Joshua's Mission (Plain and Simple Miracles Series #2)

Joshua's Mission (Plain and Simple Miracles Series #2)

by Vannetta Chapman

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Overview

Joshua's Mission is a new standalone novel in the Plain and Simple Miracles 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.

Joshua Kline travels from his farm in Oklahoma to offer aid to an Englisch town on the gulf coast of Texas after a category 4 hurricane has ravaged the area. He brings his brother with him, who needs a change of environment. The last thing he wants for Alton is another brush with the law. He is pleasantly surprised when he hears that Becca Troyer, the bishop's granddaughter, plans on joining their team.

What will Joshua find when he arrives in Texas? A lack of electricity, certainly, which poses little problem for the Amish volunteers as they help restore order from destruction. But a budding romance? A call from God? And a possible healing of his relationship with Alton?

Joshua's Mission is a story of love, forgiveness, and the grace of God that carries us through even the worst situations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736956055
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Series: Plain and Simple Miracles Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 802,279
Product dimensions: 5.50(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 www.VannettaChapman.com

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Joshua's Mission 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Joshua's Mission Is like 2 stories in 1 - awesome job again Ms. Chapman. I found out something new in this book. The Mennonites have something called the Mennonite Disaster Service and boy are they going to need it in this story. This story deals with a serious physical disaster and a Spiritual personal problem in the community one in the Mennonite and one in the Amish. This is another book in the Plain and Simple Miracles collection - you really need to read them all because they all touch the heart and reach a soft spot in your soul for the characters. GOD is there during the mission and the character's lives as should it be. Amen? if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
A poignant story of believers working together despite the differences in their churches. As various groups volunteer their time with MDS, Mennonite Disaster Services, to help rebuild after a hurricane hits the Port Aransas, Texas area, Amish and Mennonites work together to help the English rebuild. Becca, her Aunt Nancy, Sarah, and brothers, Joshua and Alton travel from Oklahoma to Texas to do what they can to serve others. Joshua’s main purpose is to ensure Alton stays out of trouble. Will he learn to “delight to show mercy” toward his brother? Even though Becca has been Joshua’s neighbor for years will they realize that their friendship can be more? A heart-warming, well-written adventure that will leave you with a good feeling. Despite their diversities, the Amish and English can work together. Check out Joshua’s Mission….you’ll love it!
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
Joshua Klein’s seventeen-year-old brother Alton was enjoying his rumspringa just a little too much. He was drinking and hanging around with the wrong crowd. Joshua had to get him out of trouble more than once. Hurricane Orion blasted the Gulf Coast of Texas. Seven months after that horrible disaster Joshua and Alton Klein, the bishop’s granddaughter, Becca Troyer, her aunt Nancy Troyer, and Sarah Yoder boarded a bus for Texas. They were headed to Port Aransas to help those that had survived the hurricane rebuild their homes. There were several relief groups in Port A and they all pitched in and worked together, worshiped together, and enjoyed their free time together. Joshua never seemed to stop worrying about what Alton was getting into. Did a message he heard at one of the services finally free him from his self-imposed burden of being his brother’s keeper? Did he change his attitude toward his little brother? What was Joshua’s mission exactly? His brother or Port A? Read about Joshua, Alton, Becca & Sarah in this well written novel by one of my favorite authors….you’ll be glad you did!
