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I love showcasing people like Corrie ten Boom and Darlene Deibler Rose, women of faith, character, and principle, who touched people’s lives for Christ and changed their little corner of the world. What I’ve noticed about these folks, is that—before they reached the big tests—they learned important lessons from interacting with Christ during their everyday lives. And many of them began their journey of faith while very young.

Helene Reed Vance

During my years of teaching, I’ve been privileged to spend time with some of the finest Christian young people in this country. I can’t help but think that one of them might be the next Billy Graham or Catherine Marshall. They give me hope for the future of the church and inspire me to give my all for Christ.

One such former student is Helene Reed Vance. My first memories of Helene are of a radiant young woman with a tender heart and a smile that brightened everyone’s day. Always a hard worker, Helene held down a job during her high school years to help pay her tuition in our little Christian school. She was involved in every activity and a friend to all.  Some of my fondest memories include Helene and her best buddies from Northern Dutchess Christian School.

Helene and family

Helene was gracious enough to answer my questions for a blog interview. So here we go . . .

Helene comes from a close-knit Christian family of seven—her parents, twin older sisters, younger sister, and younger brother. One of her goals is to be as involved with her kids’ lives as her mom and dad were. Helene says, “The most special memory of my childhood is reading and memorizing Scripture with my family each morning before we started the day. We did that for as long as I can remember. I believe that is what has held us together and molded us into the people we are today.”

Who has provided the greatest inspiration for you during your life?

Helene and sister Amber

“My parents have taught me so many lessons that I hold dear to my heart. Their wisdom has been an invisible strength and help to me over the years. My grandfather is another person who has inspired me and helped me grow. He passed away about nine years ago, but his legacy was one of love and selflessness as I’ve never seen in a person before or since. My sister, Amber, has always been an inspiration to me. We are opposite in so many ways, but she is always encouraging me, pushing me, and holding me accountable, whether she is making a conscience effort to do this or not. Also, you have helped guide me as well! It was during my high school years that my love of reading continued to grow. Because of that, I chose my college career in English.” (I know–wasn’t it sweet of her to mention me?!)

What degrees do you and your husband Jordan have? What are you and he doing now?

Helene and Jordan

“I have a Bachelors in English from Liberty University. I will be finishing up my Masters in Business Administration in May. Jordan received his Bachelors in Religion and Philosophy from Eastern Nazarene College. He is now working on another Bachelor’s degree in nursing, here at Liberty.”

“I’ve been working at Liberty for the past 2 ½ years. I recently accepted a job promotion as Assistant Registrar for Liberty University Online Undergraduate Programs. I love the position and the team I am a part of. Jordan works as a Sales Rep for a regional phone company, while going through his schooling. He is an incredible salesman and I am so proud of his hard work and sales abilities!”

Graduation at LibertyWhat are your future plans? Continue Reading…

Jessica and Ethan (4 months)

I’d like you to meet a young woman I’ve come to greatly admire, Jessica Clum Gardner. I first met her when she was about 10 and watched her grow up in the years that followed. She was in the first graduating class at my former Christian school, and I was privileged to have her in my own English classes. She is also the daughter of my best friend Nancy. (So this story is kind of a sequel to Nancy’s story, which you can read here.)

Last year I saw firsthand Jessica’s tender ministry to her dying mother. She would read to her, sing to her, sit by her side while Nancy dozed–she just provided a quiet oasis of calm wherever she was in the house. As I wrestled with how to describe Jessica, a verse kept coming to mind which I think says it best: “Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.” (Proverbs 31:29)

Jessica was shy as a little girl. She preferred books over people at times, though she had

Jesse and Jessica (She's not so shy anymore!)

many friends and participated in all our school activities. And she had a heart for God even then. I remember one night her mother went to Jessica’s room to put her to bed and came back out with the task undone. “She asked to stay up a little longer. She’s reading her Bible and going through her prayer list. What mother could say no?”

Since Jessica’s parents were the type who were in church whenever the doors were open, she grew up going to junior church, Sunday school, and youth group. Our church took advantage of the great youth activities provided by Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, NY. So Jessica attended several snow camps there. We were all surprised when quiet, little Jessica returned from one snow camp having signed up for a WOL short term mission trip. She ended up in South Korea for the summer! And that trip was only the first of many. God had impressed upon her that He wanted her in ministry, sharing the gospel through songs, children’s Bible clubs, and any other means.

