In the tradition of her widely popular Kauffman Amish Bakery series, author Amy Clipston tells the tale of Anna Mae McDonough who was shunned by her family four years ago when she left her Amish community in Lancaster County, PA, to marry an Englisher (non Amish) man and move with him to Baltimore.
Now, eight months pregnant with her first child, she longs to return home for Christmas to reconcile with her family, especially her stern father, who is the religious leader for her former Amish church district. So Anne Mae writes a letter to Kathryn Beiler, her brother’s wife, to enlist her help. Kathryn asks her husband, David, if she should arrange Anna Mae’s visit.
David cautions her that a visit would cause too much stress in the family and instead suggests they visit Anna Mae and her husband in the spring. However, Kathryn arranges the visit anyway, believing in her heart that it is God’s will for the family to heal.
When Anna Mae arrives in Lancaster for Christmas, she doesn’t receive the welcome she expects and her world begins to fall apart, leaving her to question her place in her family – and her faith in God.
A book filled with love, the pain of being separated from one’s family, and the determination to follow God’s will regardless of the outcome, A Plain and Simple Christmas is an inspiring page-turner that will keep you guessing what happens next – right to the very last page.
Amy Clipston does a great job showing how am Amish wife might help a friend who has left the faith, even though it means going against her husband’s wishes.
I am not convinced that an Amish wife would go this far, but Ms. Clipston certainly makes it sound reasonable… and a thoroughly entertaining story.
This heart-warming novella shows the faith of one and the forgiveness and acceptance she do earnestly desires. If you haven’t read it, don’t wait another year until Christmas – read it anytime!