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She feels God nudging her toward ministry, but what options are
there for a young single woman? Emily Evans has a hard time getting
herself to class on time, much less figuring out God's will for her
life. Then, to her surprise, she feels that God is calling her into
fulltime Christian service. She expects the Lord will also provide her
with a companion to share her life and ministry, but Emily does not want
to marry any of the available young men. She squares her shoulders and
decides she will accept the task of opening a new church in a pioneer
communityalone.When Emily arrives at her new assignment, she is
disappointed to find the church building in disrepair. After many days
of hard work fixing it up, she announces her first service and is once
again disappointed, this time in the size of her congregation. Is her
faith strong enough to stand against the local doubters and myriad
challenges that will test her calling?

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Reviews for The Calling of Emily Evans (Women of the West #1):

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Apr 06, 2012

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Janette Oke, the matron of Chic Religious Lit (did you know there was such a genre?) guided many of my young girl daydreams. Her stories typically feature a strong-willed woman who finds herself thrust into a challenging frontier (usually out west), locked in a Jacobian nelson with God. In The Calling of Emily Evans, Janette introduces a young woman with a weak constitution and a passion for God's church. With the westward expansion, there's a plethora of towns and a scarcity of men, so the Janette Oke, the matron of Chic Religious Lit (did you know there was such a genre?) guided many of my young girl daydreams. Her stories typically feature a strong-willed woman who finds herself thrust into a challenging frontier (usually out west), locked in a Jacobian nelson with God. In The Calling of Emily Evans, Janette introduces a young woman with a weak constitution and a passion for God's church. With the westward expansion, there's a plethora of towns and a scarcity of men, so the Mennonite Brethren of Canada send women to plant churches in territories that still need them. This quick read follows Emily Evans through the hardships of leaving home, planting a church, sharing her faith with others, and of course, the difficulty of being a female pastor. In the end, an obvious bow appears and a local man (who happens to be handsome and close to Emily's age) feels led to be a pastor as well, hinting that she will now get to be the supportive pastor's wife.
Devouring these kinds of stories as a girl I dreampt of leaving home, heading West and living an Emily Evans kind of life. What seemed the most compelling to me, of course, were the three chapters of cleaning and organizing the old pool hall as she converted it to a church. What fun! What intrigue? Who wouldn't want to follow in those footsteps? Re-reading this book as an adult was a sweet step into the past for me. I'd quite forgotten about many of those daydreams, and here I am - low and behold - living out West and elbow deep in organizing at my local church.
Though a bit of a fluffy read as an adult, these books area a great value to any young Christian girl that is a dreamer. Janette Oke does a wonderful job of reviving simple convictions that appeal to young readers. Perhaps the most valuable thread in this story for adults is the truth of Emily's predicament. There are simply not enough people willing to work at the church to meet the church's needs. It is a sacrifice: Emily goes hungry many nights because the offering is too meager to buy food, she is judged at first meeting because of her religious occupation, she has little help as it is assumed that only a pastor should pastor a church. Being a part of a smaller church today, I see this firsthand. Many people volunteer here and there, but there are always needs, chores, burdens that still need to be met, finished, lifted. How fortunate we are today to have enough churches to look for one that really feels like home. Often we wait for a Cinderella moment, lifting a finger here and there, but mainly waiting to see how well the shoe fits us, not how well we can fit the shoe. The Calling of Emily Evans is a great reminder how heavy a church can be when there are only a few who take ownership. May all churches may find what Emily's fictional church did, a few more shoulders to lift the heavy weight heavenward. ...more
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Aug 21, 2013

I am not a huge fan of Janette Oke anyway, because of her sugary sweet, perfect characters and ultra-basic story lines. This one had me bored from page one. I should have just deleted it from my kindle, but I liked the idea behind the story, a woman setting up a teaching church until a "proper" minister felt called to be there.

Too much of what you are expected to just swallow as fact, just can't be. The father was COMPLETELY unbelievable, that a father who was so worried about his daughter being I am not a huge fan of Janette Oke anyway, because of her sugary sweet, perfect characters and ultra-basic story lines. This one had me bored from page one. I should have just deleted it from my kindle, but I liked the idea behind the story, a woman setting up a teaching church until a "proper" minister felt called to be there.

