Kelly IrvinZondervan / 2023 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$11.994.9 out of 5 stars for Every Good Gift. View reviews of this product. 10 Reviews
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Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Really Moving StorySeptember 8, 2023Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Every Good Gift was such a compelling story! I liked that the author was able to show that the two main characters, Maisy and Joshua, were deep thinkers, who struggled with things that had happened or choices they had made. The way Joshua was drawn to Maisy, even knowing that she was pregnant by an English boy, showed what a kind man he was. Maisy definitely knew her actions during her rumspringa were foolish, and she had to deal with a lot in this story. Her friendship with Joshua was something that ended up being a precious thing to her.
The way Maisy's parents and the community that she traveled to treated her situation seemed very realistic. I found myself frequently frustrated with the bishop's suggestions regarding Maisy and Joshua, even though I think that his heart was in the right place.
Joshua had a lot to work through in this book. Grief had taken hold of him for ten years and pulled him away from trusting God. His journey back to leaning on God in all things and taking his place in the Amish community was a touching one.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful Story of RedemptionApril 2, 2023MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This Amish fiction romance is filled with characters that were realistic with their current situations. Irvin penned a beautiful story dealing with some difficult topics; however, she wove a message of hope, learning to forgive self and let God work His will in the days ahead. I fell in love with the gentleness of Joshua to Maisy and the actions of other characters. I would enjoy seeing these characters in another story from Haven, Kansas.
I borrowed this book from the library, thus a review was not required. I have expressed my own opinion.
MaryAnnORAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Dramatic TaleMarch 14, 2023MaryAnnORAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The moving opening of this endearing novel drew me right into the story and made me care deeply about Maisy Glick, who faces a serious dilemma. The author skillfully wove a compelling drama that reads as real and touching as a friend sharing in personal conversation. The emotional buggy ride pulls the reader along the painful path Maisy must navigate and tugs at the heart. I appreciate Maisy's dedication to her faith and her willingness to admit her sin. She isn't the only character with past trauma that won't let go. Joshua Lapp comes alongside her as he struggles with his own suffering. I think this powerful story is the best Kelly Irvin has penned thus far, and I think I've read all her books. I received a copy from the author. All opinions are my own.
arkmom5 Stars Out Of 5Shame and Remorse to Redemption and HopeMarch 11, 2023arkmomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Maisy Glick wanted to experience her rumspringa as Amish teens were allowed prior to joining the church. Maisy never doubted that she'd join the faith of her family. She just wanted to experience the Englisch world first. And she did. What she didn't expect was to fall so hard for an Englisch boy (Nate) and find herself throwing up each day after their relationship ended.
Nate is headed off to college and doesn't want a wife and baby at this time in his life. Maisy wants to remain Amish, join the church and raise her child Amish. She knows this news of hers will devastate her family. And, it did.
In her shame, she ran away to her cousin, Ruth's home where Ruth greets her with open arms. Ruth's husband, Amos, not so much.
Ruth and Amos' community is not allowed to speak to her. She is not allowed to attend their church services. They fear the younger ones will see her condition and sin as acceptable. An example must be made of her.
Joshua Lapp, whom she met when she arrived in town, gave her a ride out to Ruth and Amos' home where he is employed by Amos. Joshua became her friend. He has yet to join the church as he is dealing with anger towards God for a huge loss he suffered as a boy. He asks the age-old question of why a good God would allow this to happen.
The bishop has warned him to stay away from Maisy, but he doesn't. They become friends. Maisy has learned her lesson and wants to do nothing to bring more shame upon herself or family. Joshua has genuine respect for Maisy and does not judge her as many others do.
This is such a well written story. Great characters. You feel as though you're there with them.
I was given an advanced ecopy by the publisher, Zondervan through Netgalley. I was under no obligation to leave a positive review.
Cheri SBattle Creek, MIAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful seriesFebruary 27, 2023Cheri SBattle Creek, MIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Every Good Gift, Book 3 in the Amish Blessings series was beautiful. The author took a difficult topic and instead of handling it the way one would think, she made the reader think outside the box and created a beautiful tapestry of words, thoughts, emotions and feelings all woven together. I was able to see the pain, emotion and heartbreak from all sides and in the end realize there is beauty and brokenness, joy and pain in each decision we make. God has a way of turning even what seems to be a negative situation in this sinful world we live in into something absolutely beautiful.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher but was not under any obligation to review it. All opinions are my own.
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