A Tendering in the Storm

A Tendering in the Storm

by Jane Kirkpatrick


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A Story of Tender Truths About a Woman’s Desperate Efforts to Shelter Her Family

Determined to raise her children on her own terms, Emma suddenly finds herself alone and pregnant with her third child, struggling to keep her family secure in the remote coastal forest of the Washington Territory. With loss and disappointment as her fuel, she kindles a fire that soon threatens to consume her, making a series of poor choices that take her into dangerous relationships.

As clouds of despair close in, she must decide whether to continue in her own waning strength or to humble herself and accept help from the very people she once so eagerly left behind.

Based on a True Story

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578567355
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/17/2007
Series: Change and Cherish Historical Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 446,783
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the award-winning, best-selling author of two non-fiction books and eleven novels, including All Together In One Place of the acclaimed Kinship and Courage series. Jane is a winner of the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center and National Cowboy Hall of Fame. A licensed clinical social worker as well as an inspirational retreat leader and speaker, she lives with her husband on 160 acres in Eastern Oregon.

Reading Group Guide

1. This is a story about giving and receiving. Who gave up the most in this story? Who knew how to receive and why are both capabilities important in our lives and in the life of a family?

2. This is also a story about community and individuals within a community having a voice and making choices. Could Emma have found a way to remain at Willapa and find contentment there? What voice did Louisa have at Aurora Mills? Did either woman pass up opportunities to be heard more clearly?

3. Emma and Louisa both speak of the great longing, the Sehnsucht, that is within each of us. In the German, the word implies something compelling, almost addictive in the human spirit that drives us forward on a spiritual journey. What was Emma’s great longing? Louisa’s? Did these women achieve satisfaction in this second book of the series? Is there a relationship between human intimacy and such spiritual longing?

4. Give some examples of when Emma “began to weave” without waiting for God’s thread. What were the consequences? Is it wise to “begin to weave” without knowing the outcome?

5. The author uses the metaphor of light throughout the book. Is having enough light for the next step really enough? What role does light play in Emma’s discovery that finding meaning in life’s tragedies requires reflection? Give some examples of Emma’s reflective thinking. When might she have been more reflective? Would you describe Louisa as a reflective woman? What prevents us from being more reflective in our everyday lives?

6. How can we receive without feeling obligated? What qualities of obligation sometimes diminish gifts that others might give us? Why does that make it difficult to receive them?

7. Strength is often defined as self-sufficiency. How did Emma’s strength reveal itself? What made is possible for her to ultimately accept the gifts of others?

8. Did Emma use her sons in order to get her own way? What supports your opinion?

9. How much of Emma’s feeling of isolation was self-imposed; how much was isolation related to the demands of the landscape and how much was a spiritual isolation or feeling of abandonment? Did you agree with how the author conveyed these qualities of isolation?

10. Did Emma make the correct choice at the close of the book? Have you ever had to make a choice where all options appeared poor? What helped you take the next step?

