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A Plain and Simple Christmas [Kindle Edition]

Amy Clipston
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you’ll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman’s story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams … and secrets. You’ll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the “English” way of life—and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families.

In the tradition of her widely popular Kauffman Amish Bakery series, author Amy Clipston tells the tale of Anna Mae McDonough who was shunned by her family four years ago when she left her Amish community in Lancaster County, PA, to marry an “Englisher” (non Amish) man and move with him to Baltimore. Now, eight months pregnant when her first child, she longs to return home for Christmas to reconcile with her family, especially her stern father, who is the religious leader for her former Amish church district.

So Anne Mae writes a letter to Kathryn Beiler, her brother’s wife, to enlist her help. Kathryn asks her husband, David, if she should arrange Anna Mae’s visit. David cautions her that a visit would cause too much stress in the family and instead suggests they visit Anna Mae and her husband in the spring. However, Kathryn arranges the visit anyway, believing in her heart that it’s God’s will for the family to heal.

When Anna Mae arrives in Lancaster for Christmas, the welcome she receives is nothing like what she had hoped for.

A book filled with love, the pain of being separated from one’s family, and the determination to follow God’s will regardless of the outcome, A Plain and Simple Christmas is an inspiring page-turner that will keep you guessing what happens next … right to the very last page.


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Four years ago, Anna Mae McDonough married an 'Englisher' and left Lancaster, PA, to live in Baltimore. Now eight months pregnant, she longs for the family that shunned her when she left. Hoping for a reconciliation, Anna writes to her sister-in-law asking her to arrange a visit. But her homecoming is not as welcoming as she had hoped, leaving Anna to question the choices she made. VERDICT Clipston is the author of the popular 'Kauffman Amish Bakery' series (A Gift of Grave, A Promise of Hope), which also features the blending of two worlds. That series' widely popularity is sure to attract readers to this novella, and they won't be disappointed by the excellent writing and the story's wholesome goodness. -- Library Journal <br><br> (Library Journal)

About the Author

Amy Clipston is the bestselling author of A Gift of Grace and A Promise of Hope in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. She lives with her husband, Joe, and two sons in North Carolina.

Product Details

  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B005Q5VZTE
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 21, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V4B5A6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,994 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Christmas story! September 29, 2010
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A novella by Amy Clipston-A Plain & Simple Christmas is a warm-hearted,sweetly told story of an Amish family dealing with family problems at Christmas time.
The story begins with Anna Mae-who left her Amish family to marry an Englisher years before -yearning to spend time with her family at Christmas. Because of being shunned , the only contact she has had with her family is sending cards at Christmas. Alhough she loves her devout Christian husband ,Kellan, and is happy with her decision to marry him and move to Baltimore, there is a hole in her heart for family in Lancaster, PA. Her feelings are more acute because she is carrying her first child, and wants her child to know her family.
Anna Mae decides to write her sister-in-law Kathryn to see if she can help arrange for her to visit home. Despite knowing the problems such a visit would cause with Anna's father & her own husband, Kathryn believes it is God's will that the family should reconcile. A trip is arranged.
The story of the trip is well told . It is full of ups and downs and various twists and turns. I enjoyed the strong characters and the scenes of an Amish Christmas. I thought that how the characters dealt with one another, their families' problems and their faith was very inspiring.
I enjoyed reading this book very much & was often moved by what I read! I strongly recommend this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but that's about it January 1, 2011
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Anna Mae grew up Amish but was shunned when she left to marry outside the faith. Though she lives a Christian life with her new husband and is happy, she misses her family terribly and wants to visit them--especially as she is carrying her first child. So she writes to her sister-in-law Katherine for help arranging a visit. Anna Mae's brother, David, is opposed to the visit on the grounds that it will upset his and Anna Mae's father, a bishop. However, the plans go ahead over his wishes when Katherine arranges the visit.

That's the set-up for "A Plain and Simple Christmas," and that's pretty much the story. The rest you can fill in for yourself since there are no real surprises. I can see from the reviews that the majority of people liked the story, and I think that's wonderful. But it did not work all that well for me, and there are a few reasons why. To begin with, it seems to me that the Amish do not come across as, well, fully Amish. I am certainly no expert, but the novella sets up the premise that the men typically run the show and the women obey. Every important plot element, though, depends on the opposite, whether (as I noted in the plot summary), it is women disobeying their husbands directly or going against what they believe the men will want. To make it clear, I am not arguing that women should be subservient to men. I am, however, saying that the premise of the story and the actions of the characters did not ring true for me.

