Outsider, The: A Novel - eBook
This is the first I had heard about the Shakers and their beliefs and although I don't agree with what they believe this was an interesting and well written story. There was lots of variety to hold my interest. It's hard to understand someone else's religion when it's so different from one's own. The part of children being permanently separated from their mothers was especially troubling for me. The other thing I couldn't comprehend was the Shakers belief that marriage and romantic love is sinful - that goes entirely against what the Bible teaches. This means that the Shaker sect cannot grow from within - only from outsiders coming in. Nevertheless, the author wrote a great story surrounding the Shakers and I did find it quite interesting and eye opening.
November 9, 2013
Since she can remember, Gabrielle Hope has had the unique ability to see visions that warn of things to come. So when she and her mother, Martha join the Shaker community on Harmony Hill in 1807, her visions are embraced as a gift from Mother Ann. But when her gift enables her to see an event that comes to pass, a doctor must be brought from the outside world to the one where the Believers strive to be separate in order to save a life. Suddenly, everything Gabrielle knows to be good, pure, and true is in question. Will she be able to turn her back on her brothers and sisters that she has found in the Shakers, or will the pull of the world tear her from the peace and celibacy she has promised to live?
This was quite the contradiction in a novel; a Shaker romance? Oh, but it is. In this unique, strange world the members of the community take a vow of celibacy, which clearly means that no children are ever born into the faith. Living a simple life of peace and harmony, using their hands for work, and giving their hearts to God is the foundation of the way they live. Despite the strangeness of these "shaking Quakers", Gabhart weaves a story unlike any other. You will be captivated by every emotion and situation the characters find themselves in, and spellbound by every word as I was. I highly recommend you buy the whole series, because having to wait for the next book is going to be impossible.
October 30, 2012
I had to really think about how I felt about this book. My first impression was I thought it was just ok, but the more I thought about it while driving back and forth to work, I began to think it was a really good book after all.
Gabrielle Hope has lived by a very strict set of rules and guidelines for a very long time. She is content until God's grace shows it's self through the local "wordly" doctor. As she begins to question her life, she begins to slowly come to the conclusion that God is really can set us free to live for Him, when we walk with Him.
I enjoyed reading about the shakers the war of 1812. The writing was good and I didn't find any plot holes or glaring errors.
September 28, 2012
Good Christian Read
Historical novel. Easy to get lost in. I will certainly buy more of this author. This book is one in a series about the Shaker sect of Christianity. They basically believed that to remain pure was required for admittance to Heaven. This included no intimacy with the opposite sex. Period. The novel is deep on several levels and one that was hard to put down.
October 27, 2011