The Face of Heaven, Snapshots in History Series #2   -     By: Murray Pura
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The Face of Heaven, Snapshots in History Series #2

Harvest House Publishers / 2012 / Paperback

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In 1861, Lyndel Keim and her beau, Nathaniel, witness the capture of two runaway slaves. As a result, he enlists in the Union Army while she becomes a battlefield nurse---and both are banished from their pacifist Amish colony. But a severe wound at Gettysburg threatens Nathaniel's life. Will this momentous battle change the war---and their future?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 300
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736949496
ISBN-13: 9780736949491
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Series: Snapshots in History

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Following on the heels of The Wings of Morning, the first book in Murray Pura's Snapshots in History series, comes this compelling saga of the Civil War.

In April 1861, Lyndel Keim discovers two runaway slaves in her family's barn. When the men are captured and returned to their plantation, Lyndel and her young Amish beau, Nathaniel King, find themselves at odds with their pacifist Amish colony

Nathaniel enlists in what will become the famous Iron Brigade of the Union Army. Lyndel enters the fray as a Brigade nurse on the battlefield, sticking close to Nathaniel as they both witness the horrors of war--including the battles at Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, and Antietam. Despite the pair's heroic sacrifices, the Amish only see that Lyndel and Nathaniel have become part of the war effort, and both are banished.

And a severe battle wound at Gettysburg threatens Nathaniel's life. Lyndel must call upon her faith in God to endure the savage conflict and to face its painful aftermath, not knowing if Nathaniel is alive or dead. Will the momentous battle change her life forever, just as it will change the course of the war and the history of her country?

The Face of Heaven is a dramatic story that will release on the 150th anniversary of the historic battle of Antietam, September, 1862.

Author Bio

Murray Pura earned his Master of Divinity degree from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and his ThM degree in theology and interdisciplinary studies from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more than 25 years, in addition to his writing, he has pastored churches in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, and Alberta. Murray's writings have been shortlisted for the Dartmouth Book Award, the John Spencer Hill Literary Award, the Paraclete Fiction Award, and Toronto's Kobzar Literary Award. His novels for Harvest House include Face of Heaven, The Wings of Morning, and Ashton Park. Murray pastors and writes in southern Alberta near the Rocky Mountains. He and his wife, Linda, have a son and a daughter.

Publishers Weekly

For the second book in his Snapshots of History series, Pura (The Wings of Morning) sends a quintet of Amish young people into the midst of some of the most charged battles of the American Civil War. Invoking the biblical edict, “Thou shalt not kill,” their families and community shun them. None abandon the pacifist beliefs of their faith easily. Despite their passions for peace, the five set out for the front lines, believing slavery to be a sin so egregious it cannot be ignored. Heroine Lyndel Keim tends to the wounded under the tutelage of Clara Barton and then on her own in makeshift field hospitals. Her brother Levi, beau Nathaniel King, his brother Corinth, and Joshua Yoder serve with determination and character that is a testimony not only to their belief in God but their trust in Him as well. Pura’s action-packed attention to military detail pulls the reader directly into the mechanics and the atrocities of a war that divided the nation. Still, the war is merely a backdrop to the personal conflicts of these young Christians who feel compelled to follow their convictions despite the impending consequences. Agent: Les Stobbe. (Aug.) 2012 Reed Business Information

Editorial Reviews

"Murray Pura's The Face of Heaven contained everything I love in a novel--American history, a heartfelt romance, and a tale of faith within the Amish community. Murray breathed life into his multi-dimensional characters and created a world that transports readers back in time."
--Mary Ellis, author of An Amish Family Reunion

"My husband, who does not read fiction of any kind, enjoyed it immensely when I read aloud to him the chapters from The Face of Heaven describing in riveting detail, the battle at Gettysburg. A history buff himself, he relished the accuracy of the story.
"Pura combines his ability to write wartime historical fiction from a masculine perspective with an uncanny ability at dealing with issues of the heart to offer a fresh new voice to this popular genre. With surprises and twists that fiction readers love, it keeps us turning pages and wishing the book did not have to end. But end it does. And all I can say is, write us another, Mr. Pura!"
--Connie Cavanaugh, author of Following God One Yes at a Time

"The Face of Heaven by Murray Pura made a believer out of me. I can now say that I love Amish fiction! I was certain I wouldn't and couldn't imagine why a man had opted to write it. But once I started turning the pages to this captivating book, I understood not only why he wrote it, but why I had to read it. The message is life-changing, the writing superb, and the characters believable. Don't miss this one!"
--Kathi Macias, award-winning author, kathimacias.com

"This is the second book that my husband, Richard, and I have both enjoyed from this author.  As expected, we enjoyed the flow, the research and the story of characters who fit real life. We especially enjoy finding a fictional book that both men and women can enjoy. Murray Pura has done it again--proven that Christian Historical Fiction doesn't have to be tentative or low voltage."
--JudyAnn Lorenz, BarJD Communications

"The way in which Murray Pura weaves his characters into actual events of the American Civil War and the accuracy in which he describes these events and places, not only make them believable but makes you feel like you are really there. You can almost smell burnt black powder and hear the pop of rifle shots. Murray's characters ably reveal their internal struggles as they wrestle with their faith traditions. Whether you agree with their choices to join the conflict, or not, they never compromise who they are inside, but stay true to their convictions."
--Russ and Melissa Friesen, Pincher Creek, Alberta

"Murray Pura's ability to draw you into the lifestyle and choices of the Amish faith is incredible--I felt engaged in the story from the first page. The struggles and choices made by the characters are very real and relevant for today as well.  A great read for anyone!"
--Libby Westergaard

