The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer is one of the best books I have read that chronicles spiritual growth taking place. Lydia Wyse was a young successful editor for a publishing company. She was raised Amish but walked away from the group when she was 16. Several years later she returned for her mother’s funeral and felt a strong draw back to the Amish community. Her father gave her a wooden box that her mother had used to record Bible verses that told about God’s promises. She also used the box to keep letters written for her daughter. Lydia’s mother told her personal story through the years and that gave Lydia a different perception of both her mother and events in her life. The pieces of paper in the box helped Lydia come to the decision that she wanted to return and be baptized in the Amish church.
I felt so blessed reading Lydia’s mother’s legacy and following Lydia’s spiritual journey. Her mother’s “promises” and the letters enabled Lydia’s faith to grow as the story progressed. The book is a rich source of verses showing God’s promises and reading how Lydia processed everything her mother shared was truly inspiring. I was also inspired to write down my story, share my narrative, for my granddaughter.
The book was gratifying in several ways. Gideon Hooley, a young Amish man, added a love interest to the story. The book also showed how wonderful community can be when people genuinely care for each other. West Cootenai, Montana really captivated me. Goyer’s descriptions of the mountain scenery were gorgeous and her descriptions of the cozy log homes were appealing. Besides the beautiful setting, this community was a place where Amish and “Englisch” lived together as caring neighbors.
This was a comfortable, inspiring, beautiful book to read. I definitely recommend it. I received this book from the publisher in return for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Book
Every year, young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive 'resident' status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! Lydia Wyse, a book editor from Seattle who grew up Amish, returns to the small community of West Kootenai, Montana to give comfort to her father after her mother's death.
She is drawn back to the familiar Amish ways after finding her mother's most precious possession, a Promise Box of prayers and scripture. What her publisher sees, though, is an opportunity for a sensational 'tell-all' book about the Amish. Lydia soon finds herself falling in love with Amish bachelor Gideon Hooley. She wants nothing more than to forget her past and look forward to a future as an Amish bride.
Will the pain of her childhood-and her potential betrayal of her community-keep her from committing her whole heart?
About the Author
Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites. In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired.
Tricia Goyer is celebrating the release of her lastest novel, The Promise Box (Zondervan), by hosting an Amish Baking Box giveaway and connecting with readers during her June 12th Book Chat Party!
One "promising" winner will receive:
One "promising" winner will receive:
- Apron, hot mitts, and kitchen towels
- Amish baking items (rolling pin, pie plate, etc...)
- Sherry Gore's Simply Delicious Amish Cooking
- The Memory Jar and The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer
So grab your copy of The Promise Box and join Tricia on the evening of June 12th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)