Saturday, October 29, 2016

Christian must make a choice: to embrace his former Amish identity or to depart from his family and faith community.

Book info
About the book:

Christian's Hope (Herald Press, October 2016)

When Christian Hochstetler returns to the Amish after seven years in captivity, he finds that many things have shifted.

Captured as a child during the French and Indian War, Christian has spent much of his life among Native Americans, who cared for him and taught him their ways. Now that Christian is home, his father wants him to settle back into their predictable Amish life of farming, and Christian's budding friendship with Orpha Rupp beckons him to stay as well.

Yet Christian feels restless, and he misses his adoptive Native American family---who raised him as their own son. When faced with a life-altering decision, will Christian choose the Amish identity that his father desires for him? Or will he depart from his family and faith community yet again?

Christian's Hope tells the story of the younger brother of Joseph and son of Jacob, whom readers have come to love in the first two books in the Return to Northkill series. Based on actual events and written by a descendant of the Hochstetler family, Christian's Hope brings the sweeping epic of the Return to Northkill series to a soul-stirring end.

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About the author:

Ervin R. Stutzman is author of Jacob's Choice, Joseph's Dilemma, Tobias of the Amish, and Emma, A Widow Among the Amish. Born into an Amish home in Kalona, Iowa, Stutzman based the Return to Northkill series on the life of his ancestor, Jacob Hochstetler. He has been featured on TLC's Who Do You Think You Are?

My Review:
"Christian's Hope" is very different from other Amish novels that I have read, it is not a "typical" Amish story.  This is the third and final in it's series and I highly recommend reading all three books of this series and in order.  Christian is restless after returning to the Amish community from the life he has lived with Native American's after being captured as a child.  Faced with hard choices, Christian is forced to choose which life he wants to live; how does he know which is the right one.  This book is filled with rich, historical detail and characters who worm their way into your heart and life, becoming so real.  This is a story that each and every person can relate to as we often feel torn between various things in our own lives and also feel pressure to live up to others' expectations, whether it be a parent, a spouse, a boss, a friend.  Needing a place to belong and to feel like we fit in is a need for each of us as well and Christian is struggling to find his footing and his place in the world; I empathized along with him as he is torn between his two worlds. 

To read other reviews on this blog tour, go here!

*thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour.*

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