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Never doubt in the darkness what God has shown you in the light.
Amish Proverb
 
Elsie Yoder can’t forgive her sister, Katie, for leaving the community. Unable to let go of her sadness, she withdraws from her friends and family, nursing her feelings of betrayal.
 
Gideon Lapp has held a special place in his heart for Elsie and ...

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Overview

Never doubt in the darkness what God has shown you in the light.
Amish Proverb
 
Elsie Yoder can’t forgive her sister, Katie, for leaving the community. Unable to let go of her sadness, she withdraws from her friends and family, nursing her feelings of betrayal.
 
Gideon Lapp has held a special place in his heart for Elsie and longs to help her get through her troubles. Together they find comfort in their study of the Martyr’s Mirror, a centuries-old book that describes their ancestors’ sacrifices for their faith through years of persecution.
 As Elsie opens up and begins to put her trust in Gideon, she tells him about the harassment she and her sister received at the hands of some local men. When the men return and threaten the community, Elsie and Gideon must stand together to do what is right. But can Elsie learn to give grace and to humble herself to accept grace as well?

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“Beth Shriver’s smooth writing style and lovely characterization make Grace Given a joy to read. Beth Shriver is truly an author to watch in the Amish genre.” —Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author 
 

“Beth Shriver reminds us of how complex even the “simple life” can be when it comes to matters of the heart—and what matters most.” —Cathy Liggett, Award-winning author of Beaded Hope

 
“Grace Given gives readers the best of all worlds—romance with a bit of mystery and a storyline that will make you burn the midnight oil. Highly recommended!” —Diane Noble, award-winning author

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621360179
  • Publisher: Charisma Media
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Series: Touch of Grace , #2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 236,900
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Beth Shriver is the author of over a dozen books, including Annie’s Truth. She received a degree in social work from the University of Nebraska and was a caseworker before starting a family. She followed her passion and now writes full-time.  
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  • Posted March 29, 2014

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    This book was different than any other book I have read.  I am n

    This book was different than any other book I have read.  I am not sure what exactly makes it different.  New scenery?  You rarely read Amish books set in Texas.  Perhaps it is the harrassement towards the Amish.  I am not sure, but it is different.  And while it was different, that doesn't translate to bad, it is just different.  Over all an enjoyable story.  With characters that you can relate to, feeling their hurts, and their joys.  4 stars from this reviewer.
    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. 

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

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    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.

    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.

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  • Posted March 16, 2013

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    Elsie Yoder can't seem to pull herself out of a depression cause

    Elsie Yoder can't seem to pull herself out of a depression caused by her sister Katie.  Katie has betrayed her sister and left the community.  Will Elsie be able to forgive her sister?  No matter the turn of events Elsie misses her sister and wants her to come home.  Their father does not wish to even talk about Katie, it pains him too much.




    Gideon Lapp wants Elsie to be able to open up to him because he holds a special place in his heart for Elsie.  He encourages her to interact with the rest of the community.  She becomes interested in studying Martyrs Mirror with Gideon.  




    Elsie has many secrets that is eating her alive, one of which is some local men, not of the Amish community, have been harassing her even before her sister left.  She finally confides in Gideon and reveals her secrets of  the harassment not only toward her but to the Amish community.  The young men have no fear of retaliation because they know the Amish will not use means of violence or by pressing charges against them.  




    Can Elsie forgive herself therefore humble herself to the community and to accept God's Grace?  In doing so she will be free of the fear that grows within her.  How will they deal with the local men?  




    In book two the author writes of the necessity of community support spiritually and physically. It reminds me of the verse.  Matthew 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.




    The author also write of humbling oneself and accepting Grace which is a gift from God!   Beth also reminds  us that we must put on the Armor of God.  He gives us so much to fight the evil that tries to oppress us because of our belief in a loving God.




    I highly recommend this book.




    Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Charisma Media for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my honest opinion.

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

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    Elsie Yoder and her family have settled in Texas, having left th

    Elsie Yoder and her family have settled in Texas, having left their Amish Virginia Settlement. There is lot more land available here, and her Dad has three sons.
    When the story opens Elsie and her sister Katie are being harassed by some local hooligans. Strange things have been happening here, and maybe these teens are the answers. Elsie is very afraid, but Katie just shakes it off. They do not tell their folks!
    Then her sister leaves and betrays her! Elsie is strong in her faith, and spends her time helping her Mom, and Dad. She has two adorable five year old twin brothers, whom she adores.
    Gideon has admired Elsie for quite awhile, and he seems to appear just when an emergency happened. Gid has a real heart for the Lord and may be being led into the Ministry.
    I loved how the Community rally around anyone in need. Where their is an illness, new baby, fire, the food and gifts begin to appear. How awesome, made me wish I were living there.
    We still find that there is a big struggle with forgiveness, they follow their faith, but have to turn to prayer in all circumstances.
    A wonderful read, and I read this one very quickly, because I could not put it down!

    I received this book from the Author, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

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    If you understand the Amish people at all, you know that they do

    If you understand the Amish people at all, you know that they don't like conflict and will avoid all acts of vengeance or involving the police to deal with any issues they have. They are a peaceful people and prefer to let God deal out the judgements if laws are broken. However when a group of Amish people settle in Texas, a group of English teens are about to make sure they get the message that they are not wanted. Knowing that the Amish will not retaliate, they first come across Elsie and her sister Katie Yoder, walking home one day. They begin to verbally assault them with all kinds of derogatory comments and proceed to leer at them. Katie and Elsie both run for their farm and agree not to tell anyone about what just happened.

    Yet once a lie begins it becomes harder and harder to keep it a secret. Now that Katie has left her family along with Jake, the boy Elsie had believed had feelings for her to live among the English. Elsie is left not only to deal with her hurt feelings of being betrayed by her sister and Jake and now has to face continued harassment from the group of English teens that have found an easy mark with Elsie. She finds solace in studying the Martyrs Mirror, an old book that takes about the persecution of the Amish people with her friend Gideon Lapp. Only Gideon wishes his friendship with Elsie may in fact turn into love at some point. However dealing with her heartache with Jake, puts those plans on the back burner and creates a door for Jake's brother Mose to enter with Elsie as they have a common ground for conversation.

    In the second book of the Touch of Grace series by Beth Shriver, Grace Given teaches us all how to deal with situations in life that prove difficult. Whether it's a broken heart, a betrayal from a family member or even being harassed, the grace God provides never comes back empty handed. This was such a different Amish novel to read, in that dealing with the harassment from the English teens was something you often wonder about when the Amish community moves into a new location and can create animosity among the residents that live there especially when the Amish start new business opportunities that create a need for their products and services over the English ones. A well written novel that completely captivated me from start to finish and can't wait to read the next one, Healing Grace which the reader is given a glimpse into at the conclusion of this novel.

    I received Grace Given by Beth Shriver compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Realm Publishers for my honest review and have to rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars. The story was a lot different that your typical Amish novels and dealt with a lot of issues facing the world today in our own communities. It just shows how the Amish would likely have handled it with a touch of grace instead of retaliation like most would.

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

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    A Story of Mystery, Mercy, and Forgiveness

    A Story of Mystery, Mercy, and Forgiveness

    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.

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