Monday, February 2, 2015

When the Soul Mends Book 3 in the Sisters of the Quilt Amish Series by Cindy Woodsmall

About the book: Returning to the home she fled in disgrace, will Hannah find healing for the wounds of the past?

$6.99 - ISBN: 978-1-60142-712-0
After receiving a desperate and confusing call from her sister, Hannah Lapp reluctantly returns to the Old Order Amish community of her Pennsylvania childhood.

Having fled in disgrace more than two years earlier, she finally has settled into a satisfying role in the Englischer world. She also has found love and a new family with the wealthy Martin Palmer and the children she is helping him raise. But almost immediately after her arrival in Owl’s Perch, the disapproval of those who ostracized her, including her headstrong father, reopens old wounds
As Hannah is thrown together with former fiancĂ© Paul Waddell to work for her sister Sarah’s mental health, hidden truths surface about events during Hannah’s absence, and she faces an agonizing decision. Will she choose the Englischer world and the man who restored her hope, or will she heed the call to return to the Plain Life–and perhaps to her first love?

When the Soul Mends is the third and final book in the Sisters of the Quilt series.
Review: Time does not heal all wounds. Yes, time plays a valuable part in the mending process. However, the answer to experiencing true healing is accepting the uncomfortable step of revisiting that which first inflicted the pain. Hannah, in Cindy Woodsmall’s When the Soul Mends, after two years, is forced to relive the painful events that exiled her from her Amish home and real joy. In the last two years, Hannah has built a new life by attempting to deny her Amish past. However, she is unable embrace her new life with peace. When Hannah revisits home, she learns to seize the opportunities to be honest with and forgive those who hurt her. 
Forgiveness, which is found in God, is the climax of complete healing, which Woodsmall beautifully illustrates. God’s forgiveness of our sins allows us to forgive. However, in order to forgive one has to face those who have caused the hurt, similar to how Christ faced the cross. Hannah learns to surrender and rely on God to strengthen and guide her through unexpected emotions and events. With time, Hannah’s soul is mended, but she learns how to redeem that time to be completely mended with peace and joy. 
"When the Soul Mends" reminded me of God's faithfulness and promises. Thank you for this opportunity. One of my goals is to be an author, and every author needs to read and write in order to produce a work of value. (guest review by Samantha F.)DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Blogging for Books to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are those of reviewer.

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