Plain Faith: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss and Leaving the Amish

Plain Faith: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss and Leaving the Amish

by Ora Jay and Irene Eash, Tricia Goyer (With)
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A Plain Faith: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss and Leaving the Amish 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
MiamiKel More than 1 year ago
: Plain Faith is an amazing look at the Amish lifestyle from the inside looking out. Told by the parents, Irene and Ora Jay Eash, with Tricia Goyer, it's an upclose and personal account of their story, their journey and triumph after unimaginable loss. Even if you think you are familiar with the Amish lifestyle, this book will change what you think you know. This book isn't a complicated read but it draws you in immediately with their down to earth, 'plain' talk. They are such good people, the Eashes. What happened to them could have happened to just about anyone. But the aftermath of their story after burying their two young daughters is the 'stop and think' of this extraordinary book. Have you ever had that feeling in your faith that something is missing? That you attend church every Sunday, you abide by the rules of what a Christian (etc) should do and not do in the secular world yet something feels not quite right? That's one of the ah-hah moments of this book. One of the points that stood out for me is when Irene stated "People saw me different when I wore my Amish kapp, or head covering. People would see that and think "If that's what you have to share with me, then I don't want to listen." It's an amazing moment to realize that the one true faith you've had for your entire life doesn't support you unless you live and breath THAT life. But beyond the Amish faith, God is everywhere and in everything. Sometimes stepping outside that life, like the Eashes did, you see it so very clearly. This book is brave, courageous, heart-wrenching, tear inducing, thought provoking and admirable, to name just a few of it's endearing qualities. I'd recommend this book based on it's quick, short chapters and easy flow of the book to teens in a youth groups, high school and college small groups at churches.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Eternal Joy! Ora Jay and Irene Eash suffered a tragedy that no parent should have to endure.   The death of their two young daughters due to an accident. It was through soul searching and reading the scriptures that lead the Eash’s to leave their previous Amish belief and trust in Jesus.  They even left their Indiana home and moved to the wilderness of Northwest Montana. I admired how they stepped out in faith, trusting the Lord to lead them.  The road was not an easy one but they held steadfast.  The joy of knowing Salvation is through Jesus Christ alone was worth it all. What an amazing family.  There were many trials to overcome.  It wasn’t an easy road; yet they trusted Jesus Christ through it all. Plain Faith is a book I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Living not far from an area known for its Amish population, I thought it would be interesting to get an insiders' perspective on this culture that has survived for so long. While you will learn some information in "Plain Faith," I finished the book with a feeling of meh. Ora Jay and Irene Eash take turns writing passages in the book discussing the deaths of their two daughters in the early 1980s in a tragic buggy accident through to their decision to leave the Amish faith. Since the couple worked with a well-known Amish fiction writer, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed in the mediocre quality of the writing. I also didn't feel like the couple really clearly explained how their daughters' deaths influenced their departure from the faith. I ultimately found it difficult to really connect with the couple and their story and don't really feel like I gained a lot of insight into the Amish faith. I give the Eashes an A for effort, and wish nothing but blessing for them as they continue in the English world, but ultimately I wasn't impressed with "Plain Faith." Note: I receive a review copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Plain Faith Irene Eash, Ora-Jay Eash, & Trisha Goyer Book Summary: This is the true story of Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, Amish farmers from northwest Montana whose lives changed in an instant when a semi-truck struck the family buggy, killing their two young daughters. After the accident, the couple turned to their Amish community for comfort, but they remained haunted by the thought that they might not see their girls again in heaven. Would their deeds be good enough? Eventually Ora-Jay and Irene learned that grace---not works---was enough to ensure their place in eternity. But with that knowledge came the realization that they could no longer live in an Amish community that didn’t share this precious belief. Could they sever their connection to the Amish family they loved? This is the story of their journey to the hope that is heaven, a hope stronger than the loss of children, family, and a way of life. Fans of Amish fiction will appreciate such a real-life look into the Amish community, co-written by bestselling author Tricia Goyer, and readers of all kinds will resonate with this tale of courage, resilience, and the redemption found in the grace of Jesus. Review: This is a well written book about an amazingly tender, sad, joyful and tragic story. I loved the switching back and forth between Ora-Jay and Irene. Trisha Goyer did a remarkable job of keeping their voices while working with them to write this book. I loved their honesty in telling of their leaving the Amish life. It was beautiful and tragic insight into the Amish life. I came to respect their love and care for their families and friends. It truly painted a fair and loving account of their community and the difficulty leaving that way of life. I have read other books about leaving the Amish life which demonstrated the challenges of leaving along with being under the ban, but this story was mature and more tragic because they were leaving for a greater life and desperately wanted their family and friends to enter into this greater life. I enjoyed everything about these people and found them to be open and honest. It seems to me it would be a privilege to know them! I would like to thank Net Galley and Zondervan Non-Fiction for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. 
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Gets hit with the brick and throws it back at four and says food fight not brick fight! There is a big difference!
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Watched. Late. Gtg.
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Threw sausage.