriptures say.
The strengths of this book are many. One can read this book and hear the gospel. The reader can come to know Christ as his Savior if he/she reads this book. Another strength is that the author knows and has researched how hard it was for families to provide just the basic necessities of life for themselves. She portrays their lifestyle with much conviction and truthfulness.
I believe this book does target the audience that it is intended for. It is also suitable for women that are older than her targeted age group and also even men. I liked the book and it was one of those books that you couldn't wait to turn the page so that you could see what was going to happen next. The only thing that I didn't like was the woman being a preacher, that would be one of the factors in my recommending this book to anyone else. I could not recommend a book that goes against anything that the Bible says is wrong.

By Allison Dolan
English 101
B. Whitener
November 18, 2003


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