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A Man of His Word

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Moriah's heart will only be safe with a man of his word.

In just a few short months, Moriah Miller’s perfect life unravels. Newly wed and newly pregnant, Moriah is abandoned by her husband, Levi. He’s left her, his family, and their faith without a backward glance. The community, stunned, rushes to the young woman’s aid.

But there is someone who feels more than just sympathy for Moriah. Gabriel Miller—Levi's twin—longs for an intimate commitment that might someday bind them to one another. Convinced of the impossibility of his dream, Gabriel settles for a mere friendship with the woman he loves.

Moriah bravely goes on with her life, adjusting to her new role in their tight-knit Amish community and preparing for the birth of her child. She is unaware that her brief marriage—once idealized as the happiest time of her life—may have been merely a shadow of the kind of love God has created for her. A love that can mend the soul, renew her heart, and give her a future filled with hope . . . if she'll only let it.

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  1. When we meet Gabriel, he is struggling to hide his love for his new sister-in-law, Moriah. He also deals with the guilt of coveting his brother’s wife. Have you ever wanted something you couldn’t have? How did you handle those feelings?
  2. Although Levi grew up in a community that values self-denial and loyalty, he has difficulty denying his impulses. Think back to a time when you were tempted. Did you give into that temptation? What was the result? If not, how did God help you overcome the temptation?
  3. When Levi leaves Moriah, she blames herself for his abandonment. Why does she choose to believe she’s at fault, instead of Levi? Is there such a thing as a “right” way for her to respond?
  4. Rachel resents her brother Aaron. Is it justified? Why or why not?
  5. After Levi’s death, Gabe believes he gave up on his brother too soon. Do you agree? Is there anything Gabe could have done to convince his twin to come back to Moriah and the Amish?
  6. Throughout the story, it’s clear that Tobias and Rachel have feelings for each other. Besides Rachel dating Christian, are there any other reasons they didn’t reveal how they felt?
  7. Gabe loves Moriah, but he isn’t honest with her. He doesn’t tell her he loves her before she marries Levi, and he doesn’t divulge the real reason Levi left. Gabe believes he is protecting Moriah by keeping these secrets. Can you think of some circumstances where hiding the truth is for the best? Would God approve of that choice?
  8. Gabe starts to think that if he had told Moriah he loved her before her marriage, Levi would still be alive. Do you agree with his assumption? Why or why not?
  9. As a man of his word, Gabe vows to standby Moriah, even though she pushes him away. How does Gabe’s patient faithfulness to Moriah mirror God’s faithfulness to us?
  10. Romans 7:18 says: “…I want to do what is good, but I can’t.” (NIRV) Despite being a woman of deep faith, in her darkest moment Moriah chooses to drown her misery in work instead of prayer. Why do we often choose the opposite of what’s best for us, especially when it comes to seeking God?

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A Man of His Word, Kathleen Fuller

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Moriah's heart will only be safe with a man of his word.

In just a few short months, Moriah Miller’s perfect life unravels. Newly wed and newly pregnant, Moriah is abandoned by her husband, Levi. He’s left her, his family, and their faith without a backward glance. The community, stunned, rushes to the young woman’s aid.

But there is someone who feels more than just sympathy for Moriah. Gabriel Miller—Levi's twin—longs for an intimate commitment that might someday bind them to one another. Convinced of the impossibility of his dream, Gabriel settles for a mere friendship with the woman he loves.

Moriah bravely goes on with her life, adjusting to her new role in their tight-knit Amish community and preparing for the birth of her child. She is unaware that her brief marriage—once idealized as the happiest time of her life—may have been merely a shadow of the kind of love God has created for her. A love that can mend the soul, renew her heart, and give her a future filled with hope . . . if she'll only let it.

More Information

Length 304 Pages
Series A Hearts of Middlefield Novel
Publication Date September 1, 2009
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595548122
ISBN-13 9781595548122
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"