69 responses to Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner)
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    Dorothy Hostetler
    Comment on Thank You (March 22nd, 2017 at 05:57)

    Thank You

    Eric

    You are correct – this story vividly demonstrates the foundational beliefs of the Amish and Mennonites. I’m glad this story is being published again in this format – it’s a way to pass it on to our children and I intend to gift both to our sons.

    Thanks for mentioning it on this blog – I wasn’t aware of these books.

    Dorothy

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      Comment on Legacy for our children (March 22nd, 2017 at 08:08)

      Legacy for our children

      Dorothy, that’s a large part of the reason we wanted to write this story. It’s such an important one for our family, and I personally wanted to write it to ensure that my children and grandchildren know who they came from and that God is faithful even in the worst trials we face.

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    david king
    Comment on Glad the book is out (March 22nd, 2017 at 06:16)

    Glad the book is out

    i”ve read sev. versions of the story

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    Terry Moffitt
    Comment on Fascinating (March 22nd, 2017 at 06:21)

    Fascinating

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite reads, this interview has captivated my interest. My Father lives near a rather prominent Amish settlement and does a great deal of business with them, he would be enthralled by this story as well.

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    Tammy Richards
    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 22nd, 2017 at 06:24)

    This book sounds like a good read.

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    Comment on Book (March 22nd, 2017 at 06:30)

    Book

    Looking forward to reading this!

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    Ilene meister
    Comment on the return (March 22nd, 2017 at 06:41)

    the return

    I read northkill . It was great. The Return should be just as good.

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    Sameul Stoval
    Comment on Looking Forward.... (March 22nd, 2017 at 06:42)

    Looking Forward....

    To reading the books even if I do not win! They sound very, very interesting. Thank you..

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    Alicia Walker
    Comment on Admiration of the Amish (March 22nd, 2017 at 06:47)

    Admiration of the Amish

    I have long been interested in and an admirer of the Amish way of life; even more so since an Amish family purchased our farm in Brownington, Vermont a year and a half ago. We have grown close to this family and marvel at their work ethic and family values. There is much to be learned from these wonderful people. I was not aware of the aspect of their history highlighted in this book. I am anxious to read it and to share it, as well as the first book, with this family.

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      Comment on Admiration of the Amish (March 22nd, 2017 at 08:13)

      Admiration of the Amish

      Alicia, I’ve read Erik’s posts about the Amish moving into Vermont, and it’s really interesting to hear that one family bought your farm and to get your perspective on them. Thank you for sharing your experience!

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    Maralee
    Comment on Good book (March 22nd, 2017 at 06:58)

    Good book

    I can’t wait to read this book!

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    Pat Keogh
    Comment on Good book (March 22nd, 2017 at 07:02)

    Good book

    I would love to read this work; I read historical fiction and love learning more about the Amish.

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    Sandra
    Comment on Love to read Amish Stories (March 22nd, 2017 at 07:10)

    Love to read Amish Stories

    Would love to win but if I don’t I will certainly try to get these books from my library..

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      Comment on Love to Read Amish Stories (March 22nd, 2017 at 08:20)

      Love to Read Amish Stories

      Sandra, if your local library doesn’t have a copy of The Return–and Northkill too–please ask them to get into contact with me. Of course, the book publishes April 1, so it would take a few weeks before they would have it. But any libraries that wants to add the series to their collections can purchase them directly through Sheaf House. They’ll find more information on the website here: http://www.sheafhouse.com/sheafhousedirect.html Thanks!

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    Bill Theroux
    Comment on Great story (March 22nd, 2017 at 07:11)

    Great story

    Can’t wait to read the book

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    Alanna Messimore
    Comment on Great Story (March 22nd, 2017 at 07:20)

    Great Story

    I loved the first book and am looking forward to reading The Return- thank you so much for sharing this interview with us!

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    Comment on is the next step (March 22nd, 2017 at 07:25)

    is the next step

    could these 2 books be made into movies? would you allow that to happen ?

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      Comment on is the next step (March 22nd, 2017 at 07:41)

      is the next step

      Andrew, getting a movie deal is a complicated process that usually takes a long time to get through. Historical stories are a lot more expensive to produce because of all the costuming and the historical settings, so there’s not as much interest in doing them. But it’s always a possibility, and whether we’d agree to do it would depend a lot on who produced it and how they’d treat the story–which often isn’t very faithful to the book. We’d give a Christian production company some serious consideration, however.

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    Terry Berger
    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 22nd, 2017 at 07:33)

    This story interests me for several reasons. The involvement between the Moravians and this community interests me greatly to begin with and secondly, around the same time frame we had two of our own settlements wiped out by Indian massacre. Both communities were named Gnadenhuetten. One was located in Northeast Pennsylvania, the town is now known as Lehighton. The other settlement was located in Ohio around the New Philadelphia/Schoenbrunn area. There does seem to be a sharing of family names between our communions as well. There are many Moravian Leinbachs, Masts, Yoders and some other names that are shared with the OOMennonites and OOAmish. Just my thoughts.