Jessica’s married now. She and her husband Jesse (Yes, they’re Jesse and Jessica. Cute, isn’t it?) and their children live in Langhorne, PA. Together they’ve received great training for ministry. Jesse graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a major in Pastoral Ministries and a minor in English. Jessica graduated from Philadelphia College of the Bible with a major in Children’s Ministries and focus on Biblical Studies.

Jesse commutes to Rainbow Media, right outside Penn Station in NYC, where he is a product manager working closely with AMC and WeTV. He’s also an Associate Pastor at Oxford Valley Chapel, where Jessica and Jesse head up a college/career ministry. They call their group the YAMs (Young Adult Ministry) and have them over often for parties and other activities.

They also help with the Awanas clubs for kids. And this past June, Jessica and a friend started Mom to Mom, a ministry to young moms with children aged newborn to 5. They began by studying Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp and have moved on to Teach Them Diligently by Lou Priolo.

Now I’ll let Jessica answer a few of my questions in her own words . . . Continue Reading…

Meet my sweet friend and former student Joelle Baker Inpyn on the blog today . . .

Since 1986, I’ve taught in three different Christian high schools. My longest stint by far was the nineteen-year period I spent at Northern Dutchess Christian School in Red Hook, NY. At NDCS, I grew up as a teacher. During my years there, I realized that even an ordinary English class taught from a biblical perspective with an emphasis on spiritual themes could help equip my precious high school students for whatever future God had in store for them. And it was there that I made some of the best friendships of my life—many from among those very same students.

Joelle and James

One student who became a dear friend is Joelle Baker Inpyn. I first met Joelle about ten years ago when she was in my high school English class at NDCS. She impressed me as an exemplary student and tender-hearted friend to all. Then when I discovered how much she loved to read, I knew I’d found a kindred spirit! (I think the first author we found in common was Karen Kingsbury.)

After high school Joelle started out at Gordon College (Massachusetts) and then transferred to Gardner Webb University in North Carolina, where she earned a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Professional Education. Today she lives in Mooresville, NC, with her husband James.  Joelle teaches first grade in a Christian prep school and James is a financial representative with American General. They’ve been married for four years. (I helped take photos at their beautiful wedding!)

I caught up with Joelle recently and interviewed her for my blog . . .

James & Joelle at a family theme party

Okay, Joelle, tell us how God brought you and James together. James and I met the first week of our Freshman year at Gordon College. We were arranged on the steps of the chapel for the Freshman Class Photo, and I ended up standing right next to him. We chatted a bit and went our separate ways. Apparently, James was interested. So he sought me out a few days later at the Freshman orientation closing ceremony. We ended up walking around the campus quad for about two hours talking. And the rest is history!

James & Joelle with Joelle's parents, brother, and three sisters

I know you’ve always been close to your family. What are some events from childhood which you would like to recreate for your own kids someday? Family Camping Trips! My WHOLE family – aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, parents, siblings, would go camping several times a year together. We would pack up our campers (we started in tents and then moved up to pop-up campers) and all caravan to wherever we would be camping. My favorite trips were to Myrtle Beach, SC, each spring and our two week-long trip out to Colorado for a family reunion when I was twelve.

What are some special memories from teaching so far? I feel like I have too many to count! 🙂 Last year when I was teaching at the Charter School (Not a Christian school), I had a parent come up to me and say that her daughter had decided to be baptized. This mom then shared that when she’d asked her daughter how she’d come to this decision, the little girl said, “Because of what Mrs. Inpyn said.” The parent didn’t know exactly what it was that I had said, but it made a difference!

Joelle and one of her students

What has God taught you through your experiences with your students? The biggest thing that God has taught me is that teaching is not just a job. It’s a chance to play a huge role in the lives of His children. I have to step back sometimes and remind myself of that–especially when I get caught up in planning, paperwork, and the “stress” behind the job. I think my faith in Him has grown through my job because I see Him working all the time! In my life, in my students lives. It’s exciting!

I’m sure your students look up to you. What are some things they’ve said or written or done to let you know this? I got a card from a student once that said “Mrs. Inpyn – You are my everything!” That one made my day! With the age group I teach, I always get lots of hugs, cute notes, and reassuring comments. It’s these little things that keep me encouraged no matter what kind of day I’m having!

