Annie's Truth

Annie's Truth

by Beth Shriver
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PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
The Touch of Grace trilogy is about three faithful women who, when faced with three separate hardships, are torn between the men they love and staying true to themselves. The first book in this series, Annie's Truth, is different from a lot of Amish fiction in the topics it deals with. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and look forward to more of Beth Shriver's writing. Annie's Truth is unique in that it delves a lot deeper into Amish beliefs and actions than a lot of what is written in the genre today and it really captured my attention from the beginning. Some of the characters act in seemingly foolish ways, so I wasn't sure I would like the book at first, as I wasn't caring for these people very much. But all that works into the book's message, and things change so that by the halfway point, I had a hard time putting it down. In Annie's mind, she was "different in a community made for all to be the same." Her search for a way to be accepted and to discover why her birth mother abandoned her led Annie to realize that the Amish community she came from was home. But going back resulted in more problems than she could have ever imagined. "Annie's world had turned upside down, and she didn't know how to make it right again." I liked the way Annie would quietly question some of the Amish beliefs. For instance, although she had feelings for her childhood friend, John, she resented having her spouse chosen for her. And while searching for her birth mother, she stayed with a family in Harrisonburg who had been banished from the Amish community because their son wanted to stay in school. "The life we live doesn't require you to have a higher education, but should one be excommunicated for wanting to expand their mind?" Annie asked. Forgiveness is a key theme as Beth brings into her narrative the 2006 shootings in the Nickel Mines Amish community where five young girls were killed. We all know the Amish as a peaceful people, quick to forgive, but the depth of their faith was never more evident than when they forgave the shooter and wanted his family to stay in the community. We often see forgiveness as the end result of a long emotional process, but the Amish see it as a beginning, a starting point. But with the way Annie was treated upon her return, I couldn't help but wonder if sometimes the Amish are better at forgiving outsiders than one of their own. Annie would sometimes assist the midwife in delivering babies, and one scene was especially touching when a baby with a physical handicap was born. "This was why Annie loved these people, this community. Unlike the outside world, they looked upon this as a blessing, an opportunity to minister to one of Gott's meek children. No hospitals or doctors could replace the insurance of brotherly love between them." Annie's Truth is a story that can't help but make you think, cause you to reflect on forgiveness - and I believe it will be enjoyed even by those who don't read a lot of Amish fiction. I was delighted to discover Beth Shriver's writing and highly recommend Annie's Truth to those who enjoy inspirational fiction.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Annie Beiler is the daughter that most Amish girls strive to model after and mother's trusted with their children. She is the oldest daughter in her family and her parents know she is a dedicated, respectful and dependable daughter. It has also been taken for granted within the community that she will marry the young man next door whom she has been best friends with since childhood. All of this fell into jeopardy when she finds evidence that she had not only been adopted by her Amish parents but that she had been abandoned as a newborn in a corn field at night and left to the bitter elements of nature and would have died if her adopted father had not heard her weak cry and rescued her from death. She feels disconnected from her present life and is adamant she search for her birth mother and find out the circumstances of her being abandoned. Her parents and the Reverend of the community do not and will not approve for her to leave her community. They believe God expects her to accept the life God has blessed her with. This is a heartbreaking story! Keep the tissue box handy. The author did such a great job writing about such a sensitive subject. Just when you think you know what Julie should do the author has such a better scenario for each and every predicament. You've heard of Father Know Best. Well this was Author Know Best. That what makes me the review and her the author. Julie's adopted parents should have held onto this verse. Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." I highly recommend this book. Disclosure I received a free copy of this book from Charisma for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it focuses on some of the conflicting philosophies between Amish and English cultures. It is hard to see Annie going through the agony of her quest, as she is caught between the two worlds. I felt like I wanted to climb in the story and give her a hug. On the other hand, I admire Annie for her strength of character and deep faith in God. I still am baffled by the legalism of the Amish faith, but am relieved to see that, at least in this story, there is a bit of latitude in certain situations. John is a very strong hero, and I think most readers will take to him right away. His kindness and anticipation of the needs of others are endearing traits. Great secondary characters add immense richness to this novel. I especially like the wise, little midwife, Alma. She is a good and strong friend to Annie, as is Rudy, Annie's Mennonite friend, who helps Annie in her search. A couple of characters I don't like very much are Essie and Hanna. I'm looking forward to future books in the series to see if they are featured. The Spiritual theme of forgiveness is woven boldly through this story. I recommend Annie's Truth to those who enjoy Amish fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is at Break Out by Joel Osteen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice sweet Amish genre novel that explores journey, redemotion, firgiveness and understanding
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters gently come alive in a novel of pain, conflict, resolution, family, and love in an Amish community-
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libbiheart More than 1 year ago
Annie is happy in her life as a young Amish woman. She has a beau, a kind family, and a future that looks bright. She is shocked when she finds out that she was adopted, and she almost immediately decides to go into a secular town to look for her biological mother. After a few grueling weeks with no answers, Annie is thrilled when her birth mother is found. The happiness, however, is extremely short lived. When Annie learns the tragic happenings surrounding her birth, she begins to wish she were never born. Only when she trusts god will she truly be set free. I liked: The plot. At first, I thought it could be a lot like The Shunning by Beverly Lewis, but it really took an unexpected turn towards the middle. The unpredictability. It had so many unexpected twists and turns, that it really made for an interesting book. The character’s description. I believe that the characters were very well described. I disliked: There is a *SPOILER* rape scene*SPOILER OVER*, and while it was not graphic, I wasn’t very comfortable at all reading it. Given, I am 17, and I just don’t read this kind of stuff. Overall: I liked the book as a whole, and while I would only recommend it to ages 20+, I still believe it to be a great book! Charisma House gave me this book in exchange for an honest review.
