Faith Blum has a new book, Savior, Like a Shepherd that explores the life of three orphans born in the Wild West.
About the Book
The ground shook and a rumble sounded through the air as the train squealed to a stop. Maybe, just maybe, I could carry someone’s bags without the porter taking notice. And then there was the even bigger maybe: Maybe I could get enough money to at least buy a crust of bread for Trevor and Tabitha to share.
I hid behind the boxes in the freight yard and kept one eye on the porter, and the other on the second class passenger car. The porter had his attention on the first class car, so I slipped into the gathering crowd.
Titus Hine has always taken care of others. First in protecting his brother and sister from the men his mother entertained. Even more so after her death, when the townspeople refused to help the orphans of a town prostitute. He’s been protector and provider, despite the hardships. He’s learned that no one will help, no one cares and if he wants to survive he’ll have to rely on his own strength not just for himself but his family as well.
Then a stranger shows him the kindness and help no one else seems willing to. Between her kindness and the lecture she gives the Christian Leaders, Titus’s life takes an unexpected turn for the better. With help and provision from the local believers things should be easier, his burdens are lifted. So why does it feel like life is spinning out of control?
Can Titus learn that while man may fail him there is One who will never fail? Can he learn to allow God to be the Shepherd of his life and lead him? Or will life continue to push him every which way?
About the Author
Faith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and play games with her family. She lives in Wisconsin with her family on a small family farm where they raise goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and have 2 dogs and a varying number of cats.
Faith’s goal in her writing is to encourage Christians in their walk with Christ. If you want to know when her latest book comes out, go to her website to sign up for her New Releases Newsletter so you can get an email when her next book in the series comes out. You will also find links to her other Social Media sites on her website. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.
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I reached into my pocket and pulled out the money. Winter was coming up fast and even with the extra shelter, we would need warmer clothes, shoes, and some blankets.
I counted the coins. There was no way it would be enough, even if I didn’t get anything for myself. I’d gotten more money the last few days, but it still didn’t cover all the winter necessities, and we’d gone back to the day-old bread every evening.
I searched the back room and found two old, hole-ridden blankets. Trevor helped me lay them out next to each other on the floor for a makeshift bed.
“Can you sing the cowboy song?” Tabitha asked.
I chuckled. It was a long, mournful song, but Tabitha loved it.
“O bury me not on the lone prairie”
These words came low and mournfully
From the pallid lips of a youth who lay
On his dying bed at close of day.
I only got through half of the nineteen verses before both she and Trevor were asleep. I whispered the last verse to myself almost like a prayer.
“O bury me not on the lone prairie,
Where the wolves can howl and growl o’er me;
Fling a handful of roses o’er my grave
With a prayer to Him who my soul will save.”
I heaved a deep sigh and let myself drift into slumber.
I asked Faith if she would share a little more about Titus with us here:
Character Spotlight: Titus
Name: Titus Hine
Age: 12 (at beginning of the book)
Titus was born to Clarice Hine on February 10, 1868. His mother became a lady of the night when Titus’s father ran out on them. She tried to raise her sons and daughter well, but with little opportunity for them and even less money, found it difficult.
Titus learned how to live off the streets from a young age. After his mother died when he was twelve, he tried to provide for his sister and brother without resorting to stealing—something his mother told him to never do. A few weeks after her death, the rent came due and they couldn’t pay. They lived on the streets until Miss Brown came into their lives and turned it upside down.
Personality: Happy-go-lucky, makes the best of bad situations, probably ENFP, forces himself to be optimistic, but isn’t always, especially in his own thoughts.
Personal Goals: To make a better life for his siblings and others like them.
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