An Amish Christmas Love Four Novellas By Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, Kelly Irvin Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description

Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman

Three generations of Stoltzfus women are all living under the same roof. At twenty-five, Naomi has never been married, and both her mother, Barbara, and her grandmother, Ruth, have recently been widowed. Each nursing broken or lonely hearts, they also each have potential suitors. When a storm on Christmas Eve forces the three couples to take shelter in the basement of the Stotlzfus homestead, secrets are revealed, hearts are opened, and all three potential grooms drop to their knees for very different reasons—a proposal, a prayer, and an epiphany.

The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston

Emma Bontrager is spending her first Christmas alone after her husband of 45 years, Henry, passed away in July. Although the Amish don’t normally allow animals in their homes, a big, fat, orange barn cat keeps coming into Emma’s house. She shoos the cat away, but it continues to appear in her house, settling on Henry’s favorite wingchair. But the cat isn’t the only Christmas visitor: a group of young people help bring the Christmas spirit to Emma, reminding her that love and hope abide.

Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin

As a young man enjoying his rumspringa, David Byler gave his heart to an Englisch girl, but he eventually realized he couldn’t give up his Plain faith and family for her, so he let her go. He’s found a new love in his Bee County Plain community, Molly Shrock. Molly has been patient, waiting for the man she loves to love her back. Just as he is ready to propose, David makes a startling discovery: Bobbie McGregor, his Englisch love, is back. Will Molly’s prayers for a Christmas love be answered?

Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid

When a misdirected GPS sends Ellie Whetstone to the wrong address, she inadvertently finds herself breaking into the home of Amish man, Ezra Mast. Ellie hopes to fix up the house left by her aenti and sell it quickly, but a series of run-ins with Ezra and his young daughter have her questioning whether a hasty sale is the right move. Could this new place with its slower pace be the right home for Ellie?

Four stories that are a quick read but have a surprising amount of substance. The characters were all well thought out and the plots were amazing. Each of the stories is set in a different part of the country, but they all revolve around some kind of romance, Christmas, and the Amish people. Included with Novella is a short glossary of terms for a handful of words that might not be easily understood, and a group of discussion questions at the end. My mom also lived this book. I would give it 5 stars

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My Great Big God 20 Bible Stories to Build a Great Big Faith By Andy Holmes

Book Description

My great big God takes care of me! My great big God loves me! Find out just how great and big God really is in this adorable Bible storybook for little ones.

Bestselling author Andy Holmes takes children on a special journey through 20 of the most loved and known stories in the Bible that illustrate the character of God. Each story is told in adorable rhymes and ends with a fresh takeaway that even the youngest child will understand: My great big God is good! My great big God is powerful! Parents and children alike will love to read these stories together and learn about how wonderful our God is.

With bright, eye-catching illustrations by Marta Alvarez Miguens and thick pages perfect for little hands to hold, My Great Big God will be a family favorite for years to come.

My Review:

The stories in this book are taken from the old and new testaments; there are 20 stories in all.  Each story is illustrated with a colorful picture.  The stories will entertain and your kids and keep their attention. Each one makes a nice little devotional for a child.

This is a hard cover board book, so the pages are sturdy.  I do not know how sturdy the binding is, to me it looks a little less sturdy.  So I take one star for the construction of this book and give it 4 stars.  But overall your child will like it.

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The Beloved Hope Chest An Amish Heirloom Novel By Amy Clipston

Book Description

In the final installment of the Amish Heirloom series, the Fisher sisters learn the mystery behind their parents’ marriage—and about the sibling who has never been spoken of.

Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past.

But there’s a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she’s not sure she’s ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded the last few happy decades?

Mattie’s story is one of grief and learning to love again. But like the best things preserved in a hope chest, it’s a story of love and redemption born out of heartache—and it’s past time to share it.

