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A Powerful Historical Drama Based on the Story Behind The Hymn "It Is Well With My Soul" This historical novel opens on the eve of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and explores the resulting two-year drama, heartbreak, and redemption that shaped the life of one of America’s great hymn writers--Horatio Gates Spafford. A poignant novel of relationships, Finding Anna follows Spaf A Powerful Historical Drama Based on the Story Behind The Hymn "It Is Well With My Soul" This historical novel opens on the eve of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and explores the resulting two-year drama, heartbreak, and redemption that shaped the life of one of America’s great hymn writers--Horatio Gates Spafford. A poignant novel of relationships, Finding Anna follows Spafford and his wife, Anna, as they struggle to find common ground before their divided loyalties tear apart their marriage once and for all. What will it take for them to recover their faith--in God and each other? Is love powerful enough to bring them through the greatest tragedy of their lives? In an account that adds little-known details to a well-known story, Schaub debuts the MUSIC OF THE HEART series with perhaps the most personally compelling of all Christian hymns--"It Is Well With My Soul."


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A Powerful Historical Drama Based on the Story Behind The Hymn "It Is Well With My Soul" This historical novel opens on the eve of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and explores the resulting two-year drama, heartbreak, and redemption that shaped the life of one of America’s great hymn writers--Horatio Gates Spafford. A poignant novel of relationships, Finding Anna follows Spaf A Powerful Historical Drama Based on the Story Behind The Hymn "It Is Well With My Soul" This historical novel opens on the eve of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and explores the resulting two-year drama, heartbreak, and redemption that shaped the life of one of America’s great hymn writers--Horatio Gates Spafford. A poignant novel of relationships, Finding Anna follows Spafford and his wife, Anna, as they struggle to find common ground before their divided loyalties tear apart their marriage once and for all. What will it take for them to recover their faith--in God and each other? Is love powerful enough to bring them through the greatest tragedy of their lives? In an account that adds little-known details to a well-known story, Schaub debuts the MUSIC OF THE HEART series with perhaps the most personally compelling of all Christian hymns--"It Is Well With My Soul."

30 review for Finding Anna

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book started out with excitement (speaking of the Great Chicago Fire), then slowed down some, but all in all it was interesting. There were some hints of feminism, but mostly I think Anna merely wanted to be treated with due respect and feel free to speak her mind. There are times when we shouldn't speak our minds, though (and our husbands are to be the leaders of the home). There were also times when the characters supposedly heard God's voice, which I strongly question, as I don't think t This book started out with excitement (speaking of the Great Chicago Fire), then slowed down some, but all in all it was interesting. There were some hints of feminism, but mostly I think Anna merely wanted to be treated with due respect and feel free to speak her mind. There are times when we shouldn't speak our minds, though (and our husbands are to be the leaders of the home). There were also times when the characters supposedly heard God's voice, which I strongly question, as I don't think that happens outside the canon of Scripture. Yes, we may think we hear His voice, but it could just be our own reasoning or remembering a particular Bible verse. All that aside, it was a rather moving account of a man and his family, of their trials, failings, and faith, and I enjoyed it in its quiet strength.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Fictionalized account of my most favorite hymn. Sticks out in my mind as a big deal series to me. I still remember how upset I was when I contacted the author wondering where the next book was and her informing me that the publisher had cancelled the series. A pastor who made a giant impact on my life listened to this hymn being sung by our church via skype; it was the last time he raised his hands before seeing the Lord face to face.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dana Kennedy

    note: this is the first in a series. I want to keep a look out for more upcoming titles

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Adams

    Don't let the cover fool you. This is not about two love birds finding each other across the sea. This is about a marriage drifting--at one point literally--apart. The story is an historical fiction account of H.G. Spafford and his wife Anna as they struggle to keep their marriage going despite financial, spiritual, and emotional trauma. You may never have heard of these two people, but you have heard the hymn H.G. wrote: It Is Well. Schaub doesn't focus on the history of the events. Sure, the hi Don't let the cover fool you. This is not about two love birds finding each other across the sea. This is about a marriage drifting--at one point literally--apart. The story is an historical fiction account of H.G. Spafford and his wife Anna as they struggle to keep their marriage going despite financial, spiritual, and emotional trauma. You may never have heard of these two people, but you have heard the hymn H.G. wrote: It Is Well. Schaub doesn't focus on the history of the events. Sure, the historical truth is there, but she focuses more on the characters and their points of view rather than giving a history lesson. The way she writes is artfully crafted. The book opens with the great fire of Chicago, but instead of describing the terror and effects of the flames, she makes it sound like you're walking through a painting. She does this throughout, giving just enough detail to display the setting while also allowing the reader to imagine it for themselves. That's a problem with a lot of history-based stories--they want to get every detail right. This is not a problem here. Characters are first and foremost. There are two problems I had. The first being the third act. I felt that it came in too late and wasn't talked about enough. There is a terrible event that happens at the end, and I felt that it could have been expanded on further, diving deeper into what Anna and Spafford did to recover. It has a touching ending, but I think it needed a little extra something other than an epilogue. My second problem is a girl Anna runs into. Once the girl's arc is over, she's never heard from again. So I don't understand her overall role in the story. Other than that, this was a pleasant read. I'm glad I read it because it's very encouraging to see a marriage go through horrific circumstances and only come out stronger for it. The story taught me to say "It is well with my soul" no matter the hardships that come my way.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn Kuipers

