Tuesday, September 1, 2020

An Amish Singing by Amy Clipston

An Amish Singing: Four Stories by [Amy Clipston]
An Amish Singing by Amy Clipston
This rare glimpse of Amish Children Singing makes my own heart sing, too. It is delightful!
An Amish Singing by Amy Clipston contains four heartwarming Amish tales set in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania.  Hymn of Praise, Amazing Grace, Great is Thy Faithfulness, and O Holy Night are the four novellas.  Love blossoms and faith is strengthened in these heartening stories.

Hymn of Praise has two longtime friends, Sharon Lambert and Jay Smoker discover that their feelings are changing.  After Jay asks Sharon’s father permission to date, they begin spending time together.  Then Jay learns that Sharon is singing hymns and their Amish traditional songs for her families’ English dinner guests.  He is further astonished that Sharon has involved their friends.  It goes against his beliefs and how Jay was taught by his grandfather.  Can Jay and Sharon overcome this obstacle? 
 ~ Amish Young People ~ Sarah's Country Kitchen ~ Young Amish Mennonites Singing in a Choir.
Amazing Grace has Dave Esh feeling alone and guilty after a tragic accident.  He has isolated himself from his friends and, despite a number of invitations, refuses to join them.  Dave had been planning on obtaining permission to date Alice prior to the incident.  Alice Blank has been friends with Dave since they were kids.  She misses her friend and wants to find a way to help Dave.  She continues to invite him to sing with their group of friends to those in their community who are ill or who need cheer.  Alice knows that Dave needs to forgive himself and find peace before they can pursue a relationship.  Can Dave find a way to forgive himself?
Medly : I'll Fly Away / Power in the Blood / At Calvary / When we all get to Heaven: sung Acapella by Calvary Mennonite Youth Group Singing in a Methodist Church in Dover TN.
Great is Thy Faithfulness has Darlene Bender and her family dealing with her mother’s cancer diagnose.  Her mother refuses to allow anyone from the community to visit or help them.  Darlene does not feel that she can burden her friends with her problems or her feelings.  She misses spending time with her friends and singing.  Andrew Detweiler can tell that Darlene needs someone to whom she can talk and share her troubles.  He befriends Darlene and soon deeper feelings begin to bloom.  Then Dave realizes something that could derail their relationship. 
 Anna Ruth, Brooksyne and the children enjoying a Sunday afternoon sing ~ Amish Family ~ Sarah's Country Kitchen ~
O Holy Night has Elaine Lantz and her parents the newest residents of Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania.  This is a fresh start for Elaine.  She is afraid of making new friends because Elaine is unsure if she can trust anyone again.  Sharon, Alice, Darlene, Dave, Jay, Andrew, and Cal welcome Elaine to the community and invite her to join them.  Cal is especially captivated by their community’s newest addition.  But Elaine has built a wall around her heart and Cal needs to find a way to break it down.  Will Elaine be able to embrace the friendship and love offered her?
 Amish children singing Christmas carols for their non-Amish neighbors. They gave the photographer special permission to take their picture.
An Amish Singing by Amy Clipston has a group of young people who are close friends and enjoy singing.  There are good messages in these four novellas with the most important being that God has a plan and He knows what is best.  We must trust Him.  I thought these stories were well-written and engaging.  I started reading Hymn of Praise and became engrossed.  I quickly read all four of these charming Amish stories.  Amy Clipston is a special storyteller.  Her love of writing shines in each of her creations along with her love of God.  I like how these characters sang for people who were ill and grieving.  Their singing uplifted their audience.  The sharing of the Amish hymns allowed this group to pass along their love of God and their faith with Englishers.  My favorite message from these four novellas was how we need to lean on God in time of great need (illness, hardship, grief).  He is there for us and He has a plan.  We just need to be faithful.  These stories will leave your heart feeling full and soul satisfied.  An Amish Singing contains four uplifting novellas about family, friendship, forgiveness, and faith.  
Three Amish Teens Sing “The Whippoorwill Song” (I Give You Freedom)
An Amish Singing is available from Amazon* as well as other major retailers (Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, BAM, iBooks).  The stories can be purchased individually as well.  They are Hymn of Praise, Amazing Grace, Great is Thy Faithfulness, and O Holy Night.  Amy Clipston has The Coffee Corner which is the 3rd An Amish Marketplace Novel coming out on December 1.  The Jam & Jelly Nook is the 4th book in that series and it will be out on May 4, 2021. Amish Midwives by Amy Clipston, Shelley Shepard Gray and Kelly Long publishes on March 2, 20201.  You can find Amy Clipston's other novels here.  I appreciate you joining me today.  I will return tomorrow with One for the Books by Jenn McKinlay.  It is the 11th A Library Lovers Mystery.  I hope that you have an inspirational day.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!

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