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Friday, April 15, 2011


Beside Still Waters is Tricia Goyer's first Amish fiction. It is loosely based on a true story.
Marianna Sommer believes she knows where her life is headed. Nineteen years old and Amish, her plan is to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and live in the only community she's ever known.

When Marianna's family moves from Indiana to Montana she discovers life and faith will never be the same. As she builds an easy friendship with local guy, Ben Stone, Ben not only draws her heart, he also gets her thinking about what loving God and living in community is all about.

As Marianna struggles to find "home", she also encounters God in intimate ways. Click here to watch the book trailers. http://triciagoyer.com/contemporaryfiction.html#BesideStillWaters

My impressions:
Although Amish books are not my genre of preference, I found BESIDE STILL WATERS refreshingly different. Tricia has done a superb job with characterization. The characters are shown in their strengths and weakness, and as a reader, I care about them. I could feel with Marianna in the dilemmas she faced. She is forced to make tough decisions as her world is turned upside-down. She faced major challenges when her perception of God and community conflicted with her own experience. Would she obey the rules, or would she risk all she had been taught and trust in a God who looked on her with pleasure?

I also liked the story because all the loose ends are not neatly and predictably tied up. The main points are clear'

Tricia has included several Amish recipes in the back of the book, always a nice touch.

About the author:

Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty-six books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife. Visit http://www.triciagoyer.com/ for more info.

About Beside Still Waters Giveaway:

To celebrate the release of the first book in the Big Sky Amish series Tricia is giving away 10 copies of Beside Still Waters and a pair of super cute antique Amish salt & pepper shakers. (photo attached)

Details at Tricia’s blog, It’s Real Life: http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com/2011/04/beside-still-waters-giveaway.html

BONUS! Each person who enters the giveaway will receive a FABULOUS Montana Amish Calendar. Hurry, it’s only available while supplies last!

Please stop by and read the blogs of participants in the Beside Still Waters Blog Tour.


This book is published by B&H Books http://www.bhpublishinggroup.com/ and was provided for purpose of review by Litfuse Publicity Group.

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