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The Narrow Path [Kindle Edition]

Gail Sattler
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Book Description

<span style="font-size:
13px;">The Narrow
style="font-size: 11pt;">is a story about a
couple who must face their differences and learn to work together as they look
toward a lifetime of love. Miranda Klassen’s
Mennonite church is big and modern and she loves the mixture of faith, action, and
activity. But in order to follow her dream she moves across the country to a small
town to organize the 75th anniversary celebration of an Old
Order Mennonite church. Ted Wiebe has been assigned to assist and guide Miranda,
feeling good that his church has chosen another Mennonite. But except for sharing
the same basic faith and denomination, their churches have nothing else in common.
His church embraces old-style roots, so Ted expects to find someone similar at the
airport: a woman who never wears pants, no body piercing (including pierced ears),
no makeup, and wearing a head covering as a sign of modesty, someone else who lives
in accordance with old-fashioned values. But the woman who acknowledges him is
wearing unreasonably high and outlandishly expensive shoes, denim jeans, and makeup,
including bright red lipstick. As she gets off the plane she’s fiddling with an iPod
and yapping on the cell phone. When Miranda enters Ted’s church and community she
feels like she’s been transported back into Little House On The
. Ted is supposed to help Miranda fit in, and Miranda is supposed
to help his church reach out into the community. When it’s time to start planning
and organizing for the celebration, then the fun really begins.





Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Sattler (Hearts in Harmony) offers her large fan base a story where unlike meets dislike. Although both Miranda Klassen and Ted Wiebe are part of the Mennonite church, these two young adults couldn't be any different. Inside out and outside in, Miranda and Ted look different (she's modern, he's Old Order conservative) and think different (she's into electronic gadgets, he's into plain and simple). Thrown together when Miranda is hired to organize Ted's Old Order Mennonite church's anniversary celebration, each balks at the other's mode of living. Once Ted gets past Miranda's red earrings, insanely high heels, and cellphone, and sees her heart for God, things begin to thaw between the two. With a bevy of delightful characters, Sattler takes what could be just another toss 'em together and it will all work out in the end faith-based romance and makes it something more, much more. Winsome and warm, this story tickles the funny bone and teases the heart in equal measure. (May)
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About the Author

Gail Sattler is the author of numerous novels, novellas, gift books, cookbooks and devotions. She is a longstanding member of East Ridge Community Fellowship, a Mennonite Brethren church. She lives and writes in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. For more information about Gail, check out her websites at and

Product Details

  • File Size: 1010 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 142670237X
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (June 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CRT7U6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read April 30, 2010
What intrigued me about reading this novel? Well, it's a romance about Mennonites. Don't look so shocked. Mennonites can fall in love as well as the next guy or gal. I know. It's my cultural heritage. But Gail Sattler added a twist. The hero, Ted Wiebe, is an Old Order Mennonite, not to be confused with Amish. Ted's community near Minneapolis is portrayed as quite modern, though the women wear head coverings in public. Not that they're in public much. For the most part, they're traditional housewives, wearing dresses. One thing about Ted's people, though. They care about their community and want to reach them for Jesus.

Enter the heroine, Miranda Klassen, who's been hired by Ted's church to help write and direct an outreach. Ted's pretty sure she'll be a fine upstanding young woman. After all, she's Mennonite, too, even though she's from a large church in Seattle. How different can they be?

[Cue the laugh line music here.]

Not only does Miranda not wear demure dresses and a head covering--or even sensible shoes for a Minnesota winter--she reads the Bible on her cell phone. (I've downloaded three different Bible version apps myself since Miranda gave me the idea!) Even Ted has to admit that her heart's in the right place, though they repeatedly clash over how this outreach program will be developed. What he never expects is that her heart will capture his.

