Monday, 4 March 2013

Book Review: Unbreakable by Nancy Mehl

About the Book: Gentle and unassuming, Hope Kauffman has never been one to question the traditions of her Mennonite upbringing. She quietly helps her father run Kingdom Quilts and has agreed to the betrothal he arranged for her with the devout but shy Ebbie Miller.

Despite the attempts of Hope and other Kingdom residents to maintain the status quo, changes have already begun to stir in the small Mennonite town. The handsome and charismatic Jonathon Wiese is the leader of the move to reform, while Ebbie insists Kingdom must remain true to its foundation. When Hope's safety is threatened by a mysterious outsider, she can't help but question what she's always been taught about the Mennonite tradition of nonviolence.
As it swiftly becomes apparent the threat Hope faced is only the beginning, the town that's always stood so strong finds itself divided. With tensions high and their lives endangered by an unknown enemy, will Hope and the people of Kingdom allow fear and division to break them or will they draw on the strength of the God they serve? 

My Thoughts: Being from a Mennonite background myself (though not as conservative as these Mennonites) I'm enjoying reading these books from the Road to Kingdom series (this is book 2). In particular, I enjoyed reading the debate about pacifism vs using violence as a last resort in order to protect the ones you love. The Mennonite faith definitely teaches pacifism, and this is one area I differ slightly from their teachings. Though I definitely think violence should be used as a last resort, I would use it in order to defend the lives of my loved ones, and I do not think it would be unbiblical to do so, nor do I think that it is showing a lack of faith in God. I do, however, have complete respect for those who have the opposing viewpoint. And that is one thing I really appreciated about this book - it allowed for both sides of the "argument" to be heard, and promoted respect to be shown from both sides to those that had the opposing viewpoint.

I liked the fact that the heroine was not sure which of the two men vying for her affections she would choose until the very end - but I guessed right on which one it would be (and was happy with the choice)!

That being said the book was a little on the slow side - despite the added mystery of the attacks and the hostile sheriff - and is not on my favourite's list.

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

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