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Book: Mending Fences
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genre: Christian fiction, Amish, Mennonite
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.
Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him. He has been allowed to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, he must make a sincere apology to each person he’s hurt. Second, he must ask each victim of mischief to describe the damage he caused.
Simple, Luke thinks. Offering apologies is easy. But discovering the lasting effects his careless actions have caused isn’t so simple. It’s gut-wrenching.
And his list keeps growing. Izzy Miller, beautiful and frustratingly aloof, also boards at Windmill Farm, and Luke’s clumsy efforts to befriend her only insult and annoy her. Eager to impress, Luke sets out to prove himself to her by locating her mother. When he does, her identity sends shock waves through Stoney Ridge.
“A funny, heartwarming story of friendship, love, and the possibility of happily ever after.”—Amy Clipston, bestselling author of Seat by the Hearth “Suzanne Woods Fisher has written a sweet and poignant story you won’t want put down. Definitely a must read!”—Kathleen Fuller, bestselling author of the Amish of Birch Creek series
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Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.
A Friend in Need
“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” –Walter Winchell
Luke Schrock was nearly friendless. He returned to Stoney Ridge in Mending Fences after a stint in rehab only because his bishop, David Stoltzfus, strongly encouraged him. And everybody knows you didn’t say no to your bishop.
But nobody else in town wanted anything to do with Luke. They forgave him for the trouble he’d caused in his last downward spiral, the one that went too far. The one that even scared Luke. Forgiving him was the easy part. The Amish of Stoney Ridge were intentional forgivers. It was their trust—that’s what he would have to earn. Trust was a fragile thing. Once broken, it wasn’t easily mended.
Somehow, David was still able to look past the behavior to see the best of Luke Schrock. He didn’t stop there. He found a family who was willing to take Luke in, and he spent hours with him—at times as a mentor, at times as a father figure, but mostly as a friend.
A loyal friend can have a powerful impact. Consider those friends in the town of Capernaum, who carried their paralyzed friend to Jesus for healing—so determined to get to Him that they dragged his stretcher up onto a roof, broke through the roof tiles, and lowered him down. Can you imagine being in the crowd, listening to Jesus, as straw and tile pieces and branches and bugs started to drop down from the ceiling? A shocking display…of devoted friendship. And what a miraculous outcome for that paralyzed man!*
I won’t tell you how Luke’s story ends—only that he works hard to find ways to make amends to those he hurt, to regain trust. Especially the hard-to-earn trust of a brown-eyed beauty named Izzy.
Do you have a real friend like David Stoltzfus, who walks in when the rest of the world has walked out? Or maybe the better question, for you, for me, is to ask ourselves if we are friends to others like David Stoltzfus was to Luke Schrock. I know I want to be.
*This miracle is reported in three gospels: Mark 2:1-12, Matthew 9:1-8, Luke 5:17-26.
Luke Shrock makes a decision to return home to Stoney Ridge after his third round at rehab. Mending Fences is about second chances, learning forgiveness, and finding out how Luke's childish actions when he was young affected the people he hurt.
The characters of Luke and Lizzy were very real to me. The trials they both were going through as recovering alcoholics seemed both real everyday situations the authors explained very well.
I loved the Amish plain references in the book and how both characters were adjusting to Amish life. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
I received a copy from Celebrate Lit and voluntarily chose to review it.
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Alabaster explores the intersection of creativity, beauty and faith through original artistic content and profiles of makers/doers. Focusing on the role of the creative, Alabaster tells the stories of an emerging innovation-forward, visual culture for the sake of a more beautiful human flourishing.
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Where is God? Is He real?
Look closely and you can see God's touch all over creation. Like the sun, God is warm. Like the stars, God is dazzling. Like the wind, God is all around, everywhere. God, I Know You're There, by bestselling author Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrator Lucy Fleming, reminds children of the nearness and goodness of God. Children will discover that God never leaves their side, even if they can’t see or feel Him.
Each page will help children understand the many things in the world we can't see, touch, or hear are just as real as God is. And even if God feels distant, He is real and He is near.
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This is my first read by Sarah Ladd and the first Regency novel I've read. I found her writing style easy to read in spite of being set in 1801 England.
The Weaver's Daughter is filled with great characters, vivid details of the English countryside, a wonderful plot, lots of intrigue, and a great ending. I enjoyed every moment I spent with the story and it is a page turner. One I couldn't put it down.
Two families, Dearborne and Stockton are engaged in a hatred that goes way back and are in competition against each others woolen mill business. The story leads to a standoff between the two, and people closest to the families will be hurt the most. Can anything good come out of a bad situation? You will have to read the story to find out.
I highly recommend The Weaver's Daughter and I ran the gamut of emotions while being deeply engaged in the story. It's one you will remember.
I received this book as a gift and voluntarily chose to review it.
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Steph Carse has honed his skills as a world-class vocalist, traveling the world singing anthems of hope and inspiration, selling over half a million records along the way and garnering friends and fans everywhere he goes. It’s been a journey nearly a quarter of a century in the making, but one that is gaining focus and purpose like never before.
His newest project, My Shining Hour, is a collection of deeply personal original songs of faith, alongside stirring renditions of “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” Elvis Presley’s “Crying in the Chapel” and Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love.” Like Reach Out, his previous project, My Shining Hour is being produced as an album and television special to air internationally.
