Monday, February 28, 2011

Book Review: Seek Me With All Your Heart...

If you enjoy Amish christian fiction...I would like to recommend Seek Me With All Your Heart by Beth Wiseman.  In a christian literature genre that might seem overdone, I really enjoyed this unique Amish tale.

I was happy that they talked like "real" people...not all proper and perfect.  They did include the Penn. Dutch words you'd expect but had a mini-glossary at the beginning, in case you couldn't figure them out from the context.  Although, I was able to guess what had happened to the two main characters rather quickly...they were still lovable and enjoyable characters.  My favorite character (and unique story twist) deals with Martha, an eccentric, wealthy Englisher widow.  I hope the next book includes lots about her and her spiritual journey.

I was interested to see this book really veer from the normal Amish topics to deal with serious health problems, money/insurance, technology allowances, Amish conversion and infidelity, etc.  I'd never seen these subjects broached before and it was very interesting.

I wasn't really thrilled with the depth of the spiritual content...but then again, I rarely am.  It was "nice" but not very specific regarding the gospel or Bible.  I liked the re-occurring theme, "Seek Me..." but where is it...why is it important...etc?  But, I think the intended christian audience is a bit broader than me and my beliefs.

I would recommend this book for an easy, pleasant read.  In fact, I already have plans to lend my copy out...and I will be looking for the next one that's promised in the Fall of 2011! 

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Barbara H. said...

Amish fiction does seem to have exploded across the market for some reason. It's good this one goes beyond the usual territory.

It's Grace said...

I love Amish fiction, so I was excited to see this review. I'll be looking forward to reading it.

I also know exactly what you mean about the way they talk about faith in some books.

Hope your week is off to a great start!!

Lauren said...

I love Amish Christian Fiction! Thanks for the great review and recommendation! :)

Thanks for the encouragement on my blog today. As for Tucker's face - you're still allowed to see it! I didn't cover it on purpose - he just likes to sleep with the blanket over his head, that's all! So, most of the pictures of him sleeping will have his face covered. :)