Gladden the Heart #5
Gladden the Heart #5  -     By: Olivia Newport
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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1683221109
ISBN-13: 9781683221104
Series: Amish Turns of Time

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"When you have experienced the Holy Ghost as I have, you would see that it is difficult to turn back."
 
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 Susanna’s 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:
Wonderful Lonesome
Meek and Mild
Brightest and Best
Hope in the Land




 

Author Bio

Olivia Newport’s 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.

Editorial Reviews

In this Amish Turns of Time installment, the characters are witty, charming and willing to do what they must to keep family members safe and away from curious eyes. The plot is believable and is based on long-forgotten facts about "sleeping preachers." These preachers go into a trance and preach some of the best sermons, and they don't remember a thing about it.

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  1. A Farley
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Different Kind of Story
    August 7, 2017
    A Farley
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Not your typical Amish fiction. Before reading this novel I had never heard of sleeping preachers. Olivia brought this piece of little known history to light while weaving in characters both Amish and English, tent revivals, and personally experiencing God. Susanna and Adam's love are tested throughout the story. Like any true love they need to see what is in the others heart.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
  2. joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    JESUS gladdens my heart
    July 29, 2017
    joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for Gladden the Heart - eBook.
    Gladden the Heart is about religious freedoms, religious tolerance, choosing of paths(although there is only one GOD, we all Christians and Amish alike pray to), fierce friendship. You have two people in love Susanna and Adam both follow the Amish faith until one day something happens - her cousin goes into trances and preaches the Gospel now is that for real or not? that is what Susanna has to figure out - be loyal to family or faith? She takes care of her cousin while he is in these HOLY SPIRIT trances and preaches while in these trances - Adam needs to either help Susanna, be patient and supportive ,or lose her - guess which one he does? GOD's hand is running throughout the book and that is the most important thing - Amen ya'll? Are the revivals for real? The book believes in the one and only way to Heaven and that is through the son JESUS CHRIST. Other things like electricity etc are believed to be used - differently. GOD Bless Ms. Newport who wrote such a wonderful book - thank you -The story you had to tell - I enjoyed it so very much and you got me to become so involved in the lives of ALL the characters. I enjoyed each and every single word. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my very own.
  3. joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    JESUS gladdens my heart
    July 29, 2017
    joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Gladden the Heart is about religious freedoms, religious tolerance, choosing of paths(although there is only one GOD, we all Christians and Amish alike pray to), fierce friendship. You have two people in love Susanna and Adam both follow the Amish faith until one day something happens - her cousin goes into trances and preaches the Gospel now is that for real or not? that is what Susanna has to figure out - be loyal to family or faith? She takes care of her cousin while he is in these HOLY SPIRIT trances and preaches while in these trances - Adam needs to either help Susanna, be patient and supportive ,or lose her - guess which one he does? GOD's hand is running throughout the book and that is the most important thing - Amen ya'll? Are the revivals for real? The book believes in the one and only way to Heaven and that is through the son JESUS CHRIST. Other things like electricity etc are believed to be used - differently. GOD Bless Ms. Newport who wrote such a wonderful book - thank you -The story you had to tell - I enjoyed it so very much and you got me to become so involved in the lives of ALL the characters. I enjoyed each and every single word. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my very own.
  4. vics49548
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Not a typical Amish book!
    July 27, 2017
    vics49548
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Author Olivia Newport puts a new spin on the Amish community in this book with tent revivals and sleeping preachers. Can the Amish really have a genuine spiritual experience? With her knowledge of Amish history, Newport delves into this.

    Strong, well-developed characters make this book even more interesting. There is some romance but to me it was more historical than anything and I enjoyed learning several new things!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
  5. ReginaF
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A wonderful book!
    July 26, 2017
    ReginaF
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    WOW! This book was wonderful!! I have never heard of a preacher or anyone being called a sleeping preacher. It something I cannot fathom. I can understand how it would cause a great upheaval in any community and draw a crowd.

    Olivia has vividly written this book in clear detail and the characters are easy to understand. Yes, it was a slow start but it picked up as you read further into the book. What drew me further into the book was this sleeping preacher phenomenon. I really wanted to understand it more. What also drew me in was the tent revivals, conversions and how the Amish were being drawn into that and how their church dealt with it.

    Susannah and Adam were a delightful courting couple. They had a few kinks to work out, but love always wins in the end! I love Susannahs heart for her cousin, she truly loved and cared for him, and wanted what was best for him.

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    I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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