    This is historical fiction describing the life of Horatio G. Spafford and his wife, Anna, and the events leading up to his writing of "It is Well with my Soul." Starting with the Great Chicago Fire, the author draws readers in to the story with fervor. But Horatio is a man of action, and he, his family, and his associates quickly get involved in helping displaced families both by opening their homes and by using their legal and administrative skills to rebuild homes for them to move into. But am This is historical fiction describing the life of Horatio G. Spafford and his wife, Anna, and the events leading up to his writing of "It is Well with my Soul." Starting with the Great Chicago Fire, the author draws readers in to the story with fervor. But Horatio is a man of action, and he, his family, and his associates quickly get involved in helping displaced families both by opening their homes and by using their legal and administrative skills to rebuild homes for them to move into. But amidst all the work being done, Anna is struggling with a depression that stems from loneliness. Will they be able to put their relationship back together? Horatio decides to take the family on a trip to Europe in a new rebuilding project, this time, his family. But right before their ship is to leave, he is called back to Chicago on urgent business. With a promise to meet them in France in a few weeks, he leaves the family to board the ship. But weeks later when he arrives in Europe, only one family member remains. I truly enjoyed the story as each character had his own personality. The struggles that they faced were genuine, and the characters handled them in ways that were perfectly human. I enjoyed learning about this period in history and feeling the emotions of the characters as they walked through tragedy while still clinging to their relationship with God. It gave more depth to the beloved hymn, and I was so pleased to sing it at church the day after finishing the book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lauri Gentry

    This is a book that you know the ending before you start reading. Based on the life of the author of the popular hymn "It is Well". Through heartbreak and tragedy see how one found hope in the midst of of it all and turns his sorrow into a beautiful poem and tribute. Beautifully written, I like this author's use of words and paints a picture of the life and times of Anna and Horation Gates Spafford. Even through the tears am glad I read this book. This is a book that you know the ending before you start reading. Based on the life of the author of the popular hymn "It is Well". Through heartbreak and tragedy see how one found hope in the midst of of it all and turns his sorrow into a beautiful poem and tribute. Beautifully written, I like this author's use of words and paints a picture of the life and times of Anna and Horation Gates Spafford. Even through the tears am glad I read this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This is a historical fiction based on the life of the man who wrote one of my favorite songs. Loved this story and I love the song even more now.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Powerful. Covered historical events through Christian eyes. I am kind of humbled.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Hoffman

    So, I honestly wished this book was longer! It gave me a history I knew nothing about and I wanted more.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Truly unbelievable story about how the hymn It is Well With my Soul was written.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Although I found the writing good, I thought the thoughts and the actions of the characters opposite from the deep theology found in the words of Horatio Spafford's song "It Is Well With My Soul." I found myself disappointed and wish the author would have given more of her research. The marital issues the author implied were a significant part of her story. Despite her stating that this is clearly a work of fiction and that she was letting facts getting in the way of writing a good story, I was Although I found the writing good, I thought the thoughts and the actions of the characters opposite from the deep theology found in the words of Horatio Spafford's song "It Is Well With My Soul." I found myself disappointed and wish the author would have given more of her research. The marital issues the author implied were a significant part of her story. Despite her stating that this is clearly a work of fiction and that she was letting facts getting in the way of writing a good story, I was still disappointed. This is not a book I would recommend to others seeking to know more about the true story behind this song.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    Have you ever wondered what inspired some of the world's most renowned hymns? Who was the writer and what circumstances led to the words sung for hundreds of years? Finding Anna, first in a series of fictionalized stories behind the hymns, features Horatio Gates Spafford, author of one of the most heart-wrenching and compelling hymns - It is Well With My Soul. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is a turning point for the Spafford family. Although they're spared loss of life or of their home, Horatio, Have you ever wondered what inspired some of the world's most renowned hymns? Who was the writer and what circumstances led to the words sung for hundreds of years? Finding Anna, first in a series of fictionalized stories behind the hymns, features Horatio Gates Spafford, author of one of the most heart-wrenching and compelling hymns - It is Well With My Soul. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is a turning point for the Spafford family. Although they're spared loss of life or of their home, Horatio, a well known lawyer and real estate developer, loses almost everything relating to his business. Using the blessings God has provided them, Horatio and his wife Anna open their homes and their lives to others in less fortunate positions. Anna holds down the homefront, while Horatio applies his skills to help rebuild the city. Along the way, he meets evangelist D.L. Moody, who becomes a close friend and mentor. Anna becomes discouraged and disheartened. While Horatio is doing powerful work, she's stuck at home for hours and sometimes days without seeing him. She works hard to help those living around them and with them, but she misses her husband. Just when things seem darkest, Horatio sees what he is doing to his family and they decide to take a trip to England together to help with Moody's ministry. The family will finally be participating in work together. But, as many people know, the ending to the Spaffords' story is not a happy one. Tragedy strikes and, in his suffering, Horatio Gates Spafford pens It is Well With My Soul: 'When peace, like a river, attendeth my way When sorrows like sea billows roll Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say It is well, it is well with my soul.' Although this is a fictionalized account, the main message and general story are true to the facts. Finding Anna is a superbly written and researched story, based on the lives of historical figures. Though I already knew the basics of Spafford's story, the book makes him real and makes the hymn that much more meaningful to the reader. Although the book is incredibly uplifting and inspirational, it is a difficult one to process emotionally. However tears of sadness quickly turn to joy when the reader sees how Mr. Spafford comes to rely so deeply on God for peace and healing. Many secondary storylines and characters add depth to the plot. Schaub has a gift for bringing characters to life and helping the reader see them as real people, even though they lived a century ago. The lessons learned by the characters are still relevant today - about trusting in God no matter the circumstances, and realizing God is in control even through dark times. My only complaint is that there were a few slow portions of the story even though it's not particularly long. I look forward to additional volumes in the Music of the Heart series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mmtimes4

