A Plain Man

A Plain Man

by Mary Ellis


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ISBN-13: 9780736949804
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Series: Beachy Family Series , #2
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mary Ellis is the bestselling author of many books, including A Widow's Hope, An Amish Family Reunion, and Living in Harmony. She and her husband live in central Ohio, where they try to live a simpler style of life.

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A Plain Man 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
A Plain Man is the story of a man who has lived in both worlds, English and Amish. He now wants to become a full Amish man, but is dealing with some of the repercussions from some of the decisions he made living in the English world. Caleb Beachy was gone longer than most men, when they leave their community, but after five years, has decided he want to return. Can he and his community accept his decision? Can he forgive himself of the sins he committed while live in the English world? Will he be able to conform into the person his faith requires of him? He also has some romance on the horizon, but can Josie Yoder's family forgive him for leaving and living worldly for so long? As the Amish grapevine whispers about him, will he be able to hold his head high and finish his required classes? Come and absorb yourself in the Amish Community, spend time at the Preaching Sunday. Enjoy the fellowship and the great meals afterward. You'll love some of the bantering that goes on. Some sibling rivalry, and family disagreements, just likes the rest of us. I so enjoyed my visit here, and hope there will be more to return to! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publish Harvest House, and was not required to give a positive review.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
A Plain Man is a great story of forgiving oneself, even though God and others have already forgiven you.  This story struck a chord with me, because I myself know, that the hardest person for me to forgive, is also my own self. Caleb Beachy went on his Rumspringa years and pretty much fell away from his safe Amish background.  His sister, Sarah, somehow manages to convince him to return to the fold.  He finds it hard to fit in to his old Amish ways and the adjustment isn't as easy or natural as he would have thought. He reconnects with Josie Yoder, but the sins of his past haunt him and he doesn't know how she will respond to the truth and should he tell her all?  With his father serving as the Bishop of their Amish congregation, this adds to his difficulties as to how to again assimilate into his old lifestyle.  Will he be able to forgive himself and will he find the peace he is looking for in his life as he carries a permanent reminder of his past on his arm.  I felt there were many feelings that were well thought through and probably something that returning Amish would truly have to deal with.  Feelings of guilt and impurity as their culture would expect of them. Will he find a way to restore himself in the good graces of God, family and himself or will he not be able to find the pathway home? An excellent book which I hope you will all have an opportunity to read.  Mary Ellis captures the feelings of many prodigal children, I am certain!
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
Recently I read Mary Ellis’s Civil War romance “The Quaker and the Rebel” and was immediately hooked on Civil War romances! If I were not already a fan of Amish fiction, “A Plain Man” would make me one. It’s no wonder Mary Ellis is such a popular author! WOW! Mary Ellis is one of those authors that simply refuses to take the easy way – she refuses to steer clear of touchy subjects, instead meeting them head-on with wit and wisdom – showing us God’s love in a world very much in need of it! She refuses to write simple characters, instead presenting us with REAL people – with flaws and weaknesses and real, true emotion! And she refuses to give us an easy course, instead showing that the way of life is not always easy. Sometimes we stumble, sometimes we fall – but God is always there to pick us back up! AMAZING! Now, of course, I’m determined to go hunt down every single book she’s written so I can read and enjoy them all! Some authors are content to tell a story – Mary Ellis will make you experience… EVERYTHING! Don’t miss this book! And don’t miss her others either! Her Amish fiction is JUST as wonderful as her Civil War fiction! I know it seems a little backward that I would say it that way since she wrote Amish first… but to be fair, I started with the Civil War so… I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite Caleb Beachy had spent five years in the Englisch world, away from his Amish family and faith. He decides to make an appearance on Christmas Eve night, surprising his entire family. But even though Caleb grew up Amish, finding his way back into the Amish community and lifestyle was not as easy as he thought it would be. First of all, Caleb’s dad didn’t make coming home easy for Caleb; in fact, to me he really acted like a jerk. He was the bishop, and he just couldn’t deal with what his son had done to the family. And then there was Josie Yoder, who grew into a beautiful woman in the five years Caleb was gone, but her father would never let her date someone who had experienced the world like Caleb had. So life was tough for Caleb, but he was determined to find his way back to his Amish roots.  As always, Mary Ellis writes a heart-warming Amish story that will capture your heart and stay with you for a while. Caleb was a good guy, but living up to his dad’s expectations were almost impossible. Thankfully, he had a sweet mom and sisters that were willing to forgive and forget about his past, and give him a chance. And Josie was surprisingly nice to him, too. My heart ached for Caleb as he beat himself up so much over his past life, and he had problems forgiving himself and moving on with his life. But this Amish community and church knew they needed to turn to God, forgive past sins and forget them, and welcome Caleb back. I enjoyed following Caleb, his family and Josie, and how they looked to the One that would make their life complete. And if you love Amish, A Plain Man by Mary Ellis is a must for you.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I've long enjoyed Mary Ellis's books, and A Plain Man is no different. Caleb's story is a touching story of a wayward son coming home. Except it's not an easy transition. With a little help from his sister's best friend, Josie, Caleb discovers some things about himself that threaten his future. I hate spoilers, so I won't tell you more; you'll have to read it to find out the good stuff. A Plain Man is a quick look into the life of an Amish man who stepped away from his upbringing and has much to regret about his life. Upon returning to his roots, he is determined to do the right thing. ***I received this book from the publisher/author for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
