Friday, January 31, 2014

A Miracle of Hope

Book Review

 


Among a plethora of Amish fiction available, A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid is a stand out. This story perfectly portrays the biblical concept of God taking something evil and making it beautiful. It also is a vivid picture of a Christian community that is living to serve God and their neighbors.
The story is set in northern Michigan. The rich, detailed descriptions of winter in this community will chill you to the bone. It is a beautiful area surrounded by deep forests and the chilling weather makes the home sound very cozy, a true sanctuary. The log house with a wood stove, handmade wooden furniture, patchwork pillows and the texture of a braided rug set the stage for tranquil evenings – a very appealing place to be.
Lindie was a young, pregnant, unwed Amish woman, a victim of a rape. She accepted a “marriage of convenience” to Josiah, a widower outside her community who needs someone to be a mother to his daughter, Hannah. As to be expected, the couple had some bumps in their marital life but before long they began to experience love for each other. Even though this love was severely tested it continued to develop and grow. I believe this young couple is a portrait of what lives can be like when husbands love their wives as Christ loves the church and wives love their husbands through sickness and affliction.
The book was a vivid account of a kaleidoscope of emotions. You will be charmed by Lindie’s spirit and touched by Josiah’s kindness.  It was beautiful to watch Hannah flower under Lindie’s kindness and love. I have read books depicting the harshness of Old Order Amish communities. This tiny community with only eight families was different. They came together for fellowship that they seemed to really enjoy and they assisted each other in so many ways. Rebecca, the bishop’s wife was a beautiful example of being the hands of Christ. She babysat, fed people, sewed for others, while showing love.
This book inspires and I strongly recommend it. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the book: 

 Book One in the Amish Wonders series.

How far can God's mercy reach?

Lindie Wyse is pregnant out of wedlock and thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve her future. Josiah Plank is certain he'll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his eight-year-old daughter, Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize they are each in for more than they imagined.

Lindie experiences a breakthrough with Hannah when she recognizes Hannah's special gifts, but a risky pregnancy and serious health issues threaten to demolish the foundation Josiah and Lindie are building. Will their growing love survive despite their struggles, or will their hearts become as cold as the northern winter?


About the author

Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children.

Find out more about Ruth at: http://ruthreid.com







Give Away


A Miracle of Hope is the first book in Ruth Reid's new series, Amish Wonders, and she is celebrating the release with a Kindle HDX Giveaway and an Author Chat Facebook Party!

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One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 11th. Winner will be announced at the A Miracle of Hope Facebook Party on February 11th. Connect with Ruth for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, prizes, and more!

So grab your copy of A Miracle of Hope and join Ruth and friends on the evening of February 11th 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!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!


1 comment:

Ruth Reid said...

Thank you for taking time to review my book! Bless you! Ruth

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