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Joshua's Mission #2 (Plain and Simple Miracles)***** by Vannetta Chapman Cody's Creek, Oklahoma....Joshua Kline is leaving for a mission trip with the MDS—Mennonite Disaster Services (see author's notes in back of book)—offering aid to an English town on the gulf coast of Texas after Hurricane Orion, a category 4 hurricane, ravaged it. He is taking his brother, Alton, along to keep a close eye on him and keep him out of more trouble with the law. Perhaps though, Alton will become part of his mission while in Texas. The bishop's granddaughter, Becca Troyer, Sarah and Nancy from his community are joining the team as well. Port Aranas (or Port A as it is called by the locals), Texas.....elderly Charlie Everman and his dog, Quitz (I like how he chose the dog's name), is working hard helping his friends and neighbors—putting his owns needs last—building back their beloved town after such a devastating hurricane that completely destroyed it. The story smoothly goes back and forth between Oklahoma and Texas. I like how the Amish and Englisher's (as the Amish call non-Amish) work together in rebuilding the town despite their different cultures. Charlie was one of my favorite characters. I loved his heart for others, compassion and caring for his friends and neighbors. The descriptions of the intensity of the hurricane and Charlie's experience during the storm was so breathtakingly vivid I felt as though I was right there with him during the whole storm. The aftereffects of the storm are described in such a way I could envision it as I read along. Joshua and Becca were two more of my favorite characters and I loved how their relationship changed and grew as they gave of themselves to others. There are many secondary characters that captured my heart as well. This is an amazing story of loss, devastation, struggles, heartache, hope in the midst of destruction, forgiveness, compassion, love, faith, God's grace and a community coming together to rebuild with the help of Amish mission workers and MDS. Parts of the story had me holding my breath, on the edge of my seat, in tears and laughing. Fantastic book. ~I received a copy of this book from author and the publisher, this is my honest review~
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
JOSHUA'S MISSION is another Wow, what a story! I wasn't sure Ms. Chapman could top Anna's Healing for a story that would stay with the reader long after the pages of the book were closed but JOSHUA'S MISSION didn't only come close, it surpassed. Joshua and Charlie are the two main characters, though there is a female lead, Becca. The main story is not the romance, but more about Joshua and Charlie. I loved this story, felt the power in the hurricane,and while I enjoy the hurricane's and the force of them when they blow through northern Arkansas, that is as close as I've ever been and now I'm quite sure I don't want to experience one as Charlie did. Wow. If you like Women's fiction, Amish fiction, romance, contemporary -- Ms. Chapman writes all genres -- including mystery -- with apparent ease and very well. I absolutely JOSHUA'S MISSION and hated to close the pages of this book. I'm looking forward to Ms. Chapman's next book.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Joshua’s Mission by: Vannetta Chapman Joshua’s Mission is book two in the Plain and Simple Miracles Series by Vannetta Chapman. I love the characters in this story. They each have the own personal struggle in their lives to deal with. What a different and unique story line for this book. I was drawn in to this unique story line right from the start. There is so much love, compassion, faith, hope, growth and understanding in this story. This book is a winner in my book! Be sure to order your copy today. Remember that it makes a great gift. Five stars!
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
With genuine characters and palpable emotions, Joshua’s Mission drew me in and didn’t let go! Vannetta Chapman is a gifted storyteller, bringing to life a captivating story of love, faith, and forgiveness. I delighted in the uniqueness of the story line and the weaving together of two very different groups of people. Merging a Texas Gulf Coast community with residents from an Amish community in Oklahoma, Chapman shines a light on the Mennonite Disaster Service and the wonderful work they do. The emotional and spiritual journeys shared in this story are inspiring, and the relationships that develop are tender and touching. I loved Joshua’s Mission and can’t wait for more stories in 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.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was even better than Anna's Healing and I loved it too. Joshua Kline and Becca Troyer join a mission team to help rebuild houses on an island that were destroyed after a hurricane. Joshua convinces his younger brother(Alton) to join in hopes that he will stop getting in trouble. Here they meet Charlie who barely survived the hurricane and other people that they are helping. Charlie is one of my favorite characters. This has some laughs and some tears. Get ready for a great ride. I received this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion.
