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Plain Paradise

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Linda's Amish life seemed like paradise. Until she found out her family had been hiding a secret since the day of her birth.

Josie was just a frightened teenager when she left her baby in the care of an Old Order Amish couple in Lancaster County. Since then, seventeen years have passed and while much has changed, one thing hasn't. Josie still longs to reconnect with her daughter Linda.

But Linda is unaware of Josie--and living an idyllic life within the Amish community. The bishop's grandson, Stephen, is courting her and she hopes that he will propose soon. When her birth mother comes to Paradise, Linda finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Josie's world. Meanwhile, her adoptive parents--and her Amish beau--are trying to understand how this interruption in Linda's life could possibly be God's will.

As new relationships begin and old ones are tested, no one's life will remain the same. In the process of losing and letting go--Linda realizes whose daugther she really is. And as only God can do, something more powerful and far more beautiful is forged within the Daugthers of the Promise community...hope.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. When Linda finds out that she is adopted, is her anger at her parents justifiable? Would the situation have been less awkward if Linda already knew that she was adopted? Or would most of her fears and worries still have existed?
     
  2. Is Josie being selfish by wanting to get to know her daughter, especially since she believes she only has a few months to live? What if Josie never went to Lancaster County? Do you think Mary Ellen and Abe would have eventually told Linda about her adoption?
     
  3. Have you ever known an adopted person who reconnected with their birth mother? Did it go well? Was a friendship or bond formed? How did each party react?
     
  4. An unlikely friendship forms between Mary Ellen and Josie. Where do you see God's hand in this, and what did both Mary Ellen and Josie learn?
     
  5. Josie's husband, Robert, is a non-believer, but a good man. What does Scripture tell us about good people who don't believe in God? What is happening to Robert by the end of the book?
     
  6. Josie's healing was a miracle. Have you ever witnessed a miracle--medical or otherwise? Do you believe in miracles?
     
  7. Think of all the lives that Jonas touched just by being himself. Who seemed to benefit the most from his wisdom?
     
  8. Stephen worries that Linda might be tempted by life in the Englisch world. What are some examples depicted throughout the story? And why do you think Stephen was never interested in fully exploring his rumschpringe (running around period)?
     
  9. At Jonas' funeral, Katie Ann is upset because a woman named Lucy is there. Do you think this may have to do with Katie Ann and Ivan choosing to move to Colorado?
     
  10. Jonas left letters for the people he loves. Have you ever known anyone who's done this? Why do you think Jonas did it?
     
  11. What would make Samuel uproot his family and move to Colorado? Any speculations?
     

Look for the first Land of Canaan novel--Seek Me With All Your Heart--due in stores November 2010.

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Plain Paradise, Beth Wiseman
  • Plain Paradise, Beth Wiseman

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Linda's Amish life seemed like paradise. Until she found out her family had been hiding a secret since the day of her birth.

Josie was just a frightened teenager when she left her baby in the care of an Old Order Amish couple in Lancaster County. Since then, seventeen years have passed and while much has changed, one thing hasn't. Josie still longs to reconnect with her daughter Linda.

But Linda is unaware of Josie--and living an idyllic life within the Amish community. The bishop's grandson, Stephen, is courting her and she hopes that he will propose soon. When her birth mother comes to Paradise, Linda finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Josie's world. Meanwhile, her adoptive parents--and her Amish beau--are trying to understand how this interruption in Linda's life could possibly be God's will.

As new relationships begin and old ones are tested, no one's life will remain the same. In the process of losing and letting go--Linda realizes whose daugther she really is. And as only God can do, something more powerful and far more beautiful is forged within the Daugthers of the Promise community...hope.

More Information

Length 320 Pages
Series A Daughters of the Promise Novel
Publication Date March 30, 2010
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595548238
ISBN-13 9781595548238
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"