The bumpy path this romance takes had me reading on my cell phone (ironic, eh?) as I walked my dog up and down our country road. Honestly. I enjoyed it that much. If I had a hard copy, I'd loan it to you.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much Fun I couldn't Put It down! March 16, 2011
I absolutely loved this story line! It was so humorous from the very beginning! Ted is so traditional, in his faith. And Miranda a carefree girl that loves her life and her faith the way it is. The juxtaposition of the black hat, suspenders, and boots, vs the semi tight blue jeans, red high heels and lipstick was way too funny. I could just picture all of this happening in a movie.
And Ted being so dead set she should go back home, and everyone else seemingly liking her for who she was.
It is so true of how we judge people ourselves sometimes, and how ridiculous we must seem to others. There was so much flirting going on even when it wasn't obvious. You kind of felt they had that love hate feeling, but non the less laughing the whole time. They both where just fun characters. And when he thought he should fatten her up, oh my goodness, classic. The root beer floats were awesome and the dinners in his office were even more great. He was already was in love, but was too afraid to act on it. Him trying to get her to step on the freight scales. And her blurp, that he was not a stud muffin! I loved Stud Muffin- way too cute! But his kindness, far outweighed his outward emotions. Miranda was the same. You could just feel how much she loved him, and of course she loved how he looked in his black brim hat.! She mentioned that one more than once! There was so much fun with the cameras, the visit to the aquarium, and of course, the first kiss!! WoW! finally, finally He Kissed her and yes, she kissed him back! But boy, we really had to wait a while till the next kiss. But it was worth it!!
Could not put it down!!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
The ending was what really made this story shine. It started out a bit slow and it wasn't until I was about halfway through the story that I started to really care one way or the other. I felt her frustrations at times and enjoyed the way Ted comforted her when she was hurting and how he tried to be a true friend. I enjoyed that the conflict was so black and white at times, but on occasion it also felt a bit like shoving a square peg into a round hole. Sometimes you could feel that it was a bit forced, like her reason for being at Piney Meadows in the first place.

At any rate, it was a sweet love story and I really enjoyed how everything came together at the end. The story was downright romantic. And those few kisses that were shared. Wow! They set the pages on fire because they were the result of restrained passion. That's my favorite kind...the type that builds and builds until it finally happens. :) And it's even better when it is surrounding an emotional situation, like when Miranda was so discouraged.

I loved how the author showed the strengths and weaknesses of both characters and how Ted didn't realize at first how much Miranda really did have strong faith in Christ. Why? Because he was determining her depth of faith based on her outward appearance. The scene where she tearfully responded as she sang the lyrics of the hymn was profound and emotionally moving. I loved how this situation started to really change Ted's perspective about real worship and how he realized everything he'd done recently had been more out of habit than from his heart. I loved how Miranda's faith stirred Ted's. She made him want to be a better man.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Narrow Path February 24, 2012
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I am not Mennonite but happen to have ancestors that were Mennonite. I can't comment on the realism of the book, that is, did it stay true to Mennonite culture. However, I enjoyed the book. It's not your average romance, but I think that's what I liked about it. The characters were likeable, and the story kept my interest. I would definitely recommend this book to others who enjoy inspirational romance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Polar opposites, Miranda and Ted can barely find anything ...
Polar opposites, Miranda and Ted can barely find anything to agree on. Until they discover they aren't so different after all.
Published 6 days ago by L. Hervey
4.0 out of 5 stars I read this in just a day. An interesting ...
I read this in just a day. An interesting study of a different religion.
Published 6 months ago by L. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars This Book if Fair
This book is fair. Sometimes it seems choppy and doesn't flow well. But overall it is good. No regrets in reading it.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
This was one book I could not hardly put down. It was excellent reading. I recommend it to everyone who enjoys clean novels
Published 12 months ago by Rena
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
Put his is the first time I have read this authors's work. I will look forward to more in the future.
Published 13 months ago by Judith Wallace
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Good Read
This was a fairly interesting book. It left way to much to the imagination. The ending was abrupt. It could have been better with more of a leading into the final chapter.
Published 13 months ago by D. Wiggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great story I really loved the ending. Hope the next one is as good as this one was.
Published 13 months ago by C. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars The Narrow Path by Gail Sattler
This is a lovely, yet predictable story. It is very enjoyable just the same. Thanks for sharing this gift with us.
Published 16 months ago by bikergirl58
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story.
Initially, I chose to read this book because one of the main characters had the same name as my brother. Also, I grew up going to a Mennonite Brethren church. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Belle
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a okay, but...
I found it a little stereotypical. The climax wasn't very climactic and the main, female character was slightly annoying and unbelievable. Read more
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