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The Code of the West series, book 6
Tap and Pepper's dream of settled ranching seems to be coming true at last. While Pepper awaits the birth of their first child, Tap launches into partnership of a 50,000 acre ranch in Montana. Even in the midst of establishing a long-term domestic situation, however, excitement manages to find them. Tap is challenged with getting his friend Odessa to the altar on time, cattle wandering the living room of their new house, Indians camping in their front yard, and a pacifist family being forced off their land in addition to the usual array of cattle rustlers and bank robbers. In the midst of it all, they continue to grow in God's grace and find that His plans for us truly are "exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think."
One thing I found noteworthy in this story was the author's handling of the sensitive subject of pacifism, against the backdrop of the often-violent Old West. I appreciate that he did not write off this family's convictions as untenable or illogical, but treats them with respect, and uses the opportunity to explore the concept of forgiveness, and the Scriptural difference between self-defense and murder. (May 2004)
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