Beside Still Waters - eBook  -     By: Tricia Goyer
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B&H Books / 2011 / ePub

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Marianna Sommer believes she knows where her life is headed. Nineteen years old and Amish, her plan is to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and live in the only community she's ever known. When Marianna's family moves from Indiana to Montana she discovers life and faith will never be the same. As she builds an easy friendship with local guy, Ben Stone, Ben not only draws her heart, he also gets her thinking about what loving God and living in community is all about. As Marianna struggles to find "home", she also encounters God in intimate ways.

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781433673344
ISBN-13: 9781433673344
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Publisher's Description

Raised among the Amish of Indiana, 18-year-old Marianna Sommer plans to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and set up life in the only community she has ever known. But when her older brother chooses the world’s path following his rumschpringe, and a younger sibling begins showing interest in Englisch ways, Marianna’s parents move the family to Montana.

Although she is also in her rumschpringe years and not obligated to move, Marianna makes the journey to dutifully help her mother who is expecting another child. Surprisingly, from strangers on the cross-country train ride to the less rigid stance of the new Montana community, many Englisch influences awaken within Marianna—and even her father—the desire to pursue a deeper kind of joy and love for God.

After an accident, Marianna tells her friend Ben a defining story about the Sommer family, and his response further illumines the active relationship God seeks with His followers. In due time, she learns the move from Indiana was not about losing anything, but finding out who God really is. Despite all the shake-ups, Marianna feels a sweet peace, like still waters, in her soul.


"A wonderful story about the Amish and the way they live their lives by the writings of the Bible . . . Goyer is a talented author . . . Readers will delight in this."

--RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

"I was transported into the world of the Amish. Tricia's expressive storytelling and vivid descriptions drew me into the heartache and joy of the characters as if they were real people. So compelling."

Robin Jones Gunn, author of the Christy Miller series

"A sweet, tender tale that's sure to please readers. Amish fiction fans will be wanting more from Ms. Goyer!"

Kathleen Fuller,

"Only a gifted writer like Tricia Goyer could present such a captivating story about a group of Amish forging a new community in Montana. Tricia writes in such a way that the reader can't wait to turn the page and learn more about main character Marianna's experience. Tricia's talent for connecting our heart to Marianna's plight also connects us to our need for one another. Beside Still Waters draws you in with its genuine characters, and it holds you there with its enduring bonds of love and family."

Suzanne Woods Fisher, best-selling author of the Lancaster County Series

"A moving and gentle story that touched my heart and stirred my soul. I'm recommending Beside Still Waters to all my friends who enjoy Amish fiction."

Marlo Schalesky, author of Christy-award winning Beyond the Night and Shades of Morning

"Goyer's story is ultimately a journey toward faith . . . The described scenery is luscious, the enclosed recipes are fun, and the questions about faith and lifestyle choice are very real."

"A sweet, entertaining tale."

Home with Purpose

Author Bio

Tricia Goyer is an acclaimed and prolific writer, publishing hundreds of articles in national magazines including Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family while authoring more than twenty-five fiction and nonfiction books combined. Among those are 3:16 Teen Edition with Max Lucado and the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award winners Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights. She has also written books on marriage and parenting and contributed notes to the Women of Faith Study Bible. Tricia lives with her husband and four children in Arkansas.

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  1. wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Marianna has a strong faith and love for her famil
    July 21, 2013
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Marianna Sommers was born early due to a freak accident that killed her two older sisters, Marilyn and Joanna. Her parents and older brother survived but her mother went into premature labor and her dad named her Marianna after the older sisters that were killed. She lived her life in Indiana and planned on marrying Aaron Zook once they started courting and both joined the church.

    The family was blessed with three more boys and a daughter. Levi, her brother that survived the accident, left the Amish when he got older. Marianna spent her life taking care of the younger siblings, doing chores and working for a neighbor taking care of kids. She had little time to herself and always seemed sad but kind, didn't express any anger over her situation. She did wish she had been able to know Marilyn and Joanna to know what they were like and wondered how her life would be different if the accident never happened. Even though she and Aaron weren't courting she knew that he planned on marriage too and was even starting to build a house for them.