Too much of what you are expected to just swallow as fact, just can't be. The father was COMPLETELY unbelievable, that a father who was so worried about his daughter being alone would just abandon her, without so much as a telegram, is preposterous. To fall "in love" after meeting someone a total of three times, and the first time not liking them very much, is also rather unbelievable. I won't give away others, just in case you do read it.

The book is basically not complete, I thought my kindle was broken, I kept trying to turn the page at the end because the ending was just there... you already knew what was going to happen full chapters ahead of the end, so you expect for something more. She also leaves many open questions just dangling and worst of all, usually she continues all the "open" stuff with a follow up book, which this one does not have.

Obviously, people who particularly like Janette's writing style like this book, or she would have have so many 5 star reviews, I was hard pressed to give her two. One of the stars was because I did not have to pay for the book. Read Love Comes Softly instead, same character, virtually same story, same challenges, slightly more satisfying end. ...more
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Jun 01, 2015

I have to admit the whole thing of Emily Evans being called to preach really threw me off on this book. Not everything is unlikable in this book, but it probably would be the last Janette Oke book I'd recommend to anyone.
4

Jan 08, 2018

I wasn't sure that I would like this book. After all, I think that the Bible is very clear that women should not teach or have authority over men as a general principle. However, I also understand there are examples in the Bible of women doing the work of men when the men weren't obeying God.

I enjoyed this book because it was about a girl following God when it wasn't easy. It was based on women in history had been in the same position. I like that it is made clear that if men had been doing I wasn't sure that I would like this book. After all, I think that the Bible is very clear that women should not teach or have authority over men as a general principle. However, I also understand there are examples in the Bible of women doing the work of men when the men weren't obeying God.

I enjoyed this book because it was about a girl following God when it wasn't easy. It was based on women in history had been in the same position. I like that it is made clear that if men had been doing there job and answering God's call, women wouldn't have had to do the job.

I enjoyed this story, even if I didn't agree with everything in it. ...more
5

Jul 23, 2013

Loved it!!!! This is such a beautiful story and so unique. A woman listens to God's call that she serve as a minister during a time and place and history where women in the church was not common at all. She sets up a church in a farming community and God is with her through her struggles and as she falls in love.
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Dec 26, 2011

I love how Oke writes & draws in her readers. God has truly gifted her. I felt like Emily and I could be dear friends as I too have often responded at times too quickly in reply and after :) hoped I could take a word or two back.

Like Emily I can testify!!! To our Ever Faithful Father, God's Faithfulness & Provision. God ALWAYS supplies ALL our needs according to His riches & glory. HE doesn't always supply like we would have thought or sometimes even like, but HE supplies!!
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Jun 18, 2015

I enjoyed this book. Its been a long time since Ive read a Janette Oake book. After Emily Evans is finished with her Bible school training, she feels called to start a church. As a young woman, her options are limited how can a female be chosen to start a church. The church committee sends Emily to a remote town to start her church alone. I thought the premise of this story was extremely interesting its a historical story, yet, theres a woman leading a church. I loved seeing Emily trying to I enjoyed this book. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Janette Oake book. After Emily Evans is finished with her Bible school training, she feels called to start a church. As a young woman, her options are limited – how can a female be chosen to start a church. The church committee sends Emily to a remote town to start her church – alone. I thought the premise of this story was extremely interesting – it’s a historical story, yet, there’s a woman leading a church. I loved seeing Emily trying to fit into the small town life, attempting to share the gospel with the town’s inhabitants. This story also shows how the people in Emily’s town struggle with their faith. There’s a battered wife who struggles to raise her children and another woman who is raising her children alone. I loved reading about Emily leading her small church, writing her sermons each Saturday, sharing her faith in God. I also loved her title – Emily was known as a deaconess. I’d never heard that term until I read this story. - See more at: http://ceceliadowdy.com/blog/2014/02/... ...more
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Mar 12, 2013

