Irene and Ora Jay Eash with Tricia Goyer
When their daughters are killed in a tragic accident, Irene and Ora Jay Eash seek comfort in their Amish community. What they find is a culture that points the finger at them searching for sins or transgressions that may have caused this accident to happen. While looking for grace, they find the quality and quantity of their good works in question. Gradually, through interactions with those outside their own faith community, that God is a God of grace and that his love is not based on our works. As they begin to see that what they have been taught their entire lives may not be the whole truth, they struggle with how to embrace this new life they’ve discovered while trying to maintain at least a small connection with their family.
I’ve read a lot of books about the Amish, both fiction and non-fiction, but I’ve never read anything quite like this. While it can often seem like the Amish have it all together and are very religious, we often don’t see the whole picture. It was interesting to read something from the perspective of those who have lived in that community, but left and found freedom in Christ. It is not a book that just bashes the Amish, but it does give readers a look at what their religious, legalistic lives are really like. It took great faith and courage for Irene and Ora Jay to leave the Amish community, but what they discovered on the outside was freedom and grace that they’d never have seen otherwise. This was a beautiful story of courage and grace that kept me interested and engaged the entire time I was reading.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.