I have read many Amish Christian fiction novels, but never one quite like this. In fact, I have to admit that it was refreshing to find that The Promise of an Angel by Ruth Reid did not rely on the same tried and true formula that other authors of Amish fiction have made famous. I felt that this novel was contemporary and realistic in the way it treated the Amish culture and the emotions and experience of the characters within the story.
Judith Fischer lives in an Amish community in Michigan, where she is happy to tell stories to children, cook, and ready herself to be married to Levi Plank- the man she has been waiting 2 year to court. However, after a tragic accident paralyzes her younger brother, strains her relationship with her family and exposes new truths about the man she has been waiting to marry, Judith begins to realize that God ordains the steps of her life.
I truly enjoyed the spiritual aspect of this book as it touches on a topic that is rarely discussed. Judith's visits from an angel and the faith she places in the things that are revealed to her leave her at odds with her community. Her willingness to risk everything she has to stand up for God's promises truly inspired me. I finished this book with a better understanding of biblical truths and a reminder that God still uses miracles to speak to us today.
Overall, I look forward to reading more books by Ruth Reid and exploring her Heaven on Earth series. The Promise of an Angel (Book 1 in the series) is a lovely book with refreshing new insight into the Amish faith. I couldn't put it down and highly recommend it.
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