Still Life in Shadows  -     By: Alice Wisler
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Still Life in Shadows

River North / 2012 / Paperback

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It's been fifteen years since Gideon Miller ran away from his Amish community in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a boy of fifteen. Gideon arrives in the Smoky Mountains town of Twin Branches and settles in at the local auto mechanic's garage. He meets a host of interesting characters -the most recent acquaintances are Kiki, an autistic teen, and her sister Mari. Known as the "Getaway Savior" he helps other Amish boys and girls relocate to life in modern America. One day the phone rings. On the other end is his brother Moriah calling from Florida. Of course Gideon welcomes his brother to stay with him and offers him a job. But Moriah is caught in a web which ends in his death and forces Gideon to return to the town of his youth, with his brother's body in the back of a hearse and Mari and Kiki at his side. He must face not only the community he ran away from years ago but also his own web of bitterness. Will he be able to give his anger over to God and forgive his father?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: River North
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0802406262
ISBN-13: 9780802406262
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It's been fifteen years since Gideon Miller ran away from his Amish community in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a boy of fifteen.  Gideon arrives in the Smoky Mountains town of Twin Branches and settles in at the local auto mechanic's garage. He meets a host of interesting characters -the most recent acquaintances are Kiki, an autistic teen, and her sister Mari. Known as the "Getaway Savior" he helps other Amish boys and girls relocate to life in modern America.

 

One day the phone rings. On the other end is his brother Moriah calling from Florida. Of course Gideon welcomes his brother to stay with him and offers him a job. But Moriah is caught in a web which ends in his death and forces Gideon to return to the town of his youth, with his brother's body in the back of a hearse and Mari and Kiki at his side. He must face not only the community he ran away from years ago but also his own web of bitterness. Will he be able to give his anger over to God and forgive his father? 

 

Author Bio

ALICE J. WISLER grew up in Japan as a missionary kid, but now lives and writes in Durham, North Carolina. Her son Daniel died from cancer treatments in 1997 at the age of four. In his memory, she created Daniel's House Publications which offers Writing the Heartache Workshops to help those suffering losses discover the value of writing. She presents these workshops at conferences across the country. She writes for various grief and loss websites, including Open to Hope, where she is the Death of a Child forum editor. She is a frequent contributor to Christian Work at Home Moms (CWAHM), WritersWeekly and Writing for Dollars. Alice is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, has a B.S. in social work, and has taught disadvantaged children in group homes and in a refugee camp in the Philippines under a program sponsored by the United Nations. She has been published in Personal Journaling, ByLine, Carolina Woman, Carolina Parent, We Need Not Walk Alone, and Living with Grief. She is a member of The Compassionate Friends and Bereaved Parents. She is the author of four inspirational novels: Rain Song (Christy Finalist), How Sweet It Is (Christy Finalist), Hatteras Girl, and A Wedding Invitation (Bethany House Publishers). Two of these have been translated into Dutch and Turkish. Visit her website at www.alicewisler.com.

Editorial Reviews

"I'm so excited to read this book! From a theological perspective I'm so glad to see someone tackling this issue. It has really been needed." --Julia M. Reffner

"I figured it out in the middle of the night! You know how you enjoy that very last piece of cake? You are so glad to have it and savor it and enjoy it, but then when you finish it, you're sad because it's all gone and you won't be able to have another taste until another of those cakes is made. That is why I felt sad finishing "Still Life in Shadows!" I have to wait until ? Until your next novel is published!" -- Lisa Gramann, a faithful reader of Alice Wisler

"Check it out!! Now, I never, ever thought I would say this next sentence, but here it is: It's a great Amish story. Well, no. It's a great EX-Amish story and there's none of the typical Amish fluff stuff in it. Alice Jay Wisler did an excellent job portraying some of the anguish that can come of leaving your family and lifestyle; of learning to forgive--both others and yourself. She also created this great little autistic girl that I just loved. It's a good book. You should check it out. Yay Alice!" -- Rachel Overton

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Author: Alice J. Wisler
Located in: Durham, NC
Submitted: May 09, 2012

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Pushed by my dream as a little girl to write novels, now as an older woman, that's what I do. STILL LIFE IN SHADOWS is my fifth novel, my first with River North. I grew up as a Presbyterian missionary kid in Japan and later went to Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia for a degree in Social Work.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  To be honest, the romantic idealistic view many have of the Amish motivated me to write something much more realistic. STILL LIFE IN SHADOWS was inspired my Mose Gingerich ("Amish: Out of Order"). I wanted to portray that the Amish are not to be elevated to some sort of level of perfect faith, but to show that like the rest of us, they have shortcomings and are in need of mercy and forgiveness. What if my character helped dissatisfied youth escape the Old Order lifestyle? I toyed with this idea and then created Gideon Miller, an ex-Amish man, who left his abusive father in Carlisle, PA and now works as a car mechanic in the mountains of NC. Known to the Amish as "the getaway savior", Gideon helps ex-Amish youth relocate to Western society. In addition to the Amish component to my novel, there is Kiki, a thirteen-year-old autistic girl who befriends Gideon and others, truly a character that jumped off the page at me and demanded lots of attention.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope for a more realistic view of the Amish. I also hope others will enjoy the Southern aspects of my novel as well as the theme of forgiveness and the need we have to feel part of a community and belong.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I found both positive and negative aspects of the Amish culture and faith. I heard from Mose Gingerich, my inspiration for ths novel, and I was interviewed by The Daily Columbia Tribune, about my novel. I have also heard from ex-Amish and fellow authors who have cheered my novel on, believing that a book like this needs to be written.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I am influenced by many authors from American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Also I'm honored to have Eugene H. Peterson (THE MESSAGE) as my uncle, a gifted man, and a humble mentor.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I hope you'll read STILL LIFE IN SHADOWS and let me hear from you at info@alicewisler.com.

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