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Rebellious Jessica is resistant to Amish ways and constantly in trouble with the community. Younger sister Lindsay is caught in the middle, and the strain between Rebecca and Daniel mounts as Jessica's rebellion escalates. Instead of the beautiful family life she dreamed of creating for her nieces, Rebecca feels as if her world is being torn apart by two different cultures, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community, her marriage, and her faith in God.
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Publication Date: 2009
Series: Kauffman Amish Bakery
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Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where youll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each womans story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams … and secrets. Youll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the "English" way of lifeand the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families. Rebecca Kauffmans tranquil Old Order Amish life is transformed when she suddenly has custody of her two teenage nieces after her "English" sister and brother-in-law are killed in an automobile accident. Instant motherhood, after years of unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child of her own, is both a joy and a heartache. Rebecca struggles to give the teenage girls the guidance they need as well as fulfill her duties to Daniel as an Amish wife. Rebellious Jessica is resistant to Amish ways and constantly in trouble with the community. Younger sister Lindsay is caught in the middle, and the strain between Rebecca and Daniel mounts as Jessicas rebellion escalates. Instead of the beautiful family life she dreamed of creating for her nieces, Rebecca feels as if her world is being torn apart by two different cultures, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community, her marriage, and her faith in God.
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, and Amish Homestead series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at AmyClipston.com, Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks, Twitter: @AmyClipston.
This touching book has a tight, though slightly repetitive, focus; it fluidly leads the reader from one event to another, and each thought to the next. It is an easy story to follow and effectively whisks you away from city life and into the Amish world of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Jessica and Lindsays relationship is characteristic of typical American teenaged sisters, and many readers will relate to the irritation tempered with love that the two exhibit toward one another. Rebeccas yearning to show her nieces proper love and direction is sincerely empathized with by readers, and the strife between Becky and her husband Daniel is keenly felt. The best scenes, however, are those involving Rebecca and her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Kauffman. Elizabeth is the voice of experience and wisdom, speaking gently to the heart of the devoted but stubborn Rebecca. Elizabeth exudes godliness and her words reflect Gods peace; as Rebecca tries to guide her nieces, Elizabeth lovingly guides Rebecca.
Rebeccas sister, Grace (for whom the book is presumably named) and her husband are killed in a car accident, leaving their daughters, Jessica and Lindsay, without parents or home. In her will, Grace requests that Rebecca and Daniel rear the girls in Graces childhood home of Lancaster County. The trouble arrives as Jessica and Lindsay are informed that they are to respect and uphold, to a certain extent, the simplistic, but unfamiliar Amish lifestyle. Lindsay adjusts famously after a few months, but despite many attempts, Jessica cannot develop fondness for a community which denies her desires for education and the freedoms to which she is accustomed. The Kauffmans must discover a way to close the wounds of loss and listen to the Lords will without driving loved ones away and destroying their family name in their society.
A Gift of Grace is a fantastic book for preteen to teenage girls. It has value for those who have struggled with guardian-to-child relationships, those whove lost family members, or folks who have ever wondered about their place in life. Clipston gets an A for reader relationships and substance, integrating a genuine road to God as the answer and provider. Highly recommended. Hannah Selleck, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Pumula5 Stars Out Of 5Prolific readerSeptember 18, 2015PumulaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Excellent author and excellent story. I want all of her books.
DonnasBookshelfTennesseeAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amy Clipston has an amazing capacity for creating the perfect scenario!September 16, 2014DonnasBookshelfTennesseeAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I cannot imagine what it takes to write such a book as this Amy Clipston has an amazing capacity for creating the perfect scenario!
It is perfect! A woman who left the Amish faith leaves instructions for her children to return to the family home if anything should happen to her.. and does Amy take the easy way out? Nope.
A Gift of Grace is a wonderful story about two sisters, forced to live with their Aunt and Uncle in an Amish community, after they lose their parents. One sister flourishes the other perishes! Or at least she feels like shes been banished to another century, where theres no electricity, no phones, and no friends only stupid rules!
I was caught up in the story almost from the beginning about the time Jessica notices the not-so-pleasing smells coming from the farm.
What a nightmare.
The strange thing is I live in an apartment with electricity, computers, phones, music, air conditioning and I have 2 vehicles to choose from whenever I want to go somewhere why did I identify more with Lindsay, the slightly younger sister who felt at home on the farm and blossomed there. Why didnt I feel more like Jessica, who missed all the technology and freedom?
Ill admit when trouble brewed, I didnt really feel sorry for Jessica but I did want to smack a few people and say, hey, what happened to showing a little love and compassion? Stop making mountains out of mole hills!
But God has a way of dealing with people, especially when theyre thinking too much of themselves, instead of showing His love to those who need it. Amy follows right along with these thoughts and although it took me by surprise, it certainly shakes up the community.
MyrtAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Must ReadJuly 27, 2014MyrtAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I last opened up "A Gift of Grace", I was on page 163. The next morning I finished reading my book. A story that keeps you wondering how things will work out for Rebecca, Daniel, Lindsay and Jessica. I can't wait to read "A Promise of Hope" to see how the their lives continued. I highly recommend this series. You will be a part of the Kaufmann lives before you know it.
pearlgenMontgomery City, MOAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5this product was well writtenMay 3, 2013pearlgenMontgomery City, MOAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I would highly recommend this book, it was well written. The characters were very well done and the story line was gret.
NancyAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5August 15, 2012NancyAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is excellent alone or as part of the series. I am getting ready to read books 4&5 and hope to enjoy them as much as the first 3.