Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Simple Change

Book description:  "Joining the communal society of the Amana Colonies isn't what Jancey Rhoder planned for her future, but when unforeseen circumstances force her family to make some difficult decisions, she chooses to give up her teaching position in a Kansas City orphanage and move with her parents to Iowa. 

Her besotted suitor, Nathan Woodward, isn't at all happy about the move and is determined to get Jancey to change her mind. And Jancey herself isn't sure what she's gotten herself into when the simple life of the Amana Colonies means she'll be assigned a job and may have to give up teaching for good. Will Nathan woo her back to the city, or will she be forever changed by the mysterious events and new relationships that await her in the quiet villages of the Amana Colonies--and decide to make this unique place her forever home?"

My review:  This is the second book on the Amana Colonies by Judith Miller that I have read.  I enjoyed the book, and I enjoyed reading a little more about this group of people.  Jancey is a transparent character who has the same struggles we all have at some time.  The theme of waiting on God runs throughout the book, and this is what Jancey struggles with the most.  Ms. Miller also includes a vivid picture of how greed can destroy an individual.  These are both great lessons to learn.  While I do not think that this particular lifestyle is Biblical, this was an interesting book to read.  It gives the reader plenty to think about.  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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