Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Book Review: "An Amish Love"

UPDATE (2017):  Want to read more in this lovely series?  See the entire list of books below!

"An Amish Love" contains three novellas from three different authors, yet the storylines tie together as if they were written by one writer.  The stories center around three Amish families in Paradise, Pennsylvania,  focusing on different struggles they faced:  a couple's marriage based on a lie, a prodigal son, and an empty nest couple rebuilding their relationship after a year long separation.  While the book is an enjoyable read, it also represents to the reader that all families can have struggles, regardless of who they are and where they live.  It is also a reminder of the importance of honesty, forgiveness and second chances in relationships.

As a bonus, there is a readers group guide in the back of the book to be for small group discussion and even a few traditional Amish recipes.

I can highly recommend this book; it was a lovely part of a weekend for me!  You can purchase this book through Amazon.

Other books in this series now include:

An Amish Christmas  (September 2009)
An Amish Love  (December 2010)
An Amish Wedding  (November 2011)
An Amish Kitchen  (December 2012)
An Amish Miracle  (December 2013)
An Amish Garden  (March 2014)
An Amish Second Christmas  (October 2014)
An Amish Cradle  (February 2015)
An Amish Harvest  (August 2016)
An Amish Year  (January 2017)
An Amish Home  (February 2017)
An Amish Gathering  (August 2017)
An Amish Christmas Love  (September 2017)

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Book Review: "Everything Christmas"

Want a manual for "all things Christmas?" 

This book, published by Waterbrook Press, s a wonderful Christmas compilation, from inspiring stories to traditional recipes, from song origins to cultural Christmas dinners.  All these tidbits of history and Christmas cheer are broken down into daily doses for Advent, and it is a wonderful volume to bring out every year. 

What I enjoyed about the book was the many facts and lessons of the season I could share with my children. There was much inspiration from the book's stories of hope and Christmas miracles.  We loved reading the history behind some of our cherished Christmas carols and learning what other countries typically serve for their Christmas dinners.  Want to know what really goes into making figgy pudding or oyster dressing?  You'll find the recipes in the book, along with simple gift making ideas as well.  Want to know the origin of the Christmas tree?  It's there too, along with so many other treasures for everyone in the family, for any age. 

I recommend getting this book and sharing it with your family at dinnertime or bedtime each day of Advent.  You'll be surprised at what your family will learn about Christmas!

You can purchase this book through Amazon.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books ( book review program. I was not required to write a positive review; the opinions I have expressed are my own. Affiliate links may be included in this post.