Monday, April 04, 2011

Reading and Writing

One of the best things a writer can do to grow in their craft is to read -- to read all kinds of books in all kinds of genres.

I recently had the opportunity to read Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer. Tricia was kind enough to put me on her influencer list so I got an advanced copy from her publisher.

Having read other books by Tricia, I was eager to read another. I loved her historical romance novels, she creates interesting characters and puts them into emotional times and settings. To tell the truth, I was surprised to see that she'd written an Amish novel.

As expected, Beside Still Waters was beautifully written. I had read a few Amish novels before this one, and they are usually set in an Amish community. This novel is different. The family at the center of the story leaves their closed community to travel to a Amish community that is surrounded by and a part of "the English" world.

I love that Tricia has her characters grappling with their faith and recognizing faith in those who don't live under their strick rules. For me the story boiled down to this issue: trusting in your faith or trusting in God. The habits of a lifetime are firmly ingrained, but a seeking heart and a loving God are powerful motivators.

This book makes you realize that the object of our faith is much greater than our faith itself. I enjoyed visiting a world less hectic than mine and watching characters grow and discover a firmer and truer relationship with God.

Beside Still Waters gave me hours of enjoyment. You should consider putting it on your TBR (to be read) pile.


Jaime Wright said...

I typically steer away from Amish novels, but this one sounds more interesting. I like the fact it's outside of the typical Amish setting :) I'll have to check it out! :) Plus Tricia's just THAT good. :)

Megan DiMaria said...

I don't usually seek out Amish novels, but having read other books by Tricia, I was curious about this one. I'm glad I wasn't disappointed, and I think you'll enjoy it too, Jaime.