Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman

It's Christmas, and Annie Weaver misses her family after leaving her Amish community to work at a distant hospital. But when she hears that her father has been gravely injured in a buggy accident, she rushes home to care for him. Her passion for healing catches widower Samuel Yoder’s attention. Will she also capture his heart? 256 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

This book was the first book I have read by Vannetta Chapman and it definitely will not be my last. In my opinion, she is one of the best Amish authors around. She keeps you interested from the first page to the last page, in fact I didn’t want the book to end. I actually wanted a lot more.

This book is a GREAT Christmas book but it can be read as just taking place in the winter time too. When Annie gets the phone call while she is working at the hospital, I never dreamed that she would not go back to the hospital since she loves nursing so much. I also was glad that her dad was happy to see her. In some books where the daughter or son comes home after his rumschpringe, they are not welcome at home.

I loved how Samuel and Annie don't get along at first and then are drawn together and the sparks fly. Samuel has a rough time since losing his wife and daughter and then Annie comes along and sparks those feelings again. It is a GREAT book, one that I would suggest to everyone. It is WONDERFUL.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Unto The Hills by Billy Graham

Booksneeze has provided me with a complimentary copy of this Devotional Unto the Hills by Billy Graham in exchange for a Review.

Each of the 365 daily readings in this inspiring collection offers a carefully chosen passage of scripture, a brief, thoughtful message from Dr. Graham, and a heartfelt prayer composed especially for this book. Distilled from a lifetime of study and ministry, these devotionals supply daily food for thought about living fruitfully and joyfully in an often fretful world.

This Devotional is a GREAT devotional. I was wanting to get back to reading devotionals and this one is the Best one out there. What I really loved about this book is that the well-known Billy Graham wrote it and that there is a bible verse at the top, with his comments and then a prayer at the bottom of the devotional.

I have always loved and respected Dr. Graham. If you respect Billy Graham as much as I do, you would give this devotional a try. It is GREAT. I believe that everyone needs some type of devotional to use every single days of our lives. How would we get through life without the word of God. I suggest this devotional to my friends and family also.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Place of Peace by Amy Clipston

Zondervan Publishing has Provided Me with A Complimentary Copy of this Book

Miriam Lapp, who left the Amish community in Pennsylvania three years ago, is heartbroken when her sister calls to reveal that her mother has died suddenly. Traveling home to Pennsylvania, she is forced to face the heartache from her past, including her rift from her family and the break up of her engagement with Timothy Kauffman. Her past emotional wounds are reopened when her family rejects her once again and she finds out that Timothy is in a relationship with someone else. Miriam discovers that the rumors that broke them up three years ago were all lies. However, when Timothy proposes to his girlfriend and Miriam's father disowns her, Miriam returns to Indiana with her heart in shambles. When Miriam's father has a stroke, Miriam returns to Pennsylvania, and her world begins to fall apart, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community and her faith in God.

In this book, Miriam Lapp left Gordonville, Pennsylvania because she felt that everyone hated her and felt she was abandoned. Then, she receives a phone call from her sister, Hannah, letting her know that her mother, Bertha Lapp has died. She, then rushes home for the funeral and in the meantime, her father, brother and younger sister abandon her. She feels crushed. She leaves Pennsylvania and goes back to Indiana. Then she receives a phone call from Hannah, her sister, letting her know that her father has had a stroke and he is wanting to talk with her. So, she goes back to Pennsylvania and decides to stay. Now, her former beau, Timothy has proposed marriage to someone else and she has to deal with this turn of events.

This book is Book 3 of the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series by Amy Clipston. Amy Clipston is one of the Greatest authors who write about the Amish.

This is a Great Book, one that you will not want to put down. At least, I didn’t. My husband even told me to quit reading for a while due to my eye twitching. I stopped for a while and then picked the book back up. I know that you will enjoy this book, I would suggest this book to everyone.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Finding Becky by Martha Rogers

Rob Frankston has waited four years for Becky Haynes to come home, but she arrives back in Barton Creek, newly graduated from college with an independent spirit that puzzles him. Believing the old Becky is hidden beneath her fa├žade of newfound independence, he is determined to find and bring her back. Is it just jealousy? Or, will he find answers and convince Becky to return to the faith of her childhood before it's too late?

Becky has been away to college back east in Boston. She returns to Barton Creek, Oklahoma, where she was raised. Rob Frankston has waited for her and is in love with her. She arrives in Barton Creek and gets off the train with a stranger, Geoff Kensington who is from Chicago, Illinois. Rebecca Haynes shows affection to both of them, but as the story goes, Geoff Kensington wants Becky’s father Ben Haynes to sell part of his farm to him and the company who has sent him to Barton Creek under the guise of Ben selling his cattle to him. But, strange things start happening and then Geoff is attacked.

This book is one of the best ones I have read. I have read the first 2 books in this series. I highly recommend this book as well. I believe that you will not be disappointed, especially if you are from Oklahoma as I am. Enjoy.