Friday, September 9, 2011

A Lancaster County Christmas by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Mattie Riehl was hoping to give her husband, Sol, the Christmas gift they have both longed for--news that a baby was on the way. But as usual, she is disappointed. The holidays bring an acute awareness to Mattie that her dream of a big Amish family isn't likely to become a reality. Will those empty chairs at the table ever be filled?

Then a winter storm raging outside blows an impatient young woman and her husband into the Riehl home on Christmas Eve--and into a much slower pace of life.

Both couples are about to find out if they can weather the storm--and if miracles still happen at Christmastime.

My review:I don't normally read and review Amish fiction, but I do love to read Christmas books. I also love to visit Lancaster County, PA, and this book is set there.

I really enjoyed this book. The theme of it is "Emmanuel, God With Us", and through two totally different couples, the author shows that to be true.

Though fiction, the story shows that God is truly with us, and how He works in our lives. I have heard and studied a lot about the Amish, and feel that the author also does a great job of portraying how they live.

About the author:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, and A Lancaster County Christmas, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Benedict eventually became publisher of Christianity Today magazine. Suzanne is the host of an internet radio show called Amish Wisdom, and her work has appeared in many magazines. She lives in California.

A Lancaster County Christmas is available from Revell Publishing.

Thanks to Revell and Litfuse for the review copy.


Suzanne said...

Hi Mark!
Thanks so much for reading my book (especially if you don't usually read Amish fiction) and for giving it the thumbs up! Loved your point about Emmanuel--that was spot-on! The theme of the book. So glad you were part of the blog tour! Warmly, Suzanne Woods Fisher

margie said...

Can't wait to read this book!!!