Sue1 More than 1 year ago
Caleb Beachy has been living among the Englisch for five years. He turned his back on his family and faith and did things he never should have done. Now he has returned home to rejoin his community and be baptized into the Amish faith. Josie Yoder, Cal's sister's best friend, has grown up in the past five years. She and Cal fall in love and plan to share a future together--that is, if Cal can let go of his past sins. Josie is willing to keep the past in the past, but Cal cannot forgive himself. Somehow Cal must find a way to accept God's grace before he destroys any chance of happiness with Josie or as a Plain man. Mary Ellis has crafted another wonderful story of love, mercy, and forgiveness. Readers can certainly identify with Mary's characters. We have all done things we regret; many of us have difficulty forgiving ourselves and moving forward. Through her characters, Mary makes it clear God's grace is for all. If you enjoy a romance with a message, you won't be disappointed in A Plain Man. Susan Simpson, author
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
"Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace.....Caleb slouched down against a post. 'Plenty at first, when I had wheels and a good job.  But money management didn't turn out to be my strong suit.' His friend's confusion only seemed to deepen. Caleb didn't know how much to reveal about his past.  Could he admit he'd hung out in  bars until closing time and bought drinks for people he'd never met before?  Should he talk about sleeping with women who were little more than acquaintances?  How about the fact that he'd attended church only once during his entire time in Cleveland?"...... Caleb turned to the Englisch world for several years but he has returned to his Amish family and desires nothing more than to live an upright life and marry Josie.  His father doesn't trust that he won't return to the Englisch world.  I have long believed that the Amish forgive and forget a person's sins if they have not joined the Amish church yet, but Caleb's father gives him a very hard time.  This book is full of love and forgiveness.  We all need a heavy dose of that in our lives.  This is a 5 star work of Amish fiction.   I have certainly had my share of mistakes and long for forgiveness for those mistakes.   I could feel the emotional pain of the characters as I read.   I was left with a feeling of hope and renewal when I read the last line of this book.   I was given a kindle version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
TerrriL More than 1 year ago
Caleb Beachy left his Amish home for the Englisch world, where he squandered his money on women and beer. He returns home in shame. His father is the bishop of their district. He treats Caleb as a boy whom he doesn’t trust to stay. Caleb resents the treatment. Matters don’t improve when Caleb joins his dad’s construction crew. His mother mediates between them, and eventually his dad realizes he may have been the cause for Caleb leaving home in the first place. Caleb is smitten with Josie Yoder, but will she, a proper Amish young lady, want a man with “Kristen” tattooed on his arm? They’re heading toward marriage, but Caleb breaks up because he doesn’t feel good enough for her. Then Josie gets an idea that may help him, even though their parents think it’s nonsense. This is one of Mary Ellis’ best works yet.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
Any book I’ve read by Mary Ellis makes me stop and think while enjoying a wonderful storyline and feeling like I want to be friends with the characters she has created. A Plain Man surpassed the rest of her stories by drawing me in and I found I didn’t want to leave as I turned the last page. Not only was the storyline terrific but the subtle lessons she offered on grace and forgiveness left me thinking deeply about not only my own life but how I can extend grace to others around me. I was especially moved by Elizabeth’s speech to her husband - reminding him that even though he is the Bishop, he needs to think less about what others in the community will think about him and more about the very personal needs of his first-born son. I love how Ms. Ellis has a gift of crafting four-dimensional people on a piece of paper. There are no cookie cutter characters in her books. She is able to write in such a way that you love each and every one of them for different reasons. They are all so unique and attractive in their own way. She makes them come alive on the page to where I imagine I can reach out and physically touch them. I can’t tell you who I fell in love with more - Caleb with his soul searching, Josie for her love of life, Sarah for her kindness, Adam for his self-consciousness, or Elizabeth for her love of family and womanly wisdom. Ms. Ellis has a gift even with the characters who are harder to love, such as Eli, Rebekah, and John. She is able to show a blend of vulnerability and humanness despite the words that they spoke. As I said before, I love all of Ms. Ellis’ work but this book touched me deeply. She was able to accurately demonstrate the struggle I can only imagine an Amish man would feel when transitioning back into his culture after having been exposed to the English world, a position most Amish people would never put themselves in or can relate to. I can’t wait to read Ms. Ellis’ next book. To have her gift of weaving a story with characters so real I want to be their friends is genuinely a blessing. I’ve already been spreading the word that this is a book for your must-read pile.
klobucher More than 1 year ago
"AWESOME A MUST READ" Mary Ellis did  it again She is Fantastic. She has a wonderful imagination  " A Plain Man is a must read. Once you start this book you  will not be able to put it down until the very last page. You will feel like you know all of  the characters  personally , when Caleb  returns to the  Amish way of life  He does have some struggles but He gets through them  with the help of family  and friends, the Amish are so forgiving  Caleb has a few ups and downs with Eli his father, Eli is very stern but a wonderful father.I think this  book will be up for awards. You will also love the recipes at the end