A Plain & Simple Christmas
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.
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Book Review by Bree Herron
When the season comes you want to be home with family, friends,the ones who hold you dear. The warmth of the season- the smell of the snow. All came to mind while reading this beautiful story of the season. I found myself asking, “When is the right time to heal, if we are always waiting?”
Anna married the man that her heart and God lead her to. Doing so, had her shunned from her Amish community and family. Now with child she is wanting to return in order to mend and heal all the hearts. Anna is a strong, yet delicate character. She exhibits qualities that I found unique, such a beautiful mixture. Like a dove she seeks to bring peace and love. Returning home will be the hardest challenge she will face. But with faith, love and hope her season will be as God deemed.
Amy Clipston wove a story of such emotion that you feel as though you are in Anna’s mind. You are viewing going home, the vast fields, the homes and farms through her eyes. Each emotion Anna felt, I felt in my heart. I could imagine the faces, the body language and the love from each character. This was a beautiful story of going home when God calls you to your family, and healing of hearts. I was reminded that it isn’t our choice when this happens, but with prayer we are able to seek healing and love like Anna.
This is a wonderful book for a reader looking to be reminded of the meaning of Christmas and love. A reader seeking to go home again. A reader wanting to heal and with this book can envision their own moments of reunion. This book will move you to find a new light for the season and be reminded that Lord works in us all.
Do you enjoy Amish settings?
**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.
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