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|Title: The Forbidden, The Courtship of Nellie Fisher #2|
By: Beverly Lewis
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2008
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 12 ounces
Series: Courtship of Nellie Fisher
Stock No: WW203114
With a slow start, Forbidden lacks the descriptions needed to visualize the setting and people, but the story itself makes up for that. Lewis switches points of view frequently throughout the book, making it confusing for readers who have not read the first book in her Courting series, but these changes give the reader an insightful view of the varying conflicts created by splits in churches.
As characters confront issues of forgiveness, devotion, and faith, Lewis shows the importance of love and prayer in the Christian life. She addresses the Christian's quest for assurance of salvation, questions regarding how to help others come to that same assurance, the need to be in the world but not of the world, and personal struggles to understand God's will. The heart of The Forbidden can be found as Nellies mother tells her, "It's not so much how we manage to get through the hard things as it is being willing to cling to God's promises while we're getting there" (p. 267). Elias, Nellie's father, later recalls a verse in the Bible (Acts 1:7) and says, "'Tis not for us to know the times and the seasons, nor the hearts of men but to simply trust" (p. 290). Harmony Wheeler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Author: Beverly Lewis
Submitted: July 29, 2008
Tell us a little about yourself. This story has been simmering in my heart now for over two years--and I'm so excited to share it with my readers here at Christianbook.com.
What was your motivation behind this project? Several forces were behind my writing this trilogy...especially the fascinating research I was blessed to do into the birth of the New Order Amish, all the while knowing that a "present-day revival" is occurring right now among the Plain people
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Various layers of enjoyment, including a wholesome alternative to secular novels, a compelling story, a non-fiction-style-novel, where the secrets of an exotic society come to light, and a tender love story.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? One of the most powerful ways was hearing firsthand how God moved in 1966, when Amish ministerial brethren began reading the whole of Scripture and the eyes of their spiritual understanding were opened for the first time!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I look to the Lord Jesus for daily inspiration through prayer and God's Word. Without that, I am unable to fulfill His call. My dear Mom had a way of encouraging me (and everyone around her) like no one I've ever know (she's been in heaven now for just 2 years, and I miss her prayers terribly). I adore the writings of C. S. Lewis, A.W. Tozer, Chip Ingram, Calvin Miller and Andrew Murray--not in that order. I think Lynn Austin is rather incredible, as is Liz Higgs, Charles Martin, Lisa Samson, William Trevor, Elizabeth George Speare and Elizabeth Strout...and about 40 other favorite novelists and poets.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: The finale to "The Courtship of Nellie Fisher" is at the printers and will be out in a few weeks--Book Three: The Longing. I'm already writing a new series with a powerfully emotional story that will keep you awake all night--to be released in summer '09. God bless my wonderful readers--I love you and pray for you.