33 responses to Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner)
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    Shelley Hostetler
    Comment on Love the books and the family!!! (March 22nd, 2017 at 19:48)

    Love the books and the family!!!

    I am so anxious and excited to read The Return. I loved Northkill. It is wonderful to read about the historical things that happened to ancestors. These books have helped me learn more about family history and has led to having a connection with others through Facebook also related to the same ancestors. Thank you for doing all of the research and sharing the history, story and family with us!!!!

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      Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 23rd, 2017 at 08:17)

      Shelley, thank you for your comments! Our family is truly blessed to have such an inspiring story as our legacy. Bob and I consider it a great privilege to be able to bring this story not only to the family, but also to a wider audience.

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    Comment on Living & loving historical truth & grace (March 22nd, 2017 at 20:34)

    Living & loving historical truth & grace

    I can’t wait to read The Return. I love learning more and more about the history of the people of our country, but when it involves a family of someone we actually know & love, it makes it even more exciting! We should continually try to learn from the past and also see a smidgen of God’s plan in the making! Truth and Grace will always prevail!

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      Comment on Historical truth (March 23rd, 2017 at 08:19)

      Historical truth

      Cindy, I couldn’t agree more that we need to learn from the past, particularly today. Truth and grace will indeed prevail. Thank you so much for stopping by, and good luck in the drawing!

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    Comment on Fascinated By The Amish (March 22nd, 2017 at 20:37)

    Fascinated By The Amish

    I would love to win a copy. Sadly, I’m not familiar with the authors, but I love reading about Amish. I live near a couple of Old Order Amish districts and enjoy driving around seeing their farms and their way of life.

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    carol erb
    Comment on book (March 22nd, 2017 at 21:00)


    Sounds like an interesting read.

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    Denise Flynn
    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 22nd, 2017 at 21:01)

    I read all Amish books I can possibly read. I have a huge To Be Read Pile…My maternal side is from York County, PA and I descend from PA Dutch ancestry….although not Amish….pretty close. I’ve always dreamed of “living an Amish life”.

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    Rayanne Northrop
    Comment on This would be perfect for our public library! (March 23rd, 2017 at 01:09)

    This would be perfect for our public library!

    I would love to read this book as I am very interested in the Amish. Growing up I lived very close to the Amish in the Amana Colonies in Iowa. When I am finished I will give this to our public library so that others may share this wonderful book.

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      Comment on Libraries (March 23rd, 2017 at 08:22)


      Thank you, Rayanne! We hope to get this series into a lot of libraries across the country. It helps a lot if readers request it, and our publisher, Sheaf House, is very happy to work directly with libraries to provide the books at a discount.

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    Deanne Patterson
    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 23rd, 2017 at 08:02)

    It’s amazing how much historical information is available about this. It was well documented! I am so anxious and excited to read The Return. I loved Northkill.Historical fiction based on fact is my go to genre and this is at the top of my list to read! You are so generous, Joan and Bob. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

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      Comment on Historical documentation (March 23rd, 2017 at 08:28)

      Historical documentation

      Deanne, the information available about this event sure was a tremendous help in making this story true to life. Thank you for your kind words about Northkill! I think you’ll find The Return an exciting and inspiring read as well. It was fascinating to delve deeply into the lives of the Native American tribes of the day. We ended up being very moved by what all 3 of the captives must have endured and how wrenching it must have been for Jacob to have his sons taken away from him, and for Joseph and Christian eventually to come back. I hope this story truly blesses our family and all those who read it!

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    Susan Campbell
    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 23rd, 2017 at 08:37)

    This is a book I cannot wait to read.

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    Comment on Free Book?! (March 23rd, 2017 at 09:49)

    Free Book?!

    I’d love a copy of the book. I think it is very likely that I was in College with Bob Hostetler at EMC in the 60’s

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    John Judge
    Comment on Perfect Timing! (March 23rd, 2017 at 18:01)

    Perfect Timing!

    I just started Northkill last night, and was getting ready to finish it up tonight (I’m a quick reader). An outstanding story well written, something lacking in most types of Anabaptist writing IMHO.

    I would love to win the conclusion, then adding the first one to my collection would not leave it lonely, sitting on my shelf…..;-)

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      Comment on Perfect Timing (March 27th, 2017 at 10:48)

      Perfect Timing

      John, thank you so much for your kind words about Northkill! I hope you’ll find The Return to be a good companion for it on your bookshelf. 🙂

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    Debbie H
    Comment on Return (March 24th, 2017 at 09:20)


    I love reading accurate books about Amish and Mennonite, I also enjoy reading historical books. I haven’t read the first but will definitely be getting it this week. Thanks for the opportunity to win the Return,

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    Stephanie H.
    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 24th, 2017 at 09:28)

    Both of these books sound fascinating and I just love reading about the Amish and their ways of life. I’ll be adding these books to my pile of stories to read this Spring/Summer. Thanks for the chance of winning ‘The Return’.