Singing is in Carse’s blood. Growing up in a diverse music-loving family, he has been exposed to many genres of music from very early on including opera, country, rock, gospel, pop and more. It is not surprising that throughout his career, he has recorded and preformed a wide variety of musical styles.
This new project is a powerful statement delivered by an artist who has seen all his dreams come true, yet has experienced great loss. These experiences have drawn Steph closer to God. “After pursuing happiness through achievement and success for most of my life, I realized that my shining hour came at the moment I found boldness in my intimacy with God.”
He is now committed to using his gifts to serve others and bring glory to God. Carse has a compelling vision to help create a culture of people praying for one another and to empower them to fully reach their God-given potential. This vision is coming to fruition through his recorded music, live performances, the television specials, and his online web presence.
Carse began making his mark in the music world in the early nineties, singing French-language covers of popular country hits that took him to the top of the Canadian pop charts. This opened doors for him to start recording his own original songs, and then the award nominations began to come in.
My Shining Hour is a good quality recording. Steph Carse has a beautiful voice and the background treatment with instrumental and backup singers adds to it nicely. It really sets the mood for his rendition of the songs.
I love his rendition of Amazing Grace with the background diversity of styles from Middle East, Native America, and African. It came across to me that he was trying to show that we are all one people and that there are no boundaries to God's love.
His music touched my heart and at some instances, made me cry with joy. His versatile style of his music is a welcomed change. You will be touched and blessed by his music. Can't wait for his next one.
I received the CD from Front Gate Media and voluntarily chose to review it.
My Shining Hour, is a collection of deeply personal original songs of faith, alongside stirring renditions of “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” Elvis Presley’s “Crying in the Chapel” and Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love.” Like Reach Out, his previous project, My Shining Hour is being produced as an album and television special.
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My Brother’s Bride by Rachael Anderson
Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father’s business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby’s life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she will at last settle into the life of her dreams.
But appearances aren’t always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments.
Just months into her marriage, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, increasing, and determined to never hope again. But when her late husband’s brother, the Earl of Brigston, attempts to thaw the numbness surrounding her heart, Abby must decide if she has it in her to risk another chance at happiness, knowing the odds are not in her favor.
When Brigston entered the kitchen, Abby’s back was partially to him, so she didn’t immediately see him. Her brow was furrowed in concentration as she whipped something in a bowl. She paused to lift the spoon, only to frown at the white liquid dripping from it.
“Are you certain this will thicken into a cream?” she asked.
A flash of irritation crossed Monsieur Roch’s face until he spotted Morgan and seemed to think better of it. He managed a patient tone in his accented French. “It takes time, my lady.”
Morgan stifled a chuckle as Abby examined another spoonful of the liquid. “I’ve been whipping it for several minutes, but it doesn’t seem even a little thicker to me. Have I forgotten to add something?”
“No,” said the cook in clipped tones.
Morgan stepped forward and leaned in close. “If your arm is tired—”
Abby jumped, and what liquid remained on the spoon splattered across Morgan’s face. She spun around, her eyes growing wide with horror when she saw what she’d done.
He wiped a dab from his nose and tasted it. “A little more sugar, perhaps?”
“Brigston! I’m so dreadfully sorry.” She dropped the spoon into the bowl and grabbed a rag from a nearby wash basin, dabbing it across his face.
“Not that rag!” cried the cook. “It was only just used to mop the floors.”
Abby dropped it as though it had burned her, and Morgan tried not to cringe at the thought of filthy water coating his face.
Monsieur Roch retrieved a clean rag and held it out to him, appearing apologetic. He flicked another irritated glance at Abby before returning to his work.
As Morgan wiped the cream from his face, he wondered what Abby would do or say next. Offer another fumbled apology? Make her excuses and flee? Pretend the incident never happened and return to her labors? He never knew what to expect from her.
Her face scarlet, she cleared her throat and lifted her adorably determined chin. “You are most welcome, my lord.”
He raised a brow. “For what, my lady?”
“I have heard that cream does wonders for one’s complexion, and it seems the rumors are correct. Your skin appears much . . . creamier.”
Morgan Campbell, The Marquess of Brigston, returns to his hometown of Cawley Hampshire. He is surprised when his brother, Jasper, the one who never seems serious about life or marriage, returns to announce he has taken a wife, Abbey. There is much speculation as to why his brother would elope and marry without a word.
A serious of devastating events take a toll on the family, and Abby finds herself in the center of all the chaos. Her hopes and dreams are shattered and she feels lost and alone.
My Brother's Bride is a story of impossibilities, undeniable love and unattainable future. The ending of the story wrapped everything up nicely. Even the impossible can happen!
I received a copy from the author and voluntarily chose to review it.
Author Rachael Anderson
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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The Bible is loaded with a section for the owners personal family history, illustrated timeline, and verse highlights which I found to be a wonderful addition. The books of the Bible have bold chapter headings and certain important verses are highlighted to bring attention to it.
This would be a wonderful gift for the young lady in your life.
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The CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible invites every woman to find her story within the greatest story ever told—God’s story of redemption.
As you study God’s Word, 122 women from the (in)courage community come alongside you with 312 devotions, sharing stories of how God’s story has changed their lives. Because of His grace, they have found beauty in the brokenness and hope in the hard. With each devotion, they sing the praise of the One who has authored their story.