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11.06.2013

An Amish Family Christmas ~ Review

An Amish Family Christmas
By Murray Pura

Naomi Bachman's life has just been turned upside down.  Her parents and sister were killed when their buggy was involved in a crash with a drunk driver.  Her brother Luke is in a coma and the doctors don't expect him to recover.  Her husband Micah Bachman has been gone for a year, having broken the  and Ordnung is under bann.

When Micah returns home he is given days to confess his disobedience.  Micah was a medic in Afghanistan and by helping soldiers he was viewed as aiding the war under the Ordnung.  But when Micah refuses to confess his disobedience because he was answering his calling and the bann is reinstated.

When an accident occurs and Micah's skills as a medic are needed to save the life of an Amish boy. Will this be enough to convince the Amish leadership that his skills were indeed a result of God's call or will it drive an even rift between him and his people?

Will Naomi get the perfect Christmas gift this year?  Her husband and her brother?  If she has anything to say about it she will and she is determined to convince the rest of the community that Micah's calling was indeed of God.

I was provided a digital loan of this title in exchange for my review.

About the Book:

After tragedy strikes the family of young Naomi Bachman, her sister-in-law Rebecca Bachman does all she can to help. But things get complicated when Micah—Rebecca’s brother and Naomi’s husband—returns from a combat tour in Afghanistan. He is under the Meidung—the shunning—because of his enlistment, and none of the Amish are permitted to speak to him or eat with him, even his wife Naomi. How then can this young couple, still in love, ever find happiness? How can the healing process even begin when Micah refuses to repent of what he has done? Still, God has a way of working on the hearts of His people—especially at Christmastime. At just the right time, events conspire to birth a miracle that may set things right for Naomi and Micah—and for the Amish community itself. Here is a warm and tender story of faithfulness, love, and reconciliation at the most wonderful time of the year.