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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2013
Availability: In Stock
In her years of researching her Amish novels, Serena Miller has gotten to know several Amish families in Holmes County, Ohio. When she was invited to attend the wedding of one of her friend’s daughters, she expected it to be a casual affair: muck out the barn, throw a potluck together, send the bride and groom off on their honeymoon in a buggy with a Just Married sign hung on the back. But when the young bride shyly brings her a formal, professionally printed invitation, she realized everything she thought she knew about Amish weddings was wrong.
From the hand-arranged centerpieces—made from flowers the bride grew herself—to the portable kitchens the family rents to the elaborate and formally served meal, she realized that every detail of this wedding has been carefully and beautifully orchestrated by a bride and a society that cares very deeply about marriage. On the day of the wedding, Serena sits through the three-hour sermon preached entirely in German, after which the ceremony itself lasts under two minutes. She sees the grace with which the bride cooks for and serves her guests, and then stays to clean up after everyone has gone home. She is inspired by the way every member of the community seems to have some role to play in the event.
Serena, a pastor’s wife, has attended hundreds of weddings, and draws comparisons between the overblown weddings she normally attends and this “simple” wedding. She is inspired by the immensity of the vows this young couple is making—not just to each other, but to their community—and the faithfulness of the community that puts the focus on the marriage far more than the wedding itself.
JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5What a WONDERFUL ACCOUNTING! A GREAT READ!June 3, 2014JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Serena B Miller was blessed to have made some very good friends among the Amish community who helped her to research her first novel Love Finds You in Sugarcreek Ohio and she was further blessed to receive an invitation to their daughter's upcoming wedding.
She has written a wonderful account of that day (and a few of the events leading up to that wonderful day as well).
And I must say that it reads just as beautifully as her fiction.
Although it is clearly a true account.
Not only that, Serena really shows a unique understanding of the community and their ways. The wedding day, the ceremony and the celebration that followed were nothing like Serena was expecting and she handles those unexpected revelations with grace and a sense of humor.
Through her eyes we see the intricacies and the delicate handling of what so many of us in the "world" see as nothing more than an event meant to impress.
Clearly the Amish understand that the day is about celebrating and not about impressing anyone. They see it as a time to come together and enjoy each other's company and fellowship and Serena shows us all of that with her beautifully crafted recounting.
As far as I can tell, the story is only available as an eBook but it's $ .99 so the price can't be beat. Anyone who can and who is even remotely interested in Amish culture, should definitely buy it and read it!