The Stoltzfus family faces serious problems, both in the church and at home. Everyone in the community expects minister David Stoltzfus to fix things–fast. But David doesn’t work fast. He prefers to wait for God to work in individual hearts. However, even he is left wondering if the solution to their most pressing problem might be a Quieting.
When David’s mother arrives, uninvited, more upheaval is in store. She has matchmaking plans for everyone in the family, including David and her eligible granddaughters–and especially for David’s niece Abigail. When Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem–but will it create another?
Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher takes fans back to Stoney Ridge, delivering the twists, turns, and romance they adore.
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SERIES: The Bishop’s Family #2
GENRE: Amish Fiction, Christian
RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2016
A Note From Suzanne Woods Fisher
Twenty years ago, my husband and I attended a large church with a dynamic senior pastor. Each Sunday, we would sit spellbound during 40 minute sermons—he was that good a preacher. And then a terrible thing came to light—this very man had been taking advantage of vulnerable women during counseling sessions. Fourteen women, it turned out, and the pastor remained unrepentant. As issues were dealt with, our entire church suffered. We were a hurting community. The sins of one affected all.
As I plotted out ‘The Bishop’s Family,’ I wanted to borrow the theme of how a leader’s sins hurts the church community. (Now, I need to clarify that this is not a novel that addresses sexual sin. However, it does address unrepentant sin in an ordained leader.) First, I spoke to some Amish friends to see if my story idea had any merit. Was I was on the right track? To my amazement, a similar situation to my novels had occurred in one Amish friend’s church, and it resulted in a “quieting.” That’s an Amish phrase that means revoking the responsibilities of an unrepentant ordained leader. Just like it sounds–he is, essentially, “quieted.”
In this novel, you’ll see the behind-the-scenes of Amish church leadership, and get a sense of how a community is hurting. And how it begins to heal, too.
This series began in the Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania community with The Imposter. More twists and turns are coming to Stoney Ridge after The Quieting—so stay tuned for The Devoted to hit bookshelves in early October. Just in time for autumn reading by a warm fireplace!
I am so enjoying The Bishop’s Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher! I want to be in-real-life friends with the Stoltzfus family (except for maybe Mammi the Meddler lol) and Birdy and Thelma and Andy and the Sisters and Hank & Fern. So many fantastic & dimensional characters in these books! When you’re reading, you really do feel as they are people who could live next door or down the road. Amish characters, yes, but ones who struggle with flaws and sin and “life frustrations” and family dynamics just like we do.
While a few of the main threads from The Imposter continued in The Quieting (yay!), we were also introduced to several new characters. Particularly extended members of the Stoltzfus family. (On that note, The Quieting could be read as a stand alone if you really must, but I think you would lose so much of what makes the series as captivating as it is. It’s best to first go back and read The Imposter if you haven’t already done so.) I adored Abigail! She’s like Temperance Brennan (from the books & TV series Bones) … except Abigail is Amish…. and not into bones or dead people and she doesn’t have an FBI agent as a partner. She does however have Dane, and I found their friendship to be full of subtle humor and sweet heart and just truly delightful to read. I also loved the genealogy research angle and the mystery to be solved.
David remains one of my favorite Amish characters, not just in this series but in any book I’ve read. He’s full of quiet wisdom and faith, and he’s a man of prayer – the kind of prayers that flow spontaneously and naturally and come from a relationship with God that is active and intimate. The way he handled the conflict with Freeman is something that we all can learn from and take to heart. But I also love that he has flaws… he makes mistakes… he worries… he has stress… he’s real.
And I really need to quit reading the teaser previews for the next book (The Devoted, October 2016) in the back because I WANT IT NOW. lol. Not October. NOW. The life of a book blogger does not always mean you get the books you’re dying to read before everyone else. Most of the time, I have to wait and fidget and whine and try to bribe the authors to write faster just like you. 🙂
Bottom Line: The Bishop’s Family series is one of my favorite Amish fiction series, and The Quieting exceeded my expectations. I love how Suzanne Woods Fisher is able to seamlessly weave laugh out loud humor (the way she writes Hank gets me every time), adolescent angst, and tender moments of faith and family – sometimes in the same chapter – to create a story that engages all of my emotions and provides a really enjoyable reading experience. The Quieting is a mix of fantastic characters, spiritual life lessons, and memorable scenes not to be missed. Make sure this series is on your TBR list! Even if you’re not typically a fan of Amish fiction, I encourage you to give this series a try!!
(I received a copy of this book for only my honest review.)
My Rating: 5 stars / Fantastic!
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Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels include Anna’s Crossing and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.
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