Meek and Mild (Amish Turns of Time Series #2)

Meek and Mild (Amish Turns of Time Series #2)

by Olivia Newport


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The leadership in an Old Order Amish community requires shunning friends and family whose only offense is to embrace the new Protestant practice of Sunday school among the Mennonites, but teaching Bible stories to children is one of Clara Kuhns’ great joys. Clara’s on the verge of saying yes to Andrew Raber’s marriage proposal, but now he is flagrantly refusing to submit to the bishop’s authority by owning a car. When the lot falls to Moses Beachy to become the new bishop, the community waits for him to take bold steps toward change. Clara and Andrew step together into a more progressive Amish faith as the Beachy Amish take form.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628366327
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2015
Series: Amish Turns of Time Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 353,383
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 3.20(d)

About the Author

Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

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Meek and Mild 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fu<_>ck you Siggy!
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Loving this series!!  --   Olivia did a wonderful job of telling Clara's story and going into how the Amish can have discourse among themselves. Not only did Clara fear being shunned by the church but she felt like she was being shunned by her family, something she didn't share with anyone and bore the hurt herself. Great book, great story, great series and great writing. Can't wait for &quot;Brightest and Best&quot; comes out. Don't get excited it doesn't come out until August, you still have time to read the first two books in this series!
kpeck More than 1 year ago
I will say first off that this book had more to offer than I expected. It's been awhile since I have read a book set in the life of the Amish. I started this book with the expectation of a predictable and serene plot. I was quickly made aware that there was going to be more conflict than I expected. The characters in Meek and Mild are strong voiced, which I appreciate. I could hear their hearts and minds. I typically read very plot and action driven books, which demand a strong character to carry the action through. Taking it down a notch to a slower pace was really enjoyable with this book. The main characters are faced with more conflict and conviction that I did not see coming. I felt that although I could not relate to the lifestyle of the characters, I could relate to their struggles. I appreciate that in a book. It was made relevant to me, rather than an escape style book full of easy living. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a gentle book. It has plenty to offer a thinker and those who are tired of predictable plots. Although it's not an action packed book I was surprised at quite a few points.  *I was given a copy of this book, however I am under no obligation to read or post a review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 I recently finished reading &quot;Meek and Mild&quot; written by Olivia Newport.  The story is the compelling portrayal of a young woman's struggles as a member of the Old Order Amish.  Clara Kuhn faces the shunning if she makes the wrong decisions as she tries to remain loyal to her church community and also those she loves.  This Amish fiction novel includes love, determination, and a woman who must face her fears.  I look forward to the next book in the &quot;Amish Turns of Time&quot; Series.  Reviewed by Sbargo
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite In Meek and Mild by Olivia Newport, shunning is common among those in the Amish faith because they believe shunning one of their own will bring them back to the faith and roots of their Amish people. But is shunning friends in your Amish community because they choose to join the nearby Mennonite community the right thing to do? Bishop Moses Beachy thinks so, as well as his preacher sons, thus causing heartache for Amish friends and family for many years. And if Andrew Raber isn't careful, he is going to be shunned because of the English car he found on the side of the road and claimed as his own. But then, since the automobile is new to America, the problem hasn't been talked about yet among the Amish community. And to make matters worse, Andrew's girlfriend Clara is telling Bible stories to the children in the community, causing even more rifts between the members.  I really had a problem with Moses Beachy, bishop or not. He is clearly so hard hearted, doing whatever it takes to force what he thinks on this small community, even going as far as twisting the truth to reinforce his 'rules'. This results in a group of Amish people living in fear of the bishop and living an unhappy life. Olivia Newport deals with the struggles of the community really well, using wise, patient, older and younger men to hold the community together, despite the harsh demands of this man who called himself a leader and follower of God. When I saw the title of this book, I wondered why Meek and Mild, but after reading it I realized it was the perfect title and sums up the story so well. I highly recommend you check out a copy of this very well written Amish novel.
sgreene01 More than 1 year ago
This was my first experience of reading a book by Olivia Newport. This was a pleasant read revealing pieces of Amish history dating back to the late 1800s-early 1900s. As one who lives close to &quot;Amish country&quot; and has Amish friends, I found it interesting to learn the conflicts that existed within the Old Order Amish which resulted in the forming of the Beachy Amish. Clara Kuhn is faced with choosing family relationships with family members who have separated from the Old Order Amish to a more progressive group, or be punished within her Old Order Amish church for continuing those relationships. A friction within the Old Order as to enforcing the &quot;Meidung&quot; (Shunning) leads to many questions and much searching as Clara and others must discern Gottes wille (God's will) for them. Add in a love for Andrew Raber, who is patiently waiting for Clara's answer to his marriage proposal, her hesitations, his questioning of faith, a Model T, babies, and a few &quot;troublemakers&quot; within the church family, and you have a very good read. I did feel there were so many characters names, that at times it became hard to keep them straight. Thanks to Barbour Publishing for sending me the book for my honest review.
