Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Review: Under the Heavens Amish Horses Series:Bk 1 by:Thomas Nye
About the Book:
Lenny happened to notice his blurry reflection on the windowpane. He knew it was his image; nevertheless, he couldn't recognize his own face. Those almond-shaped eyes and dark-brown hair belonged to him, yet, inside, he felt disconnected from his past, having never known his own father. Grandpa had insisted, "Leonard, needs to come spend a summer at the home-place ..." A teenage boy, struggling with his identity, reluctantly leaves his modern, city-life behind and enters the slow-paced, mysterious world of the Amish. Grandpa teaches Lenny to farm with draft horses, a tranquil experience that seeps into his soul, changing his perspective. A neighbor girl appears while he is working in the fields, weaving a romance in the fabric of his summer. Lenny discovers that everyday on an Amish farm is an adventure. Thunderstorms rumble above, as a fragile relationship, between an Amish family and their non-Amish visitor, begins to unravel. Daybreak in a cow pasture, plowing with horses, enchanting moonlit buggy rides, and picturesque sunsets are all part of life, Under the Heavens.
Teenagers these days don't have it very easy, these days. Partly because they tend to focus on the world but I believe more so because this evil world can get to them and pull them under quicker than they can blink. Under the Heavens is a story about a young teenage boy trying to see where he fits in to this strange often times scary world. So when it is suggested that this young boy by the name of Lenny, go spend the summer with his grandpa---he is sent there. He is sent there for a way to focus and gain perspective and hopefully for his grandpa to teach him what is more important in this life.
This story is a tad different than most Amish stories in the fact that it begins with a young man that is not Amish and he his sent to his Amish grandfathers farm. But soon after arriving in this calm and anything but boring place, love comes around the corner and Lenny sees imaginary hearts floating in the air for this young girl. Grandpa is able to get through to Lenny about the world and how God is at the center of it all. If you would like to purchase this book, you can do so here.
The Amish lead extraordinary lives centered around simplicity and God and I adore that about them!
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