A Shining Light by Judith Miller

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Publication Date: March 2014

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

 

 

Andrea Wilson flees the city of Boston with her young son, Lukas, for life in rural Iowa upon hearing that her husband has been declared dead at sea. Andrea’s loss sadly brings only relief to her mind and soul after many years of physical and verbal abuse. She packs her meager belongings and heads to the family farm in Iowa hoping to give her son a better life only to find that her father died in a fire and that the farm had been sold prior to the fire.

Andrea meets Brother Bosch, a member of the local Amana community, at the farm when she arrives there from the nearest train station. The house has burned and only the barn is left standing. The kindly Brother Bosch offers her a short term solution of living at the Amana village in exchange for working in one of the kitchen houses. After some thought, Andrea realizes she has nowhere else to turn.

Andrea and Lukas settle into the community and are welcomed by the people. She slowly begins to feel safety for herself and her son, and she once again starts to reaffirm her faith. There are many underlying stories throughout the book adding to the character and depth of the novel. The lifestyle of the Amana bring a true sense of community and friendship to the story. Woven into the main storyline the reader is introduced to Dirk, the local tinsmith, who gradually weaves his way into the life of Lukas and Andrea.

The book was very enjoyable and heartwarming.  The story really touched a quiet place inside of me to read about people within a community living and caring about each other without the pressures of financial worries and the struggles of everyday life. It is interesting to read about a community that places so little value on worldly goods. These people worked hard and lived for their faith. I believe the book will help the reader reflect on their own life and faith. For readers of inspirational Christian fiction, this book offers the elements of drama, suspense, and romance as well as the inspirational basis upon which it is written.

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

 

 

 

 

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