Sunday, September 18, 2011

A LANCASTER COUNTY CHRISTMAS by SUZANNE WOODS FISHER

What can I say. The cover of this book just warms my heart. It was a nice change reading about a lovely Christmas here in September. This is a story about finding your way, finding peace and seeing God's will for your life. The characters in this story are so relatable to our lives that you can find yourself lost in them. Which is exactly what makes, Suzanne Woods Fisher, a gifted writer.

When two families come together in God's perfect timing they find a warmth from a beacon light. Jamie and C.J are married, but they have lost their way. Something is missing. I love the character of Jamie. She assumes a lot and is trying to hard to be that perfect daughter to a father not willing to give his all. She is forever trying to be that good girl to please all.

We too have Zach. A character living with his aunt and uncle. He is lost and trying to find his way by leaving the past behind and moving into the future. It's hard to let go of the past when others seem to stay there pulling you back. Zach is that young man trying to find his way in the world while trying to grab on to peace. It's that flesh verses faith battle we all face daily.

Mattie and Solomon Riehl are lovely characters. Sol is so strong and faithful, leading is wife and family in faith. They want to fill their home with another child and in doing so, Mattie's heart is aching for that emptiness to be filled.

In God's perfect timing, He brings these characters together for a Christmas they will never forget. One that is filled with sharing and seeing for the first time. Faith, hope and love are alive in this story. Friendships are made and faith is blossomed, all from a chance meeting? No chance here, only time designed by God for His glory and honor.

I loved this book and all that the characters brought to the pages. This lovely story brings many values and shines a light on how God always places us just where we are suppose to be.

This book was a gift from Revell for it's review.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, and A Lancaster County Christmas, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Benedict eventually became publisher of Christianity Today magazine. Suzanne is the host of an internet radio show called Amish Wisdom, and her work has appeared in many magazines. She lives in California.


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