A Shining Light, Home to Amana Series #3   -     By: Judith Miller
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When Andrea Wilson receives the devastating news that her husband has been lost at sea, she decides to return home to Iowa with her young son. But what she finds there is equally terrible: the family farm has burned and her father has died, leaving Andrea with few options. Relying on the kindness of the members of the Amana Colonies, she accepts their offer to live among them until she can make plans for her future. Andrea discovers so much goodness and contentment among the Amana people that she doesn't want to leave, especially since the strong, kind tinsmith, a man named Dirk, has captured her heart. But is this cloistered life what she wants for her and her son's future? Is she prepared to give up the comforts and freedom of the outside world? And when yet another wave of shocking news comes her way, will Andrea ever find the serenity and hope that have eluded her for so long?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764210025
ISBN-13: 9780764210020
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Series: Home to Amana

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The kind people of Amana have been her guiding light, but her greatest trial is yet to come...

West Amana, Iowa, 1890

After Andrea Wilson receives the devastating news that her husband has been lost at sea, she returns home to Iowa with her young son, Lukas. But what she finds there causes more heartache: The family farm has burned and her father has died, leaving Andrea with nothing.

Andrea must rely on the kindness of the people from the nearby Amana village who invite her to stay with them for a time. She discovers much generosity and contentment among the Amanans--especially from the tinsmith, Dirk Knefler, who takes her son under his wing. But is the simple, cloistered life in Amana what Andrea wants for Lukas's future? Is she willing to give up the comforts and freedom of the outside world? And when yet another round of shocking news comes her way, will Andrea ever be able to find the serenity and hope that have eluded her for so long?

Author Bio

Judith Miller is an award-winning writer whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. She is the author of the popular Daughters of Amana and Home to Amana series, which explore the closed communities of the Amana Colonies. Judy makes her home in Topeka, Kansas. Learn more at www.judithmccoymiller.com.

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  1. cmwinner
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great book
    June 1, 2014
    cmwinner
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Andrea Wilson returns to her father's farm after receiving news that her husband has died. When she gets there she discovered the home she grew up in has burned to the ground and her father died in the fire. Her father had sold his farm to the nearby Amana village. As Andrea has no money and no place to stay, the Amana village take her and her young son in. Her young son, Lukas, is taken under the wing of the tin-smith Dirk, who is starting to fall in love with Andrea. Andrea is beginning to adjust to the simple life the Amanda people live and is looking at a possible future with Dirk when a visitor arrives that could change everything for Andrea, Lukas and Dirk.

    Andrea lived in a time where women had few rights. She had lived a hard life with her husband who was not good to her or her son. She had an opportunity of a new life and to start over again with the Amana people. She was slowly learning to love again and growing closer to God.

    I really enjoyed this story. I hadn't ready any books by Judith Miller before and I am looking forward to reading more by her and especially reading the first two books in this series as this was the third!

    I did find myself turning to the internet to look up about the Amana people. I had never heard of them before, but felt they sounded a lot like the Amish people. It was very interesting reading about the Amana Colonies and how they started.

    I received this book free from Bethany House Publishes for purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.
  2. Its About Time Mamaw
    Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Home to Amana
    May 6, 2014
    Its About Time Mamaw
    Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Andrea Wilson is anxious to return to her father's home after receiving news of the death of her husband at sea. She can now ask her father's forgiveness for marrying without his blessings or permission. Andrea and her son Lukas's lives have been nothing short of starvation. poverty and abuse at the hands of her husband. Now she can give her son a better life living with her father in Iowa. But when she arrives at her father's farm her hopes for a better life seem out of her reach.

    She is offered help by the elders of a local village of Amanans. She finds herself at their mercy. They give her and Lucas much more than food and shelter, they find peace and an abundance of love.

    Lucas finds a mentor in Dirk Knefler as he learns the values and ways of the Amanans. This is does not go unnoticed by Andrea as she finds many good qualities in this kind man.

    The village receives a surprise visitor that could end any hope or happiness for Andrea and Lukas's future in Amana.

    I found this story heart wrenching. This woman felt that for lack of better judgement in men she had caused her and her son to suffer. Women did not have many if any rights back in the day. The life offered to her in Amana was God send bringing them into the fold of his loving and faithful people of Amana. I love the character of Dirk with his patience and tender love for the boy and his mother. Also Dirk's trust in God's plan for his life.

