Friday, February 20, 2015

Review: An Amish Cradle by:Wiseman/Clipston/ Fuller/Chapman

 An Amish Cradle
About the Book:
Tiny fingers,

Tiny toes,

And lives that will never be the same.

Journey with four families as their lives are about to change forever.

"In His Father's Arms" by Beth Wiseman

Ruth Anne has been dreaming about motherhood her entire life. Now she is doubly excited that she and her best friend are due with their children the same week. But when Ruth Anne's baby is born with Down's syndrome, she and her husband struggle to understand God's plan.

"A Son for Always" by Amy Clipston

Carolyn and Joshua are thrilled to be pregnant with their first child together. Carolyn was just a teenager when she had her son, Benjamin, and she still feels solely responsible to secure his future. As Joshua watches Carolyn struggle to accept his support, he knows he has to find some way to convince her that she--and Ben--will always be taken care of.

"A Heart Full of Love" by Kathleen Fuller

Ellie's mother hasn't stopped meddling in her personal life since Ellie lost her sight--and she's taken it up a notch now that Ellie's pregnant. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in to care for them. But when her mother's behavior becomes unbearable, Ellie is forced to take a stand . . . and finally find out why "Mamm" can't let go.

"An Unexpected Blessing" by Vannetta Chapman

At 42, Etta thought she was finished having children, but she's pregnant again. After a frightening labor, Etta finally gives birth, but her constant worry over her estranged grown son, David, haunts her still. As a new mother again, Etta must hold tightly to the promise that God will watch over her children--and that one day David will return.

My Review:
 A novella is a fun way to short stories of several books all combined in a neat little package--a neatly bound book. In the case of An Amish Cradle, we will get the chance to know four specific women, very similar in several ways but yet so incredibly different. In His Father's Arms, we are introduced to Ruth Anne, as she starts to see God's plan lived out in front of her---she and her husband struggle to see the good in it as her best friends baby is born with Down's Syndrome. In A Son for Always, we meet Carolyn and Joshua, and they soon see the struggles their family will have with the birth of their first child together. Will their fears be put to rest?

 A Heart Full of Love, takes us to a whole other vantage point. We switch gears in this novella, to see the mother daughter dynamic in full force. When Ellie decides it is time to have a sit down talk with her Mamm over the issues they are having and she learns something about her that may change her perspective just a smudge. An Unexpected Blessing, causes us to change our resolve once again when Etta at age 42, receives an unexpected blessing from God in the form of a new baby. Etta starts to once again revisit her past when she longs for her estranged grown son David's return.

 I enjoyed meeting each of these women and being invited into their lives and struggles. Each woman managed to represent God's grace and love. And trying their best to remain obedient to Him, was a good example of how we all should be. Each other was able to provide good plot and substance to each story. As well as keeping you enthralled in each characters situation. Each story could stand alone and provide the perfect backdrop for some awesome Amish birth stories.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Look.