    Things changed when her dad decided to move his family to Montana, she thought about staying in Indiana with her Aunt, after all she would be 20 in about a month. When she was told that her mother was in the family way again, she decided she didn't have any choice but to go with them. She couldn't explain to Aaron why she had to go, it wasn't her place to tell that news. Her mother was reluctant to move too but her dad wouldn't let her talk him into staying in Indiana.

    How do you think you would handle thinking that you weren't good enough your whole life? Your birthday brings back the memory of two dead sisters that you're named after and your parents always talk about how 'good' each of the girls were. Would you feel like you were forgotten yet you're right in front of them, like you don't even mean anything to them? The whole community seems to look at you with sympathy because they know the whole story and see how it's affected your family throughout the years.

    What a good book this was and Tricia makes you feel the sorrow within Marianna's heart. Through it all she stays true to her faith. I've had this book for quite some time and finally pulled it out of my 'to read' pile and have started the second one, Along Wooded Paths, as I'm anxious to move ahead in Marianna's life with her. There is one more book in the series, Beyond Hope's Valley, I now have to get that so I'll be able to finish her story. Tricia did a wonderful job.

  2. Diana Goyer
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read!
    March 13, 2012
    Diana Goyer
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5

    I loved this book! I don't typically care for this type of book, but Tricia did a great job in keeping me interested!

  3. Lesa Brassette
    Grand Junction, CO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Unique and Charming
    March 9, 2012
    Lesa Brassette
    Grand Junction, CO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    What a wonderfully pleasant surprise! A tale of the Amish that ends up taking place mostly in Montana was a breath of fresh air to me ... one who reads all things Amish. This was the first book of Tricia Goyer's I've read and I have to say that I really, really enjoyed it.

    After hearing her interview with Suzanne Woods Fisher on her radio blog, this book was high on my list to read. I'm not sure how much is based on truth and how much is fiction, but it is truly a story that will take old of your heart and give you a hard time about putting it down.

    I love the characters and the setting(s). I love the style of writing and the commitment the author shows to the integrity of the story and its details. I found myself vested in what Marianna would do and hoping my daughter would one day find her "Ben".

    I love how human these "characters" are as well. I do find myself often forgetting that while our faiths are lived out differently, the Amish are just as human as I am and just as vulnerable in the world as anyone.

    It will be a week or so before I can start book two but I am eager to get to it and simply can not wait! Highly recommended as a great read!

  4. Debbie
    Pittsburgh PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 28, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Great book -- I enjoy all of the Amish books I purchase from Christian Books.

  5. Eleanor Anders
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I recommend this book!
    December 26, 2011
    Eleanor Anders
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5

    My Look:

    Marianna Sommer is a young Amish girl who plans to stay in the Amish faith, marry, and be content. Nevertheless, family issues need her to change directions.

    After loosing one child to the Englisch ways and realizing another child could be heading in that direction, Marianna's parents decide they need to move from Indiana. Her parents have already suffered enough tragedy, losing two of their girls through in accident on the same day her mother gave birth to Marianna. How could they lose her too?

    A whole lifetime she's been striving to help her parents through their losses. However, this is a ruling that Marianna would not have to follow, but her mother is expecting. What should she do now?

    To help her family settle in their new home, Marianna goes to Montana temporarily. But Marianna struggles anew with either going back or staying because she's liking this life in Montana. It's so much different here. The rules are less strict, and Marianna even has a job at an Englsher's store! Almost daily here, she marvels at the beauty God creates, and she has grown in her faith too.

    However, her cousin's wedding is coming up in Indiana, and she's supposed to attend. Should Marianna go back to an uncertain past, back to Aaron? Alternatively, does she stay in Montana to find out where her friendship with an Englischer man named Ben Stone goes?

    My Take:

    BESIDE STILL WATERS by Tricia Goyer is a title that I recommend. But be forewarned, this book is unlike other Amish fiction titles that you may have read before. And that's a great thing!

    Tricia Goyer's exhaustive research into the Amish community not only shows in how she crafts these characters, but it's seen in how she showcases the Amish culture. She almost does a contrast and compare, without judgements, for us readers to understand the differences and the similarities in everyday life events, and she even gives us taste of the Amish in the back of the book. You'll want to fall in love with this author's characters, their challenges, and their futures in the next BIG SKY NOVEL. ***Though the publisher provides the free ebook, I offer the opinion.***

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