MelissaWardwell More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Meek and Mild! Now I am not the biggest fan of Amish fiction, but I REALLY enjoyed this story. The community is on the verge of major change and lines have been drawn. In the middle is a couple trying to make sense of their own relationship and God's plan for them. One of them is a bit of a rebel and more than ready and has waited a long time for their union. The other is frozen in fear of the unknown and is driven by their convictions. I was trapped in the story and stayed up reading far longer than I should have. Thank you, Ms. Newport for giving us a wonderful story- yet again.
KMorgan73 More than 1 year ago
This was an Amish fiction book quite different from any others I have read. It takes place in the early 1900's and tells of the events that led to the what is known as the &quot;Beachy Amish&quot;. Historical aspect aside this book had a good storyline with Clara being afraid to go through childbirth because of her mother dying during it. There was a sweet love story between Clara and Andrew that drew me to both characters. There are some unlikable characters as well but they are part of the story and were well written in their roles. Olivia Newport did a great job of combining the history with other storyline to make the book an interesting read. I would recommend this book to anyone who is wanting a different kind of Amish story and to those who are maybe looking for Amish fiction with history in the story
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
Meek and Mild by Olivia Newport is a lovely historical Amish Christian fiction book. The book starts out in 1895 when the Niverton Amish community is asked to take a vote about shunning members of Maryland Amish community. The Maryland Amish have started Sunday school services for their young children and have added a few new hymns. Little do the people know how much this vote will affect their lives in the future as well as their children's lives. Meek and Mild then skips forward to 1916. Clara Kuhn is 23 years old and still living at home with her father (Hiram), stepmother (Rhoda), and their children. Clara's stepmother has decided it is time for Clara to marry so she is not letting her spend time with other children, help around the house, or work outside the home. Clara is in love with Andrew Raber but she is afraid to have children. After her mother dying in childbirth and hearing the troubles other woman have during labor, Clara is scared. Clara spends more time visiting her mother's relatives in Maryland. Fannie Esh is Clara's cousin and is married to Elam. They have one child but would like more children (the Amish way). Fannie is obsessed with having more children and gets more upset and depressed each month when she finds out that she is not expecting. Fannie and Elam's marriage is starting to suffer. Clara will have to get over her fear of childbirth and Fannie will need to put her worry's aside and give over the situation to God. The two Amish communities are going to have to come up with a solution. Meek and Mild is such a good book and very enjoyable to read. I especially love the ending of the book. I give Meek and Mild 4 out of 5 stars. Meek and Mild is the second book in this series. Wonderful Lonesome is the first book in the Amish Turns of Time series. Happy Reading! I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
CK11 More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Olivia Newport for some time and have read several of her books. This one did not disappoint; I couldn&rsquo;t put it down, I was so anxious to finish it. If you have not read the first book in this series you will still enjoy this one; it is not a continuing series. Mild and Meek is set along the borders of PA and MD in the early 1900&rsquo;s. It is a novel but is rooted in actual historical events that occurred in the area around the turn of the century. The Amish are living peacefully for the most part but there are underlying currents of dissension in the church due to a vote that occurred in 1895. Will the more liberal church on the MD side of the border and the PA Old Order church be able to come together in peace? How will the churches deal with issues of modern conveniences, like cars, that have only recently become available? Will the bishop and other ministers be able to provide solid leadership to all of the members including those with individual differences of opinion as to what constitutes living a faithful life? Some of the characters are dealing with personal struggles that they and their families have to come to terms with. Will love be able to overcome the all of the differences and lead to a peaceable solution for all of the churches in the area? I did receive a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my review. It did not affect how much I enjoyed this book.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
Clara Kuhn loves Andrew Raber but a very real and very important fear is keeping her from saying &quot;yes&quot; to his proposal of marriage.   Clara has grown up without a mother, and did not gain her stepmother until she was around 9 years old.  She had felt close to her stepmother in the past, but for some unexplained reason, that is changing.  Clara feels abandoned, hurt and betrayed.    Who can she talk to about her unnamed fear?   Will she be able to pray and seek God's wisdom and direction?  She is even having a difficult time with prayer at the moment.            We all know that the Amish shun members of the Amish church if they break the Ordnung.  Imagine having to shun members of your deceased mother's family?   Can she do it?  Will she shun her aunt and cousin who have been like a mother and sister to her all her life?   Andrew, the man she loves, has an English car and could be shunned by the church for ownership of a worldly automobile.    What would that mean to their relationship?  Can she bear the possibility of one more loved one being shunned?            I felt deep emotions as I read this book.   I can not imagine having to shun my family.   I admire many things about the Amish, but shunning is one practice that I do not agree with.  It does not seem to show unconditional love to me.   I do not think it is biblical.  It seems to be highly legalistic.   I rated this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.   I received a kindle version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.