Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

An Amish Cradle

About The Book: 
In the Father's Arms by Beth Wiseman-Ruth Anne Zook is excited that she and her best friend are due with their children the same week. But when Ruth Anne's baby is born with Down Syndrome, she and her husband struggle to understand God's plan.

A Son for Always by Amy Clipston
Carolyn and her husband Joshua are thrilled to be pregnant with their first child. A teenager when she had her son Benjamin, Carolyn still feels obligated to work to secure Ben's future, even though Josh adopted Ben. She struggles to realize that Josh will love and protect both of their children equally.

A Heart Full of Love by Kathleen Fuller
Ellie's mother loves to meddle in her personal life-especially now that Ellie's pregnant. Since Ellie is blind, her mother worries that she won't be able to handle the baby. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in. Just as everyone reaches the breaking point, a miracle draws them closer to each other and to God.

An Unexpected Blessing by Vannetta Chapman
At 42, Etta thought her time of having children was over, but she's pregnant again. She goes into labor during a blizzard, and complications with the delivery raise fear. Etta struggles to accept Gotte's wille for the baby and her son, David, who moved away two years earlier in search of what he would do with his life.

About The Authors: 
BethWiseman - is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.3 million books, her novels have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. She is a three-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and an INSPY Award winner. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series—Seek Me With All Your Heart—was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing into the year 2018, and she has published twelve novels and nine novellas to date.
Amy Clipston - has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing "career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series with Zondervan, which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. An advocate for organ and blood donation, Amy donated a kidney in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant. Amy and her husband matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. Amy's memoir, A Gift of Love, will be available in early 2014. She hopes her story inspires others to become organ and blood donors. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats. You can find her on the web at or on Facebook at
Kathleen Fuller - was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and currently live in Geneva, Ohio. She's been married to James for 21 wonderful years (really, they have been wonderful!) They have three terrific children, three dogs, and have raised cattle, pigs, and chickens at various times over the years. They would have gone into the goat business, but she had to draw the line somewhere. She  started writing in 2000, and published her first short story a year later. Since then she have authored several short stories, novellas, novels, and have done a lot of freelance non-fiction work. She has also worked as an editor. She has a Masters degree in Special Education, emphasis on teaching the blind and visually impaired, and a Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. She has  taught all age groups ranging from age 4 to age 21. A few of her favorite things: her relationship with Christ, chocolate (of course!), autumn, a satisfying book, good friends, a sense of humor, people who don't take themselves seriously, haunting melodies, NFL football, and did she mention chocolate?
Vanetta Chapman - holds a BA and MA degree in English, and is proud to be represented by Mary Sue Seymour, AAR. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, and has received over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She is honored to be a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Faith Hope and Love.  She lives and teaches in the Texas hill country with her husband, cats, and a rather large herd of deer. Their four children have flown the nest; however, they are fortunate that they all live close enough to visit.  Her grandfather was born in Albion, Pennsylvania, and she is currently researching whether she might have Amish roots.
My Thoughts On The Book:  This book was perfect.  Four of my favorite writers under one cover.  I thought I had died and gone to heaven.  Beth Wiseman's book, In The Father's Arms, really hit home as a grandmother with two Down's children.  This book was a bit different because after the birth of the baby Ruth Anne and her husband really struggle and question God through their friendships, their marriage, and their family.  This is a sweet read as they find their way back to each other. Amy Clipston's novella, A Son For Always, was a wonderfully tender story of a blended family struggling to become one.  Carolyn and Joshua came alive on the page and could have composed any blended family.  Loved God's revealing moment.  It made the whole story worth the read.   Kathleen Fuller's story, A Heart Full of Love,  angered me a good bit.  I felt so helpless for Ellie as she struggled with the responsibility of new a blind mother.  It angered me how her family treated her and I could not put the story down until I knew the outcome.  The final story was by Vanetta Chapman.  Her,  An Unexpected Blessing, and I struggled a bit trying to get into the story and keep focused.  It was the slowest of all four but after plugging on it turned out to be rather delightful.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NetGalley Publicity Group and Thomas Nelson Publishing Company as part of their Book Review Blogger Programs. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you! 

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