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Wiseman’s Land of Canaan series opener takes readers of Amish fiction to places they have never been before in more ways than one. The first Amish series to chronicle the plain life in the mountains of Colorado, Seek Me with All Your Heart tells the poignant story of Emily—a young Amish maiden trying desperately to escape the heartbreak that follows her from Ohio, and David, recently relocated against his will to a lonely land. Despite their best attempts at the solitary life that both are convinced they are destined to live, Emily and David soon find themselves drawn to each other. Through honest characters who possess resilient spirits, Wiseman joins the movement toward increased realism in Christian fiction. Admirers of Dale Cramer or Beverly Lewis will be swept up in this gentle romance that seeks to remind us broken hearts can be restored. --Elizabeth Ponder

About the Author

Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's The Promise is inspired by a true story. Website: www.bethwiseman.com Twitter: @bethwiseman Facebook: Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman

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Product Details

  • Series: A Land of Canaan Novel
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (October 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595548246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595548245
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.5 million books, her novels have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. She is a three-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and an INSPY Award winner. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series--Seek Me With All Your Heart--was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing into the year 2018, and she has published thirteen novels and thirteen novellas to date.

As a former newspaper reporter, Beth was honored by her peers with eleven journalism awards, including first place news writing for The Texas Press Association. She has been a humor columnist for The 1960 Sun in Houston and published articles in various publications. However, writing novels is where her heart is. She left her job as a journalist in 2008 to write novels fulltime.

Beth has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life, and while she plans to continue writing Amish love stories, she is also branching out into other areas. Her first non-Amish, contemporary--Need You Now--released in April 2012 and landed on the CBA Bestseller List. She enjoyed writing the story based in a town near where she lives, and she chose another small Texas town for her next non-Amish contemporary--The House that Love Built--which is based in Smithville, the same quaint town where movies such as Hope Floats and Tree of Life were filmed. Beth continued to spread her wings when she released The Promise in October 2014. Inspired by actual events, The Promise follows Beth's characters all the way to Pakistan. Beth was involved in the real-life rescue when her friend was held captive in Pakistan. Beth is currently working on book #2 in her new Amish Secrets series, tentatively titled Jacob's Ladder. Book #1--Her Brother's Keeper--recently released and was chosen as a Top Pick by RT Reviews Magazine.

Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying the country life in Texas with three dogs and a rooster. When she's not writing, she loves to travel, paint, and enjoy time with friends and family. You can find Beth at Fans of Beth Wiseman on Facebook where she interacts with readers and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bethwiseman.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melanchthon VINE VOICE on December 26, 2010
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A bittersweet story of redemption as a young Amish girl who's been assaulted and a young Amish man who's survived a severe health crisis find their way to each other despite their problems. There's a happy ending for them, but not necessarily for other characters, who experience a series of problems.

Pluses: the characters in the series are not idealized. Amish people are just as subject to the normal problems of human life, which include health, crime, relationships, dealing with life stages. I also appreciated that the novel dealt with a growing experience in Amish communities: the move away from the traditional historical settlements in Pennsylvania and the Midwest to other areas where land is cheaper or supervision of the churches is less stringent. Despite the fact that the plot of this story is clearly that of a traditional romance, the story itself does not take a romantic view of the world.

Negatives: I still find it hard to read these novels about Amish people written by non-Amish. This one has no severe errors in discussion of the Amish way of life itself, but the interior lives of the characters are described in a way that makes it seem like the Amish way of thinking about life, the universe/salvation and the self is just the same as ours. This may be true on the very fringes of the Amish community (which this book discusses) but as to elsewhere, it's not really accurate. The relationship of the self to the community in the Amish world is strongly in contrast to that in the English world, and this book hides that completely.

But it was a good read, nice to cuddle up in bed with on a winter night.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By (Sunshine) Judy K Burgi on October 14, 2010
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I have read all of Beth Wiseman's books! This new series promises to be another winner! Relocating some of the characters from previous books (Daughters of Paradise) was an excellent idea. It is a good lesson to all readers to learn, that with God's help and the love of family and friends we can over come personal trials and tribulations. All readers of this book have had similar stories I'm sure. It is extremely hard to wait for the next book to be published!

Keep them coming Beth!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By strangswife on October 14, 2010
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Beth Wiseman's Seek Me With All Your Heart is a great start to her brand new series. You join the Stoltzfu family, Lillian, Samuel, David, and the girls after their journey from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Canaan, Colorado.
Upon arriving things seem worse than they expected, but trusting in God brings them through.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I am not usually a fast reader, but Beth's books are easy to read. If you haven't picked up this book, I highly recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AuburnTygr on March 24, 2011
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I just didn't like this book.....
I read the book several weeks ago and put off writing my review because I didn't really like it and wanted to read again to see if I changed my mind. I have read and enjoyed several books by Beth Wiseman unfortunately this is not one of them. My first impressions were that the book was very busy...there seems to be too many story lines and characters to try and keep up with. Mysteries are hinted at but dragged out too long. The reader can easily figure out what is going to happen or what has happened well before it's revealed. The characters also have an unreal feel to them and don't seem to fit with the Amish Culture, ie: an unruly at times rude 7 year old, well established members of the church worrying and complaining about circumstances, seeking justice for a crime when the Amish reportedly don't prosecute by English laws, a mother who continues to act as if nothing has happened after the family is touched with violence.
After deciding it was time to write my review I began to read the book again and I'm just as disappointed. I got really tired of the same story line dragging on and on and on....
The one enjoyable part to the book was the humorous English characters and their interaction with the families.
I really like Beth Wiseman and think she is a great author but this book just didn't appeal to me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joanna M VINE VOICE on October 3, 2011
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After being raped and brutally attacked, young Emily Detweiller believes she is unworthy for marriage. Despite her parents' reassurances that the sin lies with her attacker, not with her, Emily continues to be haunted by memories of that terrible night months later. Also, premarital sex of any kind goes against everything Emily has ever been taught as an Amish, so she feels she is unclean.

Three months later, the Detweillers have moved from their Ohio home to a new Amish settlement in Canaan, Colorado, hoping to escape the past. There, Emily meets David Stolzfus, a young man whose family has also hoped to begin a new life. David, too, believes he is unfit to marry, because he underwent a kidney transplant at age 15 and believes he will not live much longer.

Though David and Emily are immediately attracted to one another, they stubbornly refuse to let anything more than friendship bloom, due to their own individuals reasons -- which they in turn refuse to share with one another.

Meanwhile, David's aunt Katie Ann and uncle Ivan, who moved to Canaan with the Stolzfuses, are also hoping a new home will help heal their marriage. After years of obsessing over the baby she can never have led to Ivan's affair, Katie Ann longs to bring her husband of nearly 20 years back to her. She only hopes that it isn't too late.

Although the story is rather predictable from the onset, Wiseman writes likeable and believable characters, who struggle with problems and feelings that any reader is bound to identify with.
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