Married for ten years with no children to help fill her days, Heidi Troyer comes up with the idea of teaching classes in the art of Amish cooking in her Holmes County, Ohio, home. During each of the classes, Heidi teaches a variety of skills, but it is her words of wisdom that have a profound effect on her five students.
A woman engaged to marry, an expectant mother estranged from her family, a widowed mom seeking to simplify, a Vietnam vet who camps on the Troyer's farm, and an Amish widower make up the mismatched lot of students. But Heidi's cooking lessons soon turn to life lessons as they each share the challenges they are facing. Is this what God had in mind when Heidi got the idea of cooking classes?
Wanda Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre and she has over 10 million books sold! Her classic storytelling style lends itself well to the Amish genre. Using multiple viewpoints, Brunstetter weaves a surprising tale of diverse souls finding grace and hope for the future through the quiet service of a gentle Amish woman.
Heidi has no idea that she'll be teaching more than cooking when she starts up her classes. Inspired to include a scripture with every recipe card she hands out, we get to see how the Word influences the lives of her students. Sweet and funny and poignant. There's even a light romance that flourishes in the group. I was really touched by the difference one woman made as she followed God's leading in her life.
An inspiring, feel good story that illustrates the power we can all have to reflect God's light in the world.
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