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Trade Paperback
336 pages
Nov 2006
Bethany House Publishers

Abraham's Well

by Sharon Elwell Foster

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Abraham’s Well is a heart-rending story about the forced removal of Native Americans from the hunting grounds and lodging regions during the period of 1838 to 1839, and the struggles they endured in Indian Territory. The author, Sharon Ewell Foster, does an extraordinary job of researching actual accounts of these Native Americans, and sculpting the facts into a believable fictional account of a girl named Armentia. Foster focuses on the Black Cherokee who walked alongside other native people.

Through Armentia’s eyes, we see the happy and peaceful life of the Black Cherokee as they live in the Southeast prior to the invasion of the white man. Soon, Armentia and her people are forced to watch as the United States closes in around them and the land of their ancestors is taken away from them. They are sent to walk the Trail of Tears into what is now Oklahoma. With literally everything Armentia knows and loves ripped from her, this strong young woman shows how comfort and peace can be found in the arms of Christ.

I was deeply impressed with this novel. The pain and suffering of the main character were vividly believable. I felt as though I were walking along beside her. Very few authors can weave such an inspiring and passionate story, but Sharon Ewell Foster is definitely one of those few. After reading this novel, I know I will never forget the story of Armentia or the history of the displaced Native Americans of the 19th century. – Heather Schultz, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

I have discovered there's Indian in my family heritage...

The time is 1838.

Armentia pointed to a well on the land their Cherokee master owns. "It seems hard to believe now, son, but someday we'll have our own land. Land with a well just like this one…."

Inspired by true events, authentic slave narratives, and other historical accounts, Abraham's Well is the profoundly moving story of the Black Cherokee—African Americans, both slave and free—who, along with native people, walked the Trail of Tears. It is the story of their forced removal from the Southeast to Indian Territory—modern day Oklahoma—and of the courage and faith of one woman as she struggles to overcome her desperate circumstances.

And it is the story of an author who, in researching and writing, found her own way home.