The Amish Midwife, Women of Lancaster County Series #1
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Lexie learns the true meaning of the Pennsylvania Dutch word demut, which means "to let be" as she changes from a woman who wants to control everything to a woman who depends on God.
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Women of Lancaster County
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A dusty carved box containing two locks of hair and a century-old letter regarding property in Switzerland, and a burning desire to learn about her biological family lead nurse-midwife Lexie Jaeger from her home in Oregon to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. There she meets Marta Bayer, a mysterious lay-midwife who desperately needs help after an Amish client and her baby die.
Lexie steps in to assume Marta's patient load even as she continues the search for her birth family, and from her patients she learns the true meaning of the Pennsylvania Dutch word demut, which means "to let be" as she changes from a woman who wants to control everything to a woman who depends on God.
A compelling story about a search for identity and the ability to trust that God securely holds our whole lifepast, present, and future.
This story accurately portrays the human desire for belonging and acceptance. Clark and Gould accomplish this masterfully by magnifying this need as the focal point of the story. While not exaggerated, it is emphasized just enough to be evident. The authors also demonstrate how dissension grows and destroys if it is not dealt with properly. The climactic scene shows this above and beyond what is expected, and it springs to life as the perfect culmination to the plot.
Whereas many of the characters are in constant conflict with one another throughout the book, Clark and Gould do not overdo it, and rewarding moments are nicely balanced with setbacks and challenges. The plot is strong and enjoyable, and the characters' back-stories naturally complement the narrative. The Amish Midwife is also sound in its portrayal of godly relationships. This book, with its seamlessness, mystery, and Christian values, is a must-read. It will be enjoyed by both young adult and older women. Rachel Vachon, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Mary Richman Sankaran
"This first book in The Women of Lancaster County series is definitely a winner. It also contains discussion questions, which provide added depth to the reading experience. I came away with a peace like Lexie found, glad God is in control of our lives."
Mary A. Hake, OCW president
Mary Steinbrenner, Library Lady, Cedar Mill Bible Church
Pam Hanson, co-author with Barbara Andrews of women's inspirational fiction for Guideposts
Brandi Fitzpatrick, The Faith in Fiction Book Club, BookFun.org
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MargotSouth AustraliaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5It's Got EverythingOctober 17, 2013MargotSouth AustraliaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Although I found this book a bit slow to start with, by the time I finished, I was looking forward to reading the next one in the series. Lexie, an adopted Mennonite nurse/midwife, goes on a journey of self discovery after her adopted father presents her with a mysterious wooden box on his deathbed. There are so many secrets and mysteries as she searches and delves into her Amish birth family's roots, trying to discover her own roots, the reasons she was rejected, and most of all just needing to find love. There is laughter, drama, lots of suspense and mystery, and a little bit of romance. This book has just got it all and I recommend it to any lover of good Christian fiction.
Dee KranzPrince George BC CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Well worth the readOctober 8, 2013Dee KranzPrince George BC CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Real life issues on midwifery from different perspectives. Definite slant towards the medical model
quiltyLancaster, OhioAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 26, 2013quiltyLancaster, OhioAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Excellent reading. Held your interest, every chapter. Suspense throughout. Can't wait to read the other books with one!
GrandmaBlue Ridge, TXAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 9, 2013GrandmaBlue Ridge, TXAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Well written. Good price. Good plot. Easy to purchase without leaving your home.
TootsieIonia, MiAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5October 26, 2011TootsieIonia, MiAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was intrigued with the mystery in the book, and the out come. Could hardly wait to read the rest of the story in
"The Amish Nanny!" Would recommend this series to all who enjoy the stories of the Amish.