In this day of high technology and lives of comfort and ease, we forget about those early pioneers who lived before us, especially those from another country, who did not have the luxuries that we now take for granted. Because they desired a better life for themselves and their families, they migrated to the United States. In this story, it is realized this is the path God intends for the Persdatter family to take as He chooses William to be the man to discover how He (God) can work behind the scenes in a very extraordinary way. Along the path, the family encounters even more hardship and life-threatening difficulties, but that does not stop them from reaching for the gold ring on the carousel ride of their lives.
This story reflects one of those families from Norway who persevered in spite of what ill-fortune they experienced. The story is fiction, but based on true facts regarding the author of the well-known hymn, “Church in the Wildwood,” who is William Pitts.
The story commences in Norway where young William is born to parents who struggle from day to day to make a living. His father, Kristian, who is a courageous man, takes his family to America where he feels there is a better life for all of them. The story takes you through some aspects of William’s birth, the Persdatter (name later changed to Pitts) family’s life in Norway, how William meets his future wife, the voyage to America, the part he plays in the Civil War, and how the hand of God guides William through the trials he experiences to ultimately show him He has a purpose for William’s life.
My name is Diane Ouida Wilkinson Wright. I was born in a small town in Iowa by the name of Nashua in 1944. My father was a section foreman for the Illinois Central Railroad, and my mother, a housewife. I have no brothers or sisters. Because of my father’s career choice, we moved around within the state and I graduated from Iowa Falls High School. I attended the American Institute of Business, Des Moines, Iowa where I graduated, and then married an Iowa State University graduate. We moved to the Washington, DC area where I gave birth to two boys by the name of Aaron and Eric. I am currently divorced and living as a single person in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania with my eleven-year old cat, Zoe. Not long ago, I discovered the honor of being a relative to the world-famous poet, T.S. Elliot, and I began writing poetry. It has been well received, and I have been published. I decided to try my hand at writing this novel; the storyline being a part of me during my young years so I decided it should be written on paper. I am very excited because the topic of my book is centered on how God works to fulfill the destiny of our lives. The story’s central focus is something very dear to me and known throughout the world.