02 November 2013

Marian Baay reviews AN AMISH FAMILY CHRISTMAS by Murray Pura

An Amish Family Christmas
AN AMISH FAMILYCHRISTMAS

Reviewed by Marian Baay
~5 stars~*****

Naomi Bachman is grieving the passing of her parents and sister after a tragic accident. Her brother Luke was wounded in the accident and lost the control over his limbs and the ability to speak. Her husband Micah was gone on a tour of duty in Afghanistan while the tragedy occurred. Sister-in-law Rebecca is staying with Naomi and is doing her best to help and encourage her.

Naomi doesn’t know what to think of her husband. She doesn’t understand why he left her to go to war and broke the rules of the Ordnung by enlisting.
When Micah comes home, he is shunned and not allowed to speak or eat with other Amish. He is living under the same roof with his wife, but cannot speak to her, touch her, nor eat with her. The shunning will be lifted as soon as he repents of having gone to war, but Micah cannot repent because he felt it was God who sent him there to do the work of a medic and save people’s lives.

Christmas is nearing and letters and postcards from grateful family members of soldiers, whose lives Micah had saved, start to arrive. Naomi is beginning to see another side of her husband by reading the letters and notes and slowly she starts to understand some of the reasons why he enlisted. She takes the mail to the bishop, hoping that he will also be touched by reading the letters and will do something to stop the shunning. She prays that hearts and rules will be changed.

When an accident occurs in their community, and Micah rushes to offer his help, will it change the thinking of the Ministers of the Amish church, or will it only make Micah’s predicament worse?

Such a captivating and moving story! Once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down. I think the author beautifully portrayed that even if we don’t always understand the things that are happening around us, that doesn’t mean it’s not from God.
A wonderful novella for Christmas, or any time of the year!

**Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley.**
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19 comments:

  1. I have heard SO many great things about this author and his books, but I haven't had the opportunity to get of his books soon! Sounds like I need to because the reviews are always GREAT!!!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Yes, Mr. Pura writes great books. I hope you get a chance to read his work soon!!

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  2. Such a wonderful review, Marian! I enjoyed this book thoroughly. What a precious and thought provoking story!

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  3. Such a wonderful review! He sounds like a great author
    God bless all of you
    Chris Granville

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Chris. Bless you!

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  4. Marian, a great review, thanks!! Loved this story as well having only just finished reading it. So difficult to imagine just how challenging and painful a shunning would be with a loved one..

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    1. Glad you also loved this story, Noela! It's very special, isn't it?

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  5. Love your review, Marian, two thumbs up!! Nice touch with the book trailer too :) This one is definitely on my wishlist, what a beautiful cover!
    Hugs and blessings Marian and OWG sisters!
    Kara

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    1. Thanks, Kara! I hope you'll get the chance to read it soon!!

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  6. A lovely review thank you. Another book I must read.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Mary. Yes, you must read this book. :)

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  7. Great review Marian. Sounds pretty sad. What's the use of coming home if you can't talk to, eat with, touch his wife, etc. And doesn't say here, but in some of the first Amish books I read some communities the people had to turn their backs to the shunned one. Yikes! I like Murray's work tho and would love to win his book. So please drop my name in.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com ( Hello to Murray and my OWG gals. )

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    1. Always good to see you stop by, Maxie. I hope you will have the chance to read this book soon.

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  8. Love the review. Sounds like an awesome book. Will be on my list to get. Thanks Marian.

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  9. Thanks for the review. Sounds like an interesting book and and a very difficult situation.
    Pattymh2000(at)Yahoo(dot)com

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  10. Sounds like a great book--you did a great job with the review! I would love the opportunity to read this book & a win would make it even better (if I'm not too late). ;-)
    Vicki
    vmarney at hot mail...

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  11. Another great review, Marian! This sounds like a good read and is one of those which pulls at your heart strings. Hope to win!!! Blessings! Darlene
    spangldlady[at]gmail[dot]com

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  12. Another great review, Marian! This sounds like a good read and is one of those which pulls at your heart strings. Hope to win!!! Blessings! Darlene
    spangldlady[at]gmail[dot]com

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