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Plain Pursuit (Daughters Of The Promise Novel) [Paperback]

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Pages   342
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 28, 2009
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1595547193  
EAN  9781595547194  
UPC  020049135921  

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When Carley Marek visits her friend Lillian in Amish Pennsylvania, she falls in love with the shunned doctor Noah and must choose between her feelings for him, her loyalty to Lillian, and clarifying her own faith in God.

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Carley has given up chasing her dreams. Now her dreams are chasing her.

Carley Marek experiences culture shock when she visits her friend Lillian's family on their farm deep in Amish country. She'll get an article out of the visit--and maybe some of Lillian's newfound peace will somehow rub off on her.

Just when Carley is getting used to the quiet nature of the Plain community, Lillian and Samuel's son falls ill. But the local doctor who can offer the most help has been shunned by the community and forbidden to intervene.

As David's condition deteriorates, Dr. Noah determines to do whatever it takes to save the boy's life. Carley is caught in the middle--drawn to Noah, wanting to be helpful in the crisis--and confused by all their talk about a God she neither knows nor trusts.

Carley must decide what in life is worth pursuing . . . and what to do when she's pursued by a love she never expected.

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Beth Wiseman Beth is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series — Plain Perfect, Plain Pursuit, Plain Promise, Plain Paradise and Plain Proposal. Her new series–Land of Canaan– debuted in the fall of 2010 with Seek Me With All Your Heart which has been selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Novel of the Year. She is contracted with Thomas Nelson Publishing and is currently working on her first non-Amish novel due for release in the spring of 2012. All of her books have held spots on both the CBA (Christian Book Association) bestseller list and the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) bestseller list. As she puts it, her writing has been “all over the place.” As a former newspaper reporter, she was honored by her peers with eleven journalism awards, including first place news writing for The Texas Press Association. She has been a humor columnist for The 1960 Sun in Houston and published articles in various publications. Those articles included a wide array of topics – an article on premature birth, an article about performance boating, and an article about her mother–a whitewater canoeing enthusiast who still paddles the rivers at the age of 77. However, writing novels is where her heart is. She left her job as a journalist in 2008 to write novels fulltime. “Writing about the Amish lifestyle within fictional love stories has been a wonderful experience,” Beth says. “The Amish and Mennonite contacts I have established in Pennsylvania and Colorado help me to keep the books authentic. These very private people might dress differently, avoid the use of electricity and modern conveniences, but they are just like everyone else. They love, hurt, have daily challenges and struggles, and strive to be the best they can be. An often misunderstood sect of people, it has been a privilege to learn about their ways.”

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Plain Pursuit  May 21, 2010
Plain Pursuit
by Beth Wiseman
Thomas Nelson Publisher

Carley, a big city girl, needs to do some physical and mental healing after being in a car wreck that killed her mother. She calls on a previous 'big city' friend that has turned Amish. While staying with her friend, Lillian, for a month (without all the modern conveniences), Carley is faced with the dreaded hospital. Lillian's son becomes ill and Carley must face her fear of hospitals and doctors to help Lillian.

While at the hospital Carley meets a doctor that wants to help Lillian's son, but Lillian's husband refuses his help. Dr. Noah seems to know Lillian's husband, Samuel, but Samuel doesn't tell anyone (including his wife, Lillian). What is the secret between Dr. Noah and Samuel? Will Carley be able to convince Samuel to accept Dr. Noah's help (for his son's sake)? How can Carley help her friend Lillian when she herself needs help while trying to heal?

Carley is also faced with the strength of Lillian's faith. Carley feels deserted by God because of the car wreck that left her with a permanent physical problem and that took her mother from her. Carley doesn't understand how Lillian can be so comfortable with a God (especially when Lillian's son is so sick) that Carley herself feels is a stranger. Carley is amazed at how the whole Amish community pulls together and seems so happy with so little and yet she is torn at how they can shun one of their own.

