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Holding a Tender Heart (Beiler Sisters Series #1)

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  • Posted March 15, 2014

     I love the title of this book because it is so descriptive of t

     I love the title of this book because it is so descriptive of the contents of the story!  Verna Beiler definitely has a tender heart which she so willingly gives to Joe Weaver.




    I usually do not like men writing about women's feelings and emotions, but Jerry Eichler does a great job of it.  He captures young Debbie and Verna in a true to life way.  It must have something to do with his Amish background (and maybe a little help from his wife?)  I read this book jam-packed full of emotion.  Verna, who has truly given her heart to Joe, is devastated by him being accused of murder.  She is loyal to the end.  Debbie, and Engish girl,  has emotions that run all over the place as well as she decides how she wants to live her life now that she has graduated from college.




    I will never completely understand why the Amish choose to make life harder than it already is.  Sometimes I think we evangelicals depend too much on grace, but the Amish are definitely stuck to law.  What a difference!  The admirable quality is sticking to one set of rules completely, and trusting God for the outcome.




    This book whet my appetite for the remainder of the books in the series (series of three books).  I am drawn in by the Beiler family and can see why Debbie, and English girl is attracted to them.




    I highly recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction!  It is a great addition to the Amish fiction library.




    I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  Thank you Harvest House!

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    Some books I find tedious to get through but Holding a Tender He

    Some books I find tedious to get through but Holding a Tender Heart was a delight.  This was my first book by Jerry Eicher, and I found his writing interesting in that he grew up Amish and even taught in an Amish school.  I enjoy reading Amish fiction and I've read many books by different authors and I have found the words they use in their Amish language slightly different in each of the author's stories.  Debbie, the main character, grew up next door to the Beiler family and spent lots of time in their house and around the daughters.  Debbie has expressed a desire to become Amish, even though she has just graduated college and started a new job.  She asks if she can live with the Beiler's and pay room and board.  Permission is granted by the Bishop Father hoping she'll have a good influence on the youngest daughter who has expressed a desire to leave the Amish faith.  Even the Amish struggle with problems and difficulties in their simple lives and it is no,different for the Beiler's in this book.  Lies, lawyers and the justice system become a part of the difficulties faced by the peace loving Amish.  And there's romance thrown in too for fun.  I'm  looking forward to reading the 2nd and 3rd book in this trilogy.

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