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An Amish Gathering

Life in Lancaster County
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Three heartwarming tales of old friends and new beginnings that span one year in an Amish community.

A Change of Heart by Beth Wiseman

Leah is no good at cooking, cleaning, sewing, gardening—the skills that young women need to make a proper Amish wife. All she wants to do is write stories, but she's sincerely tired of being a disappointment. Will she ever find someone who accepts her just as she is? And can an almost-Amish angel in red polka dots help her find her way?

A Place of His Own by Kathleen Fuller

When Josiah left Paradise the first time, he didn't even say good-bye. Now he's back, ten years later, and he's changed. Why is he so distant and bitter? Where is the boy who used to be Amanda's best friend? Amanda is learning that there are things even a capable Amish girl can't fix. But can she stand there and watch him walk away . . . again?

When Winter Comes by Barbara Cameron

It's been too long since Rebecca has done what she loves—put on her skates and fly across the ice. Five years have passed since a winter accident took her twin Lizzie and left Rebecca heartbroken. And Ben has waited for her all that time. At last she's starting to heal. But has too much time passed for their hearts to reconnect?

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

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

A Change of Heart

  1. Leah's father worries throughout the story that Leah will not master the skills necessary to become a good Amish fraa. At what point does he begin to realize that Leah's stories are much more than just a frivolous waste of time?
  2. Aaron agrees to read Leah's books as a way to get close to her. What are some of the things Aaron learns about Leah by reading her stories?
  3. Auntie Ruth nudges Leah and Aaron together by writing notes to each of them. What do you think would have happened if Ruth hadn't done this? Would they eventually have found their way back to each other? If so, who do you think would have initiated a get-together?
  4. Leah's Englisch friends, Donna and Clare, are not at the same spiritual place in their lives as Leah. Can it be in a person's best interest to avoid people with whom they are unequally yoked, as many Amish believe? Have you ever been friends with someone with whom you were unequally yoked spiritually? How did it affect you?

When Winter Comes

  1. Rebecca has felt for years that she isn't as attractive or interesting as her twin. Do you have siblings to whom you feel you come in second in some way? Why?
  2. As the oldest child in the family, Rebecca feels she has to be the caretaker. What role do you think birth order plays in a person's development?
  3. How do you personally know when something is God's will for your life? When have you been right about this? When have you been wrong?
  4. It takes a long time for Rebecca to make peace with her sister's death. What would you say to someone who is having trouble coming to terms with the death of a loved one? What do you feel God wants us to learn from the death of someone we love?

A Place of His Own

  1. When Josiah arrives in Paradise, he's determined not to depend on anyone else. Has there ever been a time in your life when people let you down? How did you learn to trust again?
  2. Amanda is a "fixer" -- she's eager to solve everyone's problems. What lesson did she learn in the story?
  3. Although it's not stated in the story, do you think Josiah asked for and accepted God's forgiveness? Why or why not?
  4. Sometimes it seems easier to blame God for our troubles than to ask Him to help us during times of hardship. Why do you think we tend to do this? What should we do instead?

For reading groups with five or more members, the authors will participate in the discussion of this collection. If you’re interested, go to www.Amishhearts.com.

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An Amish Gathering : Life in Lancaster County, Beth Wiseman
  • An Amish Gathering : Life in Lancaster County, Beth Wiseman

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Three heartwarming tales of old friends and new beginnings that span one year in an Amish community.

A Change of Heart by Beth Wiseman

Leah is no good at cooking, cleaning, sewing, gardening—the skills that young women need to make a proper Amish wife. All she wants to do is write stories, but she's sincerely tired of being a disappointment. Will she ever find someone who accepts her just as she is? And can an almost-Amish angel in red polka dots help her find her way?

A Place of His Own by Kathleen Fuller

When Josiah left Paradise the first time, he didn't even say good-bye. Now he's back, ten years later, and he's changed. Why is he so distant and bitter? Where is the boy who used to be Amanda's best friend? Amanda is learning that there are things even a capable Amish girl can't fix. But can she stand there and watch him walk away . . . again?

When Winter Comes by Barbara Cameron

It's been too long since Rebecca has done what she loves—put on her skates and fly across the ice. Five years have passed since a winter accident took her twin Lizzie and left Rebecca heartbroken. And Ben has waited for her all that time. At last she's starting to heal. But has too much time passed for their hearts to reconnect?

More Information

Length 400 Pages
Publication Date December 22, 2009
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 159554822X
ISBN-13 9781595548221
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"