“As the auctioneer continued driving up the price for me, a young couple finally stepped up and made the highest bid. They came forward and paid the officials the money. Then my mother handed me to their outstretched arms. I was now two and a half years old. I knew who my mother was and didn’t want to leave her arms for those of the strangers.”
Janet Sharp’s grandfather’s life was anything but normal. Born in 1891, his mother had to give him up at the tender age of two and a half if he was to have any chance at survival. Fortunately, he developed an early faith in Jesus that sustained him amidst life’s challenges. Challenges that included sailing around the world, dodging German ships and mines in World War I, and surviving a brutal storm while rounding Cape Horn.
The Songs chronicles the journey of Janet’s grandfather, the hymns he cherished, the lessons he learned, and the Bible truths he discovered along the way from his homeland of Finland, to ports around the world, to America, the country he eventually called home.
This is a story of faith, hope, love, and God’s hand of providence.
Janet Sharp is a native of Nebraska and a graduate of Pacific Union College in Angwin, California. Reading has always been a favorite pastime and walking provides inspiration to her, as does creating culinary temptations. Janet currently lives in a suburb of Omaha, Nebraska, with her cat, Zoe.
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Mar 2012
This exceptionally well-written book is one you and your family will definitely want to read! It is an adventurous, miraculous, and inspirational story that will leave you marveling that it is actually a true story. Author, Janet L. Sharp, weaves the fabric of this extraordinary man's life with remarkable brilliance and warmth.
Posted by Unknown on 27th Feb 2012
Janet's grandfather experienced so many things in his life, circumstances that would crush many people's faith. But not Janet's grandfather.
I still can't imagine being sold as a toddler and the emotions that surrounded him as he grew up. I also can't imagine how he survived traveling around Cape Horn in the storm that engulfed his ship. God truly spared his life.
Janet is a wonderful writer who draws you into the story with vivid language that captures your imagination. This is a book you won't be able to put down!