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 English 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.
Based on a true story, Beside Still Waters is spectacular Amish fiction. Marianna is born directly after a buggy/semi accident that takes the life of two of her sisters. Sisters that she is also named after. In her mind, she has never lived up to the expectations of her two sisters, and so she strives for the best in everything she does.
She also finds herself really liking Aaron Zook, who also aims to make Marianna his wife. But Marianna's father decides to move the family to Montana. Even though Marianna doesn't want to go and give up her chance with Aaron, and she doesn't have to go, as she is nineteen, she does anyway. She has several younger siblings that her mom will need help with. Even though her brother has decided to live an English life, Marianna has always known she would join the church.
Her journey to Montana and what transpires helps Marianna with her journey of God's love and peacefulness within her heart. A captivating read with likeable and compelling characters, Beside Still Waters is a fabulous read!
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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: http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com/2011/04/beside-still-waters-giveaway.html
BONUS! Each person who enters the giveaway will receive a FABULOUS Montana Amish Calendar. Hurry, it’s only available while supplies last!
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*I received an advance copy of Beside Still Waters to faciliate this review. All thoughts and opinions are expressly my own opinion.