Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Promise of An Angel ~ Book Review

Judith Fischer has been raised in Mecosta County, Michigan in an Amish Community.  She is nineteen years old and has been waiting for her parents' permission for Levi to court her.  She believes Levi is the love of her life. 
Samuel, Judith's younger brother tragically falls off of a barn roof and is paralyzed.  Judith blames herself, as she was distracted and not watching her brother as carefully as she otherwise might.  After the accident, Judith sees a man kneeling beside her brother.  She follows him and declares to others that she has seen an angel, who told her that Samuel would walk again.  The elders in her community cast her aside, saying she is telling stories.  Judith's faith in God is tested as are her relationships with others in the community.  If she can learn to trust others, she just might find that God has someone else in mind for her future husband.  I admired Judith's ability to stand firm in her convictions in spite of difficult circumstances and the chastisement of her parents and elders in her community.  We could all learn a lesson of faith from her.

This is Ruth Reid's first book in the Heaven on Earth series. This was a quick read and I enjoyed getting to know the characters of this small Amish community.  Thankfully, there is a Pennsylvania Dutch glossary included in the book to help with Amish terms that are unfamiliar to me.  I am excited to see what will come next in this series. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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