LOVE OVERCOMES OBSTACLES

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  Kathleen Fuller writes a variety of Amish stories and encompasses diversity in the Amish culture. Some of the districts are strict Old Order and some are more lenient. In this compilation of stories, An Amish Family, Kathleen gives us … Continue reading

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WE ALL STRUGGLE

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Beth Wiseman’s four novella’s AMISH CELBRATIONS illustrates the culture differences even in the Amish communities and the struggles we all face. A Gift of Sisters is how fraternal twins who love each other still struggle with jealousy and sibling rivalry. … Continue reading

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CAN LOVE CONQUER ALL

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More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer was off to a slow start but quickly became an engrossing story. Logan Fowler seeks what he convinces himself is justice for his dad’s gambling loss of the homestead of his family. … Continue reading

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ON THE SHELF

SHELFEver felt like you’ve been put on the shelf? I was married for 41 years, spent about 38 of that working alongside my husband in the ministry. I shared much of the calling, the responsibility and joy and stress. I organized, taught classes, spoke at conferences, planned and facilitated events and enjoyed it all. Now I’m a widow of 6 years and I’m lost, and unsure what’s next.

My four sons are all men I am so proud of and thank God every day for the men they’ve become and the families they have. However, they all are busy and I refuse to be one of those mothers that insert my way into their lives so that I become a nuisance.

I live in a studio apartment and cook most of my meals. I continue to work for a temp agency that, thankfully, keeps me busy and helps me financially since my Social Security is small due to the years in ministry.

I like not having to depend on my sons and want to live on my own as long as I can. I enjoy having my own space but I do get lonely. The thing is you can be lonely in a crowd. After being married to my best friend for most of my life I’m at loose ends. Pastoring you don’t tend to put down roots for very long so our relationships were scattered to the various churches. Consequently, I don’t have any close friends living close so I spend most of my free time reading, watching some TV. I got to church and occasionally go to a movie or out to eat by myself.

This is not meant to be a woe is me just reflections of where I am and what many widows feel. I have no regrets as to the life I shared with my husband and family. God has been gracious to me.

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GETTING PAST THE PAIN

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  Where Hope Begins by Catherine West had me conflicted. It is a book dealing with grief, adultery, death and a myriad of emotions. Savannah and Kevin lost a daughter to an accident 10 years ago and have not let … Continue reading

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MISSING

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  Another great book by Colleen Coble, The House at Saltwater Point is the second book in the Lavender Tides series. It starts with a mystery of a missing person and what happened. Ellie Blackmore is a house flipper with … Continue reading

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WHO AM I

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I love Cindy Woodsmalls books and this one is a real change from her usual so I was surprised.  As the Tide Comes In by Cindy is a deviation from her standard books and I’m not quite sure what I … Continue reading

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