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The year 1847 brings about an increase is spiritual interest in Susanna’s Amish community when her cousin Noah begins preaching while under trances. He is not a minister however gives long sermons that attract attention. She watches out for him and keeps him safe during the trances. The Bishop pressures Susanna’s boyfriend Adam not to support this new interest because it threatens their faith. Now she and Adam are on opposite sides of the controversy hoping their love is strong enough to pull them through.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Amish Turns of Time
When the lively fervor of nineteenth century revivalism endangers the staid customs of the Amish community in the lush but rugged Kishacoquillas Valley of central Pennsylvania in 1847, the Amish church must deal with a divisive question: What is a genuine spiritual experience?
The question turns personal when Susannas beloved cousin Noah begins preaching while under trances and even though he is not a minister he gives long sermons that attract increasing attention. Curious, she helps to keep Noah safe during his trances. At the same time Adam, Susanna's intended, feels pressure from the bishop to speak out against the ways of revivalism.
Susanna and Adam are pushed to opposite sides of a controversy that threatens their traditional Amish faith.. Now they must grapple with whether love is possible...even if they come to different conclusions.
When Noah goes missing at a time of day when he often preaches while asleep, circumstances thrust community members with divergent opinions into a crisis that demands they recognize the humanity they share regardless of beliefs. But can strong-held opinions be softened by the truths that shape their lives?
More in the Amish Turns of Time Series:
Meek and Mild
Brightest and Best
Hope in the Land
Olivia Newports novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.
sgreene013 Stars Out Of 5A Different Type of Amish RomanceJune 22, 2017sgreene01Quality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3This is a historical fiction book based on happenings between the Amish and the Methodist, who held tent revivals, taking place in 1847. There were such differences in their teachings that many Amish would actually leave to follow the revivalists teachings. One of the phenomenons of the time was someone being filled with the Holy Ghost and being able to preach while in a trance.
The book centers around Susannah and her favorite cousin, Noah, who has received this spiritual filling. They are both Amish. Susannahs best friend, Patsy, is the daughter of a Methodist circuit riding preacher. They have always respected each others beliefs and maintained their friendship. When Noah begins preaching while in this trance, both Susannah and Patsy are there by his side to be sure he is safe since he isnt aware of his surroundings when this takes place. Adam, the man Susannah loves, is very much against her always being around this influence, since it was in conflict to the Amish beliefs.
The book, which I thought would be a typical Amish romance, was very different and strange in its content. It held the element of Amish romance, but definitely centered on the emphasis of this phenomenon.
The author does explain her research on this phoenomenon further in her information at the end of the book.
This wasnt the typical Amish romance I expected, but still enjoyed reading this and learning this piece of history of which I had no prior knowledge.
I would recommend it to those who like historical fiction. I received a complementary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Gladden the HeartJune 22, 2017MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Gladden the Heart is the latest release by Oliva Newport in her Amish Turns of Time series. This is a well told historical fiction descriptive story of the historical revivalism in the 1840's amidst the Amish community in picturesque Kishacoquillas Valley of Pennsylvania. The characters are well developed with realistic struggles during this era. The Amish are leery of the Methodist tent revival but yet drawn to the singing and preaching of the Word. When an Amish man, Noah Kauffman, falls ill and starts proclaiming God's Word in a fiery revival style great concern erupts within the Amish community. Suzanne Hooley is set to assist her cousin and his wife, Phoebe, as one never knew when he would fall into the trance and he needed to be kept safe. Word spread about Noah preaching looking out his window without a crowd initially. There are unexpected twists and turns with Noah wandering away from his home during a time when he could have fallen into a trance. Noah never recalled any of the happenings thus great concern grew for his well-being. How will the Amish and English members come together to find him? Will Susanne and Adam be able to continue their relationship with her supporting Noah? Read Gladden the Heart to discover how individuals can set aside differences for the sake of another while their faith and love is being tested. Gladden the Heart can be read as a standalone even though it's part of Newport series, Amish Turns of Time. I look forward to reading more books by Olivia Newport and had read the first couple of books in this series when they were released.
I received an ARC book from the author as part of her tour with Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review but have expressed my honest thoughts.
Pat from MUC5 Stars Out Of 5Amish History Comes AliveJune 21, 2017Pat from MUCQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Gladden The Heart takes place in 1847 in the Kishacoquillas Valley of Pennsylvania. As the novel begins 21-year-old Susanna Hooley is loitering near a large tent housing a Methodist revival organized by the father of her best friend Patsy Baxton. The Reverend Charles Baxton, is a circuit rider (a traveling preacher) who serves a large area in central Pennsylvania. To energize some of his nearest congregations, he has invited a well known pastor from New York to lead the revival.
Susanna is the oldest and only daughter in a family of five children. Her parents maintain a large farm and are faithful both to their Amish faith and the decrees of their bishop, Shem Hertzberger. In fact Veronica Hooley is wary of her daughters friendship with Patsy Baxton because she is afraid of the English influence Patsy may have on Susanna. Lately Veronica and her husband have been talking about moving their family west to Indiana to avoid the growing English influences such as the revival.
Early in the story the author introduces Susannas cousin Noah Kauffman, 15 year her senior. He has always been Susannas favorite cousin, and she has become close to Noahs wife Phoebe as well. It is for this reason that Susanna is very concerned when, following an Amish church gathering, Noah collapses. When he is revived and returned to his feet, Noah begins preaching about repentance. Noah has no experience as a minister and is shy whenever he has to speak in public no matter how short his remarks. In this instance, Noah shows no hesitation and seems to be in a trance-like state.
While Bishop Herzberger becomes angrier and less tolerant of Noahs continuing behavior, the crowd of spectators outside the Kauffman house is growing daily. The tension between Noah and the members of his Amish community fuels the rest of the story as neighbor is pitted against neighbor and church against church. The novel moved quickly and kept my interest throughout. I have come to appreciate Olivia Newports research and writing and will look forward to more works from her, especially those in her Amish Turns of Time series.