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Looking For A Miracle (BRIDES OF LANCASTER COUNTY) [Paperback]

By Wanda E. Brunstetter (Author)
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As a child, Rebekah Stoltzfus suffered a freak accident that left her legs paralyzed. Now, confined to a wheelchair, she feels she'll never measure up to the expectations of her Pennsylvania Amish community that a woman should marry and raise a family. She longs to be loved, yet she prays for a way to be self-supporting. Daniel Beachy wants to court Rebekah, but she believes that she is a burden and has convinced herself that love is not for her. Will Rebekah's search for a miracle come true? Or, will she miss God's gift in her battle between self-pity and the determination to be independent?

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As a child, Rebekah Stoltzfus suffered a freak accident that left her legs paralyzed. Now, confined to a wheelchair, she feels she'll never measure up to the expectations of her Pennsylvania Amish community that a woman should marry and raise a family. She longs to be loved, yet she prays for a way to be self-supporting. Daniel Beachy wants to court Rebekah, but she believes that she is a burden and has convinced herself that love is not for her. Will Rebekah's search for a miracle come true? Or, will she miss God's gift in her battle between self-pity and the determination to be independent? Looking for a Miracle is book 2 in the Brides of Lancaster County series. Other books in the series include A Merry Heart: Book 1, Plain and Fancy: Book 3, The Hope Chest: Book 4.


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As a child, Rebekah Stoltzfus suffered a freak accident that left her legs paralyzed. Now, confined to a wheelchair, she feels she'll never measure up to the expectations of her Pennsylvania Amish community that a woman should marry and raise a family. She longs to be loved, yet she prays for a way to be self-supporting. Daniel Beachy wants to court Rebekah, but she believes that she is a burden and has convinced herself that love is not for her. Will Rebekah's search for a miracle come true? Or, will she miss God's gift in her battle between self-pity and the determination to be independent?
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Item Specifications...


Studio: Barbour Publishing, Inc
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.04" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.76"
Weight:   0.53 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2007
Publisher   Barbour Books
Series  Brides Of Lancaster County  
Series Number  2  
ISBN  1597892998  
ISBN13  9781597892995  


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More About Wanda E. Brunstetter

Wanda E Brunstetter Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of almost 50 books with more than 5 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today. Wanda’s fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda’s desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith. All of Wanda’s novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs. Wanda’s primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern “Englishers.” Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Looking For A Miracle (BRIDES OF LANCASTER COUNTY)?

love this ladies books,   Jul 4, 2008
i love reading books by this author, ahe is a good story teller and i can never wait until her next one is out. would recommend her to everybody
 
Not the best  May 12, 2007
This book was slow and had a hard time keeping my attention. It was predictable. If you want to skip one in the seriers, this is the one to skip. You won't miss anything.
 
Worth the read  Apr 10, 2007
If you enjoy novels that focus on the Amish community, you will definitely want to include this book on your reading list. Although most of the characters were Amish, this wasn't just focused on the Amish, but also was a young handicapped woman's struggle to be self-sufficient in a community where she was not feeling very productive.
 
superb Amish romance  Feb 26, 2007
Waiting in her Aunt Mim's carriage for a ride home, a tree snapped leaving preadolescent Rebekah Stoltzfus wheelchair bound. While physically her legs are paralyzed, no one in her Pennsylvania Amish community understands how thirteen years later she mentally remains crippled too. Rebekah knew within one month of the accident that she will always be a burden to her loved ones and still feels that way as she will never marry and raise a family since no man wants a cripple for a wife. Still she tries to be helpful and does write a monthly column for the Lancaster County the Budget newspaper.

At a songfest Daniel Beachy admires Rebekah's courage but also sees the sadness of loneliness in her eyes; he wants to see her, but she refuses to believe a handsome man like him would court a half woman like her. When he keeps hanging around, though she falls in love with Daniel but she assumes he is either using her to attract one of her cousins probably Mary Ellen or pities the cripple. She will settle for nothing less than a shared love so she tries to drive her persistent suitor away.

This is a somewhat expanded reprint of the second Lancaster Brides' tale though this reviewer does not know how much differs from the original. The story line focuses on Rebekah whose childhood accident (occurred in A MERRY HEART) has left her thirteen years later emotionally scarred. Daniel's patience to court and win the heart of his beloved makes for a superb Amish romance.

Harriet Klausner

 
Wheelchair bound Rebekah feels she'll never measure up to marriage  Feb 22, 2007
Reviewed by Kelli Glesige for Reader Views (1/07)

As a child, Rebekah Stoltzfus suffered an accident in a lightning storm which has left her confined to a wheelchair much of the time. Rebekah has now grown into a young woman and watches as her best friend and cousin, Mary Ellen, makes plans involving marriage and children. As for Rebekah, she believes her condition will never allow her to marry, for with partial paralysis, her limitations would never enable her to fulfill the obligations of a proper Pennsylvania Amish wife. Besides, what man would want a wife confined to a wheelchair that might never be able to conceive a child or properly take care of an energetic toddler? No, a normal life is out of the question for Rebekah, without a miracle from God.

Self-pity pulling her down, Rebekah sets her sights on doing something that will allow her to be self-supporting and less dependent on her family. The pain of losing her beloved grandmother and caregiver has made Rebekah realize she must set some goals and work to achieve them, even if she has obstacles to overcome. Rebekah prays for a miracle from God--a way to become self-supporting.

Knowing her love of flowers, Cousin Mary Ellen suggests operating a greenhouse. Rebekah loves the idea, and the family, along with a few friends, enthusiastically pitches in to build the greenhouse very near the Stoltzfus' home, completely wheelchair accessible of course. Rebekah works hard in her new greenhouse business, as word of "Grandma's Place," the name Rebekah has chosen for her business, travels around the close knit Amish community of Lancaster County, and the business is a complete success.

Daniel Beachy begins hanging around Rebekah and her greenhouse, and Rebekah thinks she may have feelings of more than friendship for Daniel. Rebekah denies the feelings, for she knows any type of relationship is simply out of the question for a woman like herself. Rebekah becomes angry when she learns Daniel is only interested in her business and merely feels sorry for her. Besides that, why would any man want a handicapped woman for a wife? It is obvious to Rebekah that Daniel wants to inherit her greenhouse business and get away from dairy farming, his father's chosen profession and one Daniel vehemently dislikes.

"Looking for a Miracle" is refreshing, wholesome, and unpretentious. It is about the simple life of a group of Amish folks and the community they live in. It describes the simple life they lead, their love for the Lord, the importance of prayer, and the high importance they place on the members of their family. This book contains some very important lessons on the things that are most important in life. I give the highest recommendation I can give, plus more, to this exceptional story. "Looking for a Miracle" is Book Two in The Brides of Lancaster County series. It is very appropriate, and recommended, for all ages of readers.
 

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