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|Title: A Simple Amish Christmas|
By: Vannetta Chapman
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 12 ounces
Stock No: WW710661
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Chapman uses dialogue and the thoughts of her main characters to make her book read at a quick but relaxed pace. The relationship between Annie and a certain love-interest is predictable but sweet, and shows the value of combining commitment and love. Most of Annies conversations with her family revolve around faith. My favorite part of this book is how Annie relates to God she speaks to him about her frustrations and fears, feeling like a failure when she is unable consistently to follow Gods will.
Annie Weavers main conflict seems to be whether or not her Amish community will accept her, but the challenge is really about how she finds a way to practice the modern medicine she loves in an old fashion place she loves too. She also deals with the issue of deciding whether to open herself up to love. Another main character, Samuel Yoder, is the local Amish doctor and he plays a key role in her decision making. Annie and Samuel eventually decide to work together, despite some disagreements, for the greater good of their community.
Annie is kind, often worried, and hard working. She likes to feel useful and cares a lot for children, her family, and her medical patients. Her hard-working attitude is similar to that of the other characters, but she is more restless and desiring of a purpose than they are.
Overall, this book is good in that it brings up the topic of medical needs in Amish communities. This, combined with Annies love relationship and the breach of certain subjects about God and his will for peoples lives, makes this a fun and slightly thought- provoking story. However, the ending is a bit frustrating, and Chapman only briefly goes into some subjects I would have liked her to go more deeply into. I would recommend this book to women who enjoy love stories with happy endings. Jody Ford, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Author: Vannetta Chapman
Located in: Central Texas
Submitted: July 22, 2010
Tell us a little about yourself. I live and teach in a small town in central Texas. I've been writing for eleven years and am delighted to have my first book published by Abingdon Press. My husband and I have four children--all grown. The youngest is graduating from college August, 2010.
What was your motivation behind this project? I hadn't written an Amish book before. When my agent asked for an Amish proposal, my first goal was to find something I had in common with the Amish. I found two things--our faith. At its root, we both share a deep love for the same Lord. Secondly, my grandfather was born in Albion, PA. I began researching his life and that's why this book is set in Pennsylvania. Once I'd found some commonality, I had no trouble moving forward with the project.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My "tag" line is Fiction full of GRACE, and that is what I hope readers gain from A SIMPLE AMISH CHRISTMAS --a sense of God's grace. It's infinite and free and, yes, it's a gift. I also hope we all find a way to slow down and enjoy the things of Christmas that mean the most.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I was reminded of how complicated holidays have become in our lives. We have grown children everywhere, we have a blended family, and we all live in different towns. So our life is very different from Annie's life. But we can still enjoy the SIMPLE things of Christmas if we settle down, focus, and make choices that in the end we will be glad we made.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Amy Clipston was a big influence for me on this book, because this was my first Amish book and I turned to her time and again for help. Also Barbara Cameron was a great resource for me. Overall the Christian writing community is a wonderfully supportive group, especially to a newbie like myself. My inspiration has always been my parents--their love for me is completely unconditional and they have always supported me in anything I attempted including my writing.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I have a 3 book Amish mystery series coming out next with Zondervan books that I am very excited about, so stay tuned! You can find out more at my web page. And also I love to do booksignings at local libraries, churches and stores. Send me an email to VannettaChapman@gmail.com.