Item description for When the Heart Cries (Sisters of the Quilt, Book 1) by Cindy Woodsmall...
Overview Despite being raised in a traditional Old Order Amish family, Hannah Lapp wants to break with tradition and marry outside the cloistered community. She's been in love with Mennonite Paul Waddell since meeting him and eagerly accepts his proposal, even though she knows her marriage will change her relationship with her family. Then, on a quiet night before Hannah and Paul can be married, tragedy strikes. In one unwelcome encounter, all that Hannah has known and believed is destroyed and she faces the possibility of losing her place in her community forever. The first book in the series will ignite in readers a deeper appreciation of family, a broader understanding of others' beliefs, and a new strength to deal with pain in their own lives.
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Format: Large Print
Studio: Walker Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher GALE GROUP
Edition Large Type
Series Sisters Of The Quilt
Series Number 1
ISBN 1594151830 ISBN13 9781594151835
Availability 0 units.
More About Cindy Woodsmall
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.
She is also a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.
Her first novel released in 2006 to much acclaim and became a best seller. Cindy was a 2007 ECPA award finalist, along with Karen Kingsbury, Angela Hunt, and Charles Martin.
Her second book, When the Morning Comes, hit numerous best-sellers lists across the US, including edging into the extended list of the New York Times, coming in at number thirty-four.
Her third book, When the Soul Mends, hit the New York Times best-sellers list, coming in at number thirteen, as well as making the USA Today’s best-sellers list.
Cindy continues to write and release best-selling works of fiction, and she’s also written a nonfiction work with an Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. The book is titled Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women.
Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity.
Though she didn’t realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and caped dresses. Her parents didn’t allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy’s house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them—afraid that if they didn’t, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann’s because her family didn’t own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults’ disapproval and the obstacles in each other’s lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy’s family moved to another region of the US.
As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children.
Cindy, her husband, their three sons and two daughters-in-law reside in Georgia.
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Reviewed by Rita Goatley for ReviewYourBook.com, 09/08 4 stars There is only One that you can always depend on...
Hannah was raised in a traditional Old Order Amish family. She was only 17-years-old when she fell in love with Paul, an educated Mennonite. They knew their different backgrounds would lead to problems. However, the romance of Paul and Hannah acts as only the scenery behind this story. Through no fault of her own, tragedy struck Hannah. Not only does her family turn against her, so does Paul. Only her faith can carry her through the following events. Hannah finds herself questioning the Old Ways of her people.
This is a moving story of Hannah, her faith, and beliefs. Things are not always the way some people see them. You have to believe in yourself even when it seems that no one else does. God is always there for you. Cindy Woodsmall calls on her background in this story. When The Heart Cries is a sad story. This book needs a bit of editing. Woodsmall already has plans to follow up with a sequel.
Read All the Parts Aug 3, 2008
I'm a huge fan of Lori Wick & Tracie Peterson. So this was not what I was used to for Christian Fiction.
1st I will say you have to read the 2nd book it tells you a lot about Sarah and her issues with Hannah.
Hannah doesn't really deal with what happened because she's just removed herself from what happened. There is a lot of healing in book two. I honestly can't wait for book 3 to come out to see how it all ends.
Also, Ms. Woodsmall did have insight from an Amish friend & a Mennonite friend. So its not like she made this up on a whim. She is a new author give her time to grow.
V. Temple Jul 3, 2008
If you like to read about the Amish, this is a good novel to learn something about the Amish way of life. The book is a fast read. You'll want to read Book #2 and #3 to find out what happens next. Book #1 leave you hanging.
When the Heart Cries May 15, 2008
What a great book, Made me cry, Ive lived in the Amish community for 18 yrs, Was so Intrested in learning about the Amish, While I was at Wal Mart I picked up this book, and could put it down, While I was reading this book I discovered my Amish neighbor name was in it. After several months of reading the book, I spoke with my neighbor, while speaking with her I discovered Cindy was going to be in the neighborhood, I met Cindy in person and discovered she had another book out continuing from When the heart Cries, I went back to Wal Mart to see if the carried the next book "When the Morning Comes" sadden to see they didn't carry it so I had to order it online, cant wait to get it and read it. It was a pleasure meeting Cindy.
Courageous May 6, 2008
This is a book of love and tragedy. Hannah is raised in the Old Order Amish community of Lancaster County. She is a lovely young woman but she has a secret. She has been in love with Paul Waddle for three years who is a conservative Minnonite.
Paul would return each summer during his university break to help his grandmother and work her fields. He also returned to see Hannah. Paul was just as much in love with Hannah as she was with him.
The last summer they shared Paul and Hannah talked about their love for one another. Paul has a plan to gain permission from Hannah's dad for her to marry him. He would work for her father until he could see how much he loved Hannah and that he would be good for her. Everything seemed magical for Hannah as she said good bye to Paul that faithful summer. As Hannah was walking back home a car stopped along the road, but Hannah did not think anything of it until a man came towards her who attacked and raped her.
Walking home in shock and pain her mother saw Hannah with her torn and bloody clothes and started running to Hannah, screaming for Hannah's dad. The rest of this story takes many different twists. It is not long before Hannah learns she is pregnant. Her sister who had always been jealous of Hannah began to tell lies about her. Hannah's family had no choice but to turned against her because of events that had taken place.
She had to leave the only home she had ever had in order for her family to be able to keep their name in good standing in their community. She had to find a place to go; in a world she has no knowledge about.
This book will bring tears to you eyes and touch your heart. You will not be able to put it down. I highly recommed this book. I can't wait to buy the second of the series "Sisters Of The Quilt".