Anna's Healing (Plain and Simple Miracles Series #1)

Anna's Healing (Plain and Simple Miracles Series #1)

by Vannetta Chapman


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ISBN-13: 9780736956031
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Series: Plain and Simple Miracles Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 520,307
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel Falling to Pieces was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband. For more information, visit her at

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Anna's Healing 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
wfnren 11 months ago
A MUST read!!!!! At first I was wondering if I'd enjoy this book BUT it didn't take long at all and I was deep into the story and loving it. If you don't find this story reinforcing your faith, maybe you need to read it again. Vannetta does a wonderful job on this and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Anna's Healing Is a touching and very emotional book for me - my throat got stuck. This book is so real Ms. Chapman has done it again. She sure knows how to get you emotionally tied to the characters - and I love it. The main character could be anyone you know. That is what makes it so real. She tries to do things on her own after Something serious happens to her - what is it? Well that is it something you have to find out for yourselves - GOD placed certain people in her life to see her through it and you will love them. Through it all she learns to trust in GOTTE - GOD - will the miracle happen? Well that is something you have to find out for yourself as well. I received a copy from the Publisher; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. If you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to Christian unlike
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book!
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
Anna Schwartz left her family in Goshen, Indiana to spend a year in small town Cody’s Creek, Oklahoma with her beloved grandmother and her Aunt & Uncle. Things were certainly different in Cody’s Creek…..they used tractors to farm and take trips to town! At twenty-four, Anna was still unmarried and her parents were hoping she may find a husband in Oklahoma. She hadn’t shown interest in anyone at home. Jacob Graber was an unusual sort of Amish man. He left his family in New York and was working his way to Florida. He kept up with the crops and went from state to state helping Amish men with their harvests. He was in Cody’s Creek when the terrible tornado hit. The tornado changed Anna’s life. The team of horses she was driving spooked and she was thrown from the wagon. She suffered a spinal cord injury that left her legs paralyzed. She couldn’t garden or work the produce stand in a wheelchair. That is, until Jacob got to work and elevated her plants! Mammi covered Anna in prayer day and night. Did her prayers heal Anna physically? Maybe they helped her better accept her life in a wheelchair. Did Anna find love in Oklahoma? Vannetta Chapman is one of my favorite authors and I totally enjoyed reading Anna’s story. You will too!
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a story! In Ms. Chapman's trademark style, ANNA'S HEALING tells the story of a twenty-four year old woman who survives a devastating tornado--but is forever changed. When the tornado leaves her spinal cord injury, she is paralyzed--and there is nothing that can be done. Except... is there? Jacob is a wanderer, going from Amish community to Amish community as a migrant worker. He was planning on going to Pinecraft Florida when fate (or was it Gotte) led him to Oklahoma where he worked for Anna's onkle. Jacob is there when the tornado comes, and is able to save Anna's life when the second tornado comes--but even he is not the answers to their problems. A spellbinding, page turning story of one woman's journey. This is more women's fiction that romance, but there is a little romance included in the pages. A great read that will stay with you long after closing the pages of the book.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic story. Anna was a happy girl until the tornado went through the town where she was living with her aunt and uncle. She is thrown from the wagon when the tornado hits and her spine is severed. She becomes a paraplegic. She gets very depressed. She is helped through her depression by Chloe, an Englisher, that writes for the local paper. Jacob who fell in love with Anna right before the accident and her grandmother who helps her to keep her faith and her compassionate spirit. There are many twists and turns that the whole family goes through when a miracle happens. Can everyone handle what happens after a miracle? I received this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion.
Debbie60 More than 1 year ago
Power of God's Healing I have just finished reading "Anna's Healing", by Vannetta Chapman. It is about an Amish Girl, Anna Schwartz, and how she struggled with where she felt she needed to be and what she needed to be doing. It takes you to Cody's Creek where Anna goes to stay with her Aunt and Uncle & her grandmother. She also meets Jacob Graber there and they become friends. During a terrible tornado she is seriously injured and is left unable to walk. I urge you to purchase Vannetta's book and follow Anna's journey. It kept me mesmerized and unable to put it down till the end. It made me laugh, made me cry, made me sad, and made me rejoice and remember that GOD truly is a GOD OF MIRACLES. It made me feel that I was right there walking this journey too. Strengthened my faith in knowing what I have always known - God loves us and wants the very best for us. We only have to say YES to His will and trust Him. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. Thanks Vannetta for writing "Anna's Healing", and I can't wait for your next book.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Anna's Healing is a marvelous story of courage, faith, and hope. Anna left her home to stay for a year with her aunt and uncle and Mammi, her grandmother, with not a clue that her life was to change forever. As she begins building relationships with an Englischer reporter and her uncle's hired hand, she wonders about her own life and what she is meant to do. Then a tornado rips through the Amish community and tragedy befalls Anna. She is permanently paralyzed, with no hope of recovery. Can God use this in Anna's life to show her his love, his strength, his refuge? Anna has recurring dreams and is puzzled and concerned about them. What is their meaning? Are they just for her? Do they concern others who are in her dreams? Then, once again, her life is turned upside down as she awakens one morning completely healed. What is the impact of this miracle on her life, on the lives of those surrounding her? Vannetta Chapman does an outstanding job of making this story real. The characters are believable and likable and their faith in God is evident throughout. The tension in the story keeps the reader turning the pages, wondering what is going to happen next. And when the story is completed, readers may still have questions about what happened to Anna but one thing is sure when one encounters the Holy God--one comes away forever changed. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest opinion.
