Tuesday, January 7, 2014

An Amish Miracle by Beth Wiseman~ Ruth Reid~ Mary Ellis

    An Amish Miracle, Beth Wiseman
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401688705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401688707

  • Description
  • Synopsis:
  • “Always in My Heart” by Mary Ellis
  • Hope Bowman believes God is punishing her for giving up her firstborn son when she was a teenager. She’s hidden this past from her husband, who is thankful for their daughters but longs for a son. Hope prays desperately, but the son God sends isn’t a new pregnancy. It's the fifteen-year-old boy she gave away years ago.
  • “Always His Providence” by Ruth Reid
  • Widow Rosa Hostetler has one month to pay her delinquent taxes before the county auctions her farm. She’s prepared to sell whatever is necessary to pay the lien, but she isn’t willing to request money from the community's widow fund. She’s embarrassed and refuses to admit she needs help. Rosa depends on income from selling eggs, but when that income is threatened, only a miracle can help Rosa accept the kindness of a neighbor.
“Always Beautiful” by Beth Wiseman
Becky Byler is eighteen and obese. As she continues to grow, so does her despair. Having lost all hope, she considers taking her life, even though it goes against her beliefs. Standing before rushing water, unable to swim, Becky begs God for a miracle. Two months pass and Becky has miraculously lost over a hundred pounds. But does Becky like the person she has become? Could it be this weight loss isn’t at all the miracle she thinks it is?
My take on this book:
As a fan of Amish fiction what's not to love with this book! Three short novellas written by some of the most popular writers in Amish fiction.. Each story is about a different character living in the same community, so  we get the same scenery, and the same characters appear in each story which made me really feel like I became a part of the community. The focus is three different Amish women, each is facing some sort  of adversity in their life, that will test faith.When a widower needs the money to pay her taxes can she let go of her pride and ask her community for help, or what about the eighteen year old girl who thinks if she could only lose weight that she would be a better person, these problems sound like issues that anyone could face, but the characters are Amish, and that's the thing about this book the characters deal with real life issues, not just Amish issues! My favorite story had to be about the mother who gave her baby boy away when she was a teen, and years later she longs for a son but she has only managed to have girls. Will God ever answer her prayer and send her a son? Fans of Amish fiction are going to devour these stories, but anyone who has never read anything by these three authors should give this book a try, they might be surprised at the depth of the stories they find within the pages of An Amish Miracle!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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