My Review

I gave this book to my mother to read before I read it as she has read the first book in the series.  Her opinion was she liked this book, it was as good as the first one and now she wants to read the second book.  She think Amy Clipston is good author.

This is a story of just that. This was a story of loss and loving again, it shows that God can bring someone through heart and heart aches and give them something to love and hope again. This is an interesting conclusion to the series, and shows how fragile people are, especially during times of deep grief.

This was a charming, engaging, and emotionally powered book, and once again Amy Clipston has worked her magic with words to tug on the heart strings of readers everywhere.  I would give this book a 5 out of 5.

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Love Letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart By Glenys Nellist

Book Description

In this heart-warming picture book designed for girls, author Glenys Nellist tells the inspiring stories of incredible women in the Bible. With beautiful illustrations by Rachel Clowes and sweet lift-the-flap envelopes, each story delivers a special message for children to open as they read their own personal love letters from God. Full of warmth and love, this picture book will fill girls’ hearts with the wonder of the Lord. The stories of Eve, Miriam, Esther, Mary, and many more will delight children and remind them of the bond they can share with God, just like the women of the Bible.

My Review:

This book for girls has 14 stories about women of faith and how God loved and protected them.  Also included with each story is a note you can open that is a love letter from God to you.  This book will inspire your daughter with these stories of faith.  Each story is beautifully illustrated by  Rachel Clowes.  This book is a great gift for your daughter, granddaughter or niece I give it 5 stars.

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Grandpa Hugs By Laura Neutzling

Book Description

Grandmas are for kisses, and grandpas are for great big hugs! Grandpas are fun! They go on adventures, tell silly jokes, say funny things, and love to eat treats. This adorable board book celebrates how wonderful spending time with Grandpa can be!

Little ones and grandpas alike will love Grandpa Hugs, the charming, rhyming storybook about how special a grandpa can be to a child. This companion to the acclaimed Grandma Kisses celebrates grandfathers and all the love and fun they bring to the special grandkids in their lives.

Whether it is a gift from a grandfather to his grandchild, a grandchild to her grandpa, or as a sweet, creative birth announcement for a first-time grandpa, Grandpa Hugs is bound to warm the hearts of everyone who reads it.

My review:

Another great children’s book, this describes a child’s interactions with grandpa.  Whether it is eating sweet treats, going fishing or just getting great big hugs their time with grandpa is special.

This is a padded hard-cover boardbook with about 20 pages in it.  Your child will relate to the simple verses and bright illustrations in this book.  I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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Princess Prayers Written by Crystal Bowman, Inspired by Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson

Book Description

Good morning, Lord, it’s time to rise.

The sun is shining bright.

I’ve got my day ahead of me,

so help me do what’s right.

Help me to be kind and good

and do my very best

to show my love for you today

so others will be blessed.

Princess Prayers includes fifteen sweet prayers for little girls who want to live like princesses for God their King. Prayers are included for girls to be able to pray and learn alongside princess Grace, Hope, Faith, Charity, and Joy. Every little girl is a princess, and this padded cover board book will help them engage with Scripture and discover how to open their hearts to God.

My Review:

This adorable little board book has a hard cover with glitter to make it shiny.  There are 15 prayers inside and with each prayer is a Bible reference for that prayer.  The illustrations are cute and colorful, all of princesses g about their daily activities, playing, praying and such.  A nice little book for the little girl in your life.

I give this book 5 stars.

 

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Thank You, God, for Grandpa By Amy Parker

Book Description:

Thank You, God, for Grandpas,For Pops and Papas too,For Granddads, Gramps, and Grandpappies— They’re great, grand gifts from You!

No matter what you call him, there is nothing like the love between a grandpa and his grandchild! With whimsical rhymes and charming illustrations, Thank You, God, for Grandpa encourages little ones to treasure God’s special gift of grandfathers.

Grandpas and their grandchildren alike will love this heartwarming story that celebrates their sweet relationship.