This is an excellent book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It kept me captivated all the way to the end. Carley faces so many problems with her faith, that a lot of people seem to be facing with their faith too. It will make you take a look at how you perceive things.
Unconditional love and restoration story at it's best  May 21, 2010
This book is a book about unconditional love and restoration within a family and within God's circle. It deals a lot with how hard shunning is on both the person shunned and their family members.
This is a book that will keep you turning the pages for hours.
Carly cannot get past the death of her Mother from an auto accident which also left her unable to bear children. She was dealing with so much it was affecting her work. Her boss suggests she take a month off work but she doesn't want to but is forced to.
She goes to visit a friend of hers who married into the Amish Community. She is surprised by the peace she finds and relaxation and is able to take her mind off all the events that have plagued her.
Lillian and Samuel's son becomes very ill and they have to take him to the hospital. When Samuel meets the doctor there is so much stress and I won't give away why. But God has a great work to do before David, the son, can be healed.
In the midst of his illness a family is drawn close together and begin to experience unconditional love for each other.
Carly is dealing with issues because of rejection by her boyfriend because she could not bear children and finds it hard to love again and believe anyone will love her if she cannot give them children.
Noah reaches out to Carly to reach Samuel and Lillian to get medical help for David. But so much more develops and one can see God's hand and his purpose at work.
Carley ends up finding faith and a refreshing within the Amish Community. She doesn't want to be Amish because she could never shun anyone but she does find her faith again.
There is more to a family than just having your own children something that will also be found in this book.
God's plan unfolds from beginning of book to end. A book that will give you the story of God's unconditional love and restoration in the midst of situations.
Everyone can gain strength and inspiration from this book.
Love this series!  Apr 26, 2010
This is the second book in Beth Wiseman's series, Daughters of the Promise. Although they can each stand alone, I highly recommend them in order. I read number 3 first, then 1 and 2. Although I think this one is a bit weaker in the faith portion, it nonetheless has a great storyline and fabulous characters. I missed Jonas in this one - Lillian's grandfather who is sort of a cad and getting into trouble all the time. Love the few times he is in here making people really think about how to jump out of the rules and regulations and live their lives of faith the way God intended. I do wish for more stronger faith lines in these books, this one being the weakest of the three. There's no real time when Carley actually gives her life to the Lord, she just kinda "moves on her own faith journey."

This book deals with shunning, as well as a dire medical condition in one of the children. It's a real page turner, hands down, and quite the read. As always, I can never put on of Mrs. Wisman's books down once I've started one and this one is no different. Be sure to grab the rest in this series - they're quite the read.

Highly recommend!
A Pleasant Read  Apr 22, 2010
This is the second book in the Daughters Of Promise series. Carley Marek is a journalist who is having a hard time dealing with the loss of her mother after a tragic car accident in which Carley survives. She is struggling with her survival and the loss of her mother. She is forced to take a much needed vacation from work and ends up going to visit her Amish friend Lillian in Pennsylvania. While Carley is there, Lillian's stepson, David is discovered to need a kidney transplant. Dr. Noah, who first treats David is actually a shunned member of Lillian's new family. This brings many questions to Carly's mind about God's role in her life as well as the lives of others and forgiveness.

This series is very pleasant to read. I am enjoying meeting the various families and getting to know them. I like how Beth Wiseman gives us an honest look into the lives of the Amish. I could see and understand the story from both points of views, the Englishers and the Amish. This book leaves you with a feeling of hope at the end. As a bonus there are a few Amish recipes in the back of the book.
Beth Wiseman's Plain Pursuit--An Enjoyable Read  Apr 20, 2010
In Plain Pursuit Beth Wiseman not only gives the reader a glimpse of Amish life, she also imparts a strong faith-in-God message. Ms. Wiseman's unique handling of shunning reveals the struggles of family members from both sides of the issue, something other Amish novels I've read had not addressed with such sensitivity and depth. Because Plain Pursuit is a romance, the plot follows the predictable romance format, but that doesn't detract from the story. The lovers' poignant journey draws the reader in, and plot twists keep the pages turning. The glossary of Pennsylvania Dutch words and the recipes adds a warm, homespun flavor.

Carley Malek, a Houston journalist, is forced by her editor to take a month's vacation because she is not recovering well from personal tragedy. She ends up spending several weeks with her friend, Lillian, who had converted to the Amish faith in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and married Samuel, a widower with a young teenage son, David. Carley only plans to rest and recuperate and take advantage of her time off to write an in-depth article about the Amish. But when David becomes critically ill, her quiet visit quickly turns to something else. At the hospital Carley meets Dr. Noah Stoltzfus, a man Lillian and Carley are stunned to learn is Samuel's shunned brother.

To accept God's calling on his life, Noah turned from his Amish faith and family during his teens. He also antagonized his family by writing a book that invaded their privacy, a big Amish no-no. He and Carley are immediately attracted to each other, and he hopes she'll be his go-between with Samuel and his other family members. But Carley is reluctant to agree, because she doesn't want to offend Samuel and Lillian. Even after Noah risks his life to save David, the shunning--a reality that wounds the hearts of all involved--hangs over the family like a dark shroud and gravely impacts everyone's life.

Plain Pursuit is loaded with tender love and aching conflict. One can't experience the Amish shunning without emotional upheaval, so strong elements of pride, selfishness, and resentment surface, but so do humility, selflessness, and forgiveness. And as the characters soul-search and repent, they learn to trust the Lord and surrender their wills to Him.

I found Plain Pursuit a highly enjoyable read. So much so that it provoked me to buy Plain Perfect to read Samuel's and Lillian's story too. I found it equally touching, and look forward to reading all the books in the "Daughters of Promise" series.

Disclaimer: In accordance with Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255, this book was sent to me directly from the publisher and as such constitutes compensation for my review. All opinions are strictly my own.

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