    A Powerful Historical Drama Based on the Story Behind The Hymn "It Is Well With My Soul" This historical novel opens on the eve of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and explores the resulting two-year drama, heartbreak, and redemption that shaped the life of one of America’s great hymn writers--Horatio Gates Spafford. A poignant novel of relationships, Finding Anna follows Spafford and his wife, Anna, as they struggle to find common ground before their divided loyalties tear apart their marriage once A Powerful Historical Drama Based on the Story Behind The Hymn "It Is Well With My Soul" This historical novel opens on the eve of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and explores the resulting two-year drama, heartbreak, and redemption that shaped the life of one of America’s great hymn writers--Horatio Gates Spafford. A poignant novel of relationships, Finding Anna follows Spafford and his wife, Anna, as they struggle to find common ground before their divided loyalties tear apart their marriage once and for all. What will it take for them to recover their faith--in God and each other? Is love powerful enough to bring them through the greatest tragedy of their lives? In an account that adds little-known details to a well-known story, Schaub debuts the MUSIC OF THE HEART series with perhaps the most personally compelling of all Christian hymns--"It Is Well With My Soul." GR description What an incredible story. To endure so much pain and tragedy and then to rise above it but to be honest about the pain, feeling lost, wondering if God is there. This was a book club choice and I am glad it was, not sure I would have picked it up otherwise. Definitely a novel that will stay with me and a guide to use when I am struggling with a challenge.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Finding Anna is about finding faith during hard times. The Horatio Gates Spafford family knew tragedy starting with the Chicago fire in 1871. They were a young family with four daughters, a nice home, and Gates had a promising career. Following the devastating fire they put their pain and grief in ministering to others and helped in rebuilding the city. However, Anna was lonely with Gates so busy serving others and became depressed, threatening their relationship. In an effort to save their marr Finding Anna is about finding faith during hard times. The Horatio Gates Spafford family knew tragedy starting with the Chicago fire in 1871. They were a young family with four daughters, a nice home, and Gates had a promising career. Following the devastating fire they put their pain and grief in ministering to others and helped in rebuilding the city. However, Anna was lonely with Gates so busy serving others and became depressed, threatening their relationship. In an effort to save their marriage Gates plans a family trip to Europe traveling on the SS Ville du Havre. What starts out as a trip filled with hope, ends in tragedy. It is through this that Gates writes the hymn, "It is Well with My Soul" expressing his need in only relying on God for strength to endure. This was a Book Group pick for March (genre: historical fiction) and I even though I've heard bits and pieces on the history of this hymn, the author brought this story alive. The next time we sing this hymn in church it will have a whole new meaning for me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Dyck

