How many of us have wished to live with an Amish family and perhaps even convert to the Amish faith? I will admit to having some of those thoughts myself. I think personally that there is a desire for simplicity, quiet, and peace. Debbie Watson is a young Englisha girl who does exactly that with Bishop Beiler and his family. His own daughter, Lois, has hopes of leaving the Amish faith and becoming English and he hopes that bringing Debbie into their home and family might change Lois' mind.
The oldest Beiler sister, Verna, falls in low with a young Amish man whoe gets into trouble with the law that could end with him in jail. So obviously this story has much excitement and adventure. So instead of Calgon taking you away, why not let Jerry Eicher do it with Holding a Tender Heart.
I was given a copy of this book by the author and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Debbie Watson is English but grew up living next door to Bishop Beiler and spending time at his house playing with his daughters. She has now graduated from college and landed her first job, so now her mother is in a hurry for her to move out. Debbie knows she was born English but she feels she is Amish in her heart, she loves the peaceful life they lead.
When she gets up enough nerve, she asks Bishop Beiler if she can room at their house, as a paying boarder, so she can learn more about the Amish faith and maybe become Amish. The Bishop agrees, not only does he like Debbie but he is hoping she can help with his middle daughter Lois who thinks she wants to jump the fence.
When Verna, the oldest Beiler daughter, finally takes a stand and agrees to let a boy take her home from a singing, her father isn't any too pleased. You see, she is 24 and never once been 'allowed' to accept a ride home, but she really likes Joe Weaver. When Joe gets arrested and is looking at possibly 20 years of jail time she continues to support him against her fathers wishes and nearly finds herself excommunicated. Can her dad really do that to her, yes, if she doesn't change her mind. Verna also talks Debbie into helping somewhat with Joe's case but will it do any good?
Another wonderful story by Jerry. It's like looking from the outside in with Debbie wanting to become Amish and how she views things. I don't know that I could give up all of our conveniences. He also shows how a strong faith in Da Hah can get you through the worst of trials. This book is on the shelves March 1, 2014 and I am already anxiously waiting for the next book in the series, "Seeing YOur Face Again" due out June 1, 2014.
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Note: This was written by my wife, who read the book.
Being that my paternal grandfather was the youngest son of an Amish/Mennonite family of 9 sons and 3 daughters from Canadaâ€”I've always wondered what it would really be like to be Amish! Jerry Eicher discretely portrays the heart's yearning of a young Englisha girl who grew up as a close neighbor to young Amish girls in his new series, "The Beiler Sisters." Will Debbie Watson really become a full-fledged member of the Amish Church and Community? Debbie has a college degree and a new job, yet the pull is strong to live the simpler lifeâ€”or is the pull really Alvin Kneppâ€”an eligible Amish farmer bachelor? How will her parents bear this notion of hersâ€”to leave home and move in with her Amish neighbor's family? Idealism can only bolster one's fancy so far. Everyone has heartaches and lossâ€”no matter what their birthright isâ€”even the Amish! Heart aches, heart throbs, and heart mending present themselves in a sombre yet hopeful genre in Jerry Eicher's new release, "Holding a Tender Heart." Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart. Will Debbie Watson's heart keep this commandment? Does she need to be Amish to do so? Will the Amish Beiler sisters really accept Debbie as one of their own? They live by an even higher standard, as their father is the Bishop. "Others may, you cannot." They must set the example and marry just right! But Verna's heart throb, Joe Weaver, has a secret past from his rumspringa ready to reveal itself and set the community in a tizzy. Can Debbie's Englisha connections and knowledge of the justice court system save the day? Why has this simpler life style gotten so complicated? Once again an excellent and enjoyable read, leaving me still wondering how my life might have been had my family stayed Amish.