This is the true story of Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, Amish farmers from northwest Montana whose lives changed in an instant when a semi-truck struck the family buggy, killing their two young daughters.
After the accident, the couple turned to their Amish community for comfort, but they remained haunted by the thought that they might not see their girls again in heaven. Would their deeds be good enough? Eventually Ora-Jay and Irene learned that grace—not works—was enough to ensure their place in eternity. But with that knowledge came the realization that they could no longer live in an Amish community that didn’t share this precious belief. Could they sever their connection to the Amish family they loved?
This is the story of their journey to the hope that is heaven, a hope stronger than the loss of children, family, and a way of life. Fans of Amish fiction will appreciate such a real-life look into the Amish community, co-written by bestselling author Tricia Goyer, and readers of all kinds will resonate with this tale of courage, resilience, and the redemption found in the grace of Jesus.
Here in my town we see many Amish daily, whether they are riding down the main road in their horse and buggies, or they are shopping at Aldi and Walmart. I have always been fascinated in the Amish way of life. There have been an influx in Amish programming on TV, primarily following Amish who have left the faith. I have always wondered about the dynamics of living in an Amish community and what happens if you find that you can't. Plain Faith by Irene and Ora Jay Eash is a wonderful read and touches on this particular subject.
After losing their young daughters in a buggy accident, Ora Jay and Irene Eash begin to question their Amish faith and begin to seek a more one-on-one relationship with God. This development eventually leads them to leave the Amish life and face the consequences that that holds. I found it very revealing the process that the couple went through and I felt that I gained a better understanding of what it meant to be an Amish person within the community. I feel that I have a better understanding of the Amish work based communal faith versus Christianity's personal faith. I applaud the Eashes for listening to God and following their hearts so that they can live in the way that they felt that God was calling them to live. For each of us, that is our way of life and how we should strive to live.
This was a very heartwarming, entertaining and educational book wrapped into one. I highly recommend it.
I was sent a copy of this book by Book Look Bloggers program and the publisher Zondervan in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
I have mentioned here recently that there has been a lot of stress in our home, especially concerning my husband's job. He was employed by our local newspaper as their sports editor. He held the job for over 8 years. Over the last year or so, his immediate boss has been making his life extremely difficult... accusing him of things he didn't do, hiding cameras and saying that Bill never turned them back in, searching through his computer when he wasn't there, etc. We both felt that she was trying to find anything in order to fire him. There was extreme lack of communication, etc. It got to the point, where there was workplace bullying going on and it was causing Bill to have mental and emotional stress. He was also being forced to work close to 70-75 hours a week on a small salary. (If he didn't cover something he would get written up, or told that this could cause him to be let go, etc.) This let to physical fatigue as well.
I love vegetables. My family loves most vegetables. But I find that I am getting in a rut when it comes to preparation of said vegetables. Added to the fact that our life has been crazy busy and it is a struggle for me to get dinner on the table in a timely manner when I am trying to feed the kids and hubby a healthy dinner. (Especially hard when I get home at 6:05 from work each night and am trying to get dinner on the table by 6:30 at the latest!)
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On Monday, I had the privilege to meet a fellow blogger. I got to meet "Sluggy" from DON'T READ THIS; IT'S BORING!. She and her hubby were gracious enough to come visit me, Bill and the kids in our town as they were heading back toward their home at the end of their month long, cross country road trip.
She is as genuine and wonderful in person as she is on her blog. My kids loved her and Ben told me that he missed her when she left!
We had a lovely visit and I got to hear several funny stories from their road trip and from her life. We treated Sluggy and Dan to a home-cooked lunch--- pasta bake, garlic bread and green beans.
After lunch, Sluggy gave us some treats....including shampoo from her toiletry stash and her homemade relish for my hubby. She also gave us a lightbulb from one of her stops in Idaho! She also gave me 2 books that I look forward to reading.
She also blessed the kids with some fun treats that she had picked up for them on her travels! They were so…