    Terry

    PS: Enter me in the contest as well.

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      Comment on The Moravians (March 22nd, 2017 at 07:56)

      The Moravians

      Terry, I was intrigued when I realized that the proximity of the Moravian communities like Bethlehem to the Northkill Amish settlement must have led to some interactions between them. And when I dug up the information on Christian Frederick Post’s venture into the Lenape communities and later David Zeisberger’s missions, I was really excited. It seems to me there must have been some contacts between the 2 communities, which obviously had many religious and cultural similarities. With at least 1 of the boys and possibly both of them held by the Lenape, it’s very probable that they had some exposure to the missionaries’ outreach to the tribe. I also discovered the German Baptists in the Northkill area, which Christian ended up marrying into, and that also piqued my interest, partially because my husband was raised German Baptist. Clearly, the Amish interacted with the German Baptists, and there’s much evidence that they also acted in concert with the Quakers when it came to issues of nonresistance. I would love to find some documentation on similar connections with the Moravians as well. There had to have been some.

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        Terry Berger
        Comment on The Connection (March 23rd, 2017 at 16:58)

        The Connection

        Joan,
        I would first steer you toward the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem and speak with Paul Peuker, chief archivist and a friend of mine. He would either have information or be able to steer you in a direction. Where was the northkill settlement? It’s not a name I’m familiar with. I also have to wonder if it was the same group of Indians that were involved at least here in Pennsylvania.

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      Comment on The Moravians (March 22nd, 2017 at 08:01)

      The Moravians

      Terry, I forgot to mention that I’m very familiar with the massacres at Gnaddenhutten, and the first one is mentioned in The Return. It tragically illustrates the high emotions aroused by the Indian attacks, not to mention racist attitudes. I’m guessing, too, that the many shared family names between these communities has some relevance to the issue of whether there was interaction between them.

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        Terry Berger
        Comment on One more thing (March 23rd, 2017 at 17:02)

        One more thing

        Joan,
        If memory serves me right, I believe there were also French involved in the first massacre here in Pennsylvania.

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    Comment on Glad to hear from everyone! (March 22nd, 2017 at 07:36)

    Glad to hear from everyone!

    First, thank you Erik for hosting us on the blog today! I’m delighted to read everyone’s comments. Thank you all for stopping by and entering the drawing! If you’d like to learn more about the Northkill Amish Series, check out our website at http://www.northkill.com. I’m adding more resources about the story and the period it covers as I have time, and you’ll find some interesting information there. We’re also going to have the book up on Amazon within a few days, and hopefully on Barnes and Noble shortly thereafter. Good luck to you all in the drawing!

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    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 22nd, 2017 at 07:40)

    I would really enjoy this book. Looking forward to reading it!

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    Katie Troyer
    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 22nd, 2017 at 07:42)

    I want to read this book.

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    Carl Murdock
    Comment on Win a Copy of the Return (March 22nd, 2017 at 07:46)

    Win a Copy of the Return

    I would love to have a copy of The Return

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    Joan Tuttle
    Comment on Anxious to read both books (March 22nd, 2017 at 08:21)

    Anxious to read both books

    My admiration of the Amish and their lifestyle goes back many years. We visit an Amish community several times a year and are fascinated by their way of living.
    I am so anxious to read both of the books and hope that, if winning this one, I am able to acquire the first one, also. Thank you.

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    Andrea Woodard
    Comment on The Return (March 22nd, 2017 at 08:34)

    The Return

    I remember reading the first book. At first I couldn’t get into it, then I couldn’t put it down. I would love to win a copy of The Return.

    I want to see what happens. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Carl Brecht
    Comment on Would love to win a copy (March 22nd, 2017 at 08:36)

    Would love to win a copy

    I have fond memories of reading, Growing up Amish.” Miss my Amish relationships in Mishawaka, Indiana.

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      Comment on Mishawaka (March 22nd, 2017 at 11:20)

      Mishawaka

      Carl, I’m very familiar with Mishawaka since I live in Elkhart. Thanks for stopping by and entering the drawing!

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    Henry D. Sims
    Comment on Memories (March 22nd, 2017 at 08:55)

    Memories

    The remarks made by other readers bring back the memories of having visited the New Holland, PA for family reunions of the McCords. Annually we visited the memorial site of Fort McCord. This fort had also suffered an Indian attach. Prisoners were taken by the Indians up to Canada but later escaped. A Memorial plaque is also posted at or near the original spot. The review encourages me to seek the original edition.
    Henry D. Sims
    1006 N. Carlisle Street
    Albertville, Alabama 35951

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      Comment on The McCords (March 22nd, 2017 at 09:32)

      The McCords

      Henry, I’ve run across Fort McCord in my research. Thank you for sharing about your family reunions and about the memorial plaque, which I didn’t know about. I’m glad to meet a relative of the McCords! There were a number of forts like it throughout that region, and the stories of how they held out during the raids are fascinating and wrenching.