Emily, the young woman in this novel, was too sensitive for my taste. She cried often (tears brimmed, filled, or spilled down her cheeks) despite the silly circumstances. If she had a back bone, I would have enjoyed the story much more. I enjoyed the time period (1900s) as well as the setting out West on open farmland. Priorities at that time were so different. Families stuck together, as well as communities, to survive the times. Food wasn't readily available, and an over abundance of Emily, the young woman in this novel, was too sensitive for my taste. She cried often (tears brimmed, filled, or spilled down her cheeks) despite the silly circumstances. If she had a back bone, I would have enjoyed the story much more. I enjoyed the time period (1900s) as well as the setting out West on open farmland. Priorities at that time were so different. Families stuck together, as well as communities, to survive the times. Food wasn't readily available, and an over abundance of materialistic junk was not sought after. They focused on each other and their relationship with God. Contrary to my generation, women and men had gender roles that were so important in keeping the ship afloat and those roles were honorable. More than once during this novel, I had an urge to go buy a pattern to sew my Easter dress! ...more
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Mar 16, 2011

Janette Oke is my kind of people. I had heard good things, and after watching Loves Enduring Promise, or whatever the series of movies is called, and then When Calls the Heart on Netflix (season 2 out in a couple weeks!), I set out to finally read and was not disappointed. I could really relate to the desire and call to serve, and I am inspired to be a more faithful, humble servant of God.
4

Jan 05, 2014

A fictional story of christian missions in Canada in the early 1900's. I felt that it was a realistic depiction of what a woman as a single missionary might face in the outlying towns in that time period. This is in regards to the people, their attitudes and the aspect of ministering to a group of people who are not excited about a church being in their town.

I didn't care for the developing romantic side of the book and felt like it was unrealistic and took away from her overall purpose which A fictional story of christian missions in Canada in the early 1900's. I felt that it was a realistic depiction of what a woman as a single missionary might face in the outlying towns in that time period. This is in regards to the people, their attitudes and the aspect of ministering to a group of people who are not excited about a church being in their town.

I didn't care for the developing romantic side of the book and felt like it was unrealistic and took away from her overall purpose which was to portray pioneer women missionaries at the turn of the century. ...more
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Sep 21, 2007

I didn't really like this one because it has a woman in the position of a preacher.
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Jun 10, 2014

The reason I didn't like this book is that I disagree with the fact that Emily is a pastor. This is unbiblical, no matter how few men there are who are willing to fill those shoes.
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Jul 03, 2013

This was a great book loved it to the end but the end was abrupt and I was trying to turn the page when I realized had reached the end. I want more of the life of Emily Evans but what was there was really good.
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Aug 18, 2014

I love Emily's spirit and determination to follow God's will for her life. I read this book for the first time about 15 years ago. Over the years I have read and reread all of Janette Oke's books and The Calling of Emily Evans is still one of my favorites of the Women of the West series.
3

Oct 13, 2011

A sweet story of faith and trust in a loving God, what being a channel of His love can do in the lives you touch, and how the blessings always come back tenfold, usually in ways you wouldn't have thought.

I always turn to Janette Oke's books for a lovely escape - she never disappoints.
4

Oct 21, 2013

I have not read a Janette Oke book in years, but I was happy that I chose this one, Yes, a bit predictable, but a good wholesome pioneer book about the good basics of life. It was not easy for the pioneers or for those that were bring religious messages to them. The character, Emily realized that she needed to be sincere and have her own faith be strong before anything would progress with her helping others. Pretty much the same for our time. So this story was thought provoking for me.
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Feb 26, 2013

Janette Oke is one of my favorite authors. Finding a book by her that I have not yet read is a real treat. This book took about a day to read. I love the casual friendly style. It is just soothing to read and know that it will all have a favorable outcome. I really enjoy the time period that Oke writes about, early 1900's. Life was simplier. The book is about a woman who is called to serve God. She answers the call and is sent to a small town. The story follows her path for a couple of years and Janette Oke is one of my favorite authors. Finding a book by her that I have not yet read is a real treat. This book took about a day to read. I love the casual friendly style. It is just soothing to read and know that it will all have a favorable outcome. I really enjoy the time period that Oke writes about, early 1900's. Life was simplier. The book is about a woman who is called to serve God. She answers the call and is sent to a small town. The story follows her path for a couple of years and tells of the townspeople who she comes to know and serve. Very comfortable read. ...more
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Aug 26, 2013

