As I stated before, I love Christmas and it is a rule in our house that we read books and see movies inspired by this Blessed Season only.
During those long winter nights, it keeps us warm, it gives us hope and it makes us just plainly happy!
A Plain & Simple Christmas by Amy Clipston is the first of the many books I plan to read this season and it gave me such a warm feeling of coming home... Its cover reminded me of the Amish countryside we often crossed while living in the Midwest, with its buggies and beautiful farmhouses in rolling hills!
This novella is written in plain (translate beautiful) style giving you the opportunity to witness the faith of a simple Amish family, the rules and traditions of a unique community including the shunning of one of their own and ultimately their love for God and each other.
Anna Mae left her community four years ago to marry an Englisher or non-Amish person and is soon to have a child. Missing her family and friends, she reaches out to one of her freindschaft (relative) and asks her to arrange for Anna Mae to visit her family with her husband at Christmas time. But when Anna Mae's letter reaches her family, not everyone is happy to hear from her and her journey back amongst the community is not an easy one.
Amy Clipston's book is truly an inspirational journey of discoveries for both sides, the Amish and the English, of love and faith in a family and the strength it gives them.
It is a story ultimately of forgiveness at Christmas, a time when anything is possible, a time simply for miracles.
This was truly an enjoyable story, one I am sure will bring you a feeling of peace and warmth.
I gave it 4 stars!
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