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    Amy
    Comment on Thank you for continuing! (March 22nd, 2017 at 09:07)

    Thank you for continuing!

    Thank you very much for continuing the story so I’ll know what happened to them!

    I live in the Lehigh Valley so the location of North Kill was that much more interesting to me.

    I’ve always been interested in Amish fiction and appreciate getting a solid fact based dose of history all rolled up in one!

    Looking forward to reading The Return.

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      Comment on Continuing the story (March 22nd, 2017 at 09:37)

      Continuing the story

      Amy, I envy you living in the Lehigh Vally–it’s lovely! This story and its implications are so fascinating that we couldn’t leave it unfinished. I also love historical fiction that’s closely based on fact. That makes it all the more gripping, and thankfully we found a lot of historical records that helped us to do that. I hope it blesses readers.

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    Kay Garrett
    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 22nd, 2017 at 09:08)

    It’s amazing how much work and effort went into making this historical recount so accurate. Sounds to me that by reading either book that one would not only learn some very important history but be entertained along the way. I love a book that keeps you interested and wanting more. I believe this would definitely fill the bill on that account. Anxious to read and would be thrill to be the fortunate one selected. Thanks for the chance. <3

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      Comment on Accurate history (March 22nd, 2017 at 09:40)

      Accurate history

      Kay, it sure was a lot of intense work, but the research turned up such interesting details that it kept us going. Of course, we wanted to entertain readers, but we also want them to learn a lot at the same time. Hopefully we’ve accomplished that!

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    Judy Walker
    Comment on Win free book (March 22nd, 2017 at 09:38)

    Win free book

    I can’t wait to read more!
    I’d love to win! I never do tho!

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    Rose Robeson
    Comment on I would love to win "The Return" (March 22nd, 2017 at 09:41)

    I would love to win "The Return"

    I have read many Amish fiction books and know I have many more to go thanks to a friend that buys about every one that comes out. Luv, luv. Luv Amish books and learning more about Amish

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    Ellen
    Comment on Autographed copy of The Return (March 22nd, 2017 at 09:48)

    Autographed copy of The Return

    I would love to read The Return. I love reading Amish books !!!

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    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 22nd, 2017 at 10:23)

    Very interesting interview. I’d love to win a copy of this to read and keep for myself.

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    Susan Mroz
    Comment on Autographed copy of The Return (March 22nd, 2017 at 10:23)

    Autographed copy of The Return

    I would be very happy to win!

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    Susan Hess
    Comment on Fascinating (March 22nd, 2017 at 10:32)

    Fascinating

    Looking forward to reading this fascinating book.

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    Sara McVay
    Comment on Can't Wait (March 22nd, 2017 at 10:35)

    Can't Wait

    Looking forward to reading the The Return!

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    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 22nd, 2017 at 10:49)

    I hadn’t heard of these novels but, I enjoy historical fiction and Amish fiction.Looking forward to reading both.

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    Margaret
    Comment on Book (March 22nd, 2017 at 11:20)

    Book

    I am looking forward to reading this book! My husband’s family is Old Order Mennonite and I find the history they experienced so interesting and valuable!

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    jerry
    Comment on Looking Forward to Reading Both (March 22nd, 2017 at 11:26)

    Looking Forward to Reading Both

    I’ve noticed copies of Northkill at Amish stores but had no idea what they were about. I live and play near the “Synders” in Synder County, PA and I will read both shortly. Thanks for enlightening me.

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    Megan Parsons
    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 22nd, 2017 at 12:38)

    I would love to win this book. I love learning about the Amish!
    Thanks!

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    Nancy Lohr
    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 22nd, 2017 at 13:00)

    I’ve read several of Bob’s books–fiction and non-fiction–and I’d love to read this one too.

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    Mary Carin
    Comment on The power of love and peace in one's heart (March 22nd, 2017 at 13:00)

    The power of love and peace in one's heart

    This has been a powerful testament for today’s culture to learn how to handle grief and forgiveness with love and peace in one heart

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      Comment on The power of love and peace (March 22nd, 2017 at 14:22)

      The power of love and peace

      Mary, I completely agree with you. We definitely need more of it in the world today Thank you so much for stopping by!