"As always, Pura's authentic dialogue draws the reader into a fictional world so compellingly researched that the printed personalities come to life. Right from the start I found myself caring deeply for each main character, and anticipating the outcome of each brutal battle.  Murray Pura once again does an admirable job highlighting the paradox between pacifism and the fight for freedom. Without hesitation I give this book a five-star rating."
--Elaine Phillips, adjunct college instructor, Alberta, Canada

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  1. St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amish keep their faith as they are banned
    July 16, 2013
    wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    This review was written for Face of Heaven, The - eBook.
    Lyndel Keim finds two runaway slaves in their barn and promises to help them and keep them safe. She gains the help of her brother Levi and his friend Nathaniel King. Reluctantly her father lets them stay in the attic until they are healthy enough to move on. They soon have visitors among which is the owner of the slaves and have to turn them over. Lyndel, Levi and Nathaniel are all heartbroken but not as bad as they are when they find one of the slaves hung in a tree on their property. The Amish community agree to have a proper burial and bury him in their cemetery.

    Nathaniel, who has become Lyndel's beau, is so distraught that he decides to join the Union and fight against slavery. Lyndel finds that she can't sit at home and do nothing while Nathaniel is doing all he can so she leaves to go nurse the wounded. Nathaniel and Lyndel work closely in the field and soon they are joined by Levi and a few other young members of their community. They are all now under the bann and not allowed any communication with family.

    Murray does a fantastic job of pulling you into the story and telling what it must have been like on the front lines. Nathaniel and Lyndell were lucky to be able to see each other during the war and they showed such faith and dependence on God throughout. I shed some tears while reading the first book, The Wings of Morning, and I shed some more while reading this one. I expect to shed some more when the third book, Whispers of a New Dawn when I get it.

    I do not think I could have been as strong as Lyndell, or any of our ancestors, could you? I am so to be thankful to them and to our military who continue to fight for our rights. Thank you Murray for sharing these stories with us, they make us stop and think about how lucky we really are today.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Tough choices for characters!
    April 23, 2013
    Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Murray Pura is one of a few men who are successfully penning Amish romantic fiction. The Face of Heaven has something for male readers as well as female readers. This piece of historical fiction beautifully expresses the pain, suffering, and horror of a war that pitted brother against brother. Nathaniel, Lyndel, and Levi leave their Amish roots and farmlands to enter the action of the Civil War. They seek to bring healing to a nation and an end to slavery of fellow humans.

    This book was particularly interesting to me as I grew up in Appomattox, Virginia. Lee surrendered to Grant in the McLean House in Appomattox and it was pleasing to see the accuracy of the details in Murray Pura's writing. Reading historical fiction, in this case, left me with a hope for the future. I was able to look back at where we have been and dream ahead to where we still might venture. This book will touch your heart as you agonize, along with the main characters, at choices that had to be made....choices that drove families apart.....choices that pitted north against south....choices that begged freedom or slavery...choices....choices....make the choice to read this incredible story and look into "the face of heaven".
  3. North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    DRAMATIC CIVIL WAR STORY!
    November 12, 2012
    My Book Addiction
    North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    THE FACE OF HEAVEN by Murray Pura is an intriguing Amish fiction,Civil war saga.#2 in "Snapshots of History" series,but can be read as a stand alone. See, "The Wings of Morning". Follow Lyndel Keim and Nathaniel King as they navigate a war torn country,the horrors of war,faith,the aftermath of a savage conflict,being at odds with their faith,slavery,forgiveness,healing and love. A powerful and dramatic story of the historic battle of Antietam and its effects on everyone. A must read for not only Amish readers but for anyone who enjoys stories of the American Civil War and its aftermath. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media.

    Details can be found at Harvest House Publisher,the author's website and My Book Addiction and More.

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 2, 2012
    BarbB
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'm not a huge fan of Amish Novels, but I haven't read anything like this before. Studying history has always been a hobby and I do enjoy a good historical novel. Every lesson is always more impactful when in story form. I know Face of Heaven isn't intended to be a history lesson, but it really did spark in me more of an interest in the Civil War. It was entertaining and informative. I found it very brave of the author to tackle the Civil War and the Amish at the same time. Those are both very controversial subjects that are difficult to portray accurately while being concise. The battle scenes are very descriptive and yet not boring or hard to follow. Also, I thought the romance was handled in just the right way. The book was very romantic without being over the top gushy. This book is a smorgasbord of topics - The Amish and war (of course), Nursing and The Civil War, Romance and War, Family Dynamics and Disappointments - and that is just quickly off the top of my head. Really I enjoy reading anything by Murray Pura and once again he did not disappoint.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Gun-totin' Amish folk - who knew?
    October 24, 2012
    Christianfictionaddiction
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Murray Pura has penned a poignant read in The Face of Heaven, grabbing my attention from the first couple of chapters and holding me captive until the stirring conclusion. As with his prior book I reviewed, The Wings of Morning, I greatly enjoyed his take on the Amish community, and found it highly interesting to watch them grapple with how their community should respond to the injustice of slavery and their response to the civil war. My favourite line is when Nathaniel questions their stance not to participate in the war, when he says "Or does he want us to do something about it? Does God come in a mist and plant our corn for us? Harvest our wheat while we watch? Hitch our horses to our wagons and plows and carriages? So why do we think he will stop evil without our hands and feet and hearts?" Such a question makes me stop and think for sure, and there were many moments during the book that made me pause in introspection (and, I admit, even a scene where tears welled in my eyes!).

    Nathaniel and Lyndel are wonderful characters, richly drawn and full of feeling and realism. The author has succeeded at truly bringing them to life and causing you to care about them and their story, which has been wonderfully placed in a vivid historical setting that all together makes for a compelling tale. I highly recommend this book for readers who enjoy historical fiction and Amish stories, and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

    Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Harvest House, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
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