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
I have to be honest - I have enjoyed ALL of Chapman's books. She has a gentle style that's just plain likeable. And this book was no exception. I especially enjoyed the balance between Amish and "Englischer" characters in this story (and that some of them were older!) Charlie Everman is a widowed, retired teacher whose thoughts and experiences give the book a nice framework. His love for people, his dependence upon the Lord, and his refusal to give in to his grief made him a very inspirational character throughout the book. The title, "Joshua's Mission," might be mistaken for the volunteer work a young bachelor farmer does in Port Aransas, Texas. He and other Amish from Cody's Creek, Oklahoma join with the Mennonite Disaster Service to rebuild homes destroyed there by recent Hurricane Orion. But the real restoration work takes place in his relationship with his wayward younger brother, Alton, and beyond that, in Joshua's walk with God. Over the years, he has become bitter and isolated like the older brother in Jesus' parable, but hearing the gospel through the words of the Old Testament prophet Micah opens his heart to the Lord's cleansing work. Joshua begins to realize that not all sins are outwardly visible, like his brother's drinking or questionable friendships. Having a critical and judgmental spirit is just as damning, if not more so. (OUCH! Did I say I enjoyed this 'gentle' book? Conviction time!). Joshua's whole life changes as he meditates on His God who "does not stay angry forever, but delights to show mercy." By the end of the book, both brothers' lives are headed in a new direction - and Charlie Everman's, too. I was encouraged in reading this book not to ever give up, even in the most discouraging situations, but to continue to DELIGHT in showing mercy. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher in exchange for my honest review. I hope you enjoy this read as much as I did, and that it refocuses your priorities as it did mine.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Joshua’s Mission by Vannetta Chapman is Book Two in the Plain and Simple Miracles Series. Are you not a fan of Amish fiction? Or not sure how you feel about it? Or maybe you haven’t actually read any of it but you see it everywhere. I’ve heard people talk about how they’re not sure they’ll like it but by the influx of its popularity, it appears to be on the rise. Vannetta Chapman is the perfect author for those who might be on the fence about it or for those who are new to Amish fiction. I say that because for Amish fiction readers, they’re already well aware that she’s an awesome author. Joshua’s Mission tells the story of two groups of people. The Amish and the English. When the two worlds combine, they find they aren’t so different. Their love for God and their desire to help those in need surpasses generalities like religious definition. I loved the characters and found them all relatable. Charlie and his dog Quitz touched my heart from the beginning. Fear and self-preservation cause most to think only of themselves first, but Charlie is thinking of others. Even when the storm threatens his own safety, he makes sure to reach his friends first. His concern for those in need supersedes his common sense. Charlie knows that God is faithful and he’s determined to share that faith by his actions. “There are worse things than dying with a friend in a place you love. When I faced death though, it awoke something in me.” (pg. 215) Devastation knows no rules and she runs rampant taking with her everything and everyone she can. Restoration comes through those willing to be more than bystanders. Those who will put their hands and feet to work to demonstrate the love of Christ. And in Port Aranses, Texas, help is coming with the MDS team. Joshua spends his life chasing after his brother who has found ways to push every boundary possible. Desperate to be the peacemaker, he takes a mission trip where he hopes to straighten up the wild child. God may have completely other plans for him though. Joshua can’t see the log in his own eye because he’s too concerned about the log in his brother’s eye. Becca sees her parents and the way they love one another. She knows that a mission trip changed their life and she’s taking a chance. Finding a new friend in a familiar face, she and Sarah become roommates and work together to help heal a broken community and maybe find the grace to work through their own problems. And in all of this, a budding romance, a missing child and spiritual growth all combine to work a wonderful healing for several hearts. In the words of Charlie, “Those times were difficult, but we pulled together as a community. From that storm were born friendships I couldn’t have begun to imagine.” (pg. 214) Joshua’s Mission is beyond delightfully written. It’s an engaging story that will have you enthralled from page one. I highly recommend it and give it five stars! I received this book from the author and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve provided here. https://wordynerdyblog.wordpress.com/2016-book-reviews/joshuas-mission-by-vannetta-chapman/
Debbie60 More than 1 year ago
