A Simple Amish Christmas  -     By: Vannetta Chapman
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It's Christmas, and Annie Weaver misses her family after leaving her Amish community to work at a distant hospital. But when she hears that her father has been gravely injured in a buggy accident, she rushes home to care for him. Her passion for healing catches widower Shayne Troyer's attention. Will she also capture his heart? 256 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1426710666
ISBN-13: 9781426710667
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Annie Weaver always planned to return home, but the 20-year old RN has lived in Philadelphia for three years now. As her time of rumschpringe is about to come to an abrupt end, bringing for Annie an overwhelming sense of loneliness. She returns home and finds herself face-to-face with a budding romance with an Amish farmer and Annie has several important choices to make.

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Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfathers birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a multi-award winning member of Romance Writers of America and holds a B.A. and M.A. in English. She currently teaches in the Texas hill country, where she lives with her husband in the city of Austin. Visit her on the web at VannettaChapman.com.

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In A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman, a young Amish girl named Annie Weaver is called to return home to take care of her injured father. She left her home at age sixteen after her parents’ suggestion that she go on her “rumschpringe” to find out who she was. She remained living outside of the Amish community for three years while earning a nursing degree and landing a job in Philadelphia. Annie’s return home brings with it her fear of condemnation from her family and community.

Chapman uses dialogue and the thoughts of her main characters to make her book read at a quick but relaxed pace. The relationship between Annie and a certain love-interest is predictable but sweet, and shows the value of combining commitment and love. Most of Annie’s conversations with her family revolve around faith. My favorite part of this book is how Annie relates to God – she speaks to him about her frustrations and fears, feeling like a failure when she is unable consistently to follow God’s will.

Annie Weaver’s main conflict seems to be whether or not her Amish community will accept her, but the challenge is really about how she finds a way to practice the modern medicine she loves in an old fashion place she loves too. She also deals with the issue of deciding whether to open herself up to love. Another main character, Samuel Yoder, is the local Amish doctor and he plays a key role in her decision making. Annie and Samuel eventually decide to work together, despite some disagreements, for the greater good of their community.

Annie is kind, often worried, and hard working. She likes to feel useful and cares a lot for children, her family, and her medical patients. Her hard-working attitude is similar to that of the other characters, but she is more restless and desiring of a purpose than they are.

Overall, this book is good in that it brings up the topic of medical needs in Amish communities. This, combined with Annie’s love relationship and the breach of certain subjects about God and his will for people’s lives, makes this a fun and slightly thought- provoking story. However, the ending is a bit frustrating, and Chapman only briefly goes into some subjects I would have liked her to go more deeply into. I would recommend this book to women who enjoy love stories with happy endings. – Jody Ford, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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Author/Artist Review

Author: Vannetta Chapman
Located in: Central Texas
Submitted: July 22, 2010

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I live and teach in a small town in central Texas. I've been writing for eleven years and am delighted to have my first book published by Abingdon Press. My husband and I have four children--all grown. The youngest is graduating from college August, 2010.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I hadn't written an Amish book before. When my agent asked for an Amish proposal, my first goal was to find something I had in common with the Amish. I found two things--our faith. At its root, we both share a deep love for the same Lord. Secondly, my grandfather was born in Albion, PA. I began researching his life and that's why this book is set in Pennsylvania. Once I'd found some commonality, I had no trouble moving forward with the project.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  My "tag" line is Fiction full of GRACE, and that is what I hope readers gain from A SIMPLE AMISH CHRISTMAS --a sense of God's grace. It's infinite and free and, yes, it's a gift. I also hope we all find a way to slow down and enjoy the things of Christmas that mean the most.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I was reminded of how complicated holidays have become in our lives. We have grown children everywhere, we have a blended family, and we all live in different towns. So our life is very different from Annie's life. But we can still enjoy the SIMPLE things of Christmas if we settle down, focus, and make choices that in the end we will be glad we made.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Amy Clipston was a big influence for me on this book, because this was my first Amish book and I turned to her time and again for help. Also Barbara Cameron was a great resource for me. Overall the Christian writing community is a wonderfully supportive group, especially to a newbie like myself. My inspiration has always been my parents--their love for me is completely unconditional and they have always supported me in anything I attempted including my writing.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I have a 3 book Amish mystery series coming out next with Zondervan books that I am very excited about, so stay tuned! You can find out more at my web page. And also I love to do booksignings at local libraries, churches and stores. Send me an email to VannettaChapman@gmail.com.

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