This book is a must-read for any Christian thinking of going into, or marrying into, the ministry. The message that one must stand solely on God and his word is so important that it is often missed in our world and, sadly, even our Christian literature.
The book is long in spots, but each scene builds and builds and shows what can happen - editing anything out would have taken away from seeing the lives of the characters unfold.
The narrator, like other reviewers have said, does speak very slowly - particularly for the older characters - but once you look past that, she did a passible job. I rarely had difficulty differentiating between the characters - no small feat when there are 6-8 of them over the course of the novel!
This is an important work, well worth the credit.