    Where to begin with a novel like this… The Story of Horatio Gates Spafford, the writer of one of the most loved hymns in America, “It Is Well With My Soul” (When Peace Like a River). The book begins with the great Chicago Fire. Gates (as he is referred to in the book) and his wife Anna and their four daughters work to pick their lives back up. Not long after Gates puts his wife and daughters set for Europe. A few days into the journey their ship gets struck by a bigger one. Only Anna survives. From Where to begin with a novel like this… The Story of Horatio Gates Spafford, the writer of one of the most loved hymns in America, “It Is Well With My Soul” (When Peace Like a River). The book begins with the great Chicago Fire. Gates (as he is referred to in the book) and his wife Anna and their four daughters work to pick their lives back up. Not long after Gates puts his wife and daughters set for Europe. A few days into the journey their ship gets struck by a bigger one. Only Anna survives. From these tragedies comes a well known and loved Hymn, one written during an hour of anguish and pain.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    I am torn on this one. I liked it, I was bored with it kinda, but I still wanted to find out what happens. Then I got a little frustrated with the main character. Seemed to be sad all the time and not helping herself, but then I thought..well, she is depressed, what do you expect. Just when I decide I didn't care for the story, I find out it was partly based on a true story. Then I was like.. well, if that is the case.. I LIKE IT! So I would give it 3.5 stars. It was a bit preachy and there were I am torn on this one. I liked it, I was bored with it kinda, but I still wanted to find out what happens. Then I got a little frustrated with the main character. Seemed to be sad all the time and not helping herself, but then I thought..well, she is depressed, what do you expect. Just when I decide I didn't care for the story, I find out it was partly based on a true story. Then I was like.. well, if that is the case.. I LIKE IT! So I would give it 3.5 stars. It was a bit preachy and there were instances where it seemed as if God were speaking to them, which is not biblical. However, God's words can come to our minds and hearts when needed and maybe this was more of the case.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    This was a really good read. I like history, especially when they write it as Historical Fiction. This book pretty much starts with the Chicago Fire and destroyed the city. One family, who are real people in history, takes up the challenge to help rebuild and give back to the masses. But it takes it's tole on them, and the tragedies that happen along the way will break your heart. But it's their faith in God that keeps pulling them back together and through the worse of times. I would recommend this This was a really good read. I like history, especially when they write it as Historical Fiction. This book pretty much starts with the Chicago Fire and destroyed the city. One family, who are real people in history, takes up the challenge to help rebuild and give back to the masses. But it takes it's tole on them, and the tragedies that happen along the way will break your heart. But it's their faith in God that keeps pulling them back together and through the worse of times. I would recommend this book to anyone. It was so refreshing to read a book that was not filled with foul language and an intense message of hope and faith.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    A beautifully written novel about love lost and found. The struggles and how the characters react to them are very real and authentic which I loved. God's grace and providence are very evident in this book and though it's wrought with tragedy, the faith of those in the middle of it remains unwavering. The tie-in of the song 'It is Well' was perfectly articulated. I recommend this for anyone who struggles and is looking for hope. A beautifully written novel about love lost and found. The struggles and how the characters react to them are very real and authentic which I loved. God's grace and providence are very evident in this book and though it's wrought with tragedy, the faith of those in the middle of it remains unwavering. The tie-in of the song 'It is Well' was perfectly articulated. I recommend this for anyone who struggles and is looking for hope.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    This is one of my favorite Christian historical fictions, although, okay, I haven't read a ton of those. This is the story behind the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul". Touching, beautiful novel. I haven't read #2 yet... This is one of my favorite Christian historical fictions, although, okay, I haven't read a ton of those. This is the story behind the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul". Touching, beautiful novel. I haven't read #2 yet...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Slumbering Rose

    3.6 out of 5. It wasn't what I expected.…It focused more on the life and feelings of Anna than I'd thought, and some pieces of the story were different from what I'd previously known. But it was a good book nonetheless. 3.6 out of 5. It wasn't what I expected.…It focused more on the life and feelings of Anna than I'd thought, and some pieces of the story were different from what I'd previously known. But it was a good book nonetheless.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karol

    I quickly got caught up in this story. It spoke to me about the loneliness a married woman can feel when her husband is never there.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I really liked this story about Chicago, the fire and the start up of the Moody Church..a great story in 1871 of a Swedish couple and the tragic fire event.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This one was a heart wrencher. I locked myself in my room and cried as a finished this. I really hate these kind of books because I am not the same for a couple of days.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Excellent - based on the story behind the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul" written by Spafford. Excellent - based on the story behind the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul" written by Spafford.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Great story about the disasters that happened to the Spafford family. The husband went on to write the hymn "It is Well with my Soul." Great story about the disasters that happened to the Spafford family. The husband went on to write the hymn "It is Well with my Soul."

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Carter

    Story of a family and the tragedies of losing children in Chicago fire. GLives life to service and composes hymns

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vintage Lady

    Loved the book and would like to read more like it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Holmen

    2.5 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Biggs

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Really enjoyed this one, the perspective of Anna was quite different from what one often finds in Christian fiction, her battle with depression was unexpected.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Intriguing story based on the marriage of Horatio and Anna Spafford.

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