The Apple of His Eye
A Historical Novel of Enduring Romance
Book V in The Bennett Vignettes

The Apple of His Eye
The Apple of His Eye brings us to the fifth installment of The Bennett Vignettes. The inspiration for The Apple of His Eye came after rereading Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place the summer of 2004. Repeatedly throughout her story, Corrie would feel pity for the Jews. Her father and sister, however, would feel pity for the German soldiers, knowing they were touching the apple of God’s eye, the children of Israel.

With a German-speaking grandmother in my family tree, I was fascinated that so many people were fooled into thinking Hitler was anything but what we now know him to have been. Marietta Mathilda Shibley Monk, my beloved, Christian, German-speaking grandmother, listened to Hitler on the radio in the 1930’s. I grew up with a box of handmade toys—spool dolls and such. A handmade mini-quilt she had made in the 1930’s was used as a cover for it. One of the four squares of this quilt was a blue patchwork in the shape of a swastika.

I still have that mini-quilt. I keep it as a reminder of how easily we can be fooled into believing the lies of the Devil if we are not ourselves grounded in the Word and growing and changing into Christ-likeness, guided by His Holy Spirit.



The year is 1938, and the heart of German-born Rudi Mueller is greatly troubled at word coming across the sea. His and Rachel’s oldest son Reuben is the only one of their children who learned to speak Deutsch, and what he hears on the short-wave stirs him greatly.

After a challenging message by Brother Benjamin Spears, Reuben sets out to answer the call to assist European Jewry, forsaking parents, home, and country—and even his reputation—to do so. Will his endeavor to aid the apple of God’s eye be divinely blessed? Can one man make a difference?

Follow the continuing story of the Bennett family and their loved ones as they embark on the darkest days of recent history: World War II.

The Apple of His Eye was without doubt as easy for me to write as any of the other books in The Bennett Vignettes were; yet at the same time, it was terribly painful to “live” through the eyes of the characters as I wrote. The mountaintop experiences of life would not seem so grand were it not for the times in the valley. Likewise, the joys of life are magnified for having been through the trials.

Psalm 17:8 reads, “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings....”



Click Here to listen to
He Knows, a beautiful hymn by Mary G. Brainard that is mentioned in The Apple of His Eye.

I know not what awaits me,
God kindly veils my eyes,
And o’er each step of my onward way
He makes new scenes to rise;
And ev’ry joy He sends me comes
A sweet and glad surprise.

Wherever He leads I’ll follow!
My trust in Him brings repose,
And ev’ry hour in perfect peace
I’ll sing, “He knows, He knows”;
And ev’ry hour in perfect peace
I’ll sing, “He knows, He knows!”

One step I see before me,
‘Tis all I need to see.
The Light of Heav’n more brightly shines
When Earth’s illusions flee;
And sweetly through the stillness comes
His loving “Follow Me.”

Wherever He leads I’ll follow!
My trust in Him brings repose,
And ev’ry hour in perfect peace
I’ll sing, “He knows, He knows”;
And ev’ry hour in perfect peace
I’ll sing, “He knows, He knows!”

O blissful lack of foresight,
‘Tis blessèd not to know;
He holds me with His own right hand
And will not let me go,
And makes my troubled soul to rest
In Him Who loves me so.

Wherever He leads I’ll follow!
My trust in Him brings repose,
And ev’ry hour in perfect peace
I’ll sing, “He knows, He knows”;
And ev’ry hour in perfect peace
I’ll sing, “He knows, He knows!”

So on I go not knowing.
I would not if I might!
I’d rather walk in the dark with God
Than go alone in the light;
I’d rather walk by faith with Him
Than go alone by sight.

Wherever He leads I’ll follow!
My trust in Him brings repose,
And ev’ry hour in perfect peace
I’ll sing, “He knows, He knows”;
And ev’ry hour in perfect peace
I’ll sing, “He knows, He knows!”
He knows, He knows, He knows!



Jennifer M. Seest *_*



The Apple of His Eye
Copyright 2006 Jennifer M. Seest

Back to The Bennett Vignettes
(All ordering information available on the series' page *_*)



4 Seests in Paradise
Back to Jennifer's family's homepage

OR

Caleb's Country Corner *_*
Caleb's Mommy's Graphics *_*

Author Photo from Suzannah Hand Photography
Used with Permission



The Christian Counter