ConR More than 1 year ago
I don't think it's any coincidence that I should decide to get into this book more fully today. I started it in November and between the holidays and work hardly had time to bend the spine. But today being the first day of a new month and the New Year, I decided to do something I love and I opened the book again. I should know, having read many of Vannetta's books that I would be sucked into a different world and not emerge until done. But with this book on this day, it has been a very good way to spend the time. I won't spoil the book for you with details. It is what it says....a novel about a healing. The title is "Anna's Healing" but there are many more people in this story who are healed in one form or another. I would like to quote the very last sentence in the book, and it will give nothing of this beautiful story away. "Perhaps that is the definition of a holy encounter-you come away forever changed." Today, this book was my holy encounter.
DaliCastillo More than 1 year ago
That Was Really Awesome! Vannetta Chapman is one of my favorite authors. For one thing, her book, A Perfect Square (A Shipshewana Amish Mystery Book 2) was the first book that I read in the Amish fiction genre, and I've been hooked ever since. Anna's Healing is just one more example of how Vannetta's talent for writing sucks you in from beginning to end, leaving you with a feeling of contentment. Anna Schwartz is originally from Goshen, Indiana, but she has moved to Oklahoma to live with her uncle, aunt, and grandmother. After a time, she meets Chloe Roberts, a reporter, and the two become fast friends. Anna also befriends Jacob Graber, who has just moved to Oklahoma and hires on to help her uncle. One day, as Anna is helping in the fields, a tornado strikes, turning Anna's life upside down. She suffers an injury to her back which results in her ending up in a wheel chair. However, through this difficult time, Anna has the love and support of her family, Chloe, and Jacob. Anna's grandmother is a strong woman of faith. One day she asks Anna, "Do you believe in miracles, child?" Although Anna responds that God is able to perform miracles, in her mind, she's not convinced. Then one day, it happens. Anna wakes up and is able to walk. This amazing miracle is a great thing, isn't it? That's where the story takes a turn as the author takes the reader in an unexpected direction which will leave you glued to the pages until you get to the very end, at which time you'll say, "Wow! That was really awesome!" ***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and viewpoints are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will make you stop and think. What role God plays in our everyday lives. And how many of his miracles do we miss seeing when we don't take "Time to Smell the Roses."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a surprise, It was not at all what i was expecting and it was a read from cover to cover with out putting it down. I loved this book and would recommend everyone read it, It is so very real it is like you are experencing Anna's trials right along with her,
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Dramatic and emotional, Anna’s Healing is a story that lingered in my mind long after the last page had been turned. I loved this beautiful story of faith and family! Introduced to Cody’s Creek in the e-short Brian’s Choice, I was eager to revisit this Amish community. I loved getting to know Anna and her friends and especially enjoyed the relationship she shared with her grandmother Ruth. Anna’s thoughts and emotions are palpable throughout the story, and her journey is one that will touch your heart. I can’t wait to read more of the Plain and Simple Miracles series! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
AuntEmmie2 More than 1 year ago
Anna’s Healing by Vannetta Chapman Anna’s Healing begins as a poignant story of a young Amish woman who moved across the country from her home in Goshen, Indiana to live with her aunt and uncle in Cody Creek, Oklahoma. Although Indiana has occasional tornadoes, Anna was not prepared for the disaster that awaited her while helping with the family’s harvest. Thrown by the team of horses she worked with, she suffered a severed spinal cord leaving her a paraplegic. The itinerant Amish farm hand, Jacob, finds her first after the storm and comforts her, even though he has only known her a short time. They are drawn to each other by the bond of this moment and he becomes a great help to her and her family. With her Mammi (grandmother) ever at her side, praying and reading scripture over her, believing God for a miracle, Anna has her ups and downs. She also has some moments of despair and life threatening illnesses. Her