Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Levi's Will: Book Review

About The Book:

Winner of the 2006 Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction

Dusk. An Amish farm in Ohio. Will's father doesn't recognize him at first--it's been eight years--so he holds a match up to Will's face to see him better. "I thought you were dead," Levi Mullet says, then blows out the match and walks away. 

This is not how it's supposed to be. Where's the fatted calf? The party?

For years, Will has worked to overcome the ban of his father and the Old Order Amish community. Only now, when the life of his own son hangs in the balance, does he begin to see the truth--that love is the proof of God, and forgiveness the proof of love.

Levi's Will is the mesmerizing story of an Amishman seeking to build a bridge across three generations.

You can read an excerpt of Levi's Will here.

About The Author:

W. Dale Cramer is a husband, father, jack-of-all-trades, and author of the highly acclaimed novels Sutter's Cross and Bad Ground as well as several published works of short fiction. He and his wife and two sons make their home in northern Georgia.

My Review:

I have long been a huge fan of Amish fiction, and was very excited to read Levi's Will by W. Dale Cramer. I was pleasantly pleased with this novel. Cramer does a fantastic job of bringing the reader into the world of the Amish, particularly their belief system and traditions. I find the Amish lifestyle very intriguing, and I love it when it is apparent the author has done a lot of research for writing about the Amish culture. It is very apparent that he has done his research well. I will definitely be reading more of His work in the future.

The book spans over 40 years, with the chapters alternating between past and present, which initially I did not like, but in the end I got used to it and I appreciated that in the end the past and present tied very well into one another. The book was very well written and easy to read. It was also a very quick read. I could really see this book as a movie.

This book is about the fractured relationship between a father and son, and the journey it took to reach forgiveness and redemption. It is a fantastic realistic illustration of the relationship God has with us.Our relationships with Him is fractured. He loves us, forgives us and we can have a renewed relationship with Him, if we choose that path. So too, the father and son in Levi's Will, walked this path. The love of a father is unconditional but in our humanness we often let pride get in the way. This book is a wonderful example of what happens, even many years later, when we let go of pride, and the past, and let God heal the heart in our lives.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Levi's Will at your local Christian bookseller. It is also available directly online through Bethany House, and

***Thank you to Jim at Bethany House for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on  this blog****

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