Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you’ll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman’s story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams … and secrets. You’ll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the “English” way of life—and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families. Rebecca Kauffman’s tranquil Old Order Amish life is transformed when she suddenly has custody of her two teenage nieces after her "English" sister and brother-in-law are killed in an automobile accident. Instant motherhood, after years of unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child of her own, is both a joy and a heartache. Rebecca struggles to give the teenage girls the guidance they need as well as fulfill her duties to Daniel as an Amish wife. Rebellious Jessica is resistant to Amish ways and constantly in trouble with the community. Younger sister Lindsay is caught in the middle, and the strain between Rebecca and Daniel mounts as Jessica’s rebellion escalates. Instead of the beautiful family life she dreamed of creating for her nieces, Rebecca feels as if her world is being torn apart by two different cultures, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community, her marriage, and her faith in God.
A GIFT OF GRACE
A sister who married and became English. An accident leaving two teen girls, the guardianship going to an Amish sister. The adjustment, with their rules, and the disappointment for these two is heartbreaking. The dream of Jessica was to go on to college an be an accountant, as her mother had. Rebecca telling them the sooner they respect their ways, the easier it will be. Is that to be, you question as you read, she was unhappy. There was a couple who loved her, and wanted her, and she was so unhappy. A look at the heartbreak of losing their parents, but also all they have known.
A Gift of Grace
This is a remarkable story of true faith in God and how his love works in mysterious ways. It was very hard to put this book down until I finished it.
Anyone who has ever had an unfortunate series of events occur in his/her life, which resulted in life-altering decisions, should read this book. It helps us all understand how we all experience similar problems but can get through them with the right love and support, no matter what we do or do not believe in.