Sarah Yoder is an Amish woman content to live by the rules of her Amish community. A widow, she is raising her children without their father but enjoys the companionship of her deceased husband’s family. Sarah is also happy to be learning the art of using herbs as medicine to help those in her community. Keys of Heaven is the second book in Adina Senft‘s Healing Grace series.
Certain stereotypes may come to mind when considering the Amish – a strict adherence to rules, steadfast religiousness, and separation from the world. But Senft creates a very human, easy-to-relate-to character in Sarah Yoder. In many ways, Sarah is like a non-Amish woman: she feels the pull of romantic love and she experiences conflict with members of her community.
I thoroughly enjoyed Keys of Heaven and give it five out of five stars. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Amish culture as well as those who enjoy reading Christian fiction that has a realistic amount of conflict.
FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of Keys of Heaven from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Crossing, Oregon, is a quiet, peaceful town where life is ordinary but good. For Patricia Guire and Amber Yager, otherwise normal lives takes unwanted, abrupt turns when secrets of the past must be confronted.
These “skeletons in the closet” create the conflict of Crossing’s Redemption and for each woman, the life-altering event is different. While the back cover of the book would lead you to believe that it is only Patricia Guire facing a crisis, it is both Patricia and Amber entering a deep period of introspection. Daws weaves the struggle of the two characters together wonderfully.
Crossing’s Redemption takes place in today’s world respectfully discussing serious issues. But the way the book resolves some of these problems appears too optimistic. Perhaps it’s a hopeful attempt for how people should react, as the supporting characters model grace. Instead of anger, bitterness, fear, resentment or negativity, Crossing’s Redemption showcases patience and forgiveness, making it an excellent read for those enjoying faith-filled characters confronting real-life issues.
I received a copy of this book free from Ambassador International in exchange for my honest thoughts on this book.