Monday, August 25, 2014

The Healing Quilt Book Review

I have a really heartwarming story about a retired older couple who move to Florida to retire but instead find something else that gives them new purpose in life. It's called The Healing Quilt written by Wanda E. Brunsetter, whom you all know writes some pretty amazing Amish stories!
Retired Amish newlyweds Emma and Lamar Miller have decided to buy a winter place in Sarasota, Florida. But it wouldn’t feel like home if Emma didn’t take her quilting materials and offer classes. Wounded and hurting people have a knack for finding their way to her classes for some quilting therapy: Jennifer, a pregnant new mom; Mike, a charter boat owner; Erika, a wheelchair-bound teen; Kim, a waitress; Noreen, a newly-retired widow; and BJ, an artist facing illness.  
And when Jan visits from Indiana, romance is also added to the class discussions.
My thoughts:

This is an amazing story of how one couple who starts a quilting class in Sarasota, Florida where they go because of Lamar's arthritis is getting really bad in Indiana where the weather is too cold for him. '

Even though these people that they are helping are not Amish, they are seeing changes in all of their students, no matter what gender or age, they are unfolding before their eyes. Emma and Lamar see how God works in each of these people's lives and are blessed to know that in some small way that they helped so many people.

They also have friends coming into town to see them from their Amish community and Star is very jealous when her father meets a woman named Kim and pays her more attention than he does her. She makes him decide between the two of them so even though it hurts him, he goes back home with Star, breaking it off with Kim.

Kim is told by their pastor's wife when she finds out what she did that it wasn't fair for her to make her father suffer and that he deserves to be happy also. This is just one story of many that are in The Healing Quilt that you will read about and it will bring you great joy and sadness to hear and learn of some of these beautiful stories.

Another great classic from Wanda E. Brunstetter, whom is one of the best Amish writers I have read!

Happy Reading!
About the Author: 
Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 60 books with more than 7 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today. Wanda’s books have been translated into four foreign languages.
Wanda’s fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda’s desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.
All of Wanda’s novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda’s primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern “Englishers.” Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too.
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


Madonna said...

I enjoy reading Amish stories. I think because life is so hectic and I love their simple way of living. Not enough to give up the Internet though :)

Anita Yancey said...

I do enjoy reading Amish stories. I like learning more about their way of life. Thanks for having the giveaway.