Amy Parker’s children’s books have sold more than 800,000 copies, including two Christian Retailing’s Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer. She lives outside Nashville with her husband and two children.

My Review:

The illustrations in this book are big and colorful, gorillas as a family playing with grandpa gorilla.  The book is a sturdy boardbook so it will last for a while with your little ones.  I love this book and will be giving it to my grandchild 🙂 Five stars.

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The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston

Book Description

Tragedy tore Christopher’s world apart. But Emily believes there are enough pieces left behind to stitch together a beautiful new beginning.

Emily Fisher is eager to meet the new employee at her father’s shop in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. But when Christopher Hochstetler arrives, his cold demeanor freezes her attempts at building a friendship.

Longing for a fresh start, Christopher travels from Ohio to Bird-in-Hand to work at his uncle’s shop. Christopher’s heart is still wounded from memories of home, and making new friends is the last thing on his mind—he knows the pain that comes with losing those you love. When Emily is kind to him, he tries to remain distant, but he soon finds himself stealing glances at her throughout the day.

When Christopher shares his tragic reasons for leaving home, Emily decides to make a quilt for him as a gesture of their friendship. Even though he is not a member of the church, she’s found someone with whom she can imagine a future. The two are quickly falling in love when a family emergency calls Christopher back to Ohio without warning.

My Thoughts:

This book is the third in the Amish Heirloom Series, so many of the same characters appear in all the books. However, there is enough back story to be enjoyed without reading the previous books in the series.

One of the things that I like about this series is how the author balances real life within an Amish setting.  So those who like to read about Amish life will enjoy each story without the saccharine sweetness of some such novels.  Seeing how life’s struggles are handled within the Amish community makes for very good reading. Once I started reading, it was hard to put the book down.

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The Lord’s Prayer by Rick Warren

lordprayerBook Description:

This iconic prayer is paired with flowing illustrations by award-winning artist Richard Jesse Watson and thoughtful insights by bestselling author Rick Warren, resulting in a book that rejuvenates the familiar prayer for a younger audience. Using poetic scripture from the King James Version, The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness helps familiarize children with real biblical text while also presenting contemporary illustrations and insightful words that make this beautiful prayer come alive.

My Review:

This is a nice book for little ones.  It goes through the Lord’s Prayer section by section with an explanation of each line broken down for children to understand.  Rick Warren did a good job on his explanations.  The illustrations are nicely drawn and the book is of a sturdy board pages that will hold up.

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Love Bears All Things by Beth Wiseman

lovebearsBook Description

Could God be offering Charlotte a second chance at true love?

Charlotte Dolinsky needs time to recover after breaking up with her boyfriend, Ryan. But when a surprise visitor shows up on her doorstep in Texas, she’s forced to put aside her own worries to help her Amish friends in Lancaster County. Soon she is entangled in a web of deception and this time, she isn’t the only one keeping secrets.

Daniel Byler struggles each day in his Amish community to heal from his fiancée’s betrayal. When he discovers that a member of his family is in danger of being shunned, his pain turns to fear. His only way to help is by partnering with Charlotte, a woman he barely knows who has already deceived them all before.

Charlotte begins building a friendship with Daniel that she’ll need to lean on when more surprises surface from her past and she once again finds herself torn between two worlds. Will Charlotte’s friends in the Amish community be able to show her the power of redemption and lead her home? And can she help young Jacob realize that God offers second chances at happiness when she isn’t even sure herself?

My Review:

The book starts off with a bang and keeps on going.  The characters are not fake sugar and love but more real life.  Charlotte is being evicted, Daniel is running away and his mother has problems of her own.  You will like this book. Very complex issues are addressed in a sensitive, meaningful fashion. We rarely see how the Amish address drug addiction, depression and dealing with life changing abusive childhoods.

This is the 2nd in the series of this Amish trilogy, with many of the same characters appearing. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but there were enough clues to help me understand the background.

 

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