Beside Still Waters
CHECK OUT THE COOL GIVEAWAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST!!!
I enjoy Amish Fiction. Although it has a tendency to be somewhat predictable, I can depend on it to help me see the simpler side of life.
Tricia Goyers' book is a refreshing take on the typical Amish 'formula'.
The story revolves around Marianna Sommer, who was born a bit early as the result of a tragic buggy accident which took the lives of her two older sisters. Since her name was derived from their names, she has always felt that her existence was a reminder of the tragedy and that she needed to somehow replace both of them within her family.
When her father decides to move the family to a much smaller Amish community in Montana, she finds herself far from the comfort of a tight-knit religious group and instead part of a well integrated group of Amish and Englischers. Instead of being the enemies, these Englisch seem to be friends and work together with the Amish. What's more, they have a strength of faith and joy that Marianna had never know was possible.
While this book has romance, that is not it's primary purpose. Tricia has captured the struggle within each of us to fully understand life, love, and a true relationship with God. And as is her way, she left me chewing my fingernails waiting for the next book in the series!
I have always loved Tricia's books, and this one proves why. The depth of her characters, the realism of their struggles, and her ability to link to the heartstrings of her readers is a true gift.
Don't just take my word for it -- see what other bloggers are saying about Beside Still Waters. Check out other reviews here.
Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty-six books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock , Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife. Visit www.triciagoyer.com for more info.
About Beside Still Waters:
Marianna Sommer believes she knows where her life is headed. Nineteen years old and Amish, her plan is to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and live in the only community she's ever known.
When Marianna's family moves from Indiana to Montana she discovers life and faith will never be the same. As she builds an easy friendship with local guy, Ben Stone, Ben not only draws her heart, he also gets her thinking about what loving God and living in community is all about.
As Marianna struggles to find "home", she also encounters God in intimate ways. Click here to watch the book trailers.
Link to buy the book: http://triciagoyer.com/contemporaryfiction.html#BesideStillWaters
About Beside Still Waters Giveaway:
To celebrate the release of the first book in the Big Sky Amish series Tricia is giving away 10 copies of Beside Still Waters and a pair of super cute antique Amish salt & pepper shakers.
Details at Tricia’s blog, It’s Real Life
BONUS! Each person who enters the giveaway will receive a FABULOUS Montana Amish Calendar. Hurry, it’s only available while supplies last!
The Litfuse Publicity Group provided a free book so I could do this review. I am in no way obligated to provide a positive review -- they ask only that I give my honest opinion.