Beside Still Waters Tricia Goyer

by adustyframe ~ April 28th, 2011


I received this book to review from LitFuse Publicity. I do enjoy reading Amish fiction from time to time so I looked forward to diving in.

Marianna Sommer is about to get baptized into the Amish church and marry Aaron Zook. She’s ready to set up the only life she’s ever dreamed of.

Her parents have different plans. Marianna’s brother already left the church and a younger sibling is very interested in the outside world. So her father moves them across the country to Montana to live in another Amish community.

Marianna’s mother is going to have another baby so her father asks her to come with them until the baby is born and her mother is back on her feet. Marianna struggles with leaving her familiar community and Aaron behind. Then she struggles with this new Amish community that is so different than their home in Indiana.

When she meets a Christian man Ben who studies the Bible with her father, all her ideas of what’s right are thrown into confusion.

About the book: Marianna Sommer believes she knows where her life is headed. Nineteen years old and Amish, her plan is to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and live in the only community she’s ever known.

When Marianna’s family moves from Indiana to Montana she discovers life and faith will never be the same. As she builds an easy friendship with local guy, Ben Stone, Ben not only draws her heart, he also gets her thinking about what loving God and living in community is all about.

As Marianna struggles to find “home”, she also encounters God in intimate ways.triciapressphoto1

About Tricia: Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty-four books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer’s Conference in 2003. Tricia’s book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.

For more about Tricia please visit

**I did receive a free copy of this book to review.


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