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An Amish Family Christmas [Kindle Edition]

Murray Pura
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Book Description

After tragedy strikes the family of young Naomi Bachman, her sister-in-law Rebecca Bachman does all she can to help. But things get complicated when Micah—Rebecca’s brother and Naomi’s husband—returns from a combat tour in Afghanistan. He is under the Meidung—the shunning—because of his enlistment, and none of the Amish are permitted to speak to him or eat with him, even his wife Naomi. How then can this young couple, still in love, ever find happiness? How can the healing process even begin when Micah refuses to repent of what he has done? Still, God has a way of working on the hearts of His people—especially at Christmastime. At just the right time, events conspire to birth a miracle that may set things right for Naomi and Micah—and for the Amish community itself. Here is a warm and tender story of faithfulness, love, and reconciliation at the most wonderful time of the year.

Editorial Reviews


"An Amish Family Christmas had some wow moments. I literally couldn't put this book down. If you are looking for a different sort of Amish story this Christmas, then An Amish Family Christmas is one to consider."
--Laura V. Hilton, author of Awakened Love

"Murray Pura brings a tender topic to the forefront as he often does in the excellent stories he writes featuring the Amish culture. He moves readers' hearts to new levels and makes them think about their own standards."
--JudyAnn Lorenz

"You will be captivated by the emotional struggles of Naomi."
—Melissa Friesen

About the Author

Murray Pura was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, just north of the Dakotas and Minnesota. His first novel was released in Toronto in 1988 and was a finalist for the Dartmouth Book Award. Since that time he has published ten more novels, two collections of short stories, and several nonfiction titles including the Zondervan books Rooted and Streams and the Baker devotional Majestic & Wild. He has been a finalist for several awards in the US and Canada and in 2012 won the Word Award of Toronto for Best Historical Novel. Murray lives and writes in southwestern Alberta and is currently published by Barbour, Baker, Harper One, Zondervan, and Harvest House - he works with publishers in Canada, America, the UK, and Holland. His releases for 2013 include the novels: Ashton Park, The Rose of Lancaster County, A Road Called Love, Seven Oaks, The Painted Sky, Whispers of a New Dawn, Beneath the Dover Sky, The Name of the Hawk, and An Amish Family Christmas. His diverse writing spans many genres including: historical fiction, contemporary fiction, literary fiction, romance, adventure, western, suspense, fantasy, Amish, and inspirational. Most of his work is available in ebook format for Kindle, Kobo, and Nook as well as in paperback. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 280 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0736952373
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (October 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ET7Q4MI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! September 23, 2013
In An Amish Family Christmas, author Murray Pura weaves a magical Yuletide tale, set amidst a beautiful, snow covered Amish community in Paradise, Pennsylvania--where Christmas "tis not the season to be jolly" for one grieving Amish family.

Naomi Bachman has lost everyone who matters most in her life and is seemingly without hope. Her parents and sister have been recently killed in a buggy accident which has also left her brother, Luke, in a catatonic state--unable to speak or care for himself. Her husband, Micah, may as well be dead also, for the Amish elders have placed him under the meindung, or shunning, for joining the military in Afghanistan. Naomi is not allowed any fellowship with him at all and cannot speak or partake of meals with him.

Micah feels that God called him to serve in the war as a medic--to nurse the wounded back to health and those near death's door, back to life again. No one understands, not even Naomi who seeks to shut him out of her heart and life. But will a Christmas miracle occur during this most wonderful time of the year, bringing reconciliation and changing the minds of this strict community?...and will Naomi's heart open up to love once again?

As with all of Murray Pura's books I had major trouble putting this one down! Although a wonderful Christmas story filled with romance, miracles, and a beautiful, seasonal setting--this book also causes one to think deeply about man-made rules versus the Bible. Aren't we all called to obey God rather than serve others in whatever capacity He lays upon our hearts? But what if that calling removes the people we love the most...furthest from our lives? Make sure to throw another log on the fire, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and snuggle up with this tender, heartwarming story of healing and God's faithfulness! Nicely done, Murray Pura!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amish Delight! September 22, 2013
By sparky
In this newest book, An Amish Family Christmas, author Murray Pura captures the reader's attention from the very first sentence! This is a heart-warming tale of a young Amish couple: Naomi, whose family has recently been killed in an accident, and her husband Micah, who has just returned from the war after a year's absence. When the two meet for the first time after this long separation, Naomi insists that "she has no husband." His decision to go to war and serve as a medic has brought on the Amish tradition of shunning. So, even though he has returned, Micah is still shunned by the community. Naomi cannot see him, speak to him, take meals with to her, she truly does "have no husband."

The sister-in-law, Rebecca, is both friend to Naomi and counsel to her brother. She does everything she can think of to help the couple.

