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The Wonder of Your Love

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Katie Ann lost the love of her life. Then God offers her a new beginning in Colorado.

Katie Ann Stolzfus lives in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. At forty she is widowed and raising her first child. But baby Jonas will never know his father, and Katie Ann wonders if her Heavenly Father hasn't forgotten about her as well. Is it really God's plan for her to be a single parent?

Eli Detweiler has come to Canaan for a wedding and a long vacation. Having raised six children following the death of his young wife, Eli is finally an empty-nester. He's enjoying the slower pace of having no one to care for but himself.

When Katie Ann and Eli meet, there is an instant connection. Yet as strong as the attraction is, they both acknowledge that a romance would never work. He is done parenting, while she has just begun.

But as their friendship slowly blossoms into feelings that are as frightening as they are intoxicating, Katie Ann and Eli question if the plans they made for themselves are in line with God's plans.

Can Katie Ann entrust her heart to another man, and rediscover the wonder of God's love?

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. In the beginning of the story, Katie Ann doesn't think Eli is her type. Why? What are some of Eli's characteristics that Katie Ann ultimately finds charming and is attracted to?
     
  2. Katie Ann struggles to forgive Ivan for his infidelities. How does her inability to forgive set roadblocks along her own life path? Who are we really hurting when we can't forgive?
     
  3. Eli has his life planned out, and he feels as though he's earned some time off. When do his big plans to travel start to fall apart and lose the allure? Why do you think that happened?
     
  4. Katie Ann admits to herself that her relationship with God is not what it used to be. What happens when Katie Ann finally accepts that God is in charge and submits to His will without second guessing His plan for her?
     
  5. As in real life, there are several "gray" areas mentioned in the book, things or a way of life that aren't traditionally part of Amish living. One of those is the use of cell phones. What are two more instances where rules are bent?
     
  6. Eli notices early on that Katie Ann and Martha's friendship is special, if not unlikely. But despite their many differences, Katie Ann and Martha are more alike than they may seem. How so?
     
  7. What do you think will happen to Lucy? Do you think that she and Katie Ann will cross paths again someday? Will Jonas and Benjamin ever meet each other? If so, how do you think that will go?
     
  8. Martha is a large presence in the book, and her heart is as big as her outspoken personality, which explains why she took Danielle in. As Martha begins to take on a parental role, how do you see her changing with regard to Danielle?
     
  9. Early on, Katie Ann and Eli agree to just be friends. Have you or anyone you've known fallen in love with their best friend? How did it turn out?
     
  10. Katie Ann and Eli share one similar quality. They are both unselfish. What are several instances when this shines through for each of them, and when does this endearing quality sometimes block God's efforts for their future together?
     
  11. Danielle tells several lies--to her mother on the phone in the hospital, to the nurse and others about not knowing who hit her, and to Martha when she tells Martha that her parents are dead. Is it ever justifiable to tell a lie? How might things have turned out differently if Danielle had always told the truth? Would things have turned out better or worse for her?
     
  12. So many times, God has a plan for us that we can't see or understand, putting us on the right course for the life He wants us to live. What are some examples of this in your own life? Have you ever unknowingly blocked His efforts? Or do you believe that it was always God's will for things to have happened exactly the way that they did?
     

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The Wonder of Your Love, Beth Wiseman

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Katie Ann lost the love of her life. Then God offers her a new beginning in Colorado.

Katie Ann Stolzfus lives in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. At forty she is widowed and raising her first child. But baby Jonas will never know his father, and Katie Ann wonders if her Heavenly Father hasn't forgotten about her as well. Is it really God's plan for her to be a single parent?

Eli Detweiler has come to Canaan for a wedding and a long vacation. Having raised six children following the death of his young wife, Eli is finally an empty-nester. He's enjoying the slower pace of having no one to care for but himself.

When Katie Ann and Eli meet, there is an instant connection. Yet as strong as the attraction is, they both acknowledge that a romance would never work. He is done parenting, while she has just begun.

But as their friendship slowly blossoms into feelings that are as frightening as they are intoxicating, Katie Ann and Eli question if the plans they made for themselves are in line with God's plans.

Can Katie Ann entrust her heart to another man, and rediscover the wonder of God's love?

More Information

Length 304 Pages
Series A Land of Canaan Novel
Publication Date October 4, 2011
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595548866
ISBN-13 9781595548863
Height 8.3"
Width 5.5"