Tell us a little about your school. The school I am teaching at now is called Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy. It is a university model school, meaning we go to

One of Mrs. Inpyn's classes

school three days a week and the students do school at home on the other two days using teacher-planned lessons. I am teaching first grade, Latin to 3rd – 5th grade, and a class called Introduction to Cultures for 1st and 2nd graders.

What are some goals you have for your class? Well, of course all the basic goals of a teacher: cover all objectives, have fun learning, make sure students are where they need to be by the end of the year, etc. I also hope that my students know that they are so special to me and that they can feel the love of Christ through me!

Who are some influences that have inspired you to become a teacher, helped you grow as a person, or guided you in some way? The biggest influence in my becoming a teacher was YOU, Renee! I cherish all you did for us–your students–and hope I can leave positive memories with my students as well! You invested your time, energy, prayers, and more into your students and that means the world to me!

(I know–it touched me so much when I read her answer that I had to grab a few tissues before continuing!)

Does James ever help grade papers? Has he met your students or any of their parents? James does help me out sometimes. He’s a great sport about it – even though I know it’s not his favorite thing. He has met a few of my students, and they think that is just the coolest thing to meet Mr. Inpyn!

I’m not sure if Joelle will see this interview right away, because I usually contact her through Facebook. However, she won’t be using that social medium for the entire month of January. When I asked her why, this is what she wrote: Every January our church leaders fast to start the new year and seek God’s direction for the church. The last two years they’ve encouraged the church members to choose a fast as well. So I’ve decided to start my year by fasting from Facebook! With the time I would usually be on FB, I’m going to try and spend time seeking God’s direction for this year!

Joelle’s friendship has greatly enriched my life, and I pray that reading this testimony of how God is using her will encourage you in some special way, also! Blessings!

A few more photos . . .

Sister time

Best friends from high school to today

Family Christmas

The digital images I saved of Joelle’s December wedding four years ago died with my old hard drive. So I took a few photos of the photos to share here . . .

Best friends

Little sister helps the bride

It's official!

Time to reflect . . .

Before I went blond . . . Did you recognize me?

Even the least of them

Renee Ann Smith —  November 23, 2010 — 6 Comments

Today Deb Hunter and Emily Joyce talk about service and giving back. So if you’re an email subscriber, come to the blog and read their stories. You’ll be glad you did!

The Hunter Family

Matthew 25: 40 sums up Jesus’ view of service, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it unto Me.” He promises special rewards for those who meet the needs of the most vulnerable among us. And my first guest has taken Him at His word!

Debbie Hunter and her husband Joe have spent most of their adult years working in ministry. Joe is part of the team at the Christian radio station, Sound of Life in Poughkeepsie, New York. He impacts lives for God as host of the Cup ‘A Joe Morning Show. (You can read his bio here.)

I first met Deb when she was the Administrative Assistant at Northern Dutchess Christian

Deb and Joe with NDCS students

School, where I taught for nineteen years. She’s the kind of gal who is always active in church ministry–usually as a youth leader and part of the worship team. Deb led our students on eight trips with Habitat for Humanity. Joe recently returned from a trip to Ethiopia with Compassion International. I think they’ve taken other short-term mission trips, as well. I’ve lost track at this point!

They have three children: Kelly, 21, who is finishing an Equine Science and Management program at SUNY, Morrisville, Kevin, 16, and Kyle, 15, who are both enjoying high school.

In Deb’s life, God used a bad situation to reveal a new avenue for service: Both Deb and I lost our jobs when NDCS unexpectedly closed its doors in early September of 2008. With her husband in full-time Christian service, Deb has always had to work and panicked at the thought of her five-person family surviving without a second income. But God immediately supplied a temporary job and then provided financially while He allowed her some time at home. He then led her to a new position in a community-based non-for-profit agency.

Deb’s New Opportunity in Her Own Words: Continue Reading…

Here at Doorkeeper, we celebrate those who are opening doors for others, either through mentoring, mothering, teaching, writing, or more!

From time-to-time I’ll be interviewing a faithful Doorkeeper—especially if she’s a fellow booklover—and giving away a book by her favorite author or in her favorite genre.

You’ll find giveaway details at the end of this post. But first, take some time to get to know a fellow Christian fiction enthusiast!

Dad sings tenor. Mom sings alto. The three kids sing bass, baritone, and soprano.