I love Jannette Oke and way she he writes. They are fairly quick, easy reads that keep your attention all the way through. This one did not disappoint is a great read for a rainy day. A girl who is called into ministry on her own to a small Canadian town with few that welcome her. Her trials and challenges throughout her time in this town are relatable, as well as a good reminder to be thankful for what you have. I found this especially moving since i live on the mission field, as a single woman I love Jannette Oke and way she he writes. They are fairly quick, easy reads that keep your attention all the way through. This one did not disappoint is a great read for a rainy day. A girl who is called into ministry on her own to a small Canadian town with few that welcome her. Her trials and challenges throughout her time in this town are relatable, as well as a good reminder to be thankful for what you have. I found this especially moving since i live on the mission field, as a single woman in a country that isn't the most welcoming to the message we bring. ...more
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Dec 08, 2011

I don't mind the religious connotations nor the old fashioned preachiness of the story, but her writing style was that of a middle schooler. I liked the idea of a young gal leaving home in the early 1900's to go start a church, I just wished it was written a little better. Every other conversation was I-I um I just wanted.... or would-would would you consider ... And the whole-tears filled her eyes, brimming with tears, tears about to spill etc.. got on my nerves. This is a good story written I don't mind the religious connotations nor the old fashioned preachiness of the story, but her writing style was that of a middle schooler. I liked the idea of a young gal leaving home in the early 1900's to go start a church, I just wished it was written a little better. Every other conversation was I-I um I just wanted.... or would-would would you consider ... And the whole-tears filled her eyes, brimming with tears, tears about to spill etc.. got on my nerves. This is a good story written badly. ...more
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Nov 14, 2013

Emily feels called to be a Bible teacher. She goes to Bible college, and although she is quite frail and not as intelligent as some of her classmates, she eventually graduates and is sent to look after a small, dilapidated church in a village where there has been no pastor for many years.

So far so good, and it was, in general terms, a fascinating account of a period of American history which I knew little about. I was quite surprised to learn that girls were sent out to look after churches, Emily feels called to be a Bible teacher. She goes to Bible college, and although she is quite frail and not as intelligent as some of her classmates, she eventually graduates and is sent to look after a small, dilapidated church in a village where there has been no pastor for many years.

So far so good, and it was, in general terms, a fascinating account of a period of American history which I knew little about. I was quite surprised to learn that girls were sent out to look after churches, even though they were expected, sooner or later, to get married in order that their husbands could be the ‘real’ pastors.

Unfortunately, there really wasn’t much story. It was obvious from that start that she was going to succeed in her duties eventually, and probably marry one of the young men who appeared in her life. The majority of the book charts her day-to-day life, with a large number of people whom she gets to know, but whose personalities were too thinly described to be of much interest. I could barely remember from day to day who each person was.

It wasn’t a bad book, and it was free for my Kindle - but it wasn’t very well written, and there was nobody I really cared about. The ‘religious’ parts were a little over-done, and the ending too sudden (albeit not unexpected).

So, not really recommended, unless you like this writer and are interested in this kind of situation. ...more
5

Aug 15, 2013

SUMMARY: Emily Evans has a hard time getting herself to class on time, much less figuring out God's will for her life. Then, to her surprise, she feels that God is calling her into full-time Christian service. She expects the Lord will also provide her with a companion to share her life and ministry, but Emily does not want to marry any of the available young men. She squares her shoulders and decides she will accept the task of opening a new church in a pioneer community--alone.

When Emily SUMMARY: Emily Evans has a hard time getting herself to class on time, much less figuring out God's will for her life. Then, to her surprise, she feels that God is calling her into full-time Christian service. She expects the Lord will also provide her with a companion to share her life and ministry, but Emily does not want to marry any of the available young men. She squares her shoulders and decides she will accept the task of opening a new church in a pioneer community--alone.

