Geneva King Emerson


Unique real-life presentation of life during the depression

era through the eyes of a child.

Romans 8:35-39

     The greatest conquerors do not ride horses and wield swords; neither do they acquire victories by any physical force.  The magnanimous souls who were the patterns for the characters of this story overcame daunting obstacles by a higher power; then celebrated their victories in song.

     The 1930s and early 1940s were the meanest of hard times. People everywhere were desperate for a thread of hope.  After The Great Depression began to lift from some areas, its effects were still strangling the Ozarks which was considered to be among the most desperate regions of the nation.  Yet, people like the Harps and Boyers, their young families, and neighbors through faith were enabled to find and maintain hope.  The entire community pulled together to lovingly encourage and help all its members.  Not only did they survive their terrible hardships, they lived with joy and a song, and they bestowed priceless treasures upon their progeny.  They were “more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”

     Can we accomplish the same in our era if the need arises?  If our personal lives crash, can we find the strength needed to conquer adversity and experience joy once more—to sing our song again?  The reader of this book will realize that the gifts of hope, faith and love will remain as long as the world stands—and the greatest of these gifts is love.


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