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    Leilani Harris
    Comment on Can't wait to read (March 22nd, 2017 at 13:07)

    Can't wait to read

    I will be honest and have not read or even heard of this story but I look forward getting the books soon. I’m always looking for good Amish stories to read of any kind. Thank you

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    Susan Estill
    Comment on Learning Something New (March 22nd, 2017 at 13:24)

    Learning Something New

    I was born and raised in Holmes Co. Ohio, but have never heard about the story of the Hochstetler family and the Hochstetler massacre. I would like to read more about it!

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      Comment on Learning something new (March 23rd, 2017 at 08:38)

      Learning something new

      Susan, I’ll admit I’ve been surprised that not only don’t many Amish and Mennonites know about this story, but many family members don’t either. I guess that isn’t really surprising since it happened so long ago, and we’re occupied with our daily lives. But I think it has such treasures to give to us today, and we hope that the story will inspire and bless many readers who are learning about it for the first time. Thank you for stopping by!

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    Patricia Bond
    Comment on Looking forward to reading Northkill and The Return (March 22nd, 2017 at 13:41)

    Looking forward to reading Northkill and The Return

    i have enjoyed reading your interview of the Hochstetler family and the massacre. I have Nothkill in my list of books to read and I will most certainly add The Return to it I am always looking for new books and authors to read. Thanks for this chance to win

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    Jenny Propst
    Comment on Really Wanting To Read Both Books (March 22nd, 2017 at 14:12)

    Really Wanting To Read Both Books

    I can’t wait to read these two books. I hadn’t thought about them getting attacked and their not fighting back till a year ago when I first heard of this attack. I grew up close to a small Amish community and later moved to same community they resided in, I since have moved. Ten years ago I started reading Amish fiction stories and fell in love with them and learning more about the Amish. I’ll be getting the first book and the second if I don’t win it.

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    Anita Martin
    Comment on Unser Leit (March 22nd, 2017 at 14:15)

    Unser Leit

    By Leroy Beechey. Great history of Amish from rebellion in Switzerland, immigration to PA, ect. Very interesting. Can find on line as Leroy is New Order.

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      Comment on Unser Leit (March 23rd, 2017 at 08:41)

      Unser Leit

      I’ve heard of this book and I believe he’s had it at Gospel Book Store when were were there for their big book signing, Anita. It sounds like a great historical resource. Thanks for mentioning it!

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    Emily Wells
    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 22nd, 2017 at 14:23)

    This book sounds very interesting. Good luck to all the entrants!

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    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 22nd, 2017 at 14:24)

    I’m enjoying your comments and am delighted that you’ve all stopped by and entered the drawing. It’s wonderful to meet everyone here, and thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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    Kathy Rowe
    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 22nd, 2017 at 14:42)

    I look forward to reading this next book. Northkill was great!

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    Comment on Win An Autographed Copy of The Return (Updated with Winner) (March 22nd, 2017 at 15:33)

    I have always admired the Amish and their lifestyle…while the “simple” life often refers to the Amish…their lifestyle is anything but simple…but rather they do without all the fluff that has so many of us distracted from what is really important, God, family and community. I would love to win this book, but even if I don’t, I will definitely purchase it.

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      Comment on The Amish Lifestyle (March 23rd, 2017 at 08:43)

      The Amish Lifestyle

      Absolutely true, Dee! Living “simple” lives is a lot of hard work, but when you eliminate the unnecessary distractions of our modern lives, it frees us to put our focus on the things that are truly important. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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    Comment on Looking forward... (March 22nd, 2017 at 15:50)

    Looking forward...

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first book (found it riveting) and have been waiting for the rest of the story! Really good (accurate, well-researched) historical fiction is hard to find. If I don’t win it I’ll definitely purchase it!

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Looking forward... (March 23rd, 2017 at 08:45)

      Looking forward...

      Alice Mary, thank you so much for your kind words about the series! We’ve been tremendously blessed to be able to write it, and we pray that it’s an equal blessing to all those who read it.

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    Larry Simon
    Comment on Response to Return (March 22nd, 2017 at 16:08)

    Response to Return

    Christian faith has become a fairy tale to some people or should I say some Christians. When your faith is so real that it is the cause to honor others over yourself then that faith gives glory to the person you believe in. We need stories that portray people who have strong convictions about their relationship with Jesus so others will know and be encouraged to trust his teachings to love your enemies and to trust in the Lord with all your heart. May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior be with you richly.

    Sincerely,
    Larry Dimon

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      Comment on Response to Return (March 23rd, 2017 at 08:50)

      Response to Return

      Larry, you’ve hit the heart of it–when our faith is real, our lives truly honor Jesus. That’s exactly why the story of our ancestor Jacob has the power it does. When his faith was tested by the worst trials you could imagine, he passed with flying colors. And I’m sure it wasn’t easy. He was human just like we are. But he proved that with God as our hope and comforter all of us can also endure and triumph through the trials we face.

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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on The Return (March 22nd, 2017 at 16:58)

    The Return

    Would love to win & read this book

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