Plain Faith: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss and Leaving the Amish
By Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, with Tricia Goyer
Published by Zondervan
This is the true story of Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, Amish farmers from northwest Montana whose lives changed in an instant when a semi-truck struck the family buggy, killing their two young daughters.
After the accident, the couple turned to their Amish community for comfort, but they remained haunted by the thought that they might not see their girls again in heaven. Would their deeds be good enough? Eventually Ora-Jay and Irene learned that grace—not works—was enough to ensure their place in eternity. But with that knowledge came the realization that they could no longer live in an Amish community that didn’t share this precious belief. Could they sever their connection to the Amish family they loved?
I think this is the first book I’ve read that gives a true Amish account of the Amish life. Everything else I’ve read has always been fiction, and while I enjoy Amish fiction I’ve wondered why it’s so often considered “Christian reading” when, from what I’ve learned from true ex-Amish, that most Amish aren’t born-again Christian.
This true story tells of how a family’s life was changed forever when 2 daughters were suddenly killed in a buggy accident. Plain Faith shares how Ora-Jay and Irene grew to learn that there is more to the Christian life than just “being good and doing right.” So much more.
I’m finding that I’m having a hard time not spoiling the book and yet still giving a good account, but I guess all that I can say is that I found this book very insightful. If you’ve ever wondered what life is truly like in an Amish family, this book gives a first-hand account. It’s also a good testimony of how God can heal our broken hearts (even if there are scars left behind) and how he can use something devastating for good in some way. This is not the usual Amish book and I think you’ll enjoy it.Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Booksneeze blogging program. I was not obligated to provide a positive review.