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Posted October 7, 2013
Grace Given by Beth Shriver is book 2 in the Touch of Grace tril
Grace Given by Beth Shriver is book 2 in the Touch of Grace trilogy, a series is about three faithful women who, when faced with three separate hardships, are torn between the men they love and staying true to themselves. Lead characters from the first book appear only as minor characters here, so this story can really stand alone. I enjoyed Grace Given and am glad to recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I have read the first two books in this series and enjoyed both. Beth's writing differs from a lot of Amish fiction that I've read in that she deals with difficult, sensitive themes and she does it well.
In Grace Given, many Amish families have migrated to Texas in order to build new lives where land was available. "The land was cheaper here, and when a man had three or more sons to parcel his land off, it wasn't enough in their former community." Problems often arose because these families represented both the Old Order and New Order faiths, so these beliefs had to be reconciled.
Not everyone welcomed them in Texas, however. This story contrasts the harassment some families received with the Amish vow of no resistance. As one character states, "It's much harder to resist retaliation than to abide by it."
Beth does a good job at shining the light on the fact that, although the Amish don't retaliate or press charges, this can be a difficult and costly decision in certain circumstances. But persecution is something the Amish are familiar with, as Gideon and Elsie's study of the Martyr’s Mirror shows. I felt for these characters and the Amish community as they were continually harassed and vandalized. And I loved how Beth portrayed Gideon's personal struggle so convincingly, and then how he reached out to the young boy, Nick.
Elsie also struggles with her sister Katie leaving the community, along with a young man who she cared about. I felt that there was more to come in this storyline and hope we see more of Katie and Jake in book 3, Healing Grace, which is available now.
This quote from Beth's website beautifully describes Grace Given: "Grace saves. Even in a world where retribution is almost expected, the Amish demonstrate that all can be pardoned, by following their vow of no resistance which shows the deep-rooted forgiveness within them."
Grace Given is a book that will make you think and reflect on persecution today, and I recommend it to readers of inspirational fiction.
This book was provided by Booketeria and Realms in exchange for my honest review.
Posted January 6, 2013
A Story of Mystery, Mercy, and Forgiveness
A Story of Mystery, Mercy, and ForgivenessWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As a volunteer worker in our church library I am always on the lookout for new authors to recommend to our most avid readers. Series authors in the genre of Amish fiction have become a favorite of many, so I was delighted to discover “The Touch of Grace Trilogy” by Beth Shriver. “Grace Given” is the second in the series. The story parallels the lives three women, each faced with unique hardships and demonstrates how they respond showing mercy, pardon, and forgiveness.
If you read the first title in the series “Annie’s Truth” you recognize the names John Yoder, and Annie Belier. “Grace Given” is based on Elise Kline, Yoder’s cousin.
From the first page to the last paragraph Shriver captures and holds the reader’s attention. Her writing is well paced with an absorbing well developed plot and believable characters.
Beth Shriver’s “Grace Given” adds a unique fresh approach and a deeper insight into Amish life and adds a touch of mystery.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.