Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Half Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda Brunstetter

Book Description:  Join the club of unlikely quilters who show up for Amish widow Emma Yoder’s quilting classes. A troubled young woman, a struggling couple, a widower, a rough and tough biker, and a preacher’s wife make up the mismatched lot. But as their problems begin to bind them together like the scraps of fabric stitched together in a quilt, they learn to open up and lend a helping hand. Is this what God had in mind to heal hurting hearts and create beauty from fragments?
My Review:  This probably the most unusual Amish story that I have ever read.  I began this story thinking it would be about the Amish and learning about quilts...well, half true.
At first the story begins with Emma Yoder an older, widow, who places an ad in the local paper that she will give quilting lessons. Six people of various walks of life, none Amish, sign up.  
When the group comes together...such a motley group! I gasped!  So true to life! 
Emma is a true blue kind.of.character and her life rings with the truth of an elderly woman with a kind and gentle spirit.  
Ruby Lee is a pastor's wife with a deep faith who seeks to be stronger in God's love.
Then there's the bickering couple quilting together to save their marriage.
The biker with many tattoos who seeks a creative outlet for his "bad" ways.
The young woman with the attitude!  But a genuine heart for seeking truth.
And the lonely young widower with a sweet abby daughter.
What a crew!  
I thought Mrs. Brunstetter wrote a remarkable story using so many different personalities and she incorporates so many different aspects of life into a group.  
This is not your "usual" sweet Amish story...this is about God's hand working in and through those we meet.  
I loved this read!
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602608113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602608115

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