LooseScrew More than 1 year ago
As an avid reader of Amish fiction, I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review Annie's Truth by Beth Shriver. I had not read anything by this author before, so it was fun to add another author to my growing list of favorites! Annie's Truth is book 1 in the Touch of Grace Series. Annie Beiler is a young Amish woman in a tight-knit community in Virginia. She never questioned her Amish roots, and had plans to never leave her Amish community. She accidentally comes across the family Bible, which does not contain her full birth information. Annie soon learns she was adopted, and begins questioning everything about her life and her future. Despite her family's objections, Annie decides to set out on a search for her birth mother. This means entering the English world and leaving everything she knows behind. As she discovers more information about the circumstances of her birth, she struggles with understanding where she belongs. Is she Amish or English? Annie must decide which world she belongs in, and possibly suffer the consequences of leaving her community. Annie's Truth was a wonderful, engaging story. As an adoptee myself, I was extra-interested in this storyline. The characters were well-developed, and I really felt myself caught up in Annie's struggle. I look forward to reading the second book in the Touch of Grace series, Grace Given, due to be published in 2013. *Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from Charisma House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Annie's Truth, and could not put it was done in less than a day. Now I'm wanting more! As the story begins Annie Beiler is about to find out that she was adopted. Annie and her sister Hanna got their Mother's permission to go the attic and go through their hope chests. In doing so, Annie opens her bible and finds that her birth date is not filled in. When she goes and finds her Mom and Dad to find out the circumstance of her birth...she is thrown into a tizzy and yearns to learn more of why? With her Mother's help she leave and goes to another city to find out as much as she can. She stays with a former Amish family who seem to want to help her, and she does learn a lot! She finally decides to return to her home and family. You will wonder what has happened since she left and if she is going to be shunned? She was in a relationship with John Yoder before she left, and while away she has found how much she has missed him. You will find yourself rooting for matter what. We meet tough Deacon Zeke...and a Sweetheart Bishop Omar. You will find yourself immersed in this Amish Community very fast, and never want to leave. Enjoy! I received this book from the Publisher Charisma Media, and was not required to give a positive review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
As Annie and her sister Hannah get permission from their mother to go through their hope chests containing items for their future weddings, Annie finds her childhood Bible wrapped up in hers. When she opens the front cover to compare her child-like handwriting, she notices that among her family's tree containing birth, wedding and death dates, her birth day is missing. Only her birth month and year have been noted. When she inquires to this missing bit of information, she learns that she was left in a field one night and was found by her father. No one has ever known how Annie had come to be found in that field that night but her best friend John Yoder, believes God always knew where Annie would be best raised. Yet Annie has her doubts. When her father Amos, forbids it, Annie presses her mother to help her. Providing her with some time, money and a place to stay, Annie's mother Sarah reminds her that she has always had a home with them. She hopes Annie will chose to come home soon because in her mind nothing has ever changed about the way she loves Annie. Now that she has made a decision to try and find her birth parents, Annie is staying with a family who has left the old Amish community. Getting help from Rudy, Annie keeps trying to find the missing piece of her puzzle to help her find out why she was left behind 18 years ago. Only the longer Annie takes, it may result in her being shunned by her own community and leaving behind the opportunity to find happiness and marriage with John Yoder. Only her sister, Hannah is more than willing to help John forget all about Annie. Will she find out the truth before it's too late to come home? In the first novel in the Touch of Grace Series by Beth Shriver, Annie's Truth takes the reader into a different type of Amish novel. This one dealing with the subject of adoption. Is Annie truly Amish or do the feelings she has inside, speak of a different lifestyle than she has ever known before? I love Beth's Amish novel and it shows just how vastly different the Amish and English lifestyles are, especially for Annie's character who has never even ventured out on a Rumspringa, or a period of seeing what life is like outside the Amish community before becoming baptized into the church. I can relate to Annie's frustration with her father's unwillingness to help her and when he refuses to even say goodbye to her when she is leaving, I can feel the pain in her heart at being torn in two. I received this novel compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and have to say again, I really enjoyed this one. It's a different take on your Amish love story and tells the story of what it feels like to find a sense of belonging when you don't know who you are or where you come from and the reader is taken on that search in Annie's Truth. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to the rest of the books in this series and even more characters to come to adore and love like family and friends.