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Kingdom of Simplicity
     

Kingdom of Simplicity

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by Holly Payne
 

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Holly Payne's internationally acclaimed award winning novel, Kingdom of Simplicity, invites readers a chance to experience the healing power of forgiveness. How do you forgive? Eli Yoder, a misguided Amish youth, leaves home during rumspringa, the time of 'running around' for Amish youth before they accept their faith, and searches for acceptance from the Outside

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Holly Payne's internationally acclaimed award winning novel, Kingdom of Simplicity, invites readers a chance to experience the healing power of forgiveness. How do you forgive? Eli Yoder, a misguided Amish youth, leaves home during rumspringa, the time of 'running around' for Amish youth before they accept their faith, and searches for acceptance from the Outside World. Here a surprising friendship teaches Eli how to laugh gain and prepares him to confront the biggest questions of his life.

Inspired by a true story of forgiveness and written in simple, striking prose, Holly Payne paints a detailed portrait of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania�its countryside, its markets, and the inner-workings of its homes, giving the reader an authentic perspective on the Amish that's rare in literature. Winner of a Marin Arts Council Grant for Fiction, First Place Winner of a Benjamin Franklin Award, and nominated for a national book award in Belgium, where it was named to the mandatory high school reading list in Ghent.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016703855
Publisher:
Skywriter Books
Publication date:
05/16/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
296
File size:
655 KB

Meet the Author

After being struck by a drunk driver in 1994 and left unable to walk for nearly a year unaided, Holly Payne received a letter from the driver asking for her forgiveness. Rather than write a letter, she wrote him this book. A native of Lancaster County for 18 years, Payne now lives with her young daughter in Northern California. She has taught throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and currently serves the literary community as a private writing coach, speaker, publishing consultant and co-producer for Litquake.

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Kingdom of Simplicity 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
kristenharnisch More than 1 year ago
I met Holly Payne this past January at a writer's conference. In speaking with her, I discovered that she had been struck by a drunk driver in 1994 and received a letter from the driver asking for forgiveness. Rather than write him a letter back, she wrote him this exquisite book, Kingdom of Simplicity. There are so many things I loved about Ms. Payne's book, Kingdom of Simplicity, but above all, I feel that she's given me a spiritual gift that I will always hold dear. This is rigorous storytelling at its finest and I can feel her heart and soul poured into every painstakingly crafted page. Let me say, this isn't the type of novel that I regularly read. Although I enjoy a variety of prose, I mostly enjoy reading and writing historical fiction that allows me to escape into another era and learn new things about that period. However, once I plunged into Ms. Payne's novel, I was captured by the descriptions of the Amish way of life and the way they relate to the English around them. Above all, it was Eli Yoder's struggle to forgive the person who took his family that kept me riveted and rooting for Eli from the sidelines. The characters are gritty and fresh, the setting bucolic and serene, and Eli's inner turmoil is palpable. The intensity of the novel is nicely balanced with moments of laughter and joy. Perhaps most noteworthy is the undercurrent of the singular truth that we are all one, and therefore to condemn or love someone is to condemn or love oneself. Thank you so much, Ms. Payne, for writing this story. The Kingdom of Simplicity is a gift and I will recommend it to every book club I know!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago