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Plain Proposal

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Miriam secretly vows to follow Saul no matter what the future holds. She never thought that future might take them away from their Amish community.

Miriam Raber could have her pick of any of the eligible bachelors in Lancaster County. But she only has eyes for one . . . Saul Fisher. He captured her heart years ago, and she's never looked back. Even when rumors circulate that Saul may leave their Amish community to pursue a once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship, Miriam makes a bold assertion: she will stand by him, whether he stays or goes.

Saul Fisher has experienced an inordinate amount of loss in his short life. Raising his two brothers and caring for a grieving father who privately seeks solace in the comfort of his homemade wine, Saul has kept his father's drinking from the community. But if he leaves Lancaster, the burden of secrecy will be left to his young brothers. How does he balance this with the dream that burns bright within him?

As Miriam and Saul consider leaving their lives behind, God starts revealing things to Miriam that make her think twice about what it means to be a Daughter of the Promise, and what it means to make a home.

Experience this love story with a surprising resolution by one of the most popular voices in Amish fiction.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. Throughout the story, Miriam is sure that she wants to be Saul's fraa, but when it finally comes time for her to marry him and leave, she cries on her mother's shoulder. What are some of the emotions Miriam feels as she enters this new phase in her life?
     
  2. Rebecca has two strong reasons for not wanting Miriam to date Saul. What are they, and do you think Rebecca's concerns are valid? Or should she have trusted Miriam to make good decisions and not interfered?
     
  3. Shelby is depressed, void of hope, and doesn't have much faith in the beginning of the story. What are some turning points for her? What and who inspires her to look within herself to seek God?
     
  4. What are some of the things that Shelby loves about life among the Amish? What does she have a hard time adjusting to? What about you? What could you not live without within an Old Order Amish district?
     
  5. Saul is afraid for members of the community to find out about his father's drinking, fearing his family will be shamed. Do you know of someone who kept a family secret that was perhaps not in the best interest of everyone involved? What was the outcome?
     
  6. What would have happened if Rebecca hadn't stepped in to help Zeb? How could things have possibly played out differently?
     
  7. At first, Aaron tells Rebecca that they must let Miriam make her own decisions, but his attitude changes when he finds out that Saul wants to leave the district and take Miriam with him. At what point does Aaron confess his true feelings about Miriam leaving?
     
  8. More and more Amish families are giving up their phone shanties. Most of them have phones in the barn or even cell phones. What are your thoughts about them embracing some forms of modern technology, but not others--such as electricity and driving cars?
     
  9. Shelby uses her diary as a way to voice her private thoughts, but she stops writing in the journal after she begins to reconnect with God. Have you ever kept a journal, and if so--was it in addition to or in lieu of communion with God? Or neither one?
     
  10. Forgiveness is a theme that runs throughout the book, and several characters must either forgive themselves or others. What are some examples of this?
     
  11. By the end of the book, Shelby and Jesse have formed a friendship. Shelby is now a member of the Amish community, but Jesse mentions earlier on that he has a curiosity about the outside world and what it would be like to leave the district. Do you think he was just saying that because he thought Shelby would be leaving their community, or do you think Jesse might leave? Or is it normal for him to be curious and casually ponder the idea?
     
  12. Saul is driven to live in the outside world and be a chef in a fancy restaurant. Besides his love of food and cooking, how does this external desire reveal what is truly inside of Saul? Is he a caregiver by nature? Does he enjoy pleasing others?
     

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Plain Proposal, Beth Wiseman
  • Plain Proposal, Beth Wiseman

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Miriam secretly vows to follow Saul no matter what the future holds. She never thought that future might take them away from their Amish community.

Miriam Raber could have her pick of any of the eligible bachelors in Lancaster County. But she only has eyes for one . . . Saul Fisher. He captured her heart years ago, and she's never looked back. Even when rumors circulate that Saul may leave their Amish community to pursue a once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship, Miriam makes a bold assertion: she will stand by him, whether he stays or goes.

Saul Fisher has experienced an inordinate amount of loss in his short life. Raising his two brothers and caring for a grieving father who privately seeks solace in the comfort of his homemade wine, Saul has kept his father's drinking from the community. But if he leaves Lancaster, the burden of secrecy will be left to his young brothers. How does he balance this with the dream that burns bright within him?

As Miriam and Saul consider leaving their lives behind, God starts revealing things to Miriam that make her think twice about what it means to be a Daughter of the Promise, and what it means to make a home.

Experience this love story with a surprising resolution by one of the most popular voices in Amish fiction.

More Information

Length 304 Pages
Series A Daughters of the Promise Novel
Publication Date March 29, 2011
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595548505
ISBN-13 9781595548504
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"