Grace Given, Touch of Grace Series #2   -     By: Beth Shriver
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Elsie Kline can't forgive her sister for leaving the Amish community. Can she work through her bitterness and humble herself enough to give and receive the grace she needs?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Realms
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 0.76 (inches)
ISBN: 1621360172
ISBN-13: 9781621360179
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Series: Touch of Grace

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Never doubt in the darkness what God has shown you in the light.

Amish Proverb
 
Elsie Yoder can’t forgive her sister, Katie, for leaving the community. Unable to let go of her sadness, she withdraws from her friends and family, nursing her feelings of betrayal.
 
Gideon Lapp has held a special place in his heart for Elsie and longs to help her get through her troubles. Together they find comfort in their study of the Martyr’s Mirror, a centuries-old book that describes their ancestors’ sacrifices for their faith through years of persecution.
 
As Elsie opens up and begins to put her trust in Gideon, she tells him about the harassment she and her sister received at the hands of some local men. When the men return and threaten the community, Elsie and Gideon must stand together to do what is right. But can Elsie learn to give grace and to humble herself to accept grace as well?

Author Bio

Beth Shriver is the author of over a dozen books, including Annie’s Truth. She received a degree in social work from the University of Nebraska and was a caseworker before starting a family. She followed her passion and now writes full-time.  

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  1. Tennessee
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Amish fiction
    February 7, 2015
    Katy
    Tennessee
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Grace Given has a complex storyline, which I found very interesting. It deals with many issues that Amish might face, includingchoosing the right life partner, being an integral part of the community, committing ones life to God and to the community, choosing to follow (or not) the decisions made by the community leaders, and peacefully coexisting with non-Amish neighbors. There is much to think about and ponder, when reading this book. I dont consider it a light and fluffy read. Its a very satisfying story.

    I was confused, when I first started reading this novel. It is the second one in the Touch of Grace series, but this one is set in Texas, rather than Virginia. The main characters in the first book are barely mentioned in Grace Given. This one can definitely be read as a stand-alone novel.

    The main characters are Gideon Lapp and Elsie Yoder. They are both well-developed and seem very much like real people. Gideon is an admirable hero with godly qualities. Elsie is a sweet girl, who likes to please God, as well as others. Although she is a deep thinker, her youthful conclusions are not always on target. One of Elsies thoughts that I found typified much of the story was this one, There were rules to follow and traditions to respect. But what were they, and how did they apply to this situation? (page 182).



    Although there is much from this novel that we readers can apply to our own spiritual lives, what I take from this book, more than anything, is summed up by this Bible verse: Therefore, as Gods chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 (NIV)

    I recommend Grace Given to readers who enjoy Amish fiction.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Different feel to this story
    March 29, 2014
    Cindy Loven
    This book was different than any other book I have read. I am not sure what exactly makes it different. New scenery? You rarely read Amish books set in Texas. Perhaps it is the harrassement towards the Amish. I am not sure, but it is different. And while it was different, that doesn't translate to bad, it is just different. Over all an enjoyable story. With characters that you can relate to, feeling their hurts, and their joys. 4 stars from this reviewer.

    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
  3. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 20, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Elsie Yoder can't forgive her sister, Katie, for leaving the community. Unable to let go of her sadness, she withdraws from her friends and family, nursing her feelings of betrayal.

    Gideon Lapp has held a special place in his heart for Elsie and longs to help her get through her troubles. Together they find comfort in their study of the Martyrs Mirror, a centuries-old book that describes their ancestors' sacrifices for their faith through years of persecution.

    As Elsie opens up and begins to put her trust in Gideon, she tells him about the harassment she and her sister received at the hands of some local men. When the men return and threaten the community, Elsie and Gideon much stand together to do what is right. But can Elsie learn to give grace and to humble herself to accept grace as well?

