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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

RETURN TO THE  BIG VALLEY by WANDA BRUNSTETTER , JEAN BRUNSTETTER & RICHELLE BRUNSTETTER

There are three wonderful stories within this book about forgiveness, pride, acceptance and following God’s plan for your life. Each story touches in subjects that we can all relate to. The authors fill us with hope as we visit Amish country. 


WILMA’S WISH

Getting married should be an exciting time but for Wilma not so much. She has her hands full trying to take care of her fianc√©’s five nephews while he is at work. The tragedy of losing their mother has really affected the boys. I could understand the pain they were going through. Poor Wilma may be in over her head as the boys become unruly and disrespectful. 

I loved reading how Wilma began to examine her heart and wonder if she had made the right decision. Israel loved her and she had walked away when he needed  her the most. The author does a great job of illustrating pride in this beautiful story filled with family, love and forgiveness. 


MARTHA’S MIRACLE

I really liked Martha and her zest for life. She loved hunting and fishing which was a bit unusual for an Amish woman. She works hard at her parents B&B but still tries to find time to sketch and be outdoors. Glen is a nice character who hopes to be a fireman someday. As Martha and Glen start dating little differences start to pull them apart. Glen isn’t interested in church and thinks maybe he wants  to be English. Poor  Martha knows that she can’t be with someone who isn’t equally yoked to her. Glen is a little prideful and doesn’t think he needs to pray about his situation but God always has a way to get our attention.

The story centers around a theme of finding God and trusting Him. I like how Martha never wavered in her faith and continued to pray for Glen. In the midst of a tragedy Glen finds himself asking God for help. You could feel his burdens lifting and it was a nice part of the story to witness his transformation. Martha is someone I would like to be friends with. She has such a giving heart and her faith is steadfast.

ALMA’S ACCEPTANCE 

Alma was hard to like at first. I know she is going through a difficult  time after the loss of her husband but her attitude is horrible. She is very critical of others and corrects their mistakes without being kind. How would you feel if someone came to your home and pointed out the dust? I would be quite upset and feel embarrassed. Maybe staying with her friend for awhile will help her let her emotions out about her loss. People handle grief in different ways and Alma has decided to bottle it up and pretend she is fine. 

Seeing her old friend Elias again brings Alma something to be happy about. He seems to bring her out of her shell but she still holds back her feelings somewhat. I felt bad that many people were not happy with their relationship. After all Alma’s husband hasn’t been dead for very long. Are they rushing things? Has Alma really grieved for her husband? I loved the unexpected surprise the author throws into the story that Alma must face. God always has a plan for us and this story is a great example of trusting  God.

"I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."



 

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