    The author has captured me with this series. Looking forward to reading more from this author.

    Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Baker Publishers/Bethany House for an honest review.
  3. Alaskamom
    Alaska
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Judge this book by it's cover - it won't fail!
    May 1, 2014
    Alaskamom
    Alaska
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really appreciated the author's way of working through belief and prayer in real life disappointments, situations, and unexpected appreciation for God's plans - even when the goodness might seem elusive. I love the way of life depicted in the Amana village - similar (kind of) to the Amish. I think my draw to the lifestyle is because it is a slower and community based lifestyle; rather than our individual way of life, at break neck speeds.

    I didn't realize this was a book 3 in the series until I was posting this review. I'm bummed I missed books 1 & 2, but I don't feel as if the story was lacking because I hadn't read them.
  4. LeAnne
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Shining Light by Judith Miller
    May 1, 2014
    LeAnne
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Andrea has not had the easiest life, but is it about to get harder or will something good finally work out. When Andrea Wilson is told her Husband had died at sea, she decides she and her son will move back to her Fathers farm in Iowa. But she finds out to late that the family farm house had burned down and her Father has died. Having no where else she could go she accepts the kind offer to stay a awhile in the West Amana village that is near by

    She finds she and her son are very content in the Amana Colony, and the people there are very kind and generously helped when she needed it the most. Especially Dirk the tinsmith, who likes her son and takes him under his wing. But when something shocking happens it turns her world upside down again, and makes the future very unsure.

    I have read one of the other books in this series before, but I think this one is even better then the last one I read! The characters and the scenes were very nicely done. And even though I normally do not really like books that come from a first person point of view, I loved how this book was done that way! And I also love how even if you have no idea what the Amana Colony is this book explains it really nicely. So you can get a look in to what their world was like in the late 1800's. It was a wonderful book and I highly recommend it!

    I received this book free from Bethany House for my honest review. The opinions are my own.
  5. Melissa W
    East Jordan, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    {2014 April} Book Review: A Shining Light
    April 28, 2014
    Melissa W
    East Jordan, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Home to Amana Book 3: A Shining Light

    April 27, 2014 3:10pm

    My review on A Shining Light, Book 3 of the Amana series is written on the late side of April. I wanted to read the complete series of Amana before I wrote my personal view.

    A Shining Light is the 3rd and final book the Home to Amana Series and is written by Judith Miller, published by Bethany House.

    I have read other books by Judith Miller and I really enjoy her books.

    The representation of the book cover does catch your attention and makes you want to take a peek and see whats inside.

    Again, I have read all three books to get a feel on how the books flowed together. You might be surprized to learn that you do not need to read these books in order. Each book is written independently of each other. I read them in order because I thought the series would continue with some of the characters into book 2 and in book 3.

    I think I understand why the author approached this style of writing.

    I believe, the author wanted to put more emphasize on the History of Life inside the Amana Colonies. So if you are looking to read this book by itself, then you are in luck!

    However, I do recommend you do read all the books in the Amana series. I have enjoyed reading all of them.

    With that being said, there are a couple minor things for me on this series that I would consider as needing improvements.

    I have read books by other authors on Amish and Older Amish stories.

    When I finished the book, it left an assumption that the people in Amana were Amish because of the similar styles of living between the Amish and Amana Colonies. This is my personal view because of the similarities to the Amish Life. I wish the author would have included some history facts at the end of the book to explain more about the Amana Colonies. I know there was a credit the author gave and mentioned a fact or two about her research, but nothing to leave the viewer with a distinction between Amana and Amish people.

    Maybe, if you read heavily into Amish books, you might have noticed that the people in the book are not Amish.

    The second thing I noticed is there really wasn't anything new added to the 3rd book in the series regarding the lifestyle of Amana people. The Plots and Characters were beautifully written and I enjoyed them tremendously.

    I just wished there would be a few new snipets introduced in the book that was not mentioned in previous books. Once you fall into the Amana routine from previous books, you kind of know what to expect for the third one.

    Overall, I really enjoyed the book and the series. I give credit to the author, she did an amazing job with the plots, characters, and historical information on the Amana Colonies. I am glad she chose to write about the Amana people because I never heard of them. I did google more about them after reading the book.

    Thank You Bethany House for publishing Judith Miller Books.

    Also, for supporting viewers with free books.

    *I received A Shining Light from Bethany House for free, in return for my opinion.*

    Melissa W.
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