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A mysterious power outage causes Moses Hughes's small plane to crash near Leora Ebersole's Old Order Mennonite town and cuts the electricity at the country store, leaving Englischer's stranded because their car batteries are dead. Now the pacifist community must partner with the outsiders to survive. Leora's family and neighbors must protect their lifestyle from English influence.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
When Leora Ebersole sees the small plane crash in her Old Order Mennonite community, she has no idea its a foreshadowing of things to come. When the young pilot, Moses Hughes, regains consciousness, they realize his instruments were destroyed by the same power outage that killed the electricity at the community store, where Englischers are stranded with dead cell phones and cars that wont start.
Moses offers a sobering theory, but no one can know how drastically life is about to change. With the only self-sustaining food supply in the region, the Pacifist community is forced to forge an alliance with the handful of stranded Englischers in an effort to protect not only the food but their very lives.
In the weeks that follow, Leora, Moses, and the community will be tested as never before, requiring them to make decisions they never thought possible. Whom will they help and whom will they turn away? When the community receives news of a new threat, everyone must decide how far theyre willing to go to protect their beliefs and way of life.
Author: Jolina Petersheim
Located in: Driftless Region of Wisconsin
Submitted: December 31, 2015
Tell us a little about yourself. Last November, my husband and I and our two young daughters moved from Tennessee--my home for twenty-six years--to the Driftless Region of Wisconsin, where we are currently attempting to homestead on our grid-tie solar-powered farm. Though our Amish and Mennonite backgrounds should provide a smooth transition to the simple life, this past year has stretched us in so many ways, culminating in my third novel, The Alliance, releasing this June through Tyndale House, which I believe is my most important project to date.
Part St. John Mandel's Station Eleven with the communal quandaries presented in Lois Lowry's work, The Alliance has forced me to come to terms with my pacifist background and ask myself what lengths I would go to protect my daughters, even if that meant extinguishing a life.
What was your motivation behind this project? When my eldest daughter was six months old, an unnerving exchange with a logger caused me to ask myself whether I would ever use lethal force to protect myself and my family. I believed I would, even though, growing up, I sensed that my own father would adhere to his pacifist heritage if placed in such a situation. The final puzzle piece for my book, The Alliance, slid into place when my father told us that we needed heirloom seeds to last us until the next harvest season. I remember standing in my darkened kitchen and repeating that phrase to myselfThe Harvest Season. Initially, I believed this would be the title of the book, but over time, I knew a community having enough food to last until the next harvest season was only a small element of the story. The larger element came from the protagonist, Leora Ebersoles driving need to control her environment, even after society crumbles around her, because if she controls her environment, she believes she will be able to keep her orphaned family safe.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I pray that my readers will discover the Author of the peace that passes all understanding and daily surrender their livesand the lives of their familiesto Him.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? With every one of my books, Gods been faithful to allow me to experience some portion of whatever topic Im addressing. The Alliance is no exception. My family and I moved from Tennessee to Wisconsin shortly before I finished the rough draft. Eight weeks later, my husband went in for a CAT scan, which revealed a tumor near his brain stem. He had surgery the next morning, and all through that night next to his hospital bed, I feared for my family. I feared for our two young daughterstwo-and-a-half and four months at the time. I feared that I would be a widow, living on a farm six-hundred miles away from our immediate families. In a matter of hours, one of my worst fears had come true, and I didnt know how to handle it. However, all through my Garden of Gethsemane night, during the hours my husband was in surgery, and the critical weeks that followed the craniotomy, I felt Gods presence as if he was sitting beside me. I then understood that God had allowed me to face one of my greatest fears so that I would learn that inner peace can never be acquired through my futile attempts to control my environmentand therefore keep my family safe. Moreover, I can only achieve inner peace if I continually surrender my life and the lives of my family to the One who called us into being.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Francine Rivers, Marilynne Robinson, Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, Donna Tartt, Sue Monk Kidd, Barbara Kingsolver, Kate Atkinson, Kate Morton
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Through all its mountains and valleys, I'm honored to take this journey of life with you.