Will Kiehn is seemingly destined for life as a humble farmer in the Midwest when, having felt a call from God, he travels to the vast North China Plain in the early twentieth century. There he is surprised by love and weds a strong and determined fellow missionary, Katherine. They soon find themselves witnesses to the crumbling of a more than two-thousand-year-old dynasty that plunges the country into decades of civil war. As the couple works to improve the lives of the people of Kuang P’ing Ch’eng - City of Tranquil Light, a place they come to love - and face incredible hardship, will their faith and relationship be enough to sustain them?
©2010 Bo Caldwell (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“A remarkable evocation of another time and place as well as a deeply moving love story.” (Ron Rash, author of Serena)
“City of Tranquil Light is a poem in prose form, and it will lift any reader’s spirit as it lifted mine.” (Jay Parini, author of The Last Station)
"Told through Will and Katherine’s alternating viewpoints, and inspired by the lives of the author’s maternal grandparents, City of Tranquil Light is a tender and elegiac portrait of a young marriage set against the backdrop of the shifting face of a beautiful but torn nation. A deeply spiritual book, it shows how those who work to teach others often have the most to learn and is further evidence that Bo Caldwell writes “vividly and with great historical perspective.” (San Jose Mercury News)
This beautifully written historical story of early twentieth century China has inspiration for us here and now. It's the story of how love, faith, and service to God, can give meaning to individual lives. This book illustrates what we're all searching for and how a few people found it.
This was a marvelous account of a missionary couple's powerful spiritual resolve. This was a moving, brilliant, and inspiring story. Thank you, Bo Caldwell for giving us this must-read.
Katharine - she was a soft and yielding healer and spiritual leader.
Ease in listening.
No. It was more powerful to let it soak in and contemplate the issues brought forth.
From the first chapter I was mesmerized. The story manages to be both insightful and entertaining. Bronson Pinchot's gentle narration made it possible to continue listening through even the most horrific depictions of life in China. I will listen to this book again. And probably again.
City of Tranquil Light is a gift. It is truly one of the most beautiful and spiritual books I have ever read. It is filled with wisdom and insight, and I was so inspired by the faith and courage of the main characters in the novel. Honestly, it was amazingly profound, and I have been deeply touched and changed by it.
What an apt title for an exquisite journey of the best and deepest gifts of the human heart- while riding the tidal wave of China's violent, even dark history. As redemptive a read as I can remember.
Reader was excellent but this would have greatly benefitted by the addition of a female reader speaking for the wife.
A fictional story about missionaries to China in the early 20th century, the story starts out slowly. As Will matures and faces bigger challenges to his beliefs, the storyline picks up. I found Will and Katherine to be realistic characters, expressing their joys and sorrows in very true-to-life ways. The book contains the same encouragement for me that I receive from non-fictional missionary stories.
Great story, however the male narrator barely changed his voice when reading between the alternating viewpoints of the husband and wife. I will pick up the book to read this one again.
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