Levi's Will

Levi's Will

by W. Dale Cramer

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Overview

Will flees his Old Order community at the age of 19, leaving behind a pregnant girlfriend and all things Amish. He begins a new life, joining the army and later marrying and having two sons of his own. But his life and his new family are tainted by the hidden sins of his past. Hoping to patch things up with his father, Will takes his new family to meet the old one. Levi's Will is the haunting story of a fallen man seeking to build a bridge across three generations.

"A beautiful and original story. This is an accomplished work."--Booklist (starred review)

"With beautiful prose and captivating characters, Cramer has crafted an unforgettable tale."--Beverly Lewis, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441205391
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 62,949
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

W. Dale Cramer is the bestselling author of the Christy Award winners Levi's Will and Bad Ground, as well as the critically acclaimed novels Summer of Light and Sutter's Cross. Dale lives in McDonough, Georgia, with his family
Dale Cramer is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novel Levi's Will, based on the story of Dale's father, a runaway Amishman. Dale's latest series, THE DAUGHTERS OF CALEB BENDER, is based on an Amish colony in the mountains of Mexico where three generations of his family lived in the 1920s. He currently lives in Georgia with his wife of 36 years, two sons and a Bernese Mountain Dog named Rupert. Visit him on his website at www.dalecramer.com

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"Just as Steinbeck and Hemingway have done in the past with their stories of young men having their lives shaped by wars and emotional conflicts, Cramer does the same. He offers a study of a man torn by his desire to be his own person, and the "ties that bind" claiming him for his family.

