Monday, 18 April 2011

Book Review: Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer

About the Book: Marianna Sommer believes she knows where her life is headed. Nineteen years old and Amish, her plan is to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and live in the only community she's ever known.

When Marianna's family moves from Indiana to Montana she discovers life and faith will never be the same. As she builds an easy friendship with local guy, Ben Stone, Ben not only draws her heart, he also gets her thinking about what loving God and living in community is all about.

As Marianna struggles to find "home", she also encounters God in intimate ways. Click here to watch the book trailers.

My thoughts: I've read a few of Tricia's books before and I've always enjoyed them - this book was no exception.

I really like the fact that her books go deeper than just a light Amish romance novel.

This book really begins to dig into the differences between the Amish belief system and the "English" Protestant evangelical faith, without being preachy or condemning in tone. It celebrates the good side of Amish beliefs while exploring its deficiencies as well.

The book also touches on issues universal to the human race including loss (both death and separation) and our response to it, as well as how our choices never affect only ourselves.

Tricia does a great job of developing the characters and making them seem real, as well as simply telling a great story.

To celebrate the release of this book, Tricia Goyer is giving away 10 copies of this book as well as a pair of really cute Amish salt and pepper shakers. Click here for details.

Thank you to Stephanie and Amy from Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.

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