With Endless Sight
By Allison Pittman

Multnoma Publishers
370 Pages

Back Cover: Born into a life of privilege, fourteen-year-old Belinda never questions her security, even as she leaves Illinois with her family to discover new adventures in the West. But when disaster falls, Belinda is left wounded, weak, and alone. Her faith in God gives her the only strength she knows in a harsh new world.

Belinda’s journey takes her to a snow-covered mining camp and a red-roofed brothel in the Wyoming mountains, but not before she must spend a lonely winter with the man who took away the life she knew. Throughout the grief and hlpe of a strange land, Belinda must decide if her faith is big enough to allow her to forgive.

The satisfying conclusion to the Crossroads of Grace series, With Endless Sight offers a rich story of family, new beginnings, and the freedom that grace can bring.

Review: This is the last book in a seris of three. This story was strong enough to stand on its own. The year is 1861 I was gripped by the story as Belinda’s father packs up the family and moves them to the Wyoming Territories. They leave their family and comfort in Belleville, Illinois. Dad’s a dreamer. This is an adventure of a life time. Her mother is not convinced. She is a dutiful Christian wife who submits to her husband (but she doesn’t’ have to like it). Her husband was so caught up in the new frontier; opportunities of building something big.

They’d never been on a train. Their adventure started there and then they experienced a luxiourus boat ride . Wow, things were grand. Then came the Wagon coach ride for days and days. Life as they had known it was over. As I read about all the discomforts to traveling this way for many days, I never thought of all the uncomfortable things you can encounter. It really made me appreciate what we have today that I sometimes take for granted. Weven with gas prices being that high I think I would rather ride a bike then a wagon coach.

Life as Belinda has know it is definitely over when they get to their destination. Nothing that she can do to bring it back., she was determined to make the most of this adventure inspite of what her mother thought. Her cousin Phobe wasn’t helping either. She almost had a worse attitude than her mother.

Then something unforeseen happens to rock Belinda’s world even further. IT was TOTALLY a whole new world out here. Her faith is being tested and she really tore up to find out what she really believes. Her faith is wavering. Who is this God she has been serving? God is asking her to do the impossible. Can’t he she she’s in tremendous pain. She can’t give any more. But yet she does. She hears the lord say “Be Still”. God is asking her to forgive the very man who caused so much pain in her life. How could she? She knew that God hadn’t given her a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. She had memorized that scripture but putting it into practice was a whole another story. It sounded great on paper but now God was asking her to do the impossible. That’s right I had to let him work thru me. “Be Still” she kept hearing.

How fast life can change. She didn’t appreciate what she had when she had it. Food, nice clothing and a warm bed. It was the simple things in life that she appreciated. Funny how that is. It was harder and harder to now let the circumstances of this life get her down. At one point she felt blessed to find shelter with “souls wounded as mine. I didn’t have to spell out my pain; they knew it all too well. And I could talk to God without opening my mouth.” I learned how quickly how one simple step change your world and everything you think you knew. If I keep walking in that direction I’m somewhere I never meant to be. Belinda was starting to believe that she had run out of choices. She had to play the cards that were dealt to her. But a friend reminds her that we always have choices no one can take that away from us.

This is a book that helps me to be thankful for the little things in this life that I take for granted, it’s a story that when I was done reading it makes me thank God I wasn’t a woman born back then and put thru the hardshlps of the life back then. Allison Pittman reveals that the struggles what we deal with today are not that much different of women back then. We are in a spiritual battle. We don’t’ fight against flesh and blood put against principles and princablities – the bible says. Allison does a beautiful job of showing that struggle with the back drop of the wild west. It’s made me want to go back and read the other two books in this series that’s for sure.

Nora St.Laurent
Book Club Servant Leader – ACFW Book Club Assistant


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