When Katie Lapp stumbles upon a satin infant gown in the dusty leather trunk of her parents' attic, she knows it holds a story she must discover. Why else would her Amish mother, a plain and simple woman who embraces the Old Order laws, hide the beautiful baby dress in the attic?
On the eve of Katie's wedding to widower Bishop John, startling news staggers out of her anguished parents, and nothing prepares Katie for the devastation their confession brings. Feeling betrayed, Katie watches as the only life she has ever known begins to unravel, leaving in its wake a furrow of pain and a future of hope.
The Shunning is the first book in a triology that recreates the simple life of the Amish. Its themes of hope and reconciliation show us that even when we think we are far away, God's love is always present.
©1997 Beverly Lewis; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks
to feel comfortable with reading the next in the series. Ms Lewis is a fine writer. The "Christian" aspect of it is not overwhelming.
Just not for me. Story moved so slowly that I put my iPod on fast speed. The characters felt very two-dimensional to me. And the ending was very unsatisfying. I won't be reading any more of these.
I enjoyed listening to this book although it was fairly predictible. When I got book 2 at the library it just was too light for me. I have no interest now in listening to the others.
The Shunning brings to light a very traumatic experience for anyone living the Amish way of life who is not prepared to walk the line laid down by teachings from generation to generation. A story of love, faith and being torn between doing what is expected and being true to oneselves inner calling.
It caused me to think of choices we have to make. This was a tender story of a young girl seeking to know herself and when she discovers secrets from her past must choose between family with strict rules of living and a freer way of life.
Excellent, interesting, captivating
When she finally found her biological mother.
Her ease of expression and how the story flowed.
Katie, she is strong and strong willed and knows herself.
I very much enjoy the way Beverly Lewis brings her characters to life. The twists and turns in her stories keeps me interested and wanting more.
I love listening to books by Beverly Lewis. Her rendition of the plain life, complete with authentic details, is very enjoyable. I grew up in Amish and Mennonite country, and I love the little tidbits of theology intermingled so expertly within the storyline. Very few "English" folks realize the complexity of the plain life, but the rigid expectations to conform precisely to the old ways are explained in an authentic yet easily understood manner.
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