book "Plain Pursuit" doesn't disappoint, it is full of the type of Characters that Wiseman is becoming known for (at least in my books, lol). Her characters are incredibly realistic, they have their own problems (such as Dr. Noah and Carlely) and situations to handle, and Wiseman doesn't give them the 'pat' answers to their problems. I loved this book so much, that i read the entire thing in one sitting (which lasted well into the night, lol). Its one of those books that you just can't put down.I love that she (Wiseman) is able to write about the Amish and their beliefs without coming across as preachy.The book begins with a Character named Carley Marek after facing a forced vacation, decides to visit her friend Lillian and her family in the Amish community. While there she witnesses and takes part in the struggle of a child's illness and the issues of faith and forgiveness.
This book looked appealing because 1. I love good Christian fiction and 2. The Amish way of life is quite fascinating to me. Plain Pursuit turned out to, indeed, be an enjoyable and interesting read! Amish words and phrases are scattered throughout the book giving it an authentic flavor. The Amish concept and practice of shunning plays a prominent role in this novel. Personally, I believe it is a wrong practice that goes against Gods command to forgive. I mean we are even commanded to love and forgive our enemies! I do believe it is rash to assume Amish are Christians just because they believe in God. Many seem to believe in salvation by works. However, some of them may be truly saved. This is certainly not the authors view but my own. Thankfully, there are no real shortcomings in this book to point out. Plain Pursuit may have, in my opinion, taken up more pages than necessary or been a love story that seemed to me a bit, oh, I dont know, strange or simplistic. But overall, its a good book and the ending is very satisfying. I also think the Amish recipes at the end of the book are pretty cool and I hope to give at least one of them a try :). This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson/Booksneeze.
Ill admit it. I have an O.C.D. when it comes to Christian Amish fiction. Beth Wisemans Plain Pursuit is now on the top of my favorites bookshelf. Once I started the riveting story of career minded Carley Marek taking a forced vacation deep in the heart of Amish country, I couldnt put it down. Just when Carley is getting adapted to the Plain community, her Amish friends son becomes gravely ill. (This is where the book really gets exciting.) A young doctor diagnoses the boy with end-stage renal failure and in need of a kidney transplant. There were moments I had to close the book and brush some tears from my eyes. I think it was because on June 12, 2008, our son gave his daddy a kidney. All the emotions Carley went through, I personally experienced, too. If you need to de-stress, this book is for you. Within the first few pages, you will be transported to life with the Amish and woven throughout the story are eternal spiritual truths. I give Beth Wisemans Plain Pursuit a perfect 10!
Carley Marek's world shatters when she survives a horrifying accident, and she doesn't know how to pick up the pieces. Trying to rejuvenate her career, she takes a trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to stay with a friend in an Old Order Amish home and write an article about the Amish culture. Although she expected to ask questions and be an impartial observer, she finds herself becoming a part of the community as she helps a sick child's family and begins to fall for Dr. Noah, a man shunned from the very family she's visiting. With all of these new pieces to the puzzle of her life, where can Carley go from here?Beth Wiseman has written the best Amish novel I've read in years. True to the Amish culture of central Pennsylvania, this book does not romanticize their lives, nor does it make their culture seem foreign or strange. She creatively uses the characters and the plot to keep the reader in suspense while introducing real-to-life drama. Carley's turmoil and questions regarding her past experiences and her faith are real and are not resolved in a paragraph. She struggles to understand the mystery surrounding the events of Noah's shunning and the difficult ramifications his family faces because of that years later. Plain Pursuit will challenge any reader to seek out forgiveness and to understand how they, too, can be a "child of promise." If you've ever been interested in Amish culture or have questions about how God relates to His children, this is a book for you.** Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.