Today I am reviewing A Gift of Grace – the first novel in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series by Amy Clipston.
This is what Zondervan has to say about A Gift of Grace:
Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you ll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County.
As each woman s story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams and secrets. You ll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the English way of life and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families.
Rebecca Kauffman s tranquil Old Order Amish life is transformed when she suddenly has custody of her two teenage nieces after her “English” sister and brother-in-law are killed in an automobile accident. Instant motherhood, after years of unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child of her own, is both a joy and a heartache. Rebecca struggles to give the teenage girls the guidance they need as well as fulfill her duties to Daniel as an Amish wife.
Rebellious Jessica is resistant to Amish ways and constantly in trouble with the community. Younger sister Lindsay is caught in the middle, and the strain between Rebecca and Daniel mounts as Jessica’s rebellion escalates.
Instead of the beautiful family life she dreamed of creating for her nieces, Rebecca feels as if her world is being torn apart by two different cultures, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community, her marriage, and her faith in God.”
I cannot imagine what it takes to write such a book as this… Amy Clipston has an amazing capacity for creating the perfect scenario!
It is perfect! A woman who left the Amish faith leaves instructions for her children to return to the family home if anything should happen to her.. and does Amy take the easy way out? Nope.
A Gift of Grace is a wonderful story about two sisters, forced to live with their Aunt and Uncle in an Amish community, after they lose their parents. One sister flourishes… the other perishes! Or at least she feels like she’s been banished to another century, where there’s no electricity, no phones, and no friends – only stupid rules!
I was caught up in the story almost from the beginning… about the time Jessica notices the not-so-pleasing smells coming from the farm.
What a nightmare.
The strange thing is – I live in an apartment with electricity, computers, phones, music, air conditioning and I have 2 vehicles to choose from whenever I want to go somewhere – why did I identify more with Lindsay, the slightly younger sister who felt at home on the farm and blossomed there. Why didn’t I feel more like Jessica, who missed all the technology – and freedom?
I’ll admit… when trouble brewed, I didn’t really feel sorry for Jessica – but I did want to smack a few people and say, “hey, what happened to showing a little love and compassion? –Stop making mountains out of mole hills!”
But God has a way of dealing with people, especially when they’re thinking too much of themselves, instead of showing His love to those who need it. Amy follows right along with these thoughts and although it took me by surprise, it certainly shakes up the community.
I love this book SO much, I’m willing to give away a copy! Let’s make this interesting… the first person named “Rachel” to add a comment below will get a free copy of this amazing book – with a free autographed bookplate by Amy – right off my bookshelf!
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God bless you! Happy Reading!
©Donna J. Mynatt 2014