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An Amish Christmas

December in Lancaster County
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Celebrate Christmas with Four Amish Romances.

A Choice to Forgive by Beth Wiseman

After Daniel disappeared that long-ago Christmas Eve, Lydia built a life with his brother. But now she's a widow and Daniel has reappeared, asking for forgiveness. Can she go back to her normal life with her long-lost love as her neighbor?

A Miracle for Miriam by Kathleen Fuller

Seth is no longer the arrogant young man who shattered Miriam's confidence and broker her heart. Will he be able to show "plain" Miriam that she is truly beautiful to him?

One Child by Barbara Cameron

The birth of one child forever changed the world two thousand years ago. On a snowy Christmas night in Lancaster County, another child changes the world for two very different couples.

Christmas Cradles by Kelly Long

When Anna Stolis takes over for her aunt, the local midwife, Christmas night heats up with multiple deliveries, three strangers' quilts, and unexpected help from the handsome and brooding Asa Lapp.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

*Guide contains spoilers so don't read before completing the novellas.

A Miracle for Miriam

  1. Miriam allowed Seth's rejection to affect her self-confidence, even as an adult. Instead of seeing herself as a beautiful woman of God, she continued to see herself as unattractive and undesirable. What can we do to protect our hearts against the thoughtless and cruel words of others?
  2. Proverbs 29:23 states: "A man's pride shall bring him low; but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit." How did Seth's accident "bring him low"? How did he vow to change?
  3. List some reasons why Miriam didn't trust Seth. Think back to a time where you had difficulty trusting someone else. What allowed you to trust again?
  4. The Amish value "demut" (humility) over "hochmut" (pride), and strive to be as humble as possible in all situations. Is humility difficult to achieve? How can we practice humility in our daily lives?

A Choice to Forgive

  1. Throughout the book, Lydia struggles with forgiveness. First, she must find it in her heart to forgive Daniel, and later she must forgive her deceased husband. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed to forgive someone who has passed on? Did forgiveness give you a sense of peace or resolve, even though you were not able to voice your feelings directly to that person?
  2. Anna Marie is experiencing her running around period (rumschpringe). Is her behavior different than that of Englisch teenagers at this age? If so, how? Is Lydia more trusting about her daughter's actions than Englisch parents might be? Or, are the generations growing closer no matter what religious background you have? For example -- Lydia states that her parents would have been much stricter with her if they'd caught her sneaking out of the house. Are you less strict with your children than your parents were with you?
  3. Amish believe that all things are of God's will. Is Lydia being true to her faith by questioning the way things happened, harboring ill will, and struggling to forgive? Or is she just human? Have you ever questioned God's will in a situation where a different outcome would have affected far more people than just you?
  4. Daniel and Lydia were each other's first loves, yet they each went on to live separate lives. Do you know anyone who has reunited with their first love? Did it work out? Can you go back in time and recapture those feelings again if the opportunity presents itself?

One Child

  1. As Christmas approaches, Sarah is still experiencing grief over the miscarriage of her first child. While the loss of a person dear to us may be the biggest, hardest loss we will experience, there are other forms of loss that are difficult to cope with in life. Some of these losses include the loss of a dream, a job, a house -- even the loss of a body image when a person has an accident, stroke, or other trauma which changes the way we look and move. How have you coped, and possibly even grown from a loss in your life?
  2. The Amish rely heavily on the concept of "God's will" as a way of living spiritually. How do you interpret God's will and how do you use it to sustain your faith?
  3. Why do you suppose we have such a fascination with the Amish? Many people admire the Amish for separating themselves from the Englisch world and living life according to their terms. Have you ever wanted to live a simpler life? Since most of us can't -- or don't want to -- join an Amish community, how can we live a simpler, more faithful life where we are?
  4. The novella, One Child, takes place during the Christmas season. What are some of your favorite memories of the season? How do you make sure to remember that, "Jesus is the reason for the season"?

For reading groups with five or more members, the authors will participate in the discussion of this collection. Visit amishhearts.com for more information.

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An Amish Christmas : December in Lancaster County, Beth Wiseman
  • An Amish Christmas : December in Lancaster County, Beth Wiseman

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Celebrate Christmas with Four Amish Romances.

A Choice to Forgive by Beth Wiseman

After Daniel disappeared that long-ago Christmas Eve, Lydia built a life with his brother. But now she's a widow and Daniel has reappeared, asking for forgiveness. Can she go back to her normal life with her long-lost love as her neighbor?

A Miracle for Miriam by Kathleen Fuller

Seth is no longer the arrogant young man who shattered Miriam's confidence and broker her heart. Will he be able to show "plain" Miriam that she is truly beautiful to him?

One Child by Barbara Cameron

The birth of one child forever changed the world two thousand years ago. On a snowy Christmas night in Lancaster County, another child changes the world for two very different couples.

Christmas Cradles by Kelly Long

When Anna Stolis takes over for her aunt, the local midwife, Christmas night heats up with multiple deliveries, three strangers' quilts, and unexpected help from the handsome and brooding Asa Lapp.

More Information

Length 528 Pages
Occasion
  • Christmas
Publication Date September 13, 2011
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595548564
ISBN-13 9781595548566
Height 8.1"
Width 5.4"