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A Gift of Grace, Kauffman Amish Bakery Series #1A Gift of Grace, Kauffman Amish Bakery Series #1
Amy Clipston
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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.
     


 

 A Gift of Grace Discussion Questions: Amy Clipston


 

1. Rebecca’s life changes drastically when she brings the girls to Lancaster County.  Think of a time when one event changed your life forever.  How did you handle the changes?  How long did it take you to adjust?  Share this with the group.

 

 

2. Rebecca’s interpretation of “God’s will” changes throughout the book.   She is so set on what she wants (having children) that she doesn’t look to God for further guidance.  The answers to prayers are not always what we want or expect.  Think about a time in your life when you misunderstood God’s will.  Share this with the group.

 

 

3. Rebecca and Daniel’s relationship is strained when the girls join their family.  Is she listening to her husband?  Are they partners in the decisions that are best for the household?  Does their relationship grow and change throughout the book?  If so, how?

 

 

4. Think about a time when you and your spouse or partner didn’t agree or listen to each other.  What kind of strain did that put on your relationship?  How did you work through it? 

 

 

5. For Jessica, is it wrong to want “worldly” things?  Is she a petulant teen, or a determined young girl?  How does she change throughout the book?  Does she mature as a young lady?

 

 

6. Take a walk in Rebecca’s shoes.  How would you have coped with her roles as wife and guardian differently?

 

 

7. Gossip, even in a community that is supposed to be Christ-like, can hurt and lead to misunderstanding.  Do we do this in our own church communities—judge and gossip about our fellow Christians without considering the consequences?

 

 

8. How does Rebecca come to grips with her belief of God’s plan for herself and her family?  Have you ever had a time in your life when you were uncertain what God’s plan was for you or a member of your family?  Share this with the group.

 

 

9. Read and reflect on Hebrews 11:1.  How does this verse relate to the story?  If so, how?  Are you able to relate this verse to your life and experiences? 

 

 

10. Which character can you identify with the most?  Which character seemed to carry the most emotional stake in the story?  Was it Jessica, Daniel, Rebecca or Lindsay, or even Sadie or Jake?

 

 

11. What did you know about the Amish before reading this book?  What did you learn?

 

 

12. Reflect on Elizabeth’s favorite verse, Romans 12:12, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  What does this verse mean to you?  How does it apply to your life?

 

 

13. What role does the bakery play in the family unit and community?  Can you relate this to your life and your family traditions?

 

 

14. How do the girls personify the title of the book?  In what ways are they a gift?

 

 

15. At the end of the book, Rebecca realizes that she must let Jessica go.  While she’s heartbroken, she believes she’s following God’s plan for the girl.  Do you think she made the right choice?  If you were Rebecca, would you have insisted Jessica stay in Lancaster?

 

 


 

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A


 • Abigail: Jill Eileen Smith
 • Abigail's New Hope: Mary Ellis
 • Against All Odds: Irene Hannon
 • Against the Tide: Elizabeth Camden
 • Almost Forever: Deborah Raney

B


 • Blue Moon Promise: Colleen Coble
 • Blue Widow Brides: Maggie Brendan
 • Breach of Trust: DiAnn Mills
 • (The) Bridesmaid: Beverly Lewis
 • (The) Bridge: Karen Kingsbury
 • Brigid of Ireland: Cindy Thomson
 • Burn: Ted Dekker

C


 • (The) Calling: Suzanne Woods Fisher
 • (The) Chance: Karen Kingsbury
 • Chasing Mona Lisa: Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey
 • Chasing the Sun: Tracie Peterson
 • Choices of the Heart: Laurie Alice Eakes
 • Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate: Diana Wallis Taylor
 • Critical Care: Candace Calvert
 • Crossing Oceans: Gina Holmes

D


 • (The) Dance: Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley
 • Deadline: Randy Alcorn
 • Deadly Devotion: Sandra Orchard
 • Deadly Ties: Vicki Hinze
 • Deception: Randy Alcorn
 • (The) Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow: Olivia Newport
 • (The) Discovery: Dan Walsh
 •  Dolled Up to Die: Lorena McCourtney
 • Demon: A Memoir: Tosca Lee
 • Digitalis: Ronie Kendig
 • Dogwood: Chris Fabry
 • Double Minds: Terri Blackstock
 • Dying to Read: Lorena McCourtney

 F


 • Fair Is the Rose: Liz Curtis Higgs
 • Freefall: Kristen Heitzmann
 • Frontiersman's Daughter: Laura Frantz

G


 • Gift of Grace: Amy Clipston
 • Gone South: Meg Mosley
 • Grace: Shelley Shepard Gray

H


 • Havah; The Story of Eve: Tosca Lee
 • Heart's Safe Passage: Laurie Alice Eakes
 • Highland Sanctuary: Jennifer Hudson Taylor
 • Hope of Refuge: Cindy Woodsmall

I


 • Intervention: Terri Blackstock
 • Into the Whirlwind: Elizabeth Camden
 • Invisible: Ginny Yttrup
 • Iscariot: Tosca Lee

J


 • (The) Jewel of His Heart: Maggie Brendan
 • June Bug: Chris Fabry

 K


 • Katie's Way: Marta Perry
 • Killer Among Us: Lynette Eason

L


 • Lady in the Mist: Laurie Alice Eakes
 • Lady of Bolton Hill: Elizabeth Camden
 • Lady of Milkweed Manor: Julie Klassen
 • (A) Lasting Impression: Tamera Alexander
 • Leah's Choice: Marta Perry
 • The Lesson: Suzanne Woods Fisher
 • Lethal Remedy: Richard Mabry
 • Life in Defiance: MaryLu Tyndall
 • Like Dandelion Dust: Karen Kingsbury
 • Lonestar Sanctuary: Colleen Coble
 • Lonestar Secrets: Colleen Coble
 • Love Amid the Ashes: Mesu Andrews
 • Love at Any Cost: By Julie Lessman
 • Love Calls: Lorna Sielstad
 • Love in a Broken Vessel: Mesu Andrews

M

 • Making Waves: Lorna Sielstad
 • (A) Memory Between Us: Sarah Sundin
 • Moon in the Mango Tree: Pamela Ewen
 • Moonlight Masquerade: Ruth Axtell
 • (A) Most Peculiar Circumstance: Jen Turano
 • My Heart Remembers: Kim Vogel Sawyer

N


 • Naomi's Gift: Amy Clipston
 • Never Far From Home: Mary Ellis
 • Nightshade: by Ronie Kendig
 • No Place for a Lady: Maggie Brendan
 • (A) Noble Groom: Jody Hedlund

O


P


 • Paper Roses, by Amanda Cabot
 • Plain Jayne, by Hillary Manton Lodge
 • Preacher's Bride: Jody Hedlund
 • Promise of an Angel: Ruth Reid


R


 • Rebekah: by Jill Eileen Smith
 • Redeeming Love: Francine Rivers
 • Redemption: Karen Kingsbury & Gary Smalley
 • (A) Reluctant Queen: Joan Wolf
 • Remember to Forget: Deborah Raney
 • Remembered: Tamera Alexander

S


 • Sarah's Gift: Marta Perry
 • Shadows of the Past: Patricia Bradley
 • Simple Choices: Nancy Mehl
 • Simple Deceit: Nancy Mehl
 • Slow Moon Rising: Eva Marie Everson
 • Someone to Blame: Susanne Lakin
 • A Sound Among the Trees: Susan Meissner
 • The Sweetest Thing: Elizabeth Musser

T


 • Tailor Made Bride: Karen Witemeyer
 • That Certain Summer: Irene Hannon