W . Dale Cramer is a writer with a purpose. He knows his characters and how to bring their stories to life. You will leave LEVI'S WILL knowing the people who live there and keeping them with you for a long time."
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Levi's Will 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are some books that must be savored; the kind of books that make it hard to pick up another book because you know everything else will be lacking in flavor. Levi's Will is such a book. Strong characters, beautiful prose, and an understanding of the relationships between fathers and sons that is seldom so well spelled out. I'm looking forward to Dale Cramer's next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so real and touching. Just the way it happens in real life. The messages are clear. God has a hand in this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
W. Dale Cramer is truly a talented writer. What a treat to actually read a well written story. I had forgotten the 'joy' of reading until I picked up this treasure. He took a simple story and turned it into a captivating story that was not at all simple. Wow!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Levi's Will is a masterfully crafted story that captures you from the very beginning. Not only does it pull back a curtain to artfully portray the Amish way of life, it gets to the heart of broken relationships in a way that transcends culture or religion. Cramer has created believable characters and shown us their hearts, making us care very much about the outcome. And through it all he teaches a valuable lesson about love and forgiveness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Next to the Bible, only one other book I¿ve read has moved me like Levi¿s Will. I really had no expectations about the book when I bought it, aside from the rave reviews from others. I knew it had something to do with the Amish, but my knowledge of the Amish is limited to the cake-like bread we buy from them in the fall when we go to see the covered bridges in Parke County. W. Dale Cramer¿s book changed all that. He¿s sneaky with his descriptive story-telling, never letting me know he¿s being descriptive or telling me a story. Switching from past to present tense, Cramer keeps me just ahead of his words, though not in the sense that I could in any way predict what¿s about to happen. It¿s more like he¿s pushing me along as I grab at pieces here and there, until in the end I put them together to get the whole picture. This is an important story, and one that will leave you re-examining your own values. If you can only buy one book this year, let this be the one.
KCPryzr More than 1 year ago
Levi's Will, by W. Dale Cramer, is a novel about an Amish young man and his journey through life banned from everything he knows. It delves into the psychology of how our upbringing can shape our lives, and the lives of those around us, whether we know it or not. We first meet Will at what we find out later is his father's funeral. The book jumps back and forth between the present day setting of the novel and the years leading up to that time. The author cleverly weaves his story teasing the reader with little bits and pieces that, in time, will add up to the whole, and give the reader the understanding of what events shaped his life. This was a remarkably told tale that did not let me get ahead of myself as, I confess, I am prone to do. I am always trying to "figure out" the ending, but this lead me in several different directions that kept me off balance for the majority of the book. While it is not meant to be a whodunit book in anyway, I enjoyed trying to figure out the little bits and pieces that made Will who he was and explained the reasoning behind the choices he made. My heart ached for him as time after time he tried to reconcile with his Amish family, but every time was turned away by the patriarch. All in all, Levi's Will was a well-crafted book that kept my imagination held the entire time. Then to read the acknowledgments at the end and know that this was, in part, his father's story, was heart-warming as well. This book is a definite must-read for anyone, especially those who love Beverly Lewis' amish books. This book was provided for review by Bethany House Publishers.
JenM7 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Cramer has impressed me again. Our family first read his Summer of Light, and I say our family because after repeated laughing out loud I started reading it to my husband. My Grandma, with whom I always share books I enjoy, later told me she read it out loud to my Powpow. Then my Mom- read it to my Dad, without any of us sharing that until we were done. This was an interesting picture of Amish shunning. Completely different from his other book I read, but again interesting and at times side splitting funny. In the afterword the author shared how it was loosely based on truths from his own family history. This is a story of generations, men who repeat the same mistakes they experienced through their own fathers. The relationships shared in these pages are realistic, and easy to relate to. This is a story of forgiveness with eye-opening truths.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Reprinted with a new cover, and a wonderful afterword W. Dale Cramer's book Levi's Will will reach out and grab your heart strings. Will Mullet, aka Will McGruder, was born Amish, and brought up Amish. However he chaffed at some of the Amish ways, especially the ones he felt were designed to trap Amish children into never leaving home. Having sinned against the church and his family, Will runs away. He spends the rest of his life looking for forgiveness and for his father's approval. Will he ever find either? A story of redemption, a story of the curse of the father, and a story of deep love and commitment Mr. Cramer has brought us a beautiful story. A story with roots from the true story of his father's own life. Messed up kids, anger issues, drugs, and war. All things not common to Amish families, however the root of these issues are connected to the roots of Will's Amish upbringing. Follow Will Mullet McGruder as he learns that true forgiveness comes only from God. Most definitely a read over and over book, and a book to share with friends and family. 398 pages $13.99 US 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
jeaneva on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Running away from his Amish home, Will abandons faith as well. Can the prodigal find his way back? Will his father ever accept him again? This book compassionately shows the dilemma of the plain people in a modern world. "Banning" and its consequences on the family are clearly delineated. An enjoyable, thought-provoking read.
debs4jc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major ConflictsFollow the life of Will McCruder--also known as Will Mullet. Will changed his name after running away from home. He was raised old-order Amish by a father who is unyielding--so unyielding that when Will gets into trouble with a girl he doesn't want to face his father's wrath. Nor does he want to face the discipline of the Amish community, so he runs away and Tobe, one of his many brothers, joins him. Will knows how to work hard, and this enables him to survive in the world, and eventually he joins the Army. He also meets his future wife, Helen, and the reader follows his life as he eventually has to deal with his past and all the lies he has told people.Style Characterisics: Pacing, clarity, structure, narrative devices, etc.The story switches back and forth between Will and his son Riley going to his father's funeral, and Will's memories of the past. It unfolds slowly and through Will's eyes we see the world of the Amish and the life man struggling to make it in the world. The author's descriptions are vivid and it really feels like as a reader you are stepping into the world of the Old Order Amish when Will tells us about it. The author has pulled from his own family experiences and crafted a poignant tale of families ripping apart and coming back together again.How Good is it?Savor this one, enjoy the look at Amish life with all it's weaknesses exposed, and the look at how God can help people reconcile and forgive.
justablondemoment on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Levi is Amish raised and in his family his father is LAW. When he does something to go against there ways rather than face up to his father he runs away and begins a life outside of the structured life he has known. His younger brother, Tobe, decides he as well wants a different life and goes with him. Levi soon realizes if he is to be in the 'English' world he must act the part. For him, there is no turning back, as he has already been baptized in the Amish order so this means banishment for leaving. Tobe, however, has not been baptized so there is no ban on him. Levi encourages Tobe to return and sets off to begin his new life. Excellent book!!! Although it is christian fiction there is no preachy feel to it. I was captured by Levi's story and found myself emotionally wrapped up in his journey. I learned quite alot about the Amish that I hadn't known. There really wasn't a part of this book that I could find any fault with. From beginning to end it was a late night page turner
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It is a story about the Amish that's not about the Amish. It follows two timelines, which are easy to keep track of as soon as you figure that out. The characters are well developed, dynamic, and believable. The conclusion is predictable, but fitting.
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Not the typical Amish romance, but more a story about how difficult it is to leave the Amish and then try and resume relations with those who have shunned them.
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MissMalu More than 1 year ago
Levi's Will is a story about a man who seeks redemption throughout his whole life, a redemption and love that can only be found through one Person. As a young man, Will left his life behind to start a new life, a dramatic change from the Amish world to our world. The story started out in a very exciting way with Will and his brother running away. Will was leaving behind a pregnant girlfriend, and he knew if he ran, that his lie would not longer exist for him in his Amish community; he would be excommunicated from the church. As he ran, both on foot and by train, he knew that he would have to start a completely new life. A new name, a new history lay before him....the old was gone. As Will gained different jobs working on various farms, he soon came to realize that young men were expected to do more, especially right now with World War II blazing overseas. Most young men were joining the Army, something Will struggled with, as he had been raised a Pacifist. Many things in Will's life had changed, though, and this was just one more thing he must do.... Follow Will's story as he not only becomes a soldier, but he meets and falls in love with Helen, a southern girl, later on marrying her. As the story continues, it switches from Will's life now to his life then and goes back and forth, intertwining the two to show his regrets, his hopes, and his heart. Having a son of his own that he struggles with and is trying to forge a right relationship with, Will still seeks the forgiveness and love of his earthly father, but it's only when he finds the love of his Heavenly Father, that he can truly forgive and love himself, in spite of all he has done in his life. You can purchase Levi's Will from Bethany House for $11.19. (Disclosure: I was provided this book, free of charge, by Bethany House, for the purposes of this review.)
cranberrycottage More than 1 year ago
Levi's Will was an excellent read. Spanning 40 years, the book tells the story of Will, an Amish boy, who leaves behind his Amish life (including his pregnant Amish girlfriend). Keeping his past a secret, he enters WWII as a soldier, marries, and begins a new life. Levi believes that he can move forward; however, he begins to discover that he desperately desires his father's love and forgiveness. Will patiently seeks his father's forgiveness over a span of 30 years. During that time Will is learning much about fatherhood as he raises two boys of his own. The author, W. Dale Cramer sums up much of the book in one simple sentence 2/3 of the way into the book. ".every man's failure dips its roots into the previous generation and drops its seeds into the next." Levi's Will is the story of one man's realization of how that truth is working out in his own life. The story line switches back and forth between different time periods and at first seemed like it would be confusing. I must admit that after ending each section in one time period, I was anxious to get back to another time period to see how Will was faring there. Will is not a perfect character; he made poor choices many times. The author shows that God doesn't always work in the way we think He should and that there are consequences along with our choices. I will be looking for other books penned by W. Dale Cramer.