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Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2010
The Narrow Path is a story about a couple who must face their differences and learn to work together as they look toward a lifetime of love. Miranda Klassens Mennonite church is big and modern and she loves the mixture of faith, action, and activity. But in order to follow her dream she moves across the country to a small town to organize the 75th anniversary celebration of an Old Order Mennonite church. Ted Wiebe has been assigned to assist and guide Miranda, feeling good that his church has chosen another Mennonite. But except for sharing the same basic faith and denomination, their churches have nothing else in common. His church embraces old-style roots, so Ted expects to find someone similar at the airport: a woman who never wears pants, no body piercing (including pierced ears), no makeup, and wearing a head covering as a sign of modesty, someone else who lives in accordance with old-fashioned values. But the woman who acknowledges him is wearing unreasonably high and outlandishly expensive shoes, denim jeans, and makeup, including bright red lipstick. As she gets off the plane shes fiddling with an iPod and yapping on the cell phone. When Miranda enters Teds church and community she feels like shes been transported back into Little House On The Prairie. Ted is supposed to help Miranda fit in, and Miranda is supposed to help his church reach out into the community. When its time to start planning and organizing for the celebration, then the fun really begins.
Chapter one is headed by the verse Matthew 7:14, But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few will find it. Sattler carefully crafts the Mennonites lifestyle in the book through everything from the way they speak to the types of foods they eat. Although she contrasts the Christians who literally separate themselves from the world, and Christians who live among the world and its ways but are still set apart, she unites them as one in Christ. Despite the fact that tradition and daily life may be different for believers, a beautiful unity exists in God.
The major flaw in The Narrow Path is in the storytelling itself. Although there is an overarching conflict of Miranda and Teds lives colliding, there are really no conflicts to keep the reader turning pages, and the major crisis arises out of an obscure part of the story that didnt allow time for the reader to become emotionally involved due to lack of background and rising tension. Also, many times there are unnecessary sections of the book that dont add anything to the plot itself, such as local customs, church history, or random descriptions of country life.
However, despite the lack of a unified and complete story, Sattlers characters are loveable, fun, and memorable, and her quick wit and knack for good descriptions will keep her readers smiling. Most pre-teens, teens, and young women in search of a light-hearted romance with a good message will appreciate The Narrow Path. Emily Jean Morgan, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
grace greatmanAbuja, NigeriaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great readJanuary 14, 2013grace greatmanAbuja, NigeriaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5The book addressed the fact that true Christianity is more of a heart thing, not in appearances. Great read. I enjoyed the dialogue.
shortyTexasAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5January 11, 2013shortyTexasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3It was an interesting story.It had good story lines.
Mrs BCNY New YorkAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Clean, simple, and romantic.June 7, 2012Mrs BCNY New YorkAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It is wonderful to read something that is clean and yet romantic. The story line did drop in a few places, fast forwarding in the plot, but overall very good. The author had a way of letting you into the mind of both characers as the story went on. A most enjoyable book. Would love to see the story continue.
BarbVirginiaAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Trouble at the CrossroadsApril 14, 2012BarbVirginiaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I have been intrigued with the Mennonite faith since we had a Mennonite gentleman assemble our newly purchased Amish gazebo kit to be erected beside our pond. What precision and care he took with his work and what a delightful, humorous conversationalist!
This book will not give you an in-depth theological understanding of that denomination, but it will give you a delightful look at how two entirely opposite groups within the same faith can eventually come together on common ground. Many of the characteristics of each are very similar: same work ethic, same humble devotion to community, same respect for the things of God. However, their approaches to the things of the world reveal the breadth of change that has moved some congregations away from the Old Order-the Old Way.
Although some of the story line gets dropped at certain points, the story of love, joy in worship and deep abiding faith is woven throughout. This book was a delight in many ways. It has lessons for all of us in loving our brothers of other denominations.
RosyMichiganAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Offered as a free read, but this was a worthy readMarch 29, 2012RosyMichiganAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A peek into Amish culture, a romantic story that grew, on me and into love for the characters. The process, and struggle of the couple keeping the faith were well written. Like I said, a worthy read