What A Wonderful Book Of Service To Others “Joshua’s Mission”! WOW! I absolutely could not put this book down. From the very first page I was captured by Charlie and Alice. Two people that were brought together in Port Aransas, Texas. Charlie looked at Alice as the daughter he never had and her grandchildren he thought of as his. Little did they know the disaster that was about to strike them with Hurricane Orion. And then we have the Amish people in Cody’s Creek, Ok. Joshua and Becca and their families. Little did they know how their lives would forever be changed by Hurricane Orion when it hit Texas. Joshua would be sent to Texas on a mission trip along with his brother Alton, who was really good about getting into trouble. Little did Joshua know that Becca would be going to and that God had a great plan in store for all of them. I was living their story right along with them. This is a wonderful story of love, faith, hope and service. If you want to be blessed and become even more aware of how blessed we all are, you need to pick up “Joshua’s Mission” and read it till the end. It will keep you coming back for more, and you will be praying that Vannetta Chapman continues her series in Cody’s Creek and Port Aransas, Texas so you can keep up with Joshua and Becca, Alton, Sarah, Charlie and Alice, and all of the future mission trips there to rebuild a community that was completely torn apart and blown away by Hurricane Orion. I so look forward to Vannetta’s next book. And the next. And the next. She is an awesome writer who loves the Lord with all her heart. Thank You Vannetta for “Joshua’s Mission” and for all of the books that God blesses you with and you in turn bless us!! Get your copy today and then share it with a friend. You will be glad you did.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Joshua’s Mission is told from the viewpoints of three different people, one who is Englisch and two who are Amish. I really enjoyed this method of storytelling. It was a great way to achieve a complete and full understanding of the hurricane, the lives of the people affected, the lives of the volunteers, the rebuilding effort, and the decisions that the various characters needed to make. The build up to the hurricane was awesome. I felt like I was there with Charlie, experiencing everything right along with him. What a great character he was. I so enjoyed reading about the way he cared for others and tried to help them. The Amish characters in the story were also very well-crafted. Each of the young people who were on the mission had issues they dealt with, ranging from resisting the rules and acting out to feeling uncertainty about their weight to trying to exert control over other people’s decisions. Each character seemed to learn and grow in this story. There is also a very sweet and satisfying love story that gently weaves its way through the pages of this book, as well. I enjoyed Joshua’s Mission from start to finish and felt like I had experienced a bit of what it is like to work with MDS, Mennonite Disaster Services. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Two different cultures converge after a natural disaster destroys a community along the Gulf Coast of Texas. A hurricane completely ravaged the small community leaving its inhabitants with virtually nothing but destruction. A group of Amish young people from Oklahoma join a Mennonite Disaster Service in a mission trip to help rebuild the Englisch community. The description of the force of Hurricane Orion is disclosed vividly. infused with the intensity the storm imposed on the community. Amish and Englisch work side by side to the same goal. Relationships develop throughout this team effort as new friendships form and old resentments surface between brothers. Tensions rise as a young Amish man finds himself in dire circumstances, but disaster has a way of maturing those who face adversity. The depth of characterization in this novel is impressive! The strength of the human spirit is brought to life with wisdom and insight. Compassion and humility build relationships to the discovery of forgiveness, faith and acceptance of God's grace. A very strong reality discovery reveals the strength of the human spirit, and God's presence through the worst of times and the best of times. I highly recommend Joshua's Mission. In my estimation this novel is one of Ms. Chapman's very best! It is an impressive and compassionate revelation of the human spirit and the bonding of different cultures who walk different paths but blend through adversity. Although part of a series this book stands on its own merits! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author and Harvest House Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Joshua's Mission, Vannetta Chapman's newest Plain and Simple Miracles novel, is not your run of the mill Amish story. Hurrican Orion gives this book quite a twist and keeps the reader's interest. The novel begins with basically two stories, that of two brothers, Joshua and Alton and their friend Becca from an Amish community in Oklahoma and that of Englischer, Charlie, who survives the Texas hurricane. The author blends the two threads as the young Amish people are encouraged by their bishop to join with a group from the Mennonite Disaster Services who are serving in Texas by helping to build homes for the storm victims. The characters are believable and developed well. Charlie Everman has wisdom and a caring spirit. Alton is in his Rumspringa causing such angst for older brother, Joshua, solid and staid in his faith. Becca, sweet and yet unsure of herself and what is ahead for her. Joshua thinks his mission is to keep his brother out of trouble but God has another plan for Joshua. Is he willing to learn? Will Alton stay out of trouble? Can Becca recognize her selfworth and learn to love and be loved. The description of the storm and its devastation is so real and the scene with Charlie and a friend persevering through the storm is phenomenal. The author touches on the all too real issues of eating disorders and drug use, dealing realistically with each of them. Themes of judgmental attitudes, forgiveness, the bonding of friends, caring for those less fortunate and the work of God in lives to perfect their faith, to give hope, comfort, and strength are woven throughout the book. Joshua's Mission is an excellent read you won't want to miss. I was given a copy of the book from the publisher, Harvest House, in exchange for an honest opinion.
