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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Friday, April 22, 2011

Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer

Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer is the story of Marianna Sommer, a 19-year-old of Amish girl from Indiana. She is ready to join the church and marry Aaron Zook, except for one problem. Her parents plan to move to Montana and desire Marianna to move with them.

She struggles with being a dutiful daughter, but also wanting to soon start a family of her own. Will Aaron wait for her during the months of separation? Upon arrival in Montana, Marianna meets Ben Stone. Even though friendship with an Englischer is frowned upon, Ben draws her heart and also shares his love for God. Marianna begins to question what being in community really means.

This is the first book in Tricia Goyer's Big Sky Amish series. I found this story to be a delightful read. The story interweaves Marianna's struggle to accept the circumstances of her birth, and the weight she has carried since then.

Tricia Goyer is hosting a special giveaway with the release of this book. Check out her website: If you are interested in watching a trailer for this book, follow this link: And finally, here is a link, to purchase Tricia's book:

This book was provided free by B & H Publishing Group for review.

The photos below show Tricia Goyer, the front cover of her new book, as well as Amish salt and pepper shakers which are included in her giveaway.

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