Book Review

by Murray Pura

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance

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Reconciliation takes a great deal of labor among the Amish, and Pura aptly demonstrates the lengths that bishops and ministers will go to keep those who have not followed the Ordnung away from their families and friends. Pura is a wise storyteller when he conveys the nature of disapproval amongst the leadership when a shunning occurs. He also demonstrates the faithfulness of the bond of marriage and the commitment to follow God.

Naomi has experienced the grief of losing her parents and sister to accidental death while her only brother is hospitalized with head trauma and has an unknown future. Her sister-in-law Rebecca is trying to be strong; Naomi is leaning on Rebecca to get through each day as she wavers from shock to grief to acceptance. Naomi’s husband, Micah, has been away helping soldiers heal from injuries of war and in doing so has been shunned by their Amish community. When he returns, Naomi accepts her husband back into her parents’ home but is not allowed to communicate with him. Rarely speaking out loud to Naomi, Micah must find a way to communicate how his service as a medic provided him a way to be God’s hands in the world. Will Naomi soften her heart and side with her husband? (HARVEST HOUSE, Oct., 144 pp., $10.99)

Reviewed By: Lindy J. Swanson


Published: October 2013

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