My Hope is Built by Joanne Bischof is the 3rd installment in the Cadence of Grace series. In the 1st book Gideon and Lonnie had found a better life living on a farm with the elderly Elsie and Jebediah Bennett. They had their son Jacob and Gideon was learning to live the Christian life until the letter shows up and says that he is still married to Cassis. This marriage was one that Gideon had thought was annulled within days of it taking place. In the 2nd book of the series Gideon lives with Cassie but never sleeps with her. During this time Cassie becomes very sick and Gideon helps nurse her back to health. Gideon shows her kindness and learns to care for Cassie but never loves her. Cassie upon realizing this decides to confess to her family that Gideon was telling the truth about the annulment and agrees to have the legality take place. Gideon in this 3rd installment walks back home to Lonnie and his son. When he gets there he finds that Lonnie has moved on and is engaged to Toby, the local pastor. This installment is of the turmoil that Lonnie faces with her decision to marry either Toby the good man who loves her and she loves also or Gideon the man of her dreams who loves her but has so many faults. During this installment Gideon learns to wholly lean on Jesus for his peace and to accept life as it comes.
I had so looked forward to this installment in the Cadence series and I was not disappointed in it. Ms Bischof’s writing style in exciting and fun to read. These are easy to read books with good morals about normal people who have to fight temptation in their life which is the same as people in real life. She writes of people who are poor in possessions giving of what they have to others who have less. This book is not sappy—the characters all have faults (well maybe not the Bennetts) but they lean on Jesus for their pattern on which to piece together their life. I would recommend reading this book to anyone of any age.
I received this book from Multnomah for this review.