The marvelous aspect of this story is that the reader knows how hopeless this situation is for both Naomi and Micah. But throughout the story, evidence of God's grace presents itself time and time again.
This is a warm, sweet, tender love story centered around true love, faith in God, and best of all, redemption. A short volume and an easy read....a little gem!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing story October 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Young Micah has returned from Iraq where he felt called by God to heal wounded soldiers. But there is one very big problem--Micah is Amish. Amish do not believe in fighting in wars and do not allow their church members to serve in the military in any capacity--even healing. Naomi's family has been killed and her surviving brother, Luke, is in a catatonic state. Naomi and her friend and sister-in-law, Rebecca, work to restore Luke to full health and Micah returns from the war. The church puts him under the bann when he refuses to say that he was wrong to serve in the war as a medic. Micah and Naomi can not speak or even sleep in the same room. They long to be together as a husband and wife are meant to be. Can they change the Ordnung ? Will Luke ever speak again or get up and walk?
MY REVIEW: This is a very compelling story. I felt the agony that Micah and Naomi were experiencing as Murray Pura's words are so descriptive and heartfelt. I have read many Amish Christmas stories and this one is far different from all of the others. I simply can not imagine enduring a shunning of my own spouse! Micah has been away from his wife and family for a year and he and Naomi long to hold each other. They are forbidden to do so. I will be honest and say that I do not think I could obey the rules of the Amish church in this respect. I value many of their practices and beliefs but not this one! So, to be preparing to celebrate Christmas, it would lack joy and wonder for me with shunning being practiced. I was eager to read this book and when I had to stop to do housework, I was anxious to get back to my kindle to see how Murray Pura resolves these incredible conflicts. This story shows God's forgiveness and miracles, for sure and certain. The bann is dealt with honestly and accurately.
I received a free kindle version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Christmas Novella! September 30, 2013
Naomi Bachman is grieving the passing of her parents and sister after a tragic accident. Her brother Luke was wounded in the accident and lost the control over his limbs and the ability to speak. Her husband Micah was gone on a tour of duty in Afghanistan while the tragedy occurred. Sister-in-law Rebecca is staying with Naomi and is doing her best to help and encourage her.

Naomi doesn't know what to think of her husband. She doesn't understand why he left her to go to war and broke the rules of the Ordnung by enlisting.
When Micah comes home, he is shunned and not allowed to speak or eat with other Amish. He is living under the same roof with his wife, but cannot speak to her, touch her, nor eat with her. The shunning will be lifted as soon as he repents of having gone to war, but Micah cannot repent because he felt it was God who sent him there to do the work of a medic and save people's lives.

Christmas is nearing and letters and postcards from grateful family members of soldiers, whose lives Micah had saved, start to arrive. Naomi is beginning to see another side of her husband by reading the letters and notes and slowly she starts to understand some of the reasons why he enlisted. She takes the mail to the bishop, hoping that he will also be touched by reading the letters and will do something to stop the shunning. She prayes that hearts and rules will be changed.

When an accident occurs in their community, and Micah rushes to offer his help, will it change the thinking of the Ministers of the Amish church, or will it only make Micah's predicament worse?

Such a captivating and moving story! Once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Amish fiction. Great author. Highly recommend.
Published 3 days ago by M. Sciuchetti
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story To Touch Your Heart!
This was such a heartwarming story. I was tearing up after a few pages in. Toward the end, more tears! Read more
Published 22 days ago by (Sunshine) Judy K Burgi
5.0 out of 5 stars yes, five stars!
I rarely give fiction five stars, but this was a wonderful book and very life like. The people, the situation, the way things couldn't change...the way they did change. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lana Frazier
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
Boring with a capital B.
Published 3 months ago by Smitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book!
Published 4 months ago by Jeanie
3.0 out of 5 stars An Amish Family Christmas
I would have appreciated more details in the description of how the women managed the farm when they were living there without the entire family. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lynne G. Freund
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise but angst became repetitive
This was a sweet read, with an interesting premise. The characters angst became repetitive as time drew on in the story, and the way the plot wrapped up was a little contrived. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Heidi Reads...
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amish Family Christmas
I loved this book. It goes to show that all walks of life have their troubles. It shows how if you put your faith ti work and trust in the Lord you can overcome anything.
Published 10 months ago by CAndice BUdd
5.0 out of 5 stars A story filled with love and God's faithfulness
I saved this book to read during the Christmas season, and I'm so glad I did. This story gets inside the hearts of the Amish people as they deal with loss and trials to their... Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. Kimble
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book that Will Make You Believe in Christmas Miracles!
"An Amish Family Christmas" has to be one of my very favorite Christmas books, and I love Murray's writing style! You will get sucked in, and don't want it to ever end. Read more
Published 10 months ago by SeaAmish
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