Friday, March 30, 2012

CFBA Book Review: The Hope of Shridula

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Hope of Shridula
Abingdon Press (March 2012)
Kay Strom


A word from Kay:

Kay Marshall Strom… who am I? Well, I’m a traveler… a railer against social injustice… a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife… a mother… a sister… a daughter… a friend.

Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life:

Of my 39 published books, seven have been book club selections, twelve have been translated into foreign languages, and one has been optioned for a movie. My writing credits include numerous magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. Along with my husband Dan, I also have produced a series of booklets for writers. My writing has appeared in a number of volumes including three versions of the NIV Devotional Bible and the devotional book My Heart—Christ’s Home, Through the Year.

I love to write, and I love to share about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I do enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships!


The Blessing in India series is a saga set in India’s heartbreaking history and breathtaking present that points toward a future of hope. Along the way, name-only Christianity collides with Hinduism, and then is confronted by an entirely new understanding of the call to follow Christ.

India: 1946. For forty-eight years, Ashish and his family toiled as slaves in the fields of the high-caste Lal family, and all because of one small debt. At fifty-four, Ashish was old and worn out. Every day was a struggle to survive for his family including his only daughter.

His wife had named the girl Shridula—Blessings. “Perhaps the name will bring you more fortune than it brought me,” Ashish told his daughter. His words proved to be prophetic in ways he could never have imagined. And when the flames of revolt brought independence to India, they seared change into the family of Ashish.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Hope of Shridula, go HERE.

My Thoughts
This is book #2 in the Blessings of India series, I did not read the first book but I don't really think you need to, although it is always fun to read an entire series!

I have mixed feelings about this book, while I enjoyed the story line, the struggles, the hope of the less fortunate in India, I had a difficult time reading the book because of the names.  This is not any fault of the author, it's just that I'm not used to reading names of an Indian culture which made it so the book did not flow quite as well for me.  As far as the story line, it was quite interesting as well as informative.  From the very beginning I felt a pull towards Shridula and her struggles, as well as the struggles her family faced and had endured.  You will feel the strong class difference as you read this story and you will feel for the people of India as you read about the revolt.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA


1 comment:

  1. I was drawn to visit your blog since I am a Christian knitter/reader, too. You have interesting books here. The Dog Who Talks To God seems to be a good approach to a difficult subject.



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