sgreene01 More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to understand in the first few chapters, as there were actually two storylines in one, which made it hard to follow. The two storylines jumped back and forth through many chapters. Once these storylines merged, the book became much more enjoyable to read. The author mingles Amish, Englisch, and Mennonites in this book, making for an interesting read once they all come together. Even though all have their own ways of life, they learn to mesh them as they come together on a mission trip to help rebuild homes after a devastating hurricane hits south Texas. Joshua, a single Amish man, has very mixed feelings regarding his younger brother that he always feels responsible for as he is always given the task of “bailing him out of trouble” by his parents. Throughout the book, he is dealing with this and learning to love his brother, in spite of his flaws, and learning to “let go”. He soon learns just what his “mission” is and how to truly love. There are other numerous issues dealt with throughout the book for several of the characters from learning to move on from past losses, solving personal issues of self-worth and love, to finding the love of another, and discovering just who they are and what God’s mission in life is for them. In spite of the beginning and the fact that this book has so many chapters, I felt this is a good book that I would recommend to others. I was given a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley from Harvest House Publishers for my honest opinion.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Joshua's Mission by Vannetta Chapman is the second book in the Plain and Simple Miracles series. Charlie Everman is sixty-five and a retired English teacher. He lives in Aransas, Texas. The area is expecting Hurricane Orion to hit. Charlie is helping Alice givens and her grandchildren get off the island. Charlie is unable to get off the island before the storm hits and witnesses the devastation to the area (gets caught in it). Joshua Kline lives in Cody’s Creek, Oklahoma. He is the older, responsible brother. He is getting a little tired of getting his brother, Alton out of trouble. Becca Lynn Troyer is twenty years old and lives with her parents. She has no prospects (for marriage) and is feeling a little restless. She is thinking about going on a mission trip with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS). Becca has decided to pray on it. Seven months after Hurricane Orion a group is going to Texas to help build homes in Aransas. Bishop Levi recommends that Becca go on the trip. Becca’s Aunt Nancy will be her chaperone. The kindly Bishop also suggests that Joshua and Alton go on the trip. He believes it is just what they need (especially Alton after his latest escapade). This group will be working with Charlie to help finish Alice Givens home. They will spend three weeks in the area. This could be just what each of them needs. A little distance and perspective (and maybe a little romance). Joshua’s Mission is told from three different perspectives (Charlie, Joshua, and Becca's). The story goes back and forth from Texas where the Hurricane Orion is going to hit (and what happens during and after the hurricane) and with Joshua and Becca in their hometown. Joshua's Mission is well written (as are all of Ms. Chapman's books), but it is not as engaging as her other books. I just felt that something was missing. It did not keep my interest like her other works. I think some of it had to do with Joshua (he was really getting on my nerves towards the end of the book). He kept being so insistent that Alton was his responsibility (to keep him out of trouble and on the right path). I give Joshua’s Mission 4 out of 5 stars. Do not get me wrong. Joshua’s Mission is a good book. I just did not think it was a great book (just my personal feelings). I received a complimentary copy of Joshua’s Mission from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Joshua’s Mission is really a couple of missions and we are about to experience a wonderful book as we learn about them. Alton Kline is experiencing his rumspringa, and seems to be having quite a good time with it, including seeing the inside of English jail. All his life Joshua has felt responsible for his brother, and takes a lot to heart, including arguing with Alton about his behavior. This story has it all with the devastation of hurricane Orion hitting Port Aransas Texas, with its death and destruction. We meet Charlie Everman and his beloved dog Quitz, and Alice and her grandchildren, that Charlie considers family and follow them in this story. The Mennonite Disaster Service working at the scene needs volunteers and part of Joshua’s community goes to help. What a time we are about to spend helping this area, Joshua, Alton, Becca, Sarah, along with Aunt Nancy head there. This book will bring tears to your eyes and joy at what is happening, there is a bit of romance, and again jail for some, along with some very scary incidents. We come to know these people personally and see that life for all have the same ups and downs, and we really don’t know what is going on in another person’s house. I really enjoyed this book, and hope that there are more in this series. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Harvest House, and was not required to give a positive review.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
This is book two in the Plain and Simple Miracles Collection but can be read as a standalone. Two different worlds connect when a hurricane hits the coastline of Texas. Four youth and an older lady all from an Amish community in Oklahoma make a mission trip to help rebuild homes in the small area where the hurricane destroyed so much. Charlie, an elderly man and Alice, a close friend, raising her two grandchildren are among those the Amish met and become friends with. Alice lost her home and it was one of those being rebuilt. Lives were changed as they all worked together. Joshua got involved because he wanted to help his younger brother, Alton, who kept getting in trouble. Even on this trip he seemed to stray. After an incident where a young boy gets lost, Alton seems to take it personally. But does he really change as Joshua has prayed that he will? I loved all the characters and really felt like I knew them and a little of what they were going through. Our city went through a devastating tornado a few years ago and it destroyed many lives, homes and businesses. So I can fully understand the emotions and trauma felt by those effected by the hurricane. Also a sweet romance developed in Texas that had been ignored in the Oklahoma community. I really enjoy a novel where lives are changed and the characters become more aware of God's love and grace. I've read several of Vannetta Chapman's books, but this one is my favorite by far. I received this book from Netgalley for my honest opinion, which I have given.