A Bruised Reed . . .
Will God crush this bruised, rebellious reed? A Bruised Reed is based on bites of information about the life of Lucey Hanks, Abraham Lincoln s grandmother. This work is not intended as a biography, since so little is known about Hanks life. Not even her size, attributes, or hair color found agreement among historians. However, the story that can be pieced together from these historical bites gives a beautiful revelation of how deeply God loves His children and works through circumstances and persons to bring them to Himself. The author, Helen Stephenson Spaulding, is eighth cousin to Abraham Lincoln. Because of a challenge to prove the relationship, much research was done into Lincoln s relatives, especially his grandmother, Lucey Hanks. During this research, the gaps in Hanks' life were intriguing. What changed a young, rebellious, unwed mother indicted for unbecoming behavior to a married mother of eight more children, of whom two became ministers of the gospel and all the rest were active, deeply committed Christians? It was a story that begged to be written! (A few years ago, some interested persons worked hard to have the indictment expunged from Hanks' legal record.) Some parts of this work are historically accurate. Others could have happened, given the actual history of that time. For instance, the massacre of Christian Dakota Indians did occur in 1782; the survivors did migrate south. Fictional events were woven into these historical parts to carry forward the theme.
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A wonderful read! How interesting it is to see the struggles families face every day are very much like the ones our ancestors went through. I particularly felt a connection with Nannie and how torn she was wanting to stand by her child even though the child made mistakes in life while she knew her husband did not approve. It was fascinating to think centuries have gone by and in this modern day and age I am finding my family facing some of the same challenges the Hanks family had to deal with. I am truly grateful for having the honor of meeting the author of this book and have had the pleasure of reading this book and seeing the similarities I am currently facing in my own life and realizing things may not be as bad as they once seemed and God might have a plan for me that I am not aware of yet. Thank you Helen for writing such a lovely book and sharing it with me. God bless you for all the lives you have touched including this one!