The Fremonts singing together when the kids were little

No, it’s not the Von Tropp Family Singers. It’s the singing Fremont family of Shenzhen, China!

Vicki and her husband Paul are self-supported missionaries, who have spent their married years serving God in church/school ministries. First in North Carolina, and then in Nebraska, then on to far-away Hong Kong, Guam, and Shenzhen. In China, the Fremonts are working with Quality Schools International.

Vicki and Paul met during their college years at Bob Jones University.

Wedding Day!

Vicki has an Associate’s Degree in Missions and is certified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Paul has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Masters in Religious Education. He is also an ordained minister. And both are working on furthering their education. Vicki with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Development, and Paul with a Master’s in Christian Counseling.

Preparation for ministry is important to this musical family.

Nate and fiancee, Haley

Jon enjoying graduation

Their oldest son Nate, 22, is in his third year of college at BJU, studying youth ministries. He would also like to be a chaplain for his local police department.

Second son, Jon, 19, graduated high school with honors and is now attending BJU, having answered the call to preach.

Eliza, 16, is doing an online homeschooling program with Heritage Home School Academy.

A bright smile from Eliza Fremont

After graduating, Eliza wants to sit out a year before attending college. She’s saving money to move to Zambia, Africa, to work with orphans. Since she’s grown up in Asia, her heart is torn between the two continents. She plans to eventually attend college to earn an education degree.

I asked Vicki to share some thoughts with us about the special moments and varied experiences in her life:

Greatest Blessing
“Having each of our children! We worked very hard to get the three we have. Before each successful pregnancy we lost a child. We also know that if those other pregnancies had been successful, we would not have the three children we have now. We’ve had the joy of seeing all of them join our spiritual family. I love watching their lives change as they become truly burdened for others around them.”

Greatest Lesson
“Every hard time we went through, we saw His hand and blessings in them later. I especially remember one Christmas, during a year when we were struggling to make ends meet. Late one cold winter evening, we were kneeling before ourFather, sharing our

burdens.We heard a loud banging on our door. It frightened me because it was so late at night. Paul went to answer and found an envelope taped to the door, with a note and large sum of money, as well. On the porch was a very large box, which contained all the items we needed. In a flash, we were back on our knees giving thanks to our Father. We have story after story of His provision—just when it was most needed.”

Most Memorable School Day
“Paul spoke in chapel years ago about ‘Removing the Mask.’ So many people live behind masks. Maybe they profess Christ, but don’t really know Him because they have learned the right ways to act and the right way to talk. In so many ways people wear masks. My husband shared in chapel that it was time to remove the mask. After the chapel service, he was going to his classroom a bit frustrated because he had gone over time, and he had a lot planned for his students that day.”

“When he got to his classroom, his 7th graders filed in behind him and sat down in their desks, unusually quiet and solemn. One student after another raised their hands. He was about to say, ‘No questions. We’ve got a lot of work to do.’ Then he noticed their faces, and one of the girls started crying. When he asked her what was wrong, she said, ‘Mr. Free, I’ve been wearing a mask.’ Others started saying the same thing. By the end of class that period, ALL of his students had made decisions to take off the mask.”

Parenting Advice
“We had the best instruction manual: God’s Word. Even so, we didn’t always make the right choices as parents. Yet when we heard the Holy Spirit within us say, ‘You need to

apologize to your child’—we did! Our children heard ‘I’m sorry’ from both Paul & I many times. They also learned early on in life that no matter WHAT the topic, they could always talk to us about it. That is a pretty scary thing! Because when our kids were ready to talk about it, we talked about everything!”

“Our children have gone through some tough situations. Things we never dreamed we’d have to deal with, since we had home schooled and been in Christian schools. The key was COMMUNICATION. We would shut off the TV, computer, whatever it was that was interrupting the communication, and get into God’s Word together. And, of course, sing together! We always ate together too. We would find out how everyone’s day went and try to encourage one another. Our family mattered. We weren’t going to lose it.”

Favorite books
Praying God’s Word by Beth Moore: “This book is a special favorite.”

The O’Malley Series by Dee Henderson and Terri Blackstock’s books: “When I receive a book that is part of a series, just one won’t do. I have to get them all!”

Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti, and The Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins: “As a family we listened to the whole Left Behind series. The kids were at just the right age where they were learning about the Lord’s second return, and it was interesting for them. We also listened to the Frank Peretti audio books. Then as the boys grew bigger they became fans of Ted Dekker.”

Becoming an Effective Christian Counselor by Walter and Trudy Fremont: “This book covers so many areas of a person’s life and is chock full of the Scripture verses you need to help you through that particular area.”

Your turn: Whether you’ve known Vicki a long time or just met her today, why don’t you leave a comment to encourage her? If you have questions about her ministry, she’ll be able to see and answer your comment. Also, if you’d like to view more of her photos, just scroll past the details about the book giveaway.(For blog newbies, if you’re reading this on the main page, look for the tiny words “Comments” in the notes at the end of this post. If you’re on the post page, you should see a large box in which to leave a reply.)

Book Giveaway: Vicki’s family seems to love stories of suspense, so I dug through my book pile to find a few. Since they’re older releases and you may have read them, I’ll give the winner a choice from such authors as Kathy Macias, Rob Whitlow, Colleen Coble, and Jack Cavanaugh. Choices are detailed below. Giveaway ends Wednesday, November 10th.

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Book Choices

And now a little more . . .
I couldn’t resist posting a few additional pics of this sweet family!

Mother and daughter

A happy couple

Having fun

Sweet, smiling faces

One last look at this joyful family!

Emily with daughter Bella

Here at Doorkeeper, we celebrate those who are opening doors for others, either through mentoring, mothering, teaching, writing or more. From time-to-time I’ll be interviewing a faithful Doorkeeper—especially if she’s a fellow booklover—and giving away a book by her favorite author.

You’ll find giveaway details for The Thorn by Beverly Lewis at the end of this post. But first, take some time to get to know a fellow Christian fiction enthusiast!

This week’s booklover, Emily DiRenzo Steele, wanted to be a Broadway singer when she grew up, but God, it seemed, had other plans.

You won’t find Emily on a New York City stage, entertaining an adoring crowd before flitting off to sample the night life. But you just might find her driving the back roads of her quiet hometown, singing a duet of Mighty to Save

Emily and daughter Gabi

with her three-year-old daughter Bella, while fifteen-month-old Gabbi looks on. Two beautiful daughters are all the adoring crowd this young mother needs!

Emily and her husband Jon are members of First Baptist Church of Rhinebeck, New York, and together they head up the youth ministry. Emily also teaches the teen girls’ Sunday school class.

Emily’s take on church life: “Being in the Youth Ministry means that Jon and I are always busy. But it also means that my girls get to have the influence of some awesome, Godly young people. We like when the teens are in our home, eating, and hanging out. It brings all that we do together.”

True Life Romance

Emily on her wedding day

Emily first met Jon on a Word of Life Youth Mission trip to South Africa. They became fast friends, along with two others on the team. After the trip, Emily returned to high school in New York, and Jon returned to Michigan.

On a long weekend, Emily traveled to Michigan to visit her new friends. That was when she and Jon began dating.

Emily says, “I don’t know that there was one single moment where I thought he was ‘the one.’ I just knew in my heart that this young man loved the Lord. That serving God was important to Jon.”

Emily and Jon today

“And,” she adds, “I think being ten hours apart was the best part about dating. It truly made us get to know each other. I remember getting snail mail from him and smiling from ear to ear, just reading about his week. He was my best friend.”

Present Joys
Emily describes their family life as crazy—in a good way. Jon works second shift at the Dutchess County Jail (on the Corrections Emergency Response Team). So it’s an event to have him home for dinner, and a special treat for the four of them to pray together before putting the girls to bed.

Since Emily was saved at age four (cousin Tara prayed with her to receive Christ during a sleepover), she understands how vital those first years are in a child’s faith journey. She

Mom and Bella explore the world

loves when life offers an opportunity to open the “faith” door with her girls—and not just through church, AWANA, Scripture memory, or praise music. And her efforts are paying off. Recently while watching the Narnia movie, Bella exclaimed, “Aslan is like Jesus. He died and came back to life!”

One of Emily’s special joys is hosting Thanksgiving for her siblings, a job which she inherited from her grandfather. “I would sit with Poppy and memorize how he made the stuffed mushrooms and prepared the turkey. Now I make everyone’s favorites, and it literally makes my heart happy when we all sit down to eat. I love it!”

