Holley Gerth

Revell, Baker Publishing Group. ISBN: 9781493415106.

Pub. Date: Sep 2018. Price: $13.99

Trying to understand the inherent nature of God’s character, exactly who He is, what He means to us, and how He loves us beyond compare, changes our lives in the most unimaginable ways. It sounds like music to our ears to hear God’s still small voice whisper to our hearts, “You’re mine.” It fills our hearts with the greatest hope, divine joy and priceless peace that is truly out of this world. In fifty-two inspiring, heart-to-heart devotions, Holley Gerth shares the God-given answer to the innate restlessness that keeps us trying to achieve in our lives what only a loving Heavenly Father can do for us. The Almighty God who painted the skies with joyous abandon by scattering myriads of twinkling stars like glittering diamonds across the sweeping panorama of the universe, the Maker of us all, invites us to draw close to Him in the only relationship worth having in this world. He is what our hearts have been searching for all our lives.

Miriam Jacob


TROUBLED WATERS by Susan May Warren

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ISBN: 9781493412556. PUB. DATE: Jan 2018. PRICE:  $14.99

“Troubled Waters” by Susan May Warren sparkles with redemption, resolution and saving grace amidst the picturesque beauty of a backdrop of wild Montana skies and sweeping scenery, wilderness suspense and romance. This is a high-stakes, swiftly-moving, dramatic, high-flying, mountaintop action-adventure, packed with snappy dialogue and flawed characters with emotional and spiritual challenges. It is a heartwarming story of love and sacrifice. It has an increasing complex plot and character development. Susan May Warren’s high peril situations are set at the height of human emotions, as she uses unusually trying situations and circumstances to make her characters depict illustrating truths. The main characters deal with honesty, self-control, and faith, while reaching their physical and emotional limits of self-endurance, to grow beyond their problems. They travel down difficult paths, with nothing but faith to cling on to, before they learn to truly love each other with selfless devotion. This book bears the unique stamp and hallmark of Susan May Warren’s books and makes a very interesting read. I recommend it to readers.

Miriam Jacob



MATTIE’S PLEDGE – by Jan Drexler

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Mattie’s Pledge

by Jan Drexler

Revell, Baker Publishing Group.

Pub Date: 20 Sep 2016

ISBN 9780800726577. Price: $14.99

In a tender, poignant glimpse into the Amish Migration West from Pennsylvania, Jan Drexler presents the heartwarming story of Mattie’s Pledge. When heart, home and horizon threaten to pull Mattie in opposite directions, which will she choose? Mattie Schrock is used to having her life uprooted. When her father relocated with his family from one Amish community to the next, Mattie always settled well into their new surroundings. Now as the Schrocks plan to move west, Mattie hopes to connect with old friends like Jacob Yoder, who always held a special place in her heart, although they had grown into different people with different dreams and visions. Jacob longs to settle down, while Mattie envisions life beyond the western horizon. When an Englisher tempts her to search for adventure in the West, will her pledge to Jacob anchor her to heart and home?

Jan Drexler weaves a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs into her writing. Mattie’s Pledge offers a revealing glimpse into Amish life in the 1840s, and into Mattie Schrock’s heart. In April of 1843, Mattie must make a choice about her life. Will she settle down in the Amish church or take off on a new adventure? Mattie’s Pledge is a historical romance with well-crafted, appealing characters and a good Christian theme. Jan Drexler weaves a beautiful storyline in her well-researched work. A compelling family story about difficult, exciting choices in life, Jan Drexler’s engaging Amish family share their joys and sorrows to embrace the adventure of life. Mattie’s unique adventure to the West begins with awesome descriptions of the journey in a Conestoga Wagon, traveling along twisting paths to achieve her goals. Moving from one community to another, Mattie Schrock knows how to adjust to different circumstances and situations. Yearning for new adventures and the chance to travel, Mattie has to decide between a new adventure in the West or the comfort of her own community based on a certain pledge.

With ancestry dating to the Amish immigrants in the 1700s, Jan Drexler’s special interest in this genre is well written and true to the Amish culture. Will the new land Mattie travels to give her a brand new beginning and a better life? Mattie struggles with her faith. The story deals with forgiveness in a very compassionate way. Mattie Schrock wants to move west to find her perfect destiny. She pledges not to leave her dearest friend, Jacob Yoder. But the pull is so strong to leave. Can Mattie keep her pledge? God is the main character. He alone knows the path to follow but Mattie ignores Him. The story was filled with hardship and adventure on their trek westward. MATTIE’S PLEDGE is a gripping story. Read it to find out why!

Miriam Jacob


THE DEVOTED – by Suzanne Woods Fisher


THE DEVOTED – by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Revell, Baker Publishing Group,

Pub Date: 04 Oct 2016. ISBN: 9780800723224. PRICE: $14.99

The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a story of dreams deferred and hopes fulfilled – replete with Fisher’s mysterious signature twists. At home in Stoney Ridge, Ruthie Stoltzfus is lost in a bewildering sea of indecision about her future. Although she dearly loves her family, two questions gnaw at her heart constantly. Should she stay among her people, the Amish or should she leave to explore the stars on the horizon? Although ready and fully prepared to go, she just cannot put her foot forward to seize the moment and set the wheels of motion rolling to start her journey.

Meanwhile, Patrick Kelly, a young man on a peculiar mission of his own in Stoney Ridge, has come to convert to the Amish, adopt their language, customs and ways, while adapting to “everything Plain.” That transient thing called Time, to Patrick, is of the utmost essence. Every moment is to be cherished, as it will not come again but will be gone for ever. Ruthie is his Penn Dutch tutor. Ruthie’s defiant, next-door neighbor and former flame, Luke Schrock, cannot keep away from trouble, attracted to it like bees to honey or a moth to a flame. Rebellious and headstrong, Luke wants to win Ruthie back – if Patrick Kelly would not stand in his way. This is a book that will catch your attention, as Suzanne Woods Fisher unravels all the complicated tangles to set the record straight.

Miriam Jacob