HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Light in My Window
Author: Francena H. Arnold
Publisher: Ridgeview Publishing, republished 1992
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 13 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Arnold, Francena H. The Light in My Window (published in 1950 by Zondervan; republished in 1992 by Ridgeview Publishing). Hope Thompson is new to the big city. In essence, she is running away from her past. Although she had a happy home life growing up, she has recently learned some family secrets. Though she knew that her real mother died when she was seven and her father remarried, she finds out that he is actually her step-father so that her new step-mother is really a step-step-mother. On top of this, she sees her fiancé Jerry in the arms of another woman, so she simply leaves home for the city. Hope is a believer, but she is plagued with doubts and fears. After a couple of unpleasant incidents, one with a lecherous boss and the other with her landlady’s daughter snooping around her room, Hope takes a job at the Henderson Institute, an inner city mission, operated by Philip and Eleanor King, where she is given room and board in return for her work.
However, while she participates in all the activities that are supposed to give people joy, instead of finding fulfillment in her service, Hope is bitter and struggles with herself, realizing that something is missing in her life. At Henderson, she meets a young man named Stan who obviously falls in love with her. But Hope feels that with all the problems of her past, she cannot return his love. What will she decide as she struggles with herself, God, and her feelings for Stan? And can she ever find peace of mind? This is very definitely a “Christian romance novel” somewhat in the style of Grace Livingston Hill. There is some typical denominational doctrine, but the main emphasis is simply in trusting God and seeking His will. The Light in My Window is a sequel to the bestselling Not My Will, which tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. King. It is an interesting story of spiritually searching and discovery.