Monday, May 5, 2014

Plain Faith

Authors: Irene and Ora Jay Eash with Tricia Goyer
Publisher: Zondervan
May 2014
ISBN: 978-0-310-33683-9
Genre: Memoir / Spiritual Growth

From reality shattered to faith fulfilled

This is the true story of Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, Amish farmers from northwest Montana whose lives changed in an instant when a semi-truck struck the family buggy, killing their two young daughters.

After the accident, the couple turned to their Amish community for comfort, but they remained haunted by the thought that they might not see their girls again in heaven. Would their deeds be good enough? Eventually Ora-Jay and Irene learned that grace---not works---was enough to ensure their place in eternity. But with that knowledge came the realization that they could no longer live in an Amish community that didn’t share this precious belief. Could they sever their connection to the Amish family they loved?

This is the story of their journey to the hope that is heaven, a hope stronger than the loss of children, family, and a way of life. Fans of Amish fiction will appreciate such a real-life look into the Amish community, co-written by bestselling author Tricia Goyer, and readers of all kinds will resonate with this tale of courage, resilience, and the redemption found in the grace of Jesus.

PLAIN FAITH isn’t exactly what I expected. I thought it was going to be a horribly sad book and, as a result, difficult to read. It isn’t. I mean, it is a little sad, but this is more about the discovery of God’s grace and mercy than it is about loss and death.

A compelling read, PLAIN FAITH held my attention as it tells about how Ora Jay and Irene came to reside in Montana, the differences in the communities from Indiana and Montana, and how, in Montana, they found a God who loves them—and so much more.

Fans of Amish fiction must read this book. It tells the truth about the Amish beliefs in most districts, how God is allowed but not welcomed, and too much Bible learning is considered a bad thing. This book is going on my keeper shelf. Highly recommended. 5 stars. $15.99. 208 pages. 

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