This final book in the Canaan series was good. I really enjoyed the message of how Levi allowed God to speak to him and even Vera in learning her lesson and trying to do the right thing. Beth Wiseman really knows how to capture and hold her readers attention. Hats off to Beth wiseman. I highly recommend this book.
Matthew Lapp was planning on leaving the Amish faith. Nothing could stop him, not even the news that his English girlfriend, Danielle Kent, was pregnant. Matthew told her he didn't love her and wanted nothing to do with the her or the baby. Danielle was used to feeling of being abandoned and not being loved. Her father died when she was younger. Her mother physically abused her. And God seemed to be nowhere in all the mess of her life.
Levi Detweiler was Danielle's best friend. Levi was an honest and good man, a gentleman. He was an all around good guy. He had put his faith in God as a child and understood that God had a plan for his life. He looked forward to marrying and raising his children in the Amish ways and according to the Ordnung. Then God told Levi to marry Danielle, who wasn't Amish. He wasn't sure if he was hearing God correctly. But he decided he was ready to give up everything, except his Christianity, to be Danielle's husband.
Levi and Danielle did have a love for one another, a friendship love. They weren't sure it could be a romantic love. Beth Wiseman had me thinking "Yes, they're getting married, no, they're not getting married, yes, no..."
Levi's mother, Vera, was another main character. She was obviously upset by the fact that Levi would no longer be Amish if he married Danielle. She even went against doing what she knew was right to stop him. Vera was very controlling when the story began. Other characters mentioned that she was a good woman but I didn't see it. I was glad to see my opinion change as I read on.
Danielle wanted to be the best mother she could be, despite her upbringing. She figured the only way to do that was with God in her life. The most unexpected person is the one that helped her see how much God loved her and how to trust Him.
A problem I had with this book was Danielle and Levi's ages. An 18 year old and a 22 year old are at different phases in life and have different priorities. It's hard to see a 22 year old male being best friends with an 18 year old female, let alone the fact that one is Amish and the other isn't.
Cindy Woodsmall shows us through her characters that human love can come and go, or maybe not even be there at all, but God's love for us endures forever.
Land of Canaan Series
#1 Seek Me With All Your Heart
#2 The Wonder Of Your Love (read my review)
#3 His Love Endures Forever
I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze for my honest review.
This series is wonderful and especially nice that the characters and families continue from other series. Such as the Daughters of the promise series. In that series....the family breaks away into Canaan and this is where this series of Land of Canaan comes in. Looking forward to seeing if this series will continue. Although fiction novels, these stories act as a reminder of God's love in many ways and can be a tool in helping someone come to know the Lord Jesus.
The book"His Love Endures Forever" is a very exciting book. I enjoyed it. Once you start reading you don't want to put the book down, until you find out how this or that turned out for that person or another. This #3 in the Land of Canaan Series. Danielle Kent is an abused girl, Her mother drinks since their father and husband died. Danielle gets beaten by her mother but ends up finding safety with Martha and Arnold who are loving people. They also spend time with the Amish who can be wonderful people as well. She is great friends with Levi and also has a boyfriend Matthew both who are Amish. You'll love the book- ...
As I said in my previous reviews of the"Land of Canaan" novels, I knew right away that this was not going to be your average Amish book. This is a good thing, and this novel deals with some very difficult situations - unplanned pregnancy, abandonment, and abuse - that were handled very well. I also liked how some of the characters really experienced a lot of growth over the course of the novel, especially Levi's mother, Vera.
It was also different from most Amish novels in that there is a lot of interaction between those of the Amish faith and people from the "English" world. In some ways this was encouraging. I always like to see in Amish novels how the author portrays their Amish characters' feelings toward the rest of the world, and in this novel, the Amish are very accepting of the "English," for the most part.
I think, though, that as the story progressed, the interactions between the Amish and the English got a bit convoluted. It was almost as if the author wanted to make the point that you didn't have to be Amish to be a Christian but that she wanted to do this without condemning the Amish way of life. One thing I thought was interesting in relation to this was that it was brought up several times that those who are"English" can be Christians but that if someone belongs to the Amish faith, then you know they are a Christian. Really? Can we truly know another's heart? We can often tell by their actions ("known by their fruit"), but to me this fruit does not include just following the rules of the Amish. I thought this was an interesting point that I had not heard from other Amish novels.
However, this point was actually contradicted by one of the characters in the story! Vera was the one to say that if someone is baptized into the Amish faith, then you know for sure that they are a believer. But then she herself admitted to Danielle later on in the book that she did not experience a true relationship with God until well after her baptism and marriage. So, then is her earlier point true then? Just something that I thought about as I was reading this book.
Another thing that kind of missed the mark for me was how Danielle's faith in God was portrayed. I did like how she didn't just have some sort of Ã¢â¬Ërevelation' moment where she was suddenly a different person. Hers was actually a journey, which felt more true-to-life. However, at one point she eventually "gave it all to God." While this to me seems to be a step in the right direction, it was quite vague. There was no mention of her accepting the sacrifice for her sins that Christ paid on the cross. I just think it is dangerous territory to get into when Christ dying for our sins is only mentioned one time in the entire book and when a character Ã¢â¬Ëcomes to God'rather than placing their faith in the sacrifice Christ made for us.
I also think this book tread on another dangerous territory. This was in one of the main parts of the storyline when both Danielle and Levi base their decisions on dreams that they had that were supposedly from God. How do you know if the dream is from God and not that it's just your overactive imagination combined with the scary movie you watched last night? Again, I think this can lead to dangerous thinking.
I hate when I seem to be in the minority when it comes to reviewing a book, and this is definitely the case with this one. This novel received tons of great reviews, including from people who I greatly respect as reviewers.
His Love Endures Forever was written in an easy-to-read style with an interesting storyline that made it a fast and entertaining read. I just had too many problems with some of the characters and how the spiritual aspect was portrayed.