A Review: Morningshine (Spring Street Quilters) by Karen Gass
is the story of a group of women. Some live near each other and a few others
live hundreds of miles away. These are ordinary women, such as you and I. They
do laundry, cook dinner, make quilts, and care for their families. Then, one
day, God decides to do a work – using them in His plan. Morningshine proves the
point that God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called. By being open
to what God has shown them, these women make a huge difference in the lives of
one of their neighbors, changing both the takers and the givers. Quilting is a
large part of this story, as well as getting to know these women – Carrie,
Eleanor, Connie, Lydia, Martha, Esther and Gert – intimately. Their struggles,
their defeats, their triumphs, all come forward, making them perfect vessels to
be used by Him.
A delightful story. This
book is a true testament to the power and deliverance of the Lord.
God uses a gaggle of
friends, some more willing than others, to change the lives of a less than
fortunate family within their neighborhood. Each woman has her own perception of
the situation leading to conflict within the group. The Lord works through and
in the lives of all.
Quilting breathes within the
book’s pages. Their beautiful blankets are a centerpiece and fill the reader
with wonder. How and why they labor becomes small in comparison to the drama
around the exercise.
With the amazing message and
powerful individual themes, I give the storyline five stars. However, due to
some editing issues within the book that make it difficult to read at times, I
give it an overall rating of four stars.
Gass was born sewing. She started sewing her own clothes when she was 9 yrs old,
and now she’s over 50. Then she started designing, and writing quilt patterns. She’s
published one Quilt Book called Log Cabin Quilts: A Brand New Story by Karen
Murphy. You can still buy it on Amazon. Yes, Karen Murphy. As soon as it was
published, she got married! So much for all that name recognition! She and her husband
have (between them) 7 children, 14 grands. They live in Joplin, MO, where
thankfully, the tornado of May 2011 missed them. She also has a job (although
she still works at home) as Editor of The Quilt Pattern Magazine. It's online (they
save trees) and focused on Quilt Patterns! She loves to work, and could happily
give up all housecleaning and cooking in order to keep working. Some might say she
has. They might be right. But she does try to keep the dust bunnies corralled
as best she can.