A review of Day by Day by Hemant Jadhav


Aug 05, 13

Read in August, 2013
In the early 18th century, the Clark and Lewis expedition explored the Western Frontiers of America, they reported vast fertile lands for the taking. This ‘Promised Land’, which supposedly flowed with rivers of ‘milk and honey’, set alight the imagination of millions back East. What followed; was a migration of pioneering families who dreamt of a better life.
The early settlers, faced drought, cholera, consumption and the arrows of the native Indians. But they came on and on, heading towards California, via the Oregon Trail and later to California via the California Trail. Disputes were settled with each other and the Indians with the help of the gun. As they became more civilized, each town was administered by the local law and the town elders, who established schools, businesses and most importantly – Churches.
‘Day by Day’, Dianne’s source of Strength, draws inspiration from the Law of God. It is a book based on the life and times of the Baker family, in the small town of Ferndale located in Willamette Valley, Oregon.
The reader is provided glimpses of the life on the frontier and how the Baker family faces hardships and trials in life. When faced with particularly difficult and obnoxious neighbors, the elders advice their young ‘uns’ with words of advice which run as follows;
“When one belongs to Christ, one doesn’t respond with his own nature, one responds with Christ’s nature.”
And when things don’t go the way the youngsters want:
“I’m sorry dear, I know it’s hard for you, but remember ‘into each life a little rain must fall’.
On morality and character:
“No, he isn’t that kind of a man – you know that – and good men don’t go that far in a relationship with a woman without making a commitment to themselves – and eventually to you.”
But it takes ‘uncommon’ strength to follow God’s Law. This story is all about ‘common’ people finding ‘uncommon’ strength within.

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