Morningshine 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.
Karen 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.