Thursday, 19 October 2017

B Book Reviews

Hannah's Choice - by Jan Drexler

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About the Book

 

When love and family conflict, will she listen to her head . . . or her heart?

Hannah Yoder loves her quiet life on the banks of Conestoga Creek. In 1842, this corner of Lancaster County is settled and peaceful--yet problems lurk beneath the placid façade. Hannah strives to be the one person who can bind the threads of her family together in spite of her father's worries, her mother's depression, and her sister's rebellious ways. But her world threatens to unravel.

When two young men seek her hand in marriage--one offering the home she craves and the other promising the adventure of following God's call west--Hannah must make a choice. Will she stay true to the faith of her family or defy her father and abandon her community?

Reviewed by Kim Ford


We’ll likely nee to forgive each other quite a few times before we reach the end.”  (p. 362)

Hannah’s  statement at the end of this story states the solid truth upon which this entire novel rests.  Jan Drexler’s novel, Hannah’s choice has much to do about whether or not she will receive forgiveness, or whether or not she will allow the guilt and shame of unforgiveness rob her from a future that is bright with promise.

 

Jan Drexler explores the vast chasm between law and grace….between forgiveness and bitterness….between relationship and duty….each one is a choice faced in the readers’ lives who come to the pages of this novel.  The Amish lifestyle creates the perfect framework to explore each of these choices, and through both tragedy and pain, grief and joy, the Yoder family experiences a sometimes brutal journey to reach the peace and forgiveness they long for.  In fact, not everyone is able to embrace this peace.

 

That is why this novel is important – the author is brave enough to explore every angle of the choices we make when faced with life circumstances beyond anything we can begin to understand.  Drexler doesn’t make light of the commitment that the Amish community has toward their unique lifestyle, nor does she turn the other way when identifying why this lifestyle offers roadblocks to receiving the grace and forgiveness found in a relationship with Christ.

 

I enjoyed getting to know the characters of Conestoga Creek, and I’ve learned some important lessons about accepting forgiveness.  This is a great novel, and one I am eager to recommend!

5 out of 5 stars.

A story of coming of age, and coming into grace.

 

 

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