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This special reprinting of two of Beth Wiseman’s heart-warming Amish country romances gives you more than 600 pages of compelling, compassionate drama from her classic ‘Land of Canaan’ series. An book for the bedside and a gift to introduce another to faith inspired romantic fiction, this double-story volume gives you the opening novels of this epic saga of faith, loyalty, tribulations and renewal in the Amish Detweiler family.
‘Seek Me with All Your Heart’ gives you an insight into the lives of an Amish family faced with tragedy and hardship. Taking the bold step to leave their beloved Lancaster County homeland, they bravely journey west. Resettling in Canaan, Colorado, they hope the distance will help erase their painful memories. But for David Stoltzfus, Canaan is not the ‘promised land’ he’d hoped for until he meets Emily, who stirs his heart and turns his mind to the future. With difficult situations honestly and realistically presented, this is a novel with humour, romance, tragedy and many lessons of life and faith.
‘The Wonder of Your Love’ continues the story that beagan with the Stolzfus and Detweiler family in the Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. Eli and Katie Ann are at the opposite ends of their family raising lives. At forty, Katie is widowed and raising her first. Widower, Eli, is looking to a slower pace of life after raising six children on his own. But when they meet, there is an instant connection as their friendship blossoms with romantic inklings on both sides. Katie Ann and Eli question if the plans they made for themselves are in line with God’s plans.
From the author of the Amish series, ‘Daughters of the Promise’, this two novel value edition combines the adventure of seeking God with the romance and excitement of finding your true path – and true partner in love and life. “Wiseman’s voice is consistently compassionate and her words flow smoothly.” – Publisher’s Weekly.
Seek Me Wonder Of Your Love 2 In 1 by Beth Wiseman was published by Thomas Nelson in October 2012 and is our 19171st best seller. The ISBN for Seek Me Wonder Of Your Love 2 In 1 is 9781401687557.
“I don't know how she does it, but Beth Wiseman has got this incredible way of getting me emotionally invested with all of her stories. I find myself cheering for their successes, and empathizing with their heartbreaks like they were real people...” - A Reader Review.
“Seek Me With All Your Heart” is a heart-stirring story of second chances and learning to trust God in difficult circumstances. You won’t want to miss the start of this new Amish series. – Colleen Coble, best selling author of ‘The Lighkeeper’s Bride’ and the ‘Rock Harbour’ series.
“In “Seek Me With All Your Heart,” Beth Wiseman offers readers a heart-warming story filled with complex characters and deep emotions. I instantly loved Emily and eagerly turned each page. Anxious to learn more about her past - and what future the Lord had in store for her.” – Shelley Chepard Gray, bestselling author of The Seasons of Sugarcreek’ series.
“Wiseman has done it again! Beautifully compelling, “Seek Me With All Your Heart”, is a heart-warming story of faith, family and renewal. Her characters and descriptions are captivating, bringing the story to life with the turn of every page.” – Amy Clipston, bestselling author of “A Gift of Grace”.
There are few more intriguing communities and ways of life than that of the Amish and Mennonite communities of Pennsylvania and the surrounding US states. Settling there almost 300 years ago, they have maintained their identity and independence, acquiring an almost mythical status. It’s not easy – and unfair to generalise about these communities, but here are a few ‘facts’ that make these communities unique and precious.
Amish children only go to school through to the American 8th grade – that’s about age 12 to 13. All grades attend together in a one-room school house. Amish children (and adults) often ride around on scooters as a means of transport – though not the motorised variety! Amish boys and girls begin their search for a spouse when they turn 16. During this time, their given a lot of lee-way to ‘run wild’ - known as the ‘rumschpringe’, and they might even own and drive cars for a while. However, all this ends when they marry and accept their place in, and commitment to, the community’s faith and traditions.