family, thinking she might not have long to live, keep a constant vigil, but Anna has dreams that speak to her spirit and call her back to a desire to live. She wakes one morning after a year of paralysis to find herself completely healed. Amish and English (all non Amish) are amazed by this, but begin to question how this can be? Is it truly a miracle or is it a hoax. And if it was a miracle, why did God choose to heal her and not the many others with dread disease. Anna’s Healing is a wonderful story, sure to capture your attention as it did mine. I went from pity for Anna, to joy at her healing and sadness as people turned her joy into an inquisition. As a person who believes God has healed me, I find it very believable, but read it yourself and decide.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a book. I did struggle with some things in this book, but it had more to do with the attitude of the Amish toward the miracle of the healing, than it did anything else. As a life long person who believes in miracles, and has seen them in her life, the doubt blew me away. I serve such a mighty God, it really took me a bit to get past that. Now I know this is a fictional book, but the doubting of a miracle is so foreign to me, it made it too real. (I don't know if that made sense) I loved Anna's attitude and personality at the beginning of the story before the tornado and her injury. I also loved that the author didn't make her into a sweet young woman accepting her lot in life, but showed us the realness that a crippling injury brings to the life of any person. My favorite character in this story is Mammi. I am sure her prayers of faith had much to do with the healing of Anna. Her upbeat attitude and constant quoting of Scripture made her faith grow. Everyone needs a grandmother in their lives like Mammi Ruth. This book is beyond good, it is an excellent testimony (even if the book is fiction) of God's grace, mercy and wonderful healing power. I enjoyed it so much, I am thinking of reading it again. *smile* 5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
SSMiller More than 1 year ago
Anna’s Healing is the story of Anna, her healing from a tragic accident, her growth in her faith and family and a possible love interest. This story made me look at things in a different light than I had looked before. Why does God allow bad things to happen to people and why does it appear that he ignores our prayers (or does he answer in a different manner than we wish). I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys books about the Amish or just a good read to make you look at things from a different point of view.
cindybazzy More than 1 year ago
​Anna's Healing is the first book in a brand-new collection from popular author Vannetta Chapman. These stories of love and family and Amish community in Oklahoma tell of the miracles that can happen when lives are lived in service to God and to one another. When a tornado strikes the farms surrounding Cody's Creek, Anna Schwartz's life is changed forever. She suffers a spinal cord injury and suddenly finds herself learning to live as a paraplegic. Three people--Chloe Roberts, Jacob Graber, and Ruth Schwartz--join forces to help Anna through her darkest days. Chloe is an Englischer who writes for the local paper. Jacob has recently arrived in town and stays on as a hired hand at her uncle's. And Ruth is her grandmother, a woman of deep faith and a compassionate spirit. Then one morning Anna wakes and finds herself healed. How did it happen? Why did it happen? And what is she to do now? Her life is again turned upside down as the world's attention is drawn to this young Amish girl who has experienced the unexplainable. My thoughts on this book. I fell in love with the characters of this story. From the first page to the last it was quite thought provoking and sheds light to God's grace, and His miracles. The story takes off with Anna living in Oklahoma, formerly from Goshen In,with her aunt and uncle and grandmother, when a tornado barrels through and devastates Cody Creek OK. Leaving Anna a paraplegic living her the rest of her life in a wheelchair. During the time she is in a wheelchair, she is searching for who she is and what God's plan is in all this. Asking the why questions. Throughout the story she experiences highs and lows and realizes that love and family are most important. She adores her grandmother and is blessed by her faith and prayers. I enjoyed watching friendships blossom and love bloom. This was a easy read that keep you from wanting it to end. I would highly recommend this book. It will really make you think about the power of prayer and faith, and that God is still in the business of working miracles. Definitely a five star read.