Still, this is a Christmas story of redemption and love, and there is always a tug at the heartstrings from such stories. I just found this one somewhat muted. Your mileage, though, may well vary.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comforting Christmas Read December 8, 2010
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Anna Mae McDonough is happily expecting a baby with her husband Kellan. Though excited at the impending birth of her first child, Anna Mae misses her family. They are Amish and unfortunately they have been forced to shun Anna Mae from their homes and hearts. However, when Anna Mae concocts a letter to her sister-in-law, Kathryn, pleading to come at Christmas and make peace, Kathryn cannot resist. Both know the father, Henry, a local bishop for the Amish in his county, will not be happy to see his daughter who wed a "stranger."

When Anna Mae and Kellan arrive at her family home only Kathryn's family welcomes her with open arms. The others are tentative and the father refuses to forgive despite that it is Christmas.

Will the birth of a baby bring about a miracle for this Amish family as it did for all Christian's years ago? This lovely book speaks to family love, fortitude, and forgiveness.

Sweet holiday read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this inspiring story November 17, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Anna Mae Beiler was shunned from her family when she married 'Englisher' Kellen McDonough three years ago. Although not Amish he is a good Christian man and they have made a good life for themselves. Anna finds herself wanting to reconcile with her family and thinks Christmas is a good time to do just that! Kellen agrees to take her home. But, when the visit doesn't go as planned she wonders if she will ever have a place in her family again.

Let me start by saying that Amish fiction isn't what I usually read but wanted to give this little story a try. Boy am I glad I did!! I really liked it! Novellas can sometimes feel too short but not so with this story. It didn't feel hurried at all. It was a very satisfying. The characters were so full of life. I enjoyed watching them work through some tough family issues in a practical way. I loved the interaction between Kellen and Anna Mae. Many times I found myself thinking that Anna Mae was certainly a lucky woman. The message of listening to the Lord and forgiving others was very clear. If you are looking for a wonderful and inspiring Christmas story I would highly recommend you pick up A Plain & Simple Christmas. It's a keeper for me. A thank you goes to LibraryThing Early Reviewers for this complimentary copy for review. For more information about this novella see [...].
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely read
I wonderful book so well written. It's a lesson for anyone. A very easy read
I couldn't put it down
Published 8 days ago by Linda Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 24 days ago by Sandra Huntsman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A sweet story of love and forgiveness. Read it at Christmas and reduce your stress.
Published 2 months ago by June Pugh
4.0 out of 5 stars Amy Clipston writes another sweet story about healing and forgiveness
Amy Clipston writes another sweet story about healing and forgiveness. Family relationships are sometimes complicated. Children Don't always live up to parents expectations. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marsha C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Relationships are never simple
Family relationships are tricky and often complicated but with God's guidance we can have harmony in a family. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda Joy Landreth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A beautiful Christmas story. Absolutely love A Plain and Simple Christmas
Published 3 months ago by Myrtle Thorn
5.0 out of 5 stars A Plain and Simple Christmas
A very good Christmas story or anytime story of how God answers prayer and works through others to do so. I enjoyed reading this book.
Published 6 months ago by Linda Knott
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, heart-warming story for Christmas!
What do you do when you leave your family behind… I mean, how do you just go on with life, never having any contact with them? Read more
Published 6 months ago by DJ Mynatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Learning about amish.
I wouldn't change anything. I will recommend. Amy's books to all my friends. We all like to read goof books.
Published 15 months ago by Eula Bowser
5.0 out of 5 stars A problem with my order of this book
still waiting for two more books that did not come for our book club at church this month of November
Published 16 months ago by sheila
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More About the Author

Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing "career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series with Zondervan, which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. An advocate for organ and blood donation, Amy donated a kidney in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant. Amy and her husband matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. Amy's memoir, A Gift of Love, will be available in early 2014. She hopes her story inspires others to become organ and blood donors. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats. You can find her on the web at www.AmyClipston.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmyClipstonBooks.

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