Philadelphia, PA, April 22, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- In the early 1900s, fourteen-year-old Hilda Heldin offers God a promise-she will give her heart to Jesus if He heals her ailing mother. But God does not make bargains.
Not long after Hilda's mother dies, her father, a Mennonite preacher and Minnesota farmer prays for a new wife. Worried that his three children need a mother, he pens a letter to Ukrainian schoolteacher Leah Loewen, a spinster he knows. Before long, they are married-even as Hilda and her younger sister still struggle with their grief. Hilda must meet the challenges of her Mennonite faith and life on the prairie, she finds the strength to endure weather catastrophes, world wars, birth, and death-all while maturing into adulthood and discovering her true identity.
"Heldin" tells an unforgettable tale of a brave woman's compelling, coming of age journey as she raises four children and tries to come to terms with the faith that governs her life.
“This exceptional first novel by Milly Janzen Balzer is classified as religious fiction. I believe it has greater significance as a novel about the immigrant experience of an ethnic-religious group — the Mennonites of southern Minnesota — and how succeeding generations become assimilated into society.” - Katie Funk Wiebe, Mennonite World Review
Heldin: Coming to Terms
Author: Milly Janzen Balzer
ISBN: 978-1462001682 (sc)
Published: April 2011
About The Author
Milly Janzen Balzer grew up in rural Minnesota, steeped in Mennonite lore. Her MA thesis was a collection of her stories. She has compiled four books of family history, and written empathetic poems from the point of view of her surgical patients when she worked as a nurse in a Swaziland hospital. She lives with her cat at Foulkeways in Gwynedd, Pennsylvania, where she bakes tvaybak and walks the trails.
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