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
Between the title and the prologue, you'd think there might not be much suspense to this novel. But as usual, Vannetta Chapman draws you into a carefully woven book that's hard to put down. The story unfolds slowly - Chapman wants you to identify with her characters, and spends the time needed to show you they are multi-dimensional. Anna is a young Amish woman who has left her parents' family in Indiana to spend a year with her Mammi and aenti and onkel in Cody' Creek, Oklahoma. She makes an Englisch friend when reporter Choloe stops by the produce stand where Anna reads library books between customers. We soon see that each of these young women is examining her purpose in life (beyond their mothers' desire for marriage and grandchildren!). Add Jacob Graber, who has left his parents' farm in New York to travel as a migrant Amish farmhand while he considers God's will. I have to say that I especially enjoyed the chapters when Jacob defends another worker from a bully, which leads to his ending up in (surprise!) Oklahoma. How often our plans are derailed (for good) by our unplanned actions. By following our hearts, we wind up just where God wants us. But what if where God wants us is not where we want to be? Anna is injured by a tornado that sweeps through her onkel's farm during harvest time. Her spinal cord is severed, and she is left a paraplegic. She struggles with depression and re-evaluating her purpose on earth. Here is where we see her aenti and onkel blossom as they care for her. And the power of her Mammi's faith and love. Like the paralytic in the gospel account, it is the faith of others that brings the impossible healing Anna had given up hoping for. The "healing" mentioned in the title is, surprisingly, not the climax of the book. I won't spoil your read by giving away too many details, but Chapman's point is that true happiness is not getting what we want, but wanting what we get. Accepting God's will is the only path to contentment. By the end of this story, we see Anna and Jacob and Chloe realizing that familial love is strong enough to overcome any obstacle, any storm. I think this book was very realistic as it dealt with the emotional and spiritual struggles of each character. Anna's dreams were described in such a way that I could actually feel her confusion as frustration. Both young women's relationships with their mothers reminded me as a mom that I cannot protect my children from life's difficulties and pain - and that in the long run, I shouldn't want to. Like Mammi, I have to have faith that God's will is best, and that He will be glorified in my family's growth through hard times. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher with no strings attached. This review represents my honest reactions to another satisfying read from Vannetta Chapman - see if you don't agree!
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Anna’s Healing was a very thought provoking book. It also has a peaceful quality to it. I felt as if I was part of Anna’s family, witnessing everything that was taking place in Anna’s life. In this story, the reader follows the fairly normal day to day routine of a young woman named Anna. She has some questions about what she really wants from her life, isn’t sure if she is ready to settle down with just any young man, and has moved to a small community in Oklahoma. Things are pretty calm and ordinary…until they aren’t. Anna ends up gravely and irreversibly injured. She’s paralyzed. There were many different emotions that I experienced while following Anna’s journey. Her despair at her situation was palpable, as was her frustration and sometimes even anger. It was painful to see her also being plagued by other health issues. Watching her family and close friends stick by her and try to help her any way they could was heartwarming. Seeing her grandmother praying scripture over her was beautiful. And then one day, Anna is healed. It is impossible. It is miraculous. How can it even be true? There were many reactions to Anna’s healing. It was interesting to see the real heart nature of some people. The response that Anna received after her healing was very telling and seemed to be directly linked to the inner hurts of certain people. Anna’s Healing was a beautiful story. It highlighted the importance of faith in a God who is still able to perform miracles. There is also a sweet romance flowing through the story that I enjoyed a lot. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Anna's Healing,***** Plain and Simple Miracles series by Vannetta Chapman Anna Schwartz has moved to the Amish community of Cody's Creek, Oklahoma to live with her Aunt Erin, Uncle Samuel and grandmother Ruth. While helping bring in the harvest Anna suffers a tragic injury during a tornado and now must learn to live her life in a wheelchair. Helping her to adjust, especially on the darkest days, is her Englisher friend, newspaper reporter Chloe Roberts, her uncle's hired hand Jacob Graber and her loving grandmother Ruth. Ruth's strong, unwavering faith, prayers for Anna and scripture reading help to heal her spirit. Then an unexpected miracle happens...... Ruth is one of my favorite characters in this story. I love her devotion to Anna—all her family really—she stayed by Anna's side and continually prayed and read scripture over her, never wavering in her belief that God is a God of miracles. Jacob is another of my favorite characters, a man of faith, strong character with struggles of his own and also devoted to Anna. There are emotional scenes that had me in tears, on the edge of my seat and smiling as I read—an emotional roller-coaster ride “for sure and for certain”. Anna's devastation of never walking again can be felt as she struggles to adjust and those difficult days that make that adjustment harder. An unexpected disappearance brought tensions to the family and community—and me—keeping me reading long past my bedtime. This is one of those books that captured me from the first page to the last, making it hard to put down and will stay with me a long time. ~I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher for my honest review~
