Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Abigail's New Hope

As an Amish midwife, Abigail Graber loves bringing babies into the world. But when a difficult delivery takes a devastating turn, Abigail is faced with some hard choices. Despite her best efforts, the young mother dies—but the baby is saved.

When a heartless judge confines Abigail to the county jail for her mistakes, her sister Catherine comes to care for her children while Daniel works his fields. Catherine meets Daniel’s reclusive cousin, Isaiah, who’s deaf and thought to be simple minded by his community. She endeavors to teach him to communicate and discovers he possesses unexpected gifts and talents.

While Abigail searches for forgiveness, Catherine changes lives and, in return, finds love, something long elusive in her life. And Isaiah discovers God, who cares nothing about our handicaps or limitations in His sustaining love.

An inspirational tale of overcoming grief, maintaining faith, and finding hope in an ever-changing world.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Abigail's New Hope, go HERE.

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Book Review

Finding an Amish person in jail was quite an unexpected story line, but very believable as you read the story of Abigail.   She works as the community midwife and struggles to save the life of a new mother who is in labor, but refuses to go to the hospital.    After ignoring her protests she calls 911 anyway and does everything she can for the mother.     The baby lives, but the mother loses her life.      Abigail lands in jail for an extended period of time.

This means her husband has to ask Abigail's sister to come and stay to help take care of their children so he can maintain their farm.     

I loved how the relationship between Abigail's sister, Catherine and Isaiah are explored.    It was a beautiful expression of seeing beyond someone's supposed "handicap" to the beautiful person that God created each of us to be.

This is the first in a series of books by Mary Ellis.   I can't wait to read the next one!

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