Kathleen's Shaken Dreams by Tracy Leininger Craven has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the first book in the "A Life of Faith: Kathleen McKenzie" Series.
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The McKenzie family lives a comfortable life in Fort Wayne, Ind., during the 1920s. After 11-year-old Kathleen is injured in a foot race, she meets Lucy. The two friends enjoy companionship in their tree house and at school. Kathleen learns lessons of humility and gratitude when she competes in spelling bees and sees her friend through illness. Their life is disrupted by the stock market crash in October 1929, which eventually causes Mr. McKenzie to lose his job. The family trusts in God's provision, as they must decide how to survive in difficult times.
The McKenzie family members are strong believers, going regularly to church and praying at home. Kathleen prays for guidance and believes the promises of the Bible verses she calls to mind in her daily activities.
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Kathleen is embarrassed around her classmate, Freddy, and there is a rumor that he has a crush on her. They remain friends throughout the book.
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