Saturday, June 25, 2011
Beside Still Waters
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 pathfollowing his rumschpringe, and a younger sibling begins showing interest in English 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.
Afteran 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.
This is the first book I've read by Tricia Goyer, I found it to be delightful. The way she describes the setting and captures the emotions the characters struggle with is so true to life.
I was pulled into the book from the beginning, Marianna's desire for a real relationship with God and her pursuit of it is touching. The move to Montana opens longings in her for the english life, it's interesting how she deals with life and love.
This book was better than most other Amish stories I have read. I give it 5 stars.
I received a free e-copy of this book from B & H Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Beside Still Waters
SubTitle: A Big Sky Novel
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Pub Date: 04/15/2011