Tricia Goyer’s latest novella made me feel like giving gifts to everyone I know—and not just because of the gorgeous, seasonal cover!
What I loved best: This story celebrates the many ways we can gift the people around us. The book is filled with characters who learn to listen without judgment, exercise kindness and mercy, take personal risks for their fellow men, and treat strangers like family.
I especially loved the two sets of parents who know a love so big, they sacrifice their own happiness or comfort to gift a child with life.
Here’s the official book summary: Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II—only to discover she’s an Englischer herself. Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family.
But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers?
When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.
My advice: Grab copies of this heartwarming story—one for your family and the others to give away! Use them as Stocking Stuffers or add them to Gift Bags or Gift Baskets. (See above.) The ladies in your life will thank you! (The story is suitable for all ages.) Purchase a Christmas Gift for Rose at this link. ***Thanks to Tricia Goyer and Zondervan for providing a copy for me to review.
My favorite quote: The main character, Rose, has a sweet relationship with her Heavenly Father. I loved how God’s sweet whisper in her heart encouraged her to trust Him even when she didn’t understand what He was doing. Just knowing He saw her and heard her cries, gave Rose courage and hope.
About the Author: Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere amid the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write both fictional tales and non-fiction titles. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com, and other homeschooling and Christian sites.
In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana and currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.