Plain Faith: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss and Leaving the Amish  -     By: Ora-Jay Eash, Irene Eash, Tricia Goyer
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Plain Faith: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss and Leaving the Amish

Zondervan / 2014 / Paperback

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Amish farmers Ora-Jay and Irene were shattered when a semi-truck kills their two daughters. Grieving, they feared their children's deeds may not get them into heaven. But when the Eashes embraced the doctrine of grace, they found themselves in opposition to their community's beliefs. Must they leave their their beloved home? A true story! 224 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 7.10 X 4.70 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 031033683X
ISBN-13: 9780310336839
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This is the true story of Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, Amish farmers from northwest Montana whose lives changed in an instant when a semi-truck struck the family buggy, killing their two young daughters.

After the accident, the couple turned to their Amish community for comfort, but they remained haunted by the thought that they might not see their girls again in heaven. Would their deeds be good enough? Eventually Ora-Jay and Irene learned that grace—not works—was enough to ensure their place in eternity. But with that knowledge came the realization that they could no longer live in an Amish community that didn’t share this precious belief. Could they sever their connection to the Amish family they loved?

This is the story of their journey to the hope that is heaven, a hope stronger than the loss of children, family, and a way of life. Fans of Amish fiction will appreciate such a real-life look into the Amish community, co-written by bestselling author Tricia Goyer, and readers of all kinds will resonate with this tale of courage, resilience, and the redemption found in the grace of Jesus.

Author Bio

 Ora-Jay and Irene Eash live in Northwest Montana where they have a small horse farm, offering sleigh and wagon rides. Five of their nine children are married, and they have four grandchildren. You can find out more at www.horsedrawnmontana.com

USA Today bestselling author Tricia Goyer is the author of more than 40 books, including the novelization for Moms’ Night Out. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. Tricia and her husband, John, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Tricia coordinates a Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. They have six children.

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  1. Lakeview, OR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting
    October 2, 2014
    owen
    Lakeview, OR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    This is such an interesting story. It is amazing all of the things these people had to go through and yet Jesus meets them where they are. I love how open they are to the leading of the Spirit. Thank you for being so honest.
  2. Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Eternal Joy!
    August 10, 2014
    Judy K Burgi
    Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Value: 5
    Ora Jay and Irene Eash suffered a tragedy that no parent should have to endure. The death of their two young daughters due to an accident.

    It was through soul searching and reading the scriptures that lead the Eashs to leave their previous Amish belief and trust in Jesus. They even left their Indiana home and moved to the wilderness of Northwest Montana.

    I admired how they stepped out in faith, trusting the Lord to lead them. The road was not an easy one but they held steadfast. The joy of knowing Salvation is through Jesus Christ alone was worth it all.

    What an amazing family. There were many trials to overcome. It wasnt an easy road; yet they trusted Jesus Christ through it all.

    Plain Faith is a book I highly recommend.

  3. Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Plain Faith is Awesome
    July 15, 2014
    Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Plain Faith

    Irene Eash, Ora-Jay Eash, & Trisha Goyer

    Book Summary: This is the true story of Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, Amish farmers from northwest Montana whose lives changed in an instant when a semi-truck struck the family buggy, killing their two young daughters. After the accident, the couple turned to their Amish community for comfort, but they remained haunted by the thought that they might not see their girls again in heaven. Would their deeds be good enough? Eventually Ora-Jay and Irene learned that grace---not works---was enough to ensure their place in eternity. But with that knowledge came the realization that they could no longer live in an Amish community that didn't share this precious belief. Could they sever their connection to the Amish family they loved? This is the story of their journey to the hope that is heaven, a hope stronger than the loss of children, family, and a way of life. Fans of Amish fiction will appreciate such a real-life look into the Amish community, co-written by bestselling author Tricia Goyer, and readers of all kinds will resonate with this tale of courage, resilience, and the redemption found in the grace of Jesus.

    Review: This is a well written book about an amazingly tender, sad, joyful and tragic story. I loved the switching back and forth between Ora-Jay and Irene. Trisha Goyer did a remarkable job of keeping their voices while working with them to write this book. I loved their honesty in telling of their leaving the Amish life. It was beautiful and tragic insight into the Amish life. I came to respect their love and care for their families and friends. It truly painted a fair and loving account of their community and the difficulty leaving that way of life. I have read other books about leaving the Amish life which demonstrated the challenges of leaving along with being under the ban, but this story was mature and more tragic because they were leaving for a greater life and desperately wanted their family and friends to enter into this greater life. I enjoyed everything about these people and found them to be open and honest. It seems to me it would be a privilege to know them!

    I would like to thank Net Galley and Zondervan Non-Fiction for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
  4. Midwest
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Well written and shared...
    July 9, 2014
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    SUMMARY:

    Living in an Amish community, Irene and Ora Jay live a traditional Amish farm life. When a buggy accident occurs which takes the lives of their two young daughters, Irene and Ora Jay struggle to move past it yet in the process realize perhaps their beliefs and way of life must change. Through hardships and blessings, the Eash family come to realize the grace of God and all it truly means in life.

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    Reading and reviewing many Amish books as well as having an interest in the Amish and their culture, I found Plain Faith to be honest, open, humbling and hopeful. Told from a first-person-point-of-view, the parents recount feelings, thoughts, traditions and beliefs. Well written, Tricia Goyer shares the Eash family's story beautifully from devastation to grace. The tidbits of Amish life actually enhance other Amish fiction books with a deeper understanding now. Thank-you to the authors for allowing a glimpse into the Amish communities while following God's lead.

    RATING:

    4.5 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of Plain Faith from BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan for my honest review*
  5. Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An inspiring true story
    June 15, 2014
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Plain Faith is an inspiring, thought-provoking look at one couple's journey to find assurance in the love of Jesus. The tragedy they suffered in losing two young daughters led them to search out, and eventually find, the truth of God's grace.

    The tone of this book is very relaxed. I felt as though I was sitting at the kitchen table, listening to Ora Jay and Irene Eash share their life story (with the help of best-selling author Tricia Goyer).

    They begin by jumping right into an account of the accident and move from there to the quest that resulted from that horrible loss. Even as they speak of finding error in the things they had been taught in their Amish background and share the rejection they experienced from friends and family, they do so with grace and love. It seems their feelings toward the people they have had to separate from are characterized not by bitterness but by a strong desire for their loved ones' to come to a genuine understanding of God's love.

    I highly recommend Plain Faith to readers who would enjoy an insider look at Amish life or an uplifting account of God's direction in the lives of ordinary people.

    Thanks to BookLook blogging program and author Tricia Goyer for providing copies of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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