Spring for Susannah
By Catherine Richmond
Another fantastic book from Thomas Nelson Publishing. I have to admit that I had reservations about reading a book about a mail-order bride living in the Dakota Territories in the late 1800’s. I am not much of a history buff and don’t really have interest in reading about life on the western front. However, I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Susannah is like many of us; she has gone through hard times, lost people she loved, had no means to provide for herself, and blamed God for it all. I thought the mail-order bride aspect was a little strange at first, but the author provided a great amount of explanation and understanding about why relationships had to be formed that way in the rough and primitive territory conditions. Susannah eventually broke out of her shell and was able to see that God wasn’t at fault for her pain. The events of her life led her to the place where God most wanted her to be; Susannah had always had the choice whether to use those circumstances to her benefit or wallow in self-pity. That is a message we all need to hear. Bad things happen to good people, but God’s Word says that He works all things to the good of those who love Him. We need to battle against sinful self-pity and realize that He has a plan through all things and we need to trust Him and follow his leading.