What Once was Lost, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is an inspiring novel. Its story reminds us that our relationships with Christ are far more important than our ministries. It also encourages us to open our hearts and our lives to opportunities that God places before us.
Christina Willems was raised in the midst of her parents’ ministry to the poor. Since her father’s death, she is attempting to operate the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor without him. But when a fire destroys the kitchen and makes the house uninhabitable, she must make other arrangements for the “family” in her care. She finally convinces Levi Jonnson to take Tommy Kilgore, a blind boy, temporarily. When she finds another family willing to take him and Levi discovers Tommy’s abusive treatment, he decides to take Tommy back home with him. Meanwhile, the mission board is not certain they want to reopen the home at all, and more difficult situations make Christina’s life more and more difficult.
I enjoyed this book immensely. Christina’s heart was so full of love for the other characters, but she had to give herself to God before she could truly see His will. Levi had been hurt before, but finally opened his life to others and to God. I especially appreciated the references to the poor treatment of the blind and appropriate Christian responses.
I would recommend this book to all who enjoy historical fiction.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.