Past difficulties
Though Emily’s life is presently rosy, it hasn’t been without its thorns. (Notice the title of the book giveaway!)

Emily with girls from her youth group

During her high school years, she realized she’d gotten in with the wrong crowd and needed to flee the bad influences. The insightful teen begged her mother for a chance to attend Northern Dutchess Christian School, and Mom made it happen. Emily enrolled, blossomed, and stayed for three years before graduating.

During her adult years, Emily has also had to work through some residual issues caused by her parents’ divorce, which she sees as hugely impacting her life. Emily comments, “I know my parents love us kids so much, and I have a great relationship with both of them. Praise God that He’s been so good to us . . . The divorce has shaped me, though.”

Everyday Struggles
Emily wrote, “Last week I sang a song in church, and one of the lines said, ‘When anything that’s shattered is laid before the Lord, just watch and see. It will not be, unredeemed.’”

“God is so much more capable than I am! Yet I always try to do things on my own. I am a worrier, and I am borderline obsessed with getting things done yesterday.

God uses those weaknesses to bring me to my knees often! Whether it is my shattered attempt at conquering the world, or my shattered attempt at being humble and asking forgiveness, He is always able to redeem, and always able to do it FAR beyond what I have ever imagined.”

Family vacation photo

Future Goals
“I would love to see my kids firmly rooted in the Lord! I want the same for my marriage. I don’t know that I can think of any other goals for myself. Though, opening my own hair salon and keeping my laundry from piling up would be wonderful!”

Favorite Books
The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers: “This book illustrates how the weight of our sins was removed by Christ, our Last Sin Eater. I loved Cadi, and her desire to understand God’s forgiveness. This book grabbed me with its characters.”

This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti: “I love the way that he paints a picture of the war for our souls! Incredible book!”

Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury : “Covers the topic of abortion and all the healing that God can do through even our sinful choices. I read this one in two days—couldn’t put it down!”

Emily enjoying snow camp with youth group

The Centurion’s Wife & The Hidden Flame by Janette Oke & Davis Bunn: “This is the latest series I have read, and I’m so glad it’s not finished! An awesome look into the time of the disciples. It brings Scripture to life!”

ANYTHING by Beverly Lewis: “I have read everything she has written! I think she is one of the greatest authors ever. I have NEVER been disappointed.”

Book Giveaway:
In honor of Emily, I’m giving away a brand new copy of The Thorn by Beverly Lewis. If you haven’t read this, sign up today and get reading. Then you’ll be ready for the sequel, The Judgment, which will be out in April!

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So whether you’ve known Emily a long time or just met her today, why don’t you leave a comment to encourage her? And if you’d like to view more of her photos, check out the Sidebar Photoblog. Simply click on the cover photo so view the rest of the pictures.

How about you? Do you have a list of favorite books you’d like to talk about, some family photos to share with us, a life story you’d like to tell? Maybe we’ll be reading about you here at Doorkeeper in the future!

Follow this link to view the website of author Beverly Lewis.

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Follow this link to read an excerpt or to purchase a copy of The Thorn by Beverly Lewis.

If you’re new to this site, follow this link to read the inspiring true story of A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II! book summary of The Thorn:
Lancaster County, with its rolling meadows and secret byways, may seem idyllic, but it is not without its thorns. THE ROSE TRILOGY is the stirring saga of two Amish sisters on the fringes of the church, and the unforeseen discoveries that change their lives.

Rose Kauffman, a spirited young woman, has a close friendship with the bishop’s foster son. Nick dresses Plain and works hard but stirs up plenty of trouble, too. Rose’s sister cautions her against becoming too involved, but Rose is being courted by a good, Amish fellow, and so dismisses the warnings. Meanwhile, Rose keeps house for an English widower but is startled when he forbids her to ever go upstairs. What is the man hiding?

Rose’s older sister, Hen, knows more than she should about falling for the wrong man. Unable to abandon her Amish ways, Hen is soon separated from her very modern husband. Mattie, their young daughter, must visit her father regularly, but Hen demands she wear Amish attire–and speak Pennsylvania Dutch, despite her husband’s wishes. Will Hen be able to reestablish her place among the People she abandoned? And will she be able to convince Rose to steer clear of rogue neighbor Nick?

Thirsting for the story

Renee Ann Smith —  October 1, 2010 — 6 Comments
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