The book Grace Given reminds me of a field of wildflowers.
There are bright colors lit by the sunshine, and sometimes there are shadows passing over as the clouds roll on. The flowers are beautiful, nurtured by clear dry days and rainy nights. The flowers stand against the wind.
That's what Elsie Yoder is like: a wildflower in the storms of life, learning to always face the sun.
Elsie's heart has been torn by two losses. Her sister Katie left the community, and she left with a young man for whom Elsie had a special affection. And Jake had acted as if that affection were returned.
Those two betrayals hit hard, and the routine of Amish life hasn't soothed her soul yet.
There are many struggles in the community during this time.
Two groups of Amish are integrating, and one's standards are relaxing a little as a result.
The run-away youths are mourned deeply and spoken of quietly, yet no one is supposed to attempt to find them.
Young men from town are harassing the Amish citizens and vandalizing their property.
And Elsie is in the middle of all of this.
Grace Given is a bittersweet tale with several twists and turns and uncertainties, like life itself.
It stood out to me that Elsie's heart and way of understanding her place in her family relationships and her world was much like mine.
I am very glad I met this young Amish girl.
Thank you Beth Shriver and The Booketeria for my copy!
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis
Beth’s Favorite Bible Verse
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”