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Tendering in the Storm 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Extremely well written and creatively done. This is truly an amazing series.
debs4jc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emma and her husband Christian moved out to the Washington territory with the Missouri Bethelites, under the leadership of Whilhelm Keil. Emma and her husband have broken off a bit from the group, however, and moved to the coast where he is trying his hand at oystering. Emma is a strong willed woman who resents much of the rule that this religious sect has on her, so her influence was what caused the split. Emma may have to change her ways, however, when tragedy strikes and she is forced to learn to depend on others.Besides Emma, Kiel's wife Louisa also shares some of her story, which adds variety as she is a much different character than Emma. I found this story a bit hard to get into at first. It's the second of the series so I didn't have the back story, and the ways of this community and their old world speech took a bit of getting used to. Emma is a very sympathetic character and the portrayl of her spiritual journey seems true to life, with a satisfying ending. Anyone who is interested in the history of Christian religious movements and sects like this one will find this one particularly interesting.
judyg54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I almost decided not to finish this series, but I changed my mind and I am glad I did. This was a good sequel to the first book in this series, and I know I will be reading book 3 soon. These books are full of historical details of how life was for these people who left their community in Missouri and are now living in the Oregon and Washington territories. Emma Giesy is a very stron-willed young woman, who with her husband and children have decided to live in the remote coastal forest of the Washington territory. She suffers a great loss and many disappointments throughout this story. Her strong-will character was appreciated in book one by me, but in this book I see how damaging her will can be. We all need people and Emma refuses to be "beholden" to anyone. She suffers for her stubborness and my heart goes out to her and she learns the hard way that we need people in our life and that not everyone expects something in return. A good historical series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So glad I found this series! Wonderful historical fiction! The first in the series - "A Clearing in th Wild" - was filled with hardships and heart aches, but this second one was even more gripping!!!! Thankfully I have the third in the series to read now. Highly recommended. Based on a true story - this book and series are excellent!!! This book deserves an A++++++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not like this story very much it was sad and i did not like how she left her sons
AUDREY4900 More than 1 year ago
p31agwoman More than 1 year ago
When you find yourself strongly tempted to pray for the characters in a book I think it safe to say the author has done a good job of character development! Such was the state I found myself in while reading Jane Kirkpatrick's Change and Cherish series. I wanted God to help the main character make good decisions and expose others' bad behavior. I had to keep reminding myself the characters didn't exist and the story was already done!! Likewise, a sign of a good story line is when it inspires you to do something different in you own life. One scene in A Tendering in the Storm has Emma making a difficult journey on a mule when she barely had strength to stand. She got tough and did it. I live on a remote ranch an hour from town and at the same time I was reading this scene, a horse got hurt and had to go to the vet. I, too, was extremely physically weak, sick and felt unable. Then I thought, "If Emma can do it, I can do it!" So, I made the trip and did fine...in fact, by the end of the day, I felt better. Thanks, Jane, for continuing to be a good steward of your incredible talent and thus impacting our lives. A Tendering in the Storm is your most compelling book yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
German Emma Giesy was independent and strong, determined, married to Christian five short years with a love that both thought would last forever, with two small children Andy and Kate. The struggle of everyday life consisted of always doing what the will of the community leader Herr Kiel dictated, but independent Emma was always trying to get Christian to leave the community but Christian felt they needed the community but did agree to stay in Willapa instead of going on to Aurora Mills as Herr Kiel wanted. Than one day Christian doing what he did best helping others, drowned helping an old man save his belongings as he tried desperately to cross a river during a raging storm. Forced to carry on alone, not wanting the help of Christian¿s family or the community Emma sets out to raise her family on her own and run the homestead. A few days after Christian¿s death Emma finds herself pregnant with their third child and names him Christian, giving birth to him alone at the homestead. Emma is still determined to take care of her own children but Christian¿s family will not let her be. The worst telling her what she should and should not do in raising her sons but ignoring her daughter as though she is not important Because of Christian¿s death Emma has even turned her back on God determined she doesn¿t need Him either. The final straw seemed to be while Emma was ill and Andy was staying with her in-laws they took him to Aurora Mills without even asking or telling her. She felt she had to do something for fear her in-laws would take her sons from her. During her grieving time only one man proposed marriage to pick up where Christian left off and that was the strange Jack Giesy. She avoided his advances for a time than felt she had no choice thinking Herr Kiel and her in-laws were her enemies. Finally determined to protect her children she proposes a business proposition of marriage to Jack. Jack would have none of that wanting her as a wife in every sense. Fearing she had no choice agreed. From that point on her life turns from struggle to nightmare dealing with Jack¿s moods and outbursts of violence until she fears Andy will kill Jack. Emma knows she has to take the children and leave but where will she go? Based on a true story this awesome story shows the ups and downs of the German community way of life during the mid to late 1800¿s under the rule of Herr Kiel and the life of Emma Giesy. You may find yourself just as I did routing for Emma in this page turner but humbled as she was to learn life¿s hard lessons and to depend upon the kindness of the very ones she considered her enemies. Multiple lessons for us all are woven within the pages of this novel, the biggest being the lesson of giving and receiving which we all must learn. The second book in the series author Jane Kirkpatrick has done an awesome job of bringing history alive. I truly like the extras included especially the interview with the author that explains so much more of the background. I highly recommend placing this one on your must read list!
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
A Tendering in the Storm is a must-read for historical fiction lovers. If you want insight into the hardships from the 19th century pioneers who left everything to move west hoping for a better life, then you'll love this story. If you find oppressive religious groups intriguing, you'll want to check this story out. If you'd like to reflect on how few rights women had in the mid-1860s then this is the book for you! To quote a cliche, We've come a long way, baby! After finding the author's bio and reading that she is a certified social worker, I now see where she got her insight for this book. No dysfunction is easy to understand. All people are complex. But there are certain truths that exist in human nature and the author insightfully captured them all. Her illumination of the human heart and certain domestic issues is superb. I can't say what those issues are or I'll blow part of the storyline, but I will say that the subtly of how people are lured from their good senses--because of sometimes desperate situations--is expertly shown in this novel. I loved this story. It's real. It's deep. It's edgy...and it's not at all boring.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1857 in Willapa Bay, Washington Territory the tragic death of her beloved spouse Christian Giesy, leaves his widow Emma alone to raise their preadolescent children though their respective families offer to help her. The religious order she and Christian used to belong to before the group moved south to the Oregon Territory also offers to help her if she relocates, but she declines as their severity and intolerance made life untenable when she belonged. ---------------------- However, her best proves not good enough as her pride of demonstrating she is a strong capable mother reaches the point where she may be hurting herself and her children. Emma prays to God for guidance as she realizes she must choose between accepting the help of others that she and her family need or put them at risk.---------------- Apparently based on a true mid nineteenth century account, this Americana historical is a fascinating tale of the maturing of a headstrong woman whose allows her pride to interfere with what is best for her children especially with a baby born after her spouse¿s death. Although the religious sect led by Kiehl seems to have become tolerant and kinder since the events of A CLEARING IN THE WILD, readers will enjoy this entertaining look at a person who changes as she cherishes the preciousness of life she learns it takes a village to raise children.-------------- Harriet Klausner