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Plain Promise

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Sadie Always Believed in God's Promises. But Can She Really Trust His Heart?

Young Amish widow, Sadie Fisher, leads a simple life in the quiet countryside of Lancaster County—selling Amish goods to a steady stream of tourists. Though it is a good life, lately she's wondered if it is God's will for her to remain without a husband and a family.

Winters can be brutally cold and lonely in Pennsylvania, so Sadie rejoices when a renter signs up for a three month stay in her guest cottage. But when wealthy, impulsive Englischer Kade Saunders arrives, she isn't sure she wants him around that long. Sadie feels the stress of the bishop's watchful eye, expecting her to act in accordance with the Ordnung, the understood behavior by which the Amish live. To complicate things, Kade is soon surprised with sole custody of a child he barely knows—his five-year-old autistic son, Tyler.

Sadie and young Tyler form an immediate connection. As she grows to love and understand this exceptional child, her feelings for Kade grow into something that both terrifies and exhilarates her. And while Kade seems to feel the attraction to her as well, their worlds couldn't be farther apart.

Sadie must stay true to her Amish roots, but denying the love she feels is impossible. Could it be that God has the improbable in store for Sadie? And will she have the faith to step into a love bigger than she's ever dreamed possible?

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. In the beginning of the story, Sadie is convinced that Milo is perfect for her even though she has never met him in person. If Sadie had never met Kade, do you think she would have ended up marrying Milo?
     
  2. Kade travels to Lancaster County to escape his life, but ends up finding more than he ever anticipated. What are some things that he discovered in Lancaster County? Have you ever traveled somewhere and expected one thing, only to find another? What do you think would have happened to Kade if he had never visited Lancaster County?
     
  3. Twice, Tyler quotes readings from the Bible to both Sadie and Kade. Do you think these are coincidences, or was God trying to reach Sadie and Kade through Tyler? Has there ever been a time when you felt God was trying to reach you through another person?
     
  4. Jonas breaks off his courtship with Lizzie because he feels guilty about Irma Rose. What factors influenced his decision to reconsider and ask Lizzie to marry him?
     
  5. Why do you think Tyler is able to tell Sadie that he loves her early on, but yet he doesn't tell Kade until the end of the story? Because Sadie is a woman? Or perhaps Kade wasn't ready to accept his son's unconditional love early in the story?
     
  6. Kade lost his faith in God when Tyler was diagnosed with autism. Have you ever turned your back on God when you felt He let you down? What made Kade seek to reestablish a relationship with God?
     
  7. The Amish adhere to the rules of the Ordnung, the written and unwritten rules of the Amish; the order by which the Amish are expected to live. Do we, as Christians, have an Ordnung? What are some of the unwritten rules that Christians are expected to live by?
     
  8. Jonas is outspoken, but wise. He tells Kade, "Until you know if you plan to convert yourself to the Amish faith, renounce your worldly ways, and live as one of us by putting your faith in all that is God's will—then you need not be courtin' Sadie in any manner." What if Kade hadn't taken Jonas's advice? Would thing have turned out differently for Sadie and Kade?
     
  9. The Amish struggle to live a good life and be the best that they can be, but they are human. There are several instances in the story when Amish characters judge others. Can you name some of the scenes where judgment is carried through?
     
  10. When Monica drops Tyler off with Kade, did you sympathize with her situation, or did you feel like she was only being selfish with little regard for Tyler's wellbeing? And, do you think Monica would have come back for Tyler if she hadn't been killed?
     
  11. Kade's friend, Val, betrayed him, yet Kade chooses to forgive him. Have you ever felt betrayed by someone but chosen to forgive that person based on Sadie's advice to Kade? "Sometimes when we see past our own pain and into the heart of another, our own self-healing begins."
     
  12. Kade and Jonas develop an unlikely friendship, which begins when Jonas takes a liking to Tyler. Is this another possibility that God is working through Tyler to unite two people who have something to offer each other? If so, how do Kade and Jonas help each other?
     

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Plain Promise, Beth Wiseman
  • Plain Promise, Beth Wiseman

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Sadie Always Believed in God's Promises. But Can She Really Trust His Heart?

Young Amish widow, Sadie Fisher, leads a simple life in the quiet countryside of Lancaster County—selling Amish goods to a steady stream of tourists. Though it is a good life, lately she's wondered if it is God's will for her to remain without a husband and a family.

Winters can be brutally cold and lonely in Pennsylvania, so Sadie rejoices when a renter signs up for a three month stay in her guest cottage. But when wealthy, impulsive Englischer Kade Saunders arrives, she isn't sure she wants him around that long. Sadie feels the stress of the bishop's watchful eye, expecting her to act in accordance with the Ordnung, the understood behavior by which the Amish live. To complicate things, Kade is soon surprised with sole custody of a child he barely knows—his five-year-old autistic son, Tyler.

Sadie and young Tyler form an immediate connection. As she grows to love and understand this exceptional child, her feelings for Kade grow into something that both terrifies and exhilarates her. And while Kade seems to feel the attraction to her as well, their worlds couldn't be farther apart.

Sadie must stay true to her Amish roots, but denying the love she feels is impossible. Could it be that God has the improbable in store for Sadie? And will she have the faith to step into a love bigger than she's ever dreamed possible?

More Information

Length 352 Pages
Series A Daughters of the Promise Novel
Publication Date September 29, 2009
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595547207
ISBN-13 9781595547200
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"