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a magnificent book! Anna's Healing touched the core of my heart. Author Vannetta Chapman has written an amazing book with such superb style that it's touched my faith. I was totally fascinated with this story from the very beginning to the end. The characters were so realistic that I felt each emotion that they experienced. Also, there was a surprising twist I did not see coming in this book that added suspense. My recommendation is Anna's Healing by Author Vannetta Chapman is one of the best books I've ever read. I highly recommend reading this book. This book is from her Plain and Simple Miracles series. I am eagerly anticipating her next book in this series. I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Anna’s Healing ( Plain and Simple Miracles) By: Vannetta Chapman “Anna’s Healing” is a brand new collections by our most famous author, Vannetta Chapman, of Amish , mystery, romance , and Miracles. I have read almost all of Ms. Chapman’s books and I have loved them all . Each one seems to be better than the last one. She does not disappoint me . Her stories are well written and easy to read. Do you believe in Miracles ? I do, and this book is a very good example of how we should put out trust and have deep faith in God. Anna is a young Amish woman who has left her family and home in Indiana to go and live with her uncle, aunt, and grandmother for a while in Cody’s Creek. Anna’s uncle still has his team of horses , but he also can use a tractor to help him in his district. Jacob is a young man who is trying to find a place to settle down. He ends up on Anna’s uncle’s farm to help out. One day there was tornadoes in the area and Anna was caught outside in the weather. She is left in a wheel chair because of her injuries . One day Anna wakes up and a miracle has happened. What is the miracle and is it for only a little while or is it for good? What is the miracle and how does everyone accept it? I really loved this story and the characters . This is one of those books that when you start reading you do not want to put it down till you finish it. I was given a copy of this book by the author and Harvest House Publishers for my honest review, which I have given.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
Anna's Healing is a wonderfully written story of what only God can do. Anna moves from her family home to her Aunt and Uncle's house where her grandmother is also living. She is restless and uncertain of what she wants to do with her life. Jacob is also wandering about going from job to job and town to town searching for something he can't quite grasp. He too has left his families home. Anna and Jacob meet when he happens upon their small town and begins working for Anna's uncle. They are settling into a routine when a devastating tornado suddenly heads toward their farm finding Anna in the corn field harvesting behind two skidish horses. They rear up tossing Anna onto the ground. Jacob finds her and calls for help. She soon finds out while in the hospital that she's paralyzed from the waist down. After spending time in the hospital and then rehab, she goes back to her Aunt and Uncle's farm in a wheelchair. She spends days in despair lamenting the fact that she cannot walk. Her English friend Chloe takes her to visit her mother who is a quilter and makes and donates quilts to Project Linus, that gives blankets to children experiencing loss and needing comfort. Anna decides that she can make use of her time by using her quilting skills she's learned to help others. Her grandmother Ruth never gives up hope and spends countless hours by Anna's bedside reading the Bible and praying for a miracle. Ruth is a strong woman of faith that believes in a miracle for Anna's healing. This story was very emotional for me for three reasons. My brother had back surgery a year ago that resulted in him being permanently paralyzed from the waist down. I thought a lot about him as I read Anna's story. Her friend Chloe's father died from MS. Our pastor's wife has MS and can only move her head. She talks but it is a struggle for her. And a few short years ago a killer tornado hit our city of Tuscaloosa taking many lives and destroying homes and businesses along its path. There are still some areas that have never fully recovered. I could probably identify with this story more than most but in spite of the emotions I felt, I really enjoyed reading and learning about these characters and how God truly performed a miracle so amazing that it could not be explained. I received this book from the publisher for my honest opinion which I have given.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
Vannetta has done it again with her writing. As with the other books that I have read by this author I enjoyed reading it and am glad I got the chance to read it. I think this book is very well written and easy to read. Before you know it the day will be gone and the book will be finished as Vannetta has a way of drawing you in from the first page. I also really enjoyed hearing about Anna's Mammi as she sounds like a joy to sit and visit with. I do not know if I could be as strong as Anna was. She was a very strong woman. I like how this is a story of how miracles can and do happen. I think this will be a fun series and I can't wait for the next one to come out.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Love Vannetta Chapman!! Vannetta Chapman has been one of my favorite authors who specializes in novels about relationships between the Amish and Englischers. In Anna's Healing, the first book of the Plain and Simple Miracles series, the action takes place in Oklahoma. A twister causes Anna to become a paraplegic. The accident changes not only Anna, but everyone around her. Long-held bitterness and hurts begin to be resolved in Anna's relatives and her Englisch friend, Chloe, but Anna struggles for emotional survival. Grace, forgiveness, and struggling to understand the sovereignty of God are major themes of this moving narrative. Chapman offers forth a beautiful description of how God views the death of His children...that nugget alone makes the book worth reading!! I wish I could meet Anna's mammi. The Amish elderly are both greatly respected and often deserving of that respect. I loved Mammi's wisdom, "I was able to be thankful again, and gratitude will bring healing every time." As always, I eagerly anticipate Vannetta Chapman's next offering. I gratefully received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.