When Emily arrives at her new assignment, she is disappointed to find the church building in disrepair. After many days of hard work fixing it up, she announces her first service and is once again disappointed, this time in the size of her congregation. Is her faith strong enough to stand against the local doubters and myriad challenges that will test her calling?

REVIEW: I read this series many years ago but somehow missed this first book. I am so glad I received it as a Kindle freebie, as it was wonderful to once again immerse myself in Janette Oke's sweet, faith filled historical romances. Janette Oke was the first Christian author I read many, many years ago when I first discovered Christian fiction. Her books are filled with honesty, truth and God's word in the midst of a wonderful story that is filled with true-to-life characters. Her books are inspirational in that her characters have their doubts, question their faith, but always find the answers in God's word. She writes in a similar style as Grace Livingston HIll both of whom laid great foundations for Christian writers who would follow. This book is an easy to read, highly enjoyable historical Christian romance.

FAVORITE QUOTES: "I'm afraid this Policy (salvation) is all or nothing, Mr. John. It's not insurance--it's assurance."

"That doesn't mean God didn't answer our prayer,....He didn't answer in the way we wanted--the way we prayed. But we can't see the future. He can. He answered in the way He knew best."


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Jun 15, 2017

Prairie settlements are in need of mission workers for local churches, and in Bible school, Emily responds to the call. Desiring to be a wife and mother someday, she imagines she'll be ministering alongside a preaching husband. However, with no potential husband in sight, Emily decides what's nearly unthinkable: she'll head out to open a church on her own in The Calling of Emily Evans, a novel by author Janette Oke.

This is at least the third time I've read this novel. It's the first in one of my Prairie settlements are in need of mission workers for local churches, and in Bible school, Emily responds to the call. Desiring to be a wife and mother someday, she imagines she'll be ministering alongside a preaching husband. However, with no potential husband in sight, Emily decides what's nearly unthinkable: she'll head out to open a church on her own in The Calling of Emily Evans, a novel by author Janette Oke.

This is at least the third time I've read this novel. It's the first in one of my all-time favorite series, Women of the West, by one of my all-time favorite authors. The book spoke to me on a number of levels when I read it years ago, witnessing the obstacles a young woman faces when she takes a different path than people expect.

Sure, the book has got some of the common things I've never been fond of in these novels. Sentences with too many dashes as the heroine frequently stammers over her words. Tears in her eyes so often that they lose their effect and cease to be interesting.

Yet, even with the overused stammers and tears, Emily is a strong heroine. Not because she feels strong or because she's out to prove herself to everybody. No, she's out to be of service. She doesn't back away from hard work. Her determination springs from caring about people, and she continues to care even when she doesn't have all the answers.

Even as my perspective shifts and expands over the years, this is still the kind of novel I could read over again. ...more
3

Dec 23, 2019

Good story. I wish the author would have developed the relationship better between Shad and Emily.
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Jan 08, 2018

A Wonderful Story of Dedication

Off that this is considered a YA entry. The depth of Me Old's research is stunning in its depth...but then again, one has only to read other entries of hers to appreciate that this is the norm. Her lead, Emily Evans, is a fresh-faced youngster (19-ish?) Who dedicates her life to her Lord. Oke offers up the young lady in an utterly non-preachy manner. Emily's response to her call rings true to this cousin of a minister.
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Apr 21, 2018

Another wonderful book, that's very enjoyable! I learned more about how churches were started in the west during those early years, and about the young men and women God called to start them. They surely had to have a calling or they never would have been able to stay with it long term, especially the women. As this book was mainly about a young woman, we get to see what they went through, and it's quite an eye opener. I really liked that she showed the reason that God called these young ladies Another wonderful book, that's very enjoyable! I learned more about how churches were started in the west during those early years, and about the young men and women God called to start them. They surely had to have a calling or they never would have been able to stay with it long term, especially the women. As this book was mainly about a young woman, we get to see what they went through, and it's quite an eye opener. I really liked that she showed the reason that God called these young ladies - because many men weren't answering their call! I hope I'll be able to read the rest of the series one day. ...more

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