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Beside Still Waters (A Big Sky Novel Book 1) by [Goyer, Tricia]
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About the Author

Tricia Goyer is an acclaimed and prolific writer, publishing hundreds of articles in national magazines including Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family while authoring more than twenty-five fiction and nonfiction books combined. Among those are 3:16 Teen Edition with Max Lucado and the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award winners Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights. She has also written books on marriage and parenting and contributed notes to the Women of Faith Study Bible. Tricia lives with her husband and four children in Arkansas.


Product Details

  • File Size: 649 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group (December 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SBPF52
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This is not your typical Amish romance novel. Hooray! In Beside Still Waters, Tricia Goyer looks beyond the usual Amish-story stereotypes. Rather than contrasting the Amish and Englischer differences, with the Amish being "good" and the Englischers being "bad", it shows the likenesses shared by the two Christian communities. I found the positive contrasts quite refreshing.

Marianna, the story's main character, went from upholding the tradition of her faith simply for tradition's sake, to scrutinizing her values and beliefs and coming to terms with why she believes the way she does. Marianna also had to decide whether or not she could be Amish while living in a primarily Englischer community. To me the romance in this book was not whether Marianna would choose Aaron or Ben, but whether or not she would choose a close and personal relationship with God.
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I've never really been one to follow trends, so when an author ventures into such a "popular" genre as Amish fiction I tend to be a bit skeptical. What a pleasant surprise to read Beside Still Waters and find something quite extraordinary! Along with Tricia Goyer's main character Marianna Sommers, we journey from a traditional Amish story set in a typical Amish community like we've all seen and read about to a small mountain community in Montana, full of beautiful scenery and new possibilities. Goyer's characters are seemingly so real, each with a personality a result of an earlier trauma and sorrow buried under years of grief. This story is more than a literal journey of finding a new life, it gives us a glimpse into the heart and soul of people finding their way back from pain and loss, through the mercy and grace of a loving God.
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Having grown up amish I usually have a gripe with how most authors depict the amish in their fiction books. So much of their stuff is not current or is exagerated. Tricia Goyers book are the most acurate amish fiction books that I have ever read. And I love how she can take me back to my roots with her stories. You have got to read this series!!!
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3.5 Stars

Marianna was born the night her two older sisters where tragically killed in a buggy accident. She has grown up always feeling like she can't measure up to her dead sisters. Now as a young woman she is excited to hopefully marry Aaron and start a family of her own and get out from under the shadow of her sisters memory. Before she can though her parents decide to move to Montana for a year. Marianna's mother is expecting a baby so Marianna agrees to go alone for 6 months to help. While in Montana she meets an Englisch man named Ben who makes her look at her life and spirituality differently. Will she return to Aaron to start the life she has dreamed of or will she stay in Montana with her family?

This book was a good opener to the series. Since all three books are going to be about Marianna there is lots of time for character development. I do wish there had been a little more time spent on both Aaron and Ben. Considering they will be main characters for all three books I felt we really did not get to know them very well. They both got a few short pages here and there but not near as much development. This book leaves you wondering in the end about Marianna and her romantic choices. I admit half way through the book I had already picked the one I want her to end up with and I have to wait till book three to see who she does indeed choose.

I think this series would be better to have Marianna's story in book 1 followed by her older brother for the next book etc. I really like the storyline but feel three books is dragging it out a little. I am interested to see if book two and three will be as interesting as the first. I am looking forward to the rest of the series to see how things pan out for this family.
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Format: Paperback
A life overshadowed with the weight of tragic events, Marianna tries to be the perfect daughter and perfect Amish child. This is an astounding book and offers a new view of the Amish community. Never had I realized the weight of what it must feel like to have to follow such strict rules (the ordnung) or how this would stifle ones spirit. Until reading this book the Amish had always been presented as dealing with tragedy with grace and mercy and love. However, in this story one sees the effects of the law on these people. There is no grace to be found only watchful eyes on every move. The Sommer family leaves their community for the Montana mountains seeking the truth and peace. This is the beginning of a redemption that only the realization of God's grace can bring. For the first time in her life Marianna is faced with decisions that will alter forever the course of her life. She must choose to follow God or to stick to the familiar life of her old Amish community - to embrace a personal relationship with the Creator or continue in the laws of the Amish. Absolutely beautiful! I can not wait for the second book in this series to be released. I want to see how this story continues to unfold!

An added surprise is the recipes in the back of the book. A lover a new recipes - this really appealed to me. My family loved the Amish casserole.

Thank you B&H Publishing for this review copy.
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