‘Old Order’ Amish are forbidden to own cars but travel around in their iconic horse-drawn buggies, though they are permitted to accept rides from Englischers – the word for non-Amish people from outside their German-Dutch speaking communities. The strictest communities don’t use electricity as it is a connection to the outside world. Most families have a gas range, but a few still use wood-burning stoves to cook, heat food, and for warmth.
A typical Amish day, if there is one, begins around 4:30 am with everyone turning in for the night around 8:30 pm. Keeping separate from the outside world is getting more difficult. There are no phones in the houses, but some families have one in the barn and all buggies must have lights and indicators out on the road. As well as the buggies, Amish beards and bonnets are the most noticeable features of community members. An Amish man does not shave his characteristic beard after he is married but moustaches are forbidden. Amish women never cut their hair and keep it covered in a scarf or bonnet depending on the traditions of the order.
‘Old Order’ church services are held every other Sunday in the homes or barns of families who take turns hosting the service. There is no dedicated church building or property, and any hymns and all Bible readings are spoken in an old German dialect. The ‘Ordnung’ is the written and unwritten rule of the Amish. This lays down the expected behaviour by which the Amish are expected to live. It is passed down from generation to generation and most Amish know the Ordnung by heart.
If you’re thinking of visiting an Amish community, remember that it’s considered disrespectful to photograph Amish people. Like everything in their lifestyle, this is based on a biblical reference. The Amish represent an adherence to way of life disappeared from most of the western world. It might appear anachronistic, but it is a lifestyle choice. The Amish communities are not a theme park or a tourist attraction for the amusement of ‘modern’ society. Indeed, they are every bit as ‘modern’ as the communities of London or The Amazon, New York or The Steppes, Singapore or The Congo, Tokyo or the Sudan, and as such are deserving of respect rather than mere curiosity. – Les Ellison
Beth Wiseman was already an award winning journalist before a personal crisis which, she says, tested and strengthened her faith. Her agent suggested that Beth’s experiences might be shared to the benefit of readers through Christian faith based creative novels - particularly through the genre of Amish fiction. Encouraged by her agent, Beth began exploring the Amish lifestyle and soon developed a great love and appreciation for their much more peaceful way of life. In 2008 Wiseman wrote her debut novel, ‘Plain Perfect’, featuring the Amish lifestyle within the context of a fictional love story. Straight away, it was a bestseller, a pattern that all her future full-length novels and short story novellas would follow. Although not Amish herself, she has Amish connections with friends in the communities of Pennsylvania and in Colorado, the setting for her ‘Land of Canaan’ series that includes ‘Seek Me With All of Your Heart’ and ‘The Wonder of Your Love’.
However, Beth doesn’t write only Amish fiction. ‘Need You Now’ is her first non-Amish novel, and she is confident it will not be the last. Beth is already making plans to write a second contemporary novel in the near future. Like Need You Now, it will also be set in small-town Texas, a familiar background she thoroughly loves exploring and writing about.
Beth’s novels have won honours from the CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) and the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) bestseller lists, The INSPY Awards for Amish Fiction, Carol Awards and Inspirational Readers Choice Awards. ‘Seek Me with All Your Heart’ was the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Today, she and her husband are empty nest parents of two grown sons, enjoying the country lifestyle and living happily with two dogs, two cats, two pot-bellied pigs, two chickens and a single pygmy goat in a small community in South Central Texas. When Beth isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, travelling, and watching good movies. Her favourite pastimes, however, are painting and spending time with friends and family.
This specially printed double edition gives you two novels from Beth Wisman’s ‘Land of Canaan’ Amish series. ‘Seek Me with All Your Heart’ and ‘The Wonder of Your Love’ follow two Amish families through difficult community and personal situations with honesty and compassion, grace and humour. Through tragedy and romance they find God also has plans for their lives and loves.
|Author / Artist||Beth Wiseman|
|Book Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publisher||Thomas Nelson (October 2012)|
|Number of Pages||608|
|Page last updated||11th November 2018|