God never promised us a life without pain-A Review of A Lancaster County Christmas

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Lancaster County ChristmasA Lancaster County Christmas by Suzanne Woods Fisher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s almost Christmas!!! Are you as excited as I am? I love Christmas novels and novellas. It really puts me in the Christmas mood. This book was really fantastic and covered everything I look for in a Christmas tale. Between these pages you will find love, forgiveness and most important—peace that comes from a relationship with the Lord. Suzanne Woods Fisher is quickly becoming a favorite in the Amish genre for me—largely based on the biblical wisdom that seeps from the pages and into my heart. If you haven’t picked this one up yet I would encourage you to do so!

God never promised us a life without pain. He promised that he would never leave us...

More than anything, Mattie and Sol would like to be able to give young Danny a sibling, but after years of infertility and a painful miscarriage—hope is fading. Likewise, hope is all but gone for Jaime and her husband, C.J. It seems that God has a purpose by bringing these two couples into one others lives and it becomes more evident as the story progresses. Mattie is dealing with the pain and loss of her baby. Jaime is ready to give up on her marriage for reasons she is too scared to even address with her husband—everyone is hurting in this story except for little Danny. Danny is a very bright child—one who enjoys filling his head with knowledge and facts that most adults wouldn’t even know. This too causes grief—for Sol. Will this thirst for knowledge take Danny away from the faith as he grows older? Will he desire to leave the Amish? Certainly Mattie’s cousin, Zach has to be influencing little Danny—will it be enough to sow seeds of rebellion?

I thought this story was a quick read but filled with life lessons. It was very heartwarming and beautifully concluded. I enjoyed that we saw characters that knew things in their heart but we as readers got to watch the truths come to life. Another fantastic book from Fisher!
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In no particular order, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wife, mother, writer, lifelong student of the Bible, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener and a cook...the latter two with sporadic results.

Suzanne has loved to write since she was a young teen. After college, she started to write for magazines and became a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine. Her family moved to Hong Kong for four years, just as the internet was developing, and she continued to write articles in a 44-story high-rise apartment, sending manuscripts 7,000 miles away with a click of a key.

After returning from Hong Kong, Suzanne decided to give her first novel a try. For four and a half months, she worked on an antediluvian computer in a cramped laundry room. She didn't even tell her husband what she was up to. When the novel was completed, she told her family at dinner one night that she had written a book. "That's why there's no food in this house!" said her slightly insensitive sons.

Undaunted...Suzanne found a small royalty publisher for that book and wrote three more (all earned multiple). With help from an agent, she has five books currently under contract with Revell. On September 1st, Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World, a non-fiction book of stories and examples about the Old Order Amish, will be released by Revell. The Choice, a novel about the Amish, will follow on January 1st.

Writing, for Suzanne, is a way to express a love of God and His word. With every book or article, she hopes readers get a sense of what faith really looks like in the daily grind. She hopes they realize that life can be hard, but God is good, and never to confuse the two.
Suzanne can be found on-line at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

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