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    Harriet Curtis
    Comment on A Love & Respect for the Amish (March 24th, 2017 at 13:47)

    A Love & Respect for the Amish

    The last decade I have enjoyed, with a longing, learning of the Amish. Not just because I am curious, but because I admire and respect them for their love of God and their desire to live as He would have His people do. If more of us lived this way , what a better world this would be.
    Sincerely, Harriet

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    Cindy J.
    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (March 25th, 2017 at 01:03)

    Win An Autographed Copy of The Return

    I have been interested and intrigued in both the Amish and Mennonites since I can remember. Their simple, plain ways, their faith, their love of God, their all around simplicity. I enjoy reading and continually learning about their culture. I am so hooked on all the books that are out there that are truly amazing and make you feel like you step into their lives while reading them. Absolutely fascinating & addictive. I get started on a book & I can’t put it down. I attend various Amish Events around my community in support of them & their communities. I just feel like I learn more & more each time I read a book, visit an auction, or community event. I enjoy their lifestyle & their strong beliefs!!!

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    Debbie Prevette
    Comment on The Return (March 25th, 2017 at 10:41)

    The Return

    I have never read “Northkill” but have heard of the story. Any particular book store or website carry this book? Really looking forward to this historical read.

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      Comment on The Return (March 27th, 2017 at 10:46)

      The Return

      Debbie, you’ll find both books on christianbook.com and Amazon. Gospel Book Store in Berlin, OH, carries it, and so do some Amish bookstores and other Christian bookstores.

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    Michael McClure
    Comment on Looking forward (March 25th, 2017 at 16:44)

    Looking forward

    So excited about this new release. I can’t remember ever looking forward to reading anything like this before. It’s likely due to this being a story that I grew up hearing about from my grandmother Grace Hostetler. I also developed a keen interest in those Hostetlers who migrated to Canada in the early 1800s and settled in New Hamburg Ontario. The beautiful fieldstone homestead still stands as a historic site and the influence of the Hostetlers is still evident in the town to this day. It’s a family heritage I value deeply and a story that has fascinated me since childhood. Very much looking forward to reading this next chapter.

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      Comment on Looking forward (March 27th, 2017 at 10:43)

      Looking forward

      Michael, we’ve been friends forever on Facebook, and I didn’t know we’re related! Which of Jacob’s children are you descended from? The history of the Hostetlers in Ontario would be fascinating indeed to research. I’d love to find out how much is known about them and when/why they migrated there. I’ll bet there’s a very interesting story there!

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    Harold Cheetham
    Comment on Love The Amish (March 25th, 2017 at 17:48)

    Love The Amish

    I have read many books on the Amish, but this is one I don’t have but would love to have to add to my growing library. Live near the Amish and Mennonites in my area and enjoy talking with and seeing all their buggies and the way they live. They are truly a people of nonresistance and believers in God. may God bless them.

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    Annie Meyers
    Comment on How did you go about starting your research? (March 26th, 2017 at 13:34)

    How did you go about starting your research?

    In the past 3 years or so I have become very interested in historical fiction as a way to start learning about history. I think if teachers in school would have children read some of the historical novels about the periods they want to teach, their students would find their subjects more interesting.

    My family has a very interesting background and I never thought to write about it. It’s a good way to learn about my ancestors and the hardships and pleasures they had growing up and becoming adults in their many varied businesses. My ancestors expand many miles and had some very important roles in history. Because of that, I would like to know how you started your stories.

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      Comment on Starting Research (March 27th, 2017 at 10:36)

      Starting Research

      Annie, I agree with you about teachers using well-researched historical fiction to teach history, and I’ve advocated that for a long time. It’s the best way to draw readers, and particularly children, into a historical period and get them excited about it. I definitely encourage you to write your own family’s stories! That’s a wonderful legacy for the younger generations. I start by collecting the stories that have been passed down through the family, then research the period the stories happened in. What was going on then in the wider world that would have affected your ancestors? How did people live during the time, including details of their daily life, their occupations and how they carried them out, and so on. What important roles did they have in the period they lived in and how were those carried out? Then imagine their relationships with their family members and others they would have dealt with outside the family. Once you get started digging into it, you’ll be hooked!

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    Comment on Giveaway (March 26th, 2017 at 23:09)


    This sounds like an interesting read. Is the first one in libraries? Or where can I purchase it? I’d love to win a copy! I’m always trying to build my book collection! Thanks for this opportunity.

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      Comment on Giveaway (March 27th, 2017 at 10:27)


      Jess, both books are available from Christianbook.com and Amazon. Some libraries do have Northkill, and we’re hoping to get both books of the series in more soon. If your library doesn’t have it, it’s helpful if you ask them to get it. They often will stock books at reader request.

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        Comment on Thanks! (March 28th, 2017 at 00:22)


        Thank you Joan. I will buy both, and ask at my library. It’d be great for many people to be able to read this interesting story. Thanks for sharing it and answering my question. 🙂

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    Benuel S Riehl
    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 27th, 2017 at 09:48)

    Sounds like an interesting read. Please enter me


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    Comment on The Return - Drawing Winner (March 28th, 2017 at 16:35)

    The Return - Drawing Winner

    Sorry folks that this is a day later than promised. I just used random.org to choose a winner – and it was #30, Carl Brecht! Congrats Carl, email me at ewesner(at)gmail(dot)com, and we’ll arrange getting your book to you.

    Thanks everyone else for the great comments!

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    Comment on The Return (March 30th, 2017 at 15:37)

    The Return

    Ohhhh, I am so excited to know there is a follow-up book to Northkill. That was one of the best historical novels I’ve ever read..

    Wandering off right now to see where I might get it quickest.

    Thank you so much for sharing your family history with us all. Blessings


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