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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    This was a wonderful quick read, and my first experience

    This was a wonderful quick read, and my first experience with Miss Goyer. I have recently become a fan of novels depicting Amish life, and it was interesting to me, reading a book that was not set in present day, yet noting the similarities in the way that the Amish people still live their lives. This story held a lot of emotions, love, and forgiveness, making it an ideal read for the Christmas season.
    I was particularly affected by the struggle that Rose endured between listening to her heart and taking to heart the thoughts of people outside of her relationship. I thought that Miss Goyer handled the situation beautifully by having Rose give the outside voices power in her life- like most people have done- and then showing her through a twist in the plot, that there are more important things than the opinions of others.
    My only critique of this book is that I wish that it could have been a little longer. I felt like as soon as I developed a kinship with Rose, the book was almost over. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good, clean story that will take them to a simple time where the only things that mattered were faith, love, and family.

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  • Posted October 17, 2013

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    Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwa

    Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming novella of sacrifice and deep love. This is Tricia Goyer's very first Christmas novella - and while novellas tend to be light, easy reads, this goes a lot deeper than normal with its characterization and plot. This is a very enjoyable and moving read.

    I was expecting a light, heartwarming Christmas read, but found so much more. Tricia writes in an easily flowing style as she explores themes of Amish pacifism and a family's struggle during the Depression years.

    The story opens in November of 1945, with Rose having broken off her relationship with Jonathan over his decision to serve as an Army medic. For in Rose's mind, as well as many in their community, "to join the military was to turn one's back on being Amish." And to further complicate matters, Rose discovers she had not been born into the Amish family that she grew up in and loved.

    According to Amish teaching, Jonathan should have had no part in supporting the war, yet he could not wait at home and do nothing. Reflecting on the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jonathan asks, "Should we place our religion above the care of others?"

    I can understand how parents who had lost a son in the war would resent an Amish man sitting in jail or growing crops rather than serving his country. But on the other hand, some Amish men, like Jonathan, found a way to serve without having to fire a weapon. For the Amish to criticize Jonathan seems awfully legalistic. I was also frustrated with Rose at first because she let people's negative opinions influence her attitudes and actions, but then I realized how difficult it is for any of us to withstand negativity.

    Rose's neighbor, Harold, was a sympathetic character who I loved. Harold returned from the war with what would be diagnosed as post-traumatic stress syndrome today, and both Jonathan and Rose reached out to him with sensitivity. I wish we could follow Harold's story beyond the pages of this story.

    Tricia brought in an Amish Thanksgiving ritual that I thought was very meaningful - the morning being a time of fasting and reflection before the family celebration begins. I would like to personally draw from this in some way.

    With spiritual themes beautifully woven throughout, A Christmas Gift for Rose comes to a heartwarming and emotional conclusion on Christmas Day. This story would make great reading during the Thanksgiving/Christmas season, or at any time of the year.

    This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group and Zondervan in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

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    Rose Yoder is as Amish as anyone could ever be and she dreamed o

    Rose Yoder is as Amish as anyone could ever be and she dreamed of an Amish wedding to Jonathan Fisher. That is until Jonathan decided to join the ranks of World War II. All Rose can see is that Jonathan had turned his back on her and everything they stand for. The Amish are not fighters and she feels Jonathan was wrong in his decision. Rose's world is thrown off balance by what she sees as Jonathan's betrayal and, on top of a broken heart, she finds out her life isn't quite what it seems. Rose finally finds out the reason for her constant nightmares... She was adopted by the Yoders but, worse yet, she's not Amish. Can Jonathan and her family make her see that no matter who her parents were she is as much a part of the Yoder family as if she had been born into it?

    Jonathan Fisher has loved Rose for years but he feels he can be more help on the battlefield administering medical aid to the soldiers than sitting in prison for his refusal to join. The one person that he hoped would understand has turned her back on him, he is on the verge of being ostracized by his community and is beginning to think he would be better off in the Englisch world. His love for Rose is what keeps him rooted in their community but Rose is pushing Jonathan away and it has nothing to do with him leaving and everything to do with the secret of her past. Can Jonathan help Rose forget the past and move into the future at his side? Will his Christmas gift help her to come to terms with past?

    I have to say I truly adore Amish fiction and a Christmas Gift for Rose did not disappoint me. I could plainly feel the war going on in Rose's heart and mind. She was Amish but, yet, she wasn't. It was an emotional tug of war but I loved the fact that she didn't have to face it alone. Her entire family stood by her and Jonathan's support was heartwarming. Even though Jonathan was dealing with his own deamons he fought for Rose and gave her the greatest gift she could have ever hoped for. The characters were absolutely loveable and the storyline was definitely different than any I have read before. I thoroughly enjoyed delving into their lives, sharing the hurt and the happiness. Tricia Goyer is a new author to me and one I will be adding to my "Favorite's" list.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    Tricia continues to bring us wonderful books to read! I am reall

    Tricia continues to bring us wonderful books to read! I am really enjoying these Amish books by Christian authors! Thank you for sharing your talents and passions with all your readers!

    In A Christmas Gift for Rose we follow Rose Yoder as she struggles with the fact that the man she loves leave to help the Englisch in World War II and turns her back on him, being encouraged by their Bishop and the community they grew up in...only to find out that she, herself, was born into an Englisch family! We find out how she came to be with the Yoder family and what most likely led up to her biological parents leaving her behind! This great story is inspired by true events. One of the great lessons in this book is that of discovering your own true identity! Rose struggles with this as she tries to choose what to do now that she knows she is Englisch, she recognizes the similarities between her and the main character in the book Heidi, which she reads to the children at the local school...but will she stay or will she go? What about the man she loves?

    That pretty well sums it get the answers to these questions, read the book and let me know what you think! Yep, short and sweet, just like the book!  Some of my thoughts: One of the wonderful things I found in this story is how sometimes we might make choices that are not popular in our group of family and friends, but, in the end, the lessons learned end up helping us and others! Also, I'm not quite sure how I feel about the Amish view on their serving in the military. I mean, I understand their thoughts, but I also understand the views of those not part of the Amish, too! See question below to share your thoughts...

    One of many quotes I'd like to share: " was time to let the future matter more than the past." (pg 121)

    I would like to pose one of the included discussions to you: "During World War II most Amishmen chose to join the Conservation Corp or spend their time in jail or working on farms. How did the war impact these men and those in their community?"

    Disclosure: As part of the Tricia Goyer 2013 Fiction Launch Team, I did receive a free copy of this book; however I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed here are completely my own!

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