By: Beverly Lewis
Publisher: Bethany House
About The Book:
Past mistakes for Lucy Flaud, an Amish girl from Bird-in-Hand stopped attending young people activities. At age twenty-five she is past the age of courtship and has given up ever being married. She begins to focus her life on helping others. She does not limit her help only the Amish people but also to the Englishers. No matter how much she does she still feels there is no redemption for her past mistakes.
Dale Wyeth meets Christian Flaud, Lucy’s father, who helps Dale understand the intricacies of living off the grid by inviting him to stay at the family farm. Christian and Dale’s relationship causes Lucy to question if God is testing her? Is this a test about her past or is it way that people from different cultures can find new beginnings?
Lucy is guilt-ridden by a mistake she made as a teen-ager and has much resentment toward her father. She wonders if God will ever forgive her for her past mistakes. She begins the journey to healing by throwing herself into volunteering in soup kitchens, hospice and nursing homes. She does not limit her help to the Amish, but to anyone in need. Although all of this volunteer work occupies her time, it does not bring the peace she longs for. Her father asks her to attend bereavement sessions with him in order to heal the rife between them. It is here she meets Dale Wyeth, with whom her father becomes friends. She wonders if this is God’s way of testing her for her past sins or will this be a way to heal? These are questions that are answered as you read “The Atonement”. Although it has a liberal amount of God’s love sprinkled through-out it is not overly religious. It is simply the way of the Amish Culture. This is well worth reading.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, 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.