What Once Was Lost

Narrated by: Pilar Witherspoon
Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (197 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The practice of ministering to the widows and orphans is reflected in this story of Christina Willems, a young woman from Kansas, in 1884, who is determined to reopen the poor farm she manages after a fire devastates the property. She finds opposition from many surprising corners but an unlikely ally in a lumber mill owner who wants nothing more than to hold himself aloof from the world and its troubles. Levi Jonnson agrees to take care of one of the poor farm residents, a young blind boy - and in doing so opens himself up to Christina's world in ways he wouldn't have imagined. Can he help her realize her calling once again - or will he succumb to the safety of a solitary life with no chance of further pain?

©2013 Kim Vogel Sawyer (P)2013 Recorded Books

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Wonderful Listen!

Amazing Story and Characters! Kim Vogel Sawyer has hit a home run with this story. Continues to have her no nonsense but sweet voice, this has a solid believable story, and all the characters, even the minor ones, are well developed.

Christina Willems is left with a legacy of caring for others. But her shoulders cannot bear the weight all alone, despite her efforts to do so. The author beautifully shows how God has to be trusted to provide.

Levi Johnson has hidden off by himself for so long that his connections with others are almost nil. But when the mill owner is forced to take in a blind boy, he finds a part of himself that had gone missing.

Skillfully told tale. Highly recommend!

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Thoroughly enjoyed!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you enjoy story that tells more than JUST the story this book is for you. With hidden meaning behind the events, characters that struggle to fully trust God - to fully trust he has a plan and future to prosper those he calls according to his purpose - this book does not disappoint!

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Good mystery

What did you like best about this story?

Christianity, how to become a Christian, God's work in your life, forgiveness, good ending to the mystery.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She is very "ben-stein-ish", said "fire, fire" instead of "FIRE!! FIRE!!", and this goes on throughout the entire reading.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, really liked the mystery.

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Quite an Adventure!

This was my first book by this author. I WILL read another. This story was full of beloved characters. Some are wonderful examples of Christians who walk in peace, joy and God's love. And many others are struggling with trust issues; each experiencing lessons about letting go of hurts, regrets, or bitterness, and learning to lean in to God and accept how much He values each and every person He has created and died for. All of these truths are so important in any person's life and are great take-aways for this reader, as well. The story left me with good and positive thoughts and feelings. The narrator, Pilar Witherspoon, did a very fine job! I enjoyed the different voices she gave the abundant variety of townspeople! I felt that she had a good handle on their personalities. (Reviewed by David's wife.)

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Good Reader..

...but a self-centered heroine who is more frustrating than admirable. She is constantly jealous that she's not the only person receiving gratitude or being praised. The author created a woman who is trying to appear as strong as any man, but comes off a shrew.

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great message God's ministry not yours

This book had a great underlying message however, too many areas of misconstrued Notions Etc.

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What once was lost

narrator was excellent Story heart warming I loved this book and looking forward to more of this author

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Great Read!

This is my all time favorite author! She will entertain you, make you laugh and cry! Her ability to weave in biblical principles into her work is beautiful! I recommend highly!

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Should be a movie

I liked the overall plot of this book. It would be appropriate for readers (or listeners)of all ages. It is narrated very well and keeps you engaged throughout.

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Seeing with your heart

What did you love best about What Once Was Lost?

I loved how I'm showed, through the teling of this story, how so many people feel cast aside, whether through physical or other types of disabilities. She wrote such a moving story and I could feel for Tommy but also the others who felt cast aside by society. even Levi, felt lost and alone because of his father's depression felt cast aside, and not worthy to be a part of community.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how through showing kindness to Tommy, Levi learned he could trust again. I also loved how Kim did not water down the feelings and behaviors of Tommy because of him being blind. As a blind person myself, I have often felt ignored by those around me, even family and church members. So often I have felt like I am in total darkness though I do have some sight. Kim showed blindness as it really is, that we are very capable people and that we are worthy of love and friendship. Tommy was love by Christina, but she held him to tight, wrapped in celefaine,because of her fear that he could endanger himself. Levi showed Tommy love, but aloud him to strike out on his own and try new things though protecting him from dangerous situations buy setting guidelines and guide ropes as well.

What does Pilar Witherspoon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Pilar Witherspoon brought life to the story through her reading and putting feeling into the story. Had I read it, I could not have done that because it would have been a computer voice reading for me. I love how she used different inflections for different people like the children, Levi, Christina and others. When a person was sad, her voice was sad. When a person was angry, her voice was angry. Things like that make a book come alive for me as a blind reader.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and it was difficult not to do so. I must say that one morning I didn't want to get up because of staying up so late to listen to it.

Any additional comments?

Again, I was very impressed how Kim brought this story together. I believe that those who have never encountered a blind person will look at that person differently when they do, or if they already have, and believed that blind people and others with disabilities are helpless, this book will help in changing their views. Also, I love how Kim showed God's love through so many different persons and how those people showed His love to those who did not believe it or felt that God no longer loved them because of what they had done.