Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Job's Tears Quilt Block and Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

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Our book to read and discuss during February 2014 is Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini.  It's her first, stand-alone historical novel.  Get the book from your local library or bookstore and join us!  If you want to read it on your Kindle, you can get it here.
On this day that we celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birth 205 years ago, I was reminded of a passage in Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker:
Mr. Lincoln had just come from the War Department where he said there was
"'plenty of news, but no good news.  It is dark, dark everywhere.'
"Mrs. Lincoln sighed softly, and Elizabeth's heart went out to the president.  When she tried to imagine what it must be like to bear his burdens, she did not know how one man could carry so much upon his shoulders. . .
"Mr. Lincoln stretched out one of his long arms, took a small Bible from a stand near the head of the sofa, opened it, and leafed through the pages almost idly until a passage caught his eye.  Soon he was engrossed in reading, and after about fifteen minutes had passed in near silence, Elizabeth glanced his way and observed that his expression seemed greatly changed, almost cheerful.  The dejected frown had vanished, and a new resolution and hope lit up his countenance.  Curious, Elizabeth wondered what he had read to have discovered so much comfort so quickly. . . She discovered that the president was reading from the Book of Job. . . The sublimity of witnessing the ruler of a mighty nation turning to Holy Scripture for comfort and courage, and finding both in his darkest hour, brought tears to her eyes."  Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, from pages 134-135
Which president or other national leader do you most admire?  Inquiring minds want to know!  Answer in the comment section below for a chance to win a copy of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.  Plume Books is generously offering two copies of the book.  If you are reading this via email, you must click on the title of my blog post to be able to comment and read the comments of others.
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post A Hug and a Kiss Quilt and Sweet Talk.


  1. I tend to be rather suspicious of politicians and those who make promises to attain power and then don't live up to them. These days they seem to have lost the ability to compromise or work out their differences. I think Carter was a poor President but I admire all he has done since leaving office. I think Lincoln would have been fascinating to meet in person.

  2. George Washington. He firmly believed in term limits. Get in, serve "the people", get out. If we had more of that, there would be less corruption in government.

  3. I appreciate the way both George Bush (younger) and Jimmy Carter relied on their faith in office like Lincoln did. I'm sure other presidents have, too. It would be very hard to go it alone in the oval office.

  4. Have not started Feb book yet, snowed in hopefully I can go tomorrow and see if the library has it. I was telling the girls at the quilting group, that I read two or three books at a time. Just finished two. Prayers for Sale has arrived but have not started it. Thank You

  5. I agree with Cheryl...Washington was a dedicated American - he served his country for the GOOD of the people, not for his own self interests. We need more politicians like Washington today!

  6. I think our politicians and Presidents look better to us after a hundred years or so--LOL. So my favorite is Lincoln.


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