Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Promise Box Book Review

I have another wonderful Amish story written by Tricia Goyer called The Promise Box to tell you about today.
Here is an excerpt from the back of the book:
With her heart - and her loyalty - on the line, can she let true love in her life?  
Every year, young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive 'resident' status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! 
Lydia Wyse, a book editor from Seattle who grew up Amish, returns to the small community of West Kootenai, Montana to give comfort to her father after her mother's death. She is drawn back to the familiar Amish ways after finding her mother's most precious possession, a Promise Box of prayers and scripture. What her publisher sees, though, is an opportunity for a sensational 'tell-all' book about the Amish.  
Lydia soon finds herself falling in love with Amish bachelor Gideon Hooley. She wants nothing more than to forget her past and look forward to a future as an Amish bride. Will the pain of her childhood-and her potential betrayal of her community-keep her from committing her whole heart?
I think that Tricia Goyer writes the best Amish stories and they almost seem like you are right there in the middle of things from her descriptions.

Lydia Wyse is returning home after a long time away, back to her Amish roots. Little does she know that she is too late to say good-bye to her mother. But, she has left a Promise Box for Lydia. She gets the shock of her life when she looks in the box and starts reading what her mother wrote.

Those words will forever change Lydia. She fears them and is terrified to go forward. She meets a nice man named Gideon and he too, is facing some fears in his life. He is able to confront them and he becomes stronger as a man, a human being and a better steward of God.

Good thing, too, because Lydia needs all the help she can get from a good person like Gideon who will not lead her astray. Lydia will face some new surprises but with Gideon & God beside her, she is finally ready to face them head on.

I think we are a lot like that sometimes. I know we know what's right but the old saying that it's easier to lie than tell the truth is pretty hard to fight. We make up all kinds of excuses until there comes a time when we can't hide anymore. Facing your  fears right on will set you free to be who you were meant to be!

Happy Reading!