A Gift of Grace, Kauffman Amish Bakery Series #1   -     By: Amy Clipston
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A Gift of Grace, Kauffman Amish Bakery Series #1

Zondervan / 2009 / Paperback

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310289831
ISBN-13: 9780310289838
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Series: Kauffman Amish Bakery

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Publisher's Description

Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you’ll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman’s story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams … and secrets. You’ll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the “English” way of life—and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families. 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.

Author Bio

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at www.amyclipston.com Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston

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Amy Clipston takes us on a journey from pain and hatred to acceptance and the true love of Christ in A Gift of Grace. Rebecca Kauffman, a simple Amish woman with astounding inner beauty is unable to give birth to her own children. She is given the opportunity to be a mother to her two lately orphaned nieces, Jessica and Lindsay. Her relationships with God and her husband are tested as the two “English” girls struggle to adapt to the Amish way of life, causing tension in both her house and community.

This touching book has a tight, though slightly repetitive, focus; it fluidly leads the reader from one event to another, and each thought to the next. It is an easy story to follow and effectively whisks you away from city life and into the Amish world of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Jessica and Lindsay’s relationship is characteristic of typical American teenaged sisters, and many readers will relate to the irritation tempered with love that the two exhibit toward one another. Rebecca’s yearning to show her nieces proper love and direction is sincerely empathized with by readers, and the strife between Becky and her husband Daniel is keenly felt. The best scenes, however, are those involving Rebecca and her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Kauffman. Elizabeth is the voice of experience and wisdom, speaking gently to the heart of the devoted but stubborn Rebecca. Elizabeth exudes godliness and her words reflect God’s peace; as Rebecca tries to guide her nieces, Elizabeth lovingly guides Rebecca.

Rebecca’s sister, Grace (for whom the book is presumably named) and her husband are killed in a car accident, leaving their daughters, Jessica and Lindsay, without parents or home. In her will, Grace requests that Rebecca and Daniel rear the girls in Grace’s childhood home of Lancaster County. The trouble arrives as Jessica and Lindsay are informed that they are to respect and uphold, to a certain extent, the simplistic, but unfamiliar Amish lifestyle. Lindsay adjusts famously after a few months, but despite many attempts, Jessica cannot develop fondness for a community which denies her desires for education and the freedoms to which she is accustomed. The Kauffmans must discover a way to close the wounds of loss and listen to the Lord’s will without driving loved ones away and destroying their family name in their society.

A Gift of Grace is a fantastic book for preteen to teenage girls. It has value for those who have struggled with guardian-to-child relationships, those who’ve lost family members, or folks who have ever wondered about their place in life. Clipston gets an “A” for reader relationships and substance, integrating a genuine road to God as the answer and provider. Highly recommended. – Hannah Selleck, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Tennessee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amy Clipston has an amazing capacity for creating the perfect scenario!
    September 16, 2014
    DonnasBookshelf
    Tennessee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I cannot imagine what it takes to write such a book as this Amy Clipston has an amazing capacity for creating the perfect scenario!

    It is perfect! A woman who left the Amish faith leaves instructions for her children to return to the family home if anything should happen to her.. and does Amy take the easy way out? Nope.

    A Gift of Grace is a wonderful story about two sisters, forced to live with their Aunt and Uncle in an Amish community, after they lose their parents. One sister flourishes the other perishes! Or at least she feels like shes been banished to another century, where theres no electricity, no phones, and no friends only stupid rules!

    I was caught up in the story almost from the beginning about the time Jessica notices the not-so-pleasing smells coming from the farm.

    What a nightmare.

    The strange thing is I live in an apartment with electricity, computers, phones, music, air conditioning and I have 2 vehicles to choose from whenever I want to go somewhere why did I identify more with Lindsay, the slightly younger sister who felt at home on the farm and blossomed there. Why didnt I feel more like Jessica, who missed all the technology and freedom?

    Ill admit when trouble brewed, I didnt really feel sorry for Jessica but I did want to smack a few people and say, hey, what happened to showing a little love and compassion? Stop making mountains out of mole hills!

    But God has a way of dealing with people, especially when theyre thinking too much of themselves, instead of showing His love to those who need it. Amy follows right along with these thoughts and although it took me by surprise, it certainly shakes up the community.
  2. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must Read
    July 27, 2014
    Myrt
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I last opened up "A Gift of Grace", I was on page 163. The next morning I finished reading my book. A story that keeps you wondering how things will work out for Rebecca, Daniel, Lindsay and Jessica. I can't wait to read "A Promise of Hope" to see how the their lives continued. I highly recommend this series. You will be a part of the Kaufmann lives before you know it.
  3. Montgomery City, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    this product was well written
    May 3, 2013
    pearlgen
    Montgomery City, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I would highly recommend this book, it was well written. The characters were very well done and the story line was gret.
  4. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 15, 2012
    Nancy
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is excellent alone or as part of the series. I am getting ready to read books 4&5 and hope to enjoy them as much as the first 3.
  5. Rogers City, Mi
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    good story
    June 5, 2012
    teach
    Rogers City, Mi
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Loved the book. ordered the next three books in the series
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