    My Review:

    The elements that stood out to me about this story was not only the setting in the state of Texas, but the re-occurring theme of harassment. This made for a unique backdrop to everything that was happening, and makes for a completely different type of Amish novel. Shriver kept me guessing on where she was going with the story, and really kept me turning those pages! Last but not least, I had to admire the community's determination to deal with the climate changes and challenges in living the Amish lifestyle in the arid state of Texas.

    I do have to admit I was very sympathetic when reading about Elsie's sadness that her sister Katie has left the community. I was a runaway once, and left my family, church, and community. I never thought how it affected my sisters when I left them behind, and reading Elsie's side of the story really just broke my heart.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Compelling Amish fiction
    October 7, 2013
    Carole Jarvis
    Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Grace Given by Beth Shriver is book 2 in the Touch of Grace trilogy, a series is about three faithful women who, when faced with three separate hardships, are torn between the men they love and staying true to themselves. Lead characters from the first book appear only as minor characters here, so this story can really stand alone. I enjoyed Grace Given and am glad to recommend it.

    I have read the first two books in this series and enjoyed both. Beth's writing differs from a lot of Amish fiction that I've read in that she deals with difficult, sensitive themes and she does it well.

    In Grace Given, many Amish families have migrated to Texas in order to build new lives where land was available. "The land was cheaper here, and when a man had three or more sons to parcel his land off, it wasn't enough in their former community." Problems often arose because these families represented both the Old Order and New Order faiths, so these beliefs had to be reconciled.

    Not everyone welcomed them in Texas, however. This story contrasts the harassment some families received with the Amish vow of no resistance. As one character states, "It's much harder to resist retaliation than to abide by it."

    Beth does a good job at shining the light on the fact that, although the Amish don't retaliate or press charges, this can be a difficult and costly decision in certain circumstances. But persecution is something the Amish are familiar with, as Gideon and Elsie's study of the Martyr's Mirror shows. I felt for these characters and the Amish community as they were continually harassed and vandalized. And I loved how Beth portrayed Gideon's personal struggle so convincingly, and then how he reached out to the young boy, Nick.

    Elsie also struggles with her sister Katie leaving the community, along with a young man who she cared about. I felt that there was more to come in this storyline and hope we see more of Katie and Jake in book 3, Healing Grace, which is available now.

    This quote from Beth's website beautifully describes Grace Given: "Grace saves. Even in a world where retribution is almost expected, the Amish demonstrate that all can be pardoned, by following their vow of no resistance which shows the deep-rooted forgiveness within them."

    Grace Given is a book that will make you think and reflect on persecution today, and I recommend it to readers of inspirational fiction.

    This book was provided by Booketeria and Realms in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 25, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Grace Given, Touch of Grace Series #2 -eBook.
    Elsie Yoder can't forgive her sister, Katie, for leaving the community. Unable to let go of her sadness, she withdraws from her friends and family, nursing her feelings of betrayal.

    Gideon Lapp has held a special place in his heart for Elsie and longs to help her get through her troubles. Together they find comfort in their study of the Martyrs Mirror, a centuries-old book that describes their ancestors' sacrifices for their faith through years of persecution.

    As Elsie opens up and begins to put her trust in Gideon, she tells him about the harassment she and her sister received at the hands of some local men. When the men return and threaten the community, Elsie and Gideon much stand together to do what is right. But can Elsie learn to give grace and to humble herself to accept grace as well?

    My Review:

    The elements that stood out to me about this story was not only the setting in the state of Texas, but the re-occurring theme of harassment. This made for a unique backdrop to everything that was happening, and makes for a completely different type of Amish novel. Shriver kept me guessing on where she was going with the story, and really kept me turning those pages! Last but not least, I had to admire the community's determination to deal with the climate changes and challenges in living the Amish lifestyle in the arid state of Texas.

    I do have to admit I was very sympathetic when reading about Elsie's sadness that her sister Katie has left the community. I was a runaway once, and left my family, church, and community. I never thought how it affected my sisters when I left them behind, and reading Elsie's side of the story really just broke my heart.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
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