The Devoted

Fisher, Suzanne Woods. The Devoted: The Bishop’s Family- Book 3. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
With an amazing heart for good, patience and the Lord, Bishop David is led by the Scriptures to help the people of Stoney Ridge follow the Bible while also keeping their Amish way of life. Ruthie, at the age of seventeen and on the brink of adulthood, must decide the path she wishes to pursue while the Englisher Patrick, hopes to delve deeper into the Amish culture. Add to those characters, Dok, who purchases the health clinic practice and must work to gain the Amish trust, and Luke, the town trouble-maker. Add in a bit of humor, some romance and perhaps some heartache for a stirring story…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As book 3 in the Bishop’s Family series, The Devoted also works well as a stand-alone. Grabbing my attention from the beginning of the novel, I literally flew through it. Full of Amish community and culture, a little mystery and soft, clean romance coupled with faith, author Suzanne Woods Fisher has penned yet another well-written Amish novel. As the characters grow and are revisited, it is interesting to not only learn their ways but realize they are similar people with choices and consequences. This was a wonderful re-introduction to Amish genre after a bit of a lapse for me.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Devoted from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

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The Heart of the Amish

Fisher, Suzanne Woods. The Heart of the Amish: Life Lessons on Peacemaking and the Power of Forgiveness. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
heartOne of the very hardest things to do in life…forgive. Though not easy, through true stories gathered from many Amish communities, Suzanne Woods Fisher shares and reminds of the power of forgiveness, not only for those forgiven but the ones extending it as well. As a lifestyle woven within the Amish traditions and culture, forgiveness has the potential for peace, contentment, and freedom. The Heart of the Amish encourages God into our midst to work His wonders through forgiveness…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Such personal stories of anger, hurt, chaos and violence are contained within this book, yet the results are so different than expected due to the element of forgiveness. Wonderful research from several Amish communities shows the capability found within such an act, some of which is almost unfathomable. Suzanna Woods Fisher demonstrates the power of extending grace through forgiveness, as we ourselves are given through God. Powerful, though-provoking, interesting, and many times even astonishing, The Heart of the Amish advises the importance of allowing God to settle the scores, in His time and manner, not our own.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Heart of the Amish from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

Anna’s Crossing

Fisher, Suzanne Woods. Anna’s Crossing: An Amish Beginnings Novel. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
annaSince she is the only one from her community who can speak English, Anna Konig feels she must make the trip across the Atlantic aboard the merchant ship, Charming Nancy, to Pennsylvania where her father awaits. Determined to make the journey and return home, Anna experiences hardship, illness and terrible conditions below deck on the ship. Meeting Bairn, the ship’s carpenter, changes not only Anna but Bairn as well. With in-depth discussion questions and the author’s well researched information included at the end, Anna’s Crossing is an interesting beginning to a unique Amish series…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having read and enjoyed previous Amish novels from Suzanne Woods Fisher, I was excited to start her new series An Amish Beginnings. Taking place on a ship almost exclusively throughout the novel, I was intrigued yet also educated on the Charming Nancy. The history lesson which was gleaned from this fictional novel was recognized and welcomed, especially that which was meticulously researched and provided in the author’s note at the end. Well written with interesting information, suspenseful twists, credible characters and God’s faithfulness and forgiveness all intertwined.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Anna’s Crossing from Revell for my honest review*