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Levi's Will Paperback – Bargain Price, October 1, 2009
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"Levi's Will" is equally engaging. I was caught up in the story of young Will Mullet, an Amish kid, who runs away from home to avoid the wrath of his father. This decision leads him on a path of deception which will cause a decades-long divide between Will and his Amish kin. Along the way, he sees the evil of WWII and discovers love. His lies catch up with him, though, resulting in a masterful--and humorous--scene between Will and his wife, a southern woman with a backbone to match his own.
The last half of the book feels somewhat inevitable, yet Cramer draws us deeper into the nuances of his characters and the Amish lifestyle, and to his credit he still manages to generate emotional response. Lessons of love and forgiveness are learned, bridging the hurt of three generations; the hearts of fathers and sons are moved toward eachother; and the hypocrisy of religion is revealed, while the possibility of knowing a personal God is presented as an honor.
Once again, Cramer shows us how the lessons of the past still apply today. His ability to do so through works of fiction is nothing short of miraculous.
Cramer is a rare find among contemporary authors-a writer of depth and excellence who has something worthwhile to say. His books have dimension because he approaches them from a myriad of angles, burrowing under the skin of an impressive roster of original characters, polishing off with exquisite craft stories that burbled to the surface from deep inside. Steinbeck's honest appreciation of the common man, Wendell Berry's poetic vision of the binding relationship between man and the earth, Hugo's understanding of the heart-rending war between justice and mercy, and Tolstoy's timeless rendition of the human condition all find their way into his work. Superb craftsmanship, simple but eloquent language, and an extraordinary sense of timing make his fairly complex novels easy to fall into and impossible to leave behind. You will always take some of a Dale Cramer novel away with you.
Levi's Will is no exception. It's a quiet but irresistibly compelling story rich with the complex layers and well-developed characters Cramer is known for. He combines the intimate history of a family with the sweep of social and political history in the 20th century and never seems to break a sweat.Read more ›
I thoroughly enjoyed "Levi's Will." Spanning over 40 years, this book tells the story of Will, a teenage boy who runs away from his Amish home and leaves behind a pregnant Amish girl. He subsequently enters WWII as a soldier, marries a strong-willed young woman from Georgia, and has a family of his own, but over the years his soul longs for his father's forgiveness and acceptance. He also wonders about the fate of the Amish girl and unborn child that he left behind--details that he kept hidden from his wife. However, Will's father, Levi, is a hard man dedicated to the strict Old Order Amish who refuses to forgive his "wayward" son. It's a beautiful story of bitterness and forgiveness, and one I highly recommend.
While this story has its melancholy moments, Cramer includes enough hope to encourage the reader. One thing especially profound about this novel is its treatment of time. For over 30 years, Will seeks his father's forgiveness. That requires substantial patience and wisdom, something we all need more of. Will is a flawed character, which I like because he's very human, but Cramer shows that God doesn't always tie a neat bow on our lives and answer our prayers like we think He should. Sometimes things go wrong. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Sometimes we just don't understand life. Cramer's writing is extremely honest--something I'm very glad to see in the Christian fiction market. I'm eager to see what Cramer writes next.
By W. Dale Cramer
Levi Mullet's Tobe accompanies his brother Will as the boys hop a moving freight to ride the rails into adulthood. A couple years fly by and Will finds WWII exploding unexpected, conscience-searing ordinance, like a howitzer cannon pummeling enemy troops, into his life. Fast forward, a married Will finds his friend, finds a job and finds a life filled with something he understands...work. Beneath mundane everyday existence, the capsized relationship between Will and his father festers poisoning other family relationships. Behind the ordinary, this rift seethes fragmenting two generations, and then boils rage over love's every effort at reconciliation. Will's longing and effort to right his relationship with his father cannot penetrate Levi's self-righteous heart, nor can his staid Amish father forgive Will. Their stalled relationship seems irreconcilable, but is it? The reader will have to buy the book to find out for I won't give away the conclusion to this amazing book.
"Levi's Will" shines like the sun far above most of the books in the publishing world's databanks. Dale Cramer writes high prose verging on pure poetry. From word choice to novel structure, Dale Cramer has crafted this book so well that it lives on in the reader's mind long after the last word has been read. Well worth the purchase price, "Levi's Will" deserves more than `a thumbs' up and five stars. It deserves every award won.
One final word, "Levi's Will" reminds me of a Mark Twain story, but with decidedly Christian underpinnings. This Amish book is almost a family saga. "Levi's Will" is not a romance, not specifically a coming of age book, not a suspense novel, not a war book, and not a `chick lit' read. This is a crossover book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Once I started reading this book I could not lay it down. It kept my interest peaked at all times. At first I didn't like the style of jumping back and forth between decades, but... Read morePublished 2 days ago by GrammaBRUM
This book was different from your regular Amish Romance type books. I do like some of those, too, especially by Beverly Lewis, but there are some real bad ones. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Niki Gibson
This is a wonderful book about family, love and forgiveness. I read it years ago and it still lingers in my mind.Published 1 month ago by Lob
The story line for this book took some getting used to . That being the changing timeline . It showed some in depth insights to the Amish way of life that is not dealt with in any... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fran Spencer
This book was different from most Amish books, it was based loosely on real life event and the story is deeper than many Amish novels. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MAL
A little confusing at first because it kept going back and forth between childhood and present. Was a very good book.Published 2 months ago by Fran