Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Beside Still Waters: A Book Review

About The Book:

Raised among the Amish of Indiana, 18-year-old Marianna Sommer plans to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and set up life in the only community she has ever known. But when her older brother chooses the world’s path following his rumschpringe, and a younger sibling begins showing interest in Englisch ways, Marianna’s parents move the family to Montana.

Although she is also in her rumschpringe years and not obligated to move, Marianna makes the journey to dutifully help her mother who is expecting another child. Surprisingly, from strangers on the cross-country train ride to the less rigid stance of the new Montana community, many Englisch influences awaken within Marianna—and even her father—the desire to pursue a deeper kind of joy and love for God.

After an accident, Marianna tells her friend Ben a defining story about the Sommer family, and his response further illumines the active relationship God seeks with His followers. In due time, she learns the move from Indiana was not about losing anything, but finding out who God really is. Despite all the shake-ups, Marianna feels a sweet peace, like still waters, in her soul.

About The Author:

Tricia Goyer is an acclaimed and prolific writer, publishing hundreds of articles in national magazines including Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family while authoring more than twenty-five fiction and nonfiction books combined. Among those are 3:16 Teen Edition with Max Lucado and the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award winners Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights. She has also written books on marriage and parenting and contributed notes to the Women of Faith Study Bible. Tricia lives with her husband and four children in Arkansas.

My Review:

Another fantastic release from Tricia Goyer, who is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors of 2011.  This time, Goyer takes on the genre of Amish fiction, but with a twist. And does a remarkable job at it. 

With the superb combination of great writing, remarkable characters and awesome storylines, Beside Still Waters will pull you in from the very first pages, as it did me. The characters are all believable and real in their experiences, much of what any one of us could be going through at any given time. Goyer does not tread lightly with "the big issues" but tackles them with sensitivity and reminds us that God is always in control, be it with our lives or those around us, and ultimately desires a relationship with us. 

I could not put this book down. Goyer takes on a very popular genre and nails it with finesse, and I for one cannot wait to read the rest of The Big Sky Amish Series. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Beside Still Waters at your favorite bookseller from B and H Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary e-copy of this book, courtesy of B and H Publishing Group and NetGalley, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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