When a tornado hits the farms surround Cody`s Creek, Oklahoma, Anna Schwartz`s life is changed forever. She suffers a devastating injury and suddenly finds herself learning to negotiate her world from a wheelchair.
Three people -- Chloe Roberts, Jacob Graber, and Ruth Schwartz -- join forces to help Anna through her darkest days. Chloe, an Englischer, writes for the local paper. Jacob, recently arrived in town, stays on as a hired hand at her uncle`s. And Ruth, her grandmother, offers her deep faith and compassionate spirit.
Then one morning Anna wakes and finds herself healed. How did it happen? Why did it happen? And what is she to do now? Her life is again turned upside down as the world`s attention is drawn to this young Amish girl who has experienced the unexplainable.
I'm so stunned by the pure beauty of this story that I'm stumped over what to say.
It's a powerful testimony of the way God meets us in the moment...even the difficult ones when we aren't sure He's paying attention. But no, I'm not satisfied with that summary. It's bigger than that. It's about how God sees the big picture while we're fixated on one tiny brushstroke. And it's about how He places people in our path so they'll be there when we need them the most.
My favourite character is Anna's grandmother, Ruth. She's the glue that holds the family together through the tragedy. Her faith is endless, her patience inexhaustible and her love all-encompassing. Everybody should have a granny like Ruth in their corner.
Anna and Jacob are both still trying to find their place in the world at the beginning of the book. Anna has ventured from home and a loving (but meddlesome) large extended family. Jacob has a restless spirit that has led him from one Amish community to another with absolutely no desire to settle down permanently in any of them. And then he ends up in Cody's Creek by 'happenchance.' Though, in my humble opinion, the circumstances that lead him to Oklahoma are definitely God driven. So here are two...not quite lost, but certainly not found....souls thrown together in the midst of a chaotic time.
Their love story enthralled me. But it's so much more than a love story. It's a God story. Inspiration in every page as the reader lives all the struggles and fears right along with them. And oh my! But Jacob is an inspiration all on his own. So thoughtful and caring and tender. Be still my heart!
And then Anna's story takes an abrupt U-turn and there's even more story fodder to sink a reader's teeth into. A sublime read from start to finish.
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