HARPERCOLLINS CHRISTIAN PUBLISHING, THOMAS NELSON

An Amish Home – Four Novellas – by Beth Wiseman , Amy Clipston , Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid

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Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Pub Date: 07 Feb 2017

ISBN 9780529118691. PRICE $15.99 


SYNOPSIS

A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. But all of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full.

Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston—Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O’Conner reluctantly take Chace’s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the daadihaus located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is.

A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid—Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy . . . for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are left to sift through the rubble. As uncovered items from the remains of the house shake loose memories of the past, Thomas and Noreen begin to draw closer and a flicker of hope—and love—is reignited.

Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller—Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiance, Silas. As they work to build Martha’s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again?


REVIEW

‘An Amish Home’ is an anthology of four novellas with faith-inspired plot lines by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid and Kathleen Fuller. Here are four different stories by four different authors, writing in their unique style, with a wealth of Amish background knowledge. Although the four stand-alone stories are not interrelated, each story carries the common thread of redemption, forgiveness, and love. Each novella impacts our hearts by what the characters experience and how they rebuild their lives as they confront challenging choices in different ways. The choice to move on in faith is extolled. Each novella is unique, filled with hope. The stories resonate in the hearts of the readers, reflecting life with its joys and sorrows. All four novellas have heart-warming storylines with likable and lovable characters. The heart of the home and Amish family life is featured with beauty and grace. Each well-crafted story evokes heartwarming feelings of ‘Home Sweet Home.’ The characters leap off the pages into our hearts. They face different circumstances in life, but their perception of heart, home and hearth makes them appreciate their blessings, be grateful for love, and learn how to be content. The realistic issues in these novellas focus on loss, struggles, community, family, faith and love.

Four different authors write faith-filled, family stories, unique with conflicts, troubles and issues to deal with. Each heartwarming story comes with a unique take on the themes uniting them. Each author crafts a portrait of a couple in crisis in a heart-warming story of a struggle with faith and bitterness at the futility of life. These stories tug at your heart strings. Grief-stricken families agonize over their losses, as they wade through hurts to find love and happiness. God’s ways are not our ways. His grace is sufficient to carry us through the toughest times. ‘An Amish Home’ focuses on the daily struggles of life, love, faith and hope. Each author incorporates the importance of family, home and faith in God into their stories. Each inspiring page causes us to reflect upon our own lives. The themes of the four stories center on the home and family life, the hardships that couples face and the love and healing that comes from leaning on God. Each novella was well written in the authors’ own style, capturing well-researched information about the Amish.

‘An Amish Home’ will restore your faith in love and in God. The importance of faith, family and prayer are interwoven throughout all four stories. ‘An Amish Home’ is a collection of four different novellas from four different authors, each with a different story with different struggles, but with a common theme of home and family life. In each story, readers connect with the characters, to understand their struggles and relate to them. These are inspiring stories of love, faith, devotion, heartache and pain. In each story, the power to accept and overcome the challenges comes from the strength of home and family. Readers get acquainted with the struggles Amish communities face. Its authenticity relates to all, Amish or ‘Englisch’. Faith and love are the keys to unlock the door to ‘An Amish Home’ and find it truly ‘Home Sweet Home.’

Miriam Jacob

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