An Amish Family Christmas
After tragedy strikes the family of young Naomi Miller, her friend Rebecca Bachman does all she can to help. But things get complicated when Rebecca's brother, Micah, returns from a combat tour in Afghanistan. For one thing, he chose to serve in the military even though he served as a medic and never picked up a gun. For another, he is under the Meidung--the shunning-- because of that and none of the Amish are permitted to speak to him or eat with him. And finally, he is not only Rebecca's brother, he is Naomi's husband! But how can Naomi pick up where their marriage left off after he turned away from her and his people to enlist in the army? How can Naomi and Micah even begin the process of healing their relationship when he will not repent of what he has done and the Amish will not forgive him for what he has done? Naomi despairs of ever again having a happy married life with her husband.
But God has a way of working on the hearts of His people--especially at Christmas time. When an unexpected turn of events sets things right, miracles happen to the Amish community, to the Miller family, and to Naomi and Micah, miracles that transform everyone.
Here is warm and tender story of faithfulness, love, and reconciliation at the most wonderful time of the year.
Micah has done what he thought was right, but when you're Amish, that comes at a high price to pay. Choosing not to be a conscientious objector, Micah becomes a medic and joins the military in Afghanistan. But upon his return, his wife Naomi is not allowed to resume their married life because he is shunned. When it becomes clear that Naomi still loves Micah and desperately wants to be with him, it just broke my heart that the People were the cause of the division between two souls. I am a huge sucker for the story of lovers unable to be together, and this one was no different!
Pura brings the elements of Christmas, love that can't be changed by beliefs, and a beautiful story of faithfulness to life. While an incident in the story felt a little extreme in order to paint Micah in a good light, I will always love a good Christmas romance - especially when written by Pura! I would recommend this book to anyone, even if you're not fond of Amish fiction. This one is different and a perfect read for the upcoming holiday season!
This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
October 28, 2013
What a story. At first I was so mad at the predicament of this young couple I felt like going and kicking their ministerÃ¢ÂÂs butts. Who can resist living under the same roof with your beloved husband and not even talk to each otherÃ¢ÂÂI would go steer-crazy. But as the story went on I was amazed at the way author displayed GodÃ¢ÂÂs amazing work in that community. I donÃ¢ÂÂt want to give out the juicy parts of it. But I will tell you this Ã¢ÂÂ there are stories Ã¢ÂÂ amazing heart- gripping stories where the ending is so quick and platonic or just not satisfying and completely ruins the whole read. This is not one of those stories. This is exactly opposite Ã¢ÂÂ at first it is very sad and sort of stuck but as the story moves towards the climax and NaomiÃ¢ÂÂs temper start flaring the story gets juicy and the ending is a perfect cherry on top. Written by a man this book will surprise you with all the passion and emotion mixed in it. I thought it was only women that were romantics. Big surprise there!!!
Devoted Amish girl, former soldier doctor, stubborn ministers, and the unmoving Ordnag rules.. and a God Ã¢ÂÂ the artist of the impossible.
Even if you never read an Amish book I believe you will be taken with this one. Buy! Read! Enjoy!!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Harvest House Publisher, thought NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.
October 21, 2013
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!
In An Amish Family Christmas, author Murray Pura weaves a magical Yuletide tale, set amidst a beautiful, snow covered Amish community in Paradise, PennsylvaniaÃ¢ÂÂwhere Christmas "tis not the season to be jolly" for one grieving Amish family.
Naomi Bachman has lost everyone who matters most in her life and is seemingly without hope. Her parents and sister have been recently killed in a buggy accident which has also left her brother, Luke, in a catatonic stateÃ¢ÂÂunable to speak or care for himself. Her husband, Micah, may as well be dead also, for the Amish elders have placed him under the meindung, or shunning, for joining the military in Afghanistan. Naomi is not allowed any fellowship with him at all and cannot speak or partake of meals with him.
Micah feels that God called him to serve in the war as a medicÃ¢ÂÂto nurse the wounded back to health and those near death's door, back to life again. No one understands, not even Naomi who seeks to shut him out of her heart and life. But will a Christmas miracle occur during this most wonderful time of the year, bringing reconciliation and changing the minds of this strict community?Ã¢ÂÂ¦and will Naomi's heart open up to love once again?
As with all of Murray Pura's books I had major trouble putting this one down! Although a wonderful Christmas story filled with romance, miracles, and a beautiful, seasonal settingÃ¢ÂÂthis book also causes one to think deeply about man-made rules versus the Bible. Aren't we all called to obey God rather than man...to serve others in whatever capacity He lays upon our hearts? But what if that calling removes the people we love the mostÃ¢ÂÂ¦furthest from our lives? Make sure to throw another log on the fire, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and snuggle up with this tender, heartwarming story of healing and God's faithfulness! Nicely done, Murray Pura!
September 23, 2013
Amish Family Christmas
AN AMISH FAMILY CHRISTMAS is a sweet Christmas story. I like the way Mr. Pura works military into Amish stories a sure-fire way of tension, knowing their stance. I wondered how this story would play out, with MicahÃ¢ÂÂs determination and strong-will, and the ministersÃ¢ÂÂ equally strong will about the bann.
The story had some wow moments. I literally couldnÃ¢ÂÂt put this book down. If you are looking for a different sort of Amish story this Christmas, then AN AMISH FAMILY CHRISTMAS is one to consider.
September 12, 2013