Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Book Review - An Amish Miracle

Inspirational.  Filled With Forgiveness, Love and Compassion

An Amish Miracle
by:  Mary Ellis, Ruth Reid and Beth Wiseman
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson-Fiction
Publish Date:  December 3, 2013
 Mary Ellis starts the series with “Always In My Heart”.  Hope Bowman is dealing with the guilt of giving up her first-born son and keeping the truth from her husband.  She has four daughters but longs to give her husband a son. She feels God will not answer her prayers because He is punishing her for not telling her husband or forgiving her father for the role he played.  She prays for a son, but the son she receives is not a newborn. 
 “Always His Providence” by Ruth Reid is the next story in the series.  In this story Rosa Hostetler’s husband, Uriah, gave his life in a barn fire to save their neighbor and long-time friend Adam Bontrager.  Rosa was left with delinquent taxes and only one month to find the money to pay them.  She depends on the money from selling her eggs to support herself, but her English neighbor’s dog starts killing her chickens endangering her income.  She is ashamed to ask the Amish community to help her through the widow’s fund.  However when Adam finds out what is going on, he tries to help her save her farm and assures her that God will provide.     
“Always Beautiful” by Beth Wiseman follows the first two stories.  Becky Byler is eighteen and obese.  She tries to lose weight, but as she continues to gain, people make fun of her and talk about her behind her back.  She becomes so depressed that she considers taking her own life even though she knows it goes against God’s teaching.  As she is contemplating taking her life she prays and asks God for a miracle.  Over the next few months she begins to lose weight and suddenly young men are interested in her.
This is a collection of three short stories by three of my favorite Amish authors in one book.  It is a book that is filled with inspiration, compassion, forgiveness and love.  Although the stories can easily be read independent of each other they do follow a series with the characters following through to the next story.  Each story presents a situation that any one of us could face.  The authors weave a believable plot that results in a solution involving their faith.  If you love reading inspirational stories I would highly recommend this book. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson-Fiction, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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