What the Bishop Saw: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell


What the Bishop Saw – TBR-Pile-Worthy

I was so stoked to see a new release from Vannetta Chapman. What the Bishop Saw is such a captivating title! But would the novel measure up? Oh, yes! It’s a page-turner – go ahead and rest up before starting this one because many sleepless nights are ahead!

What the Bishop Saw follows Bishop Henry Lapp. After an injury in his childhood, he developed a unique condition. He can draw, to unbelievable precision, what his subconscious sees. It’s not anything he asked for, or really wants, but this gift may prove useful as his community faces off with a murderer and an arsonist. How many lives will be affected? Investigators must rely on what the bishop saw.

I was given What the Bishop Saw in exchange for my honest review. It was tremendous and thought-provoking. Vannetta Chapman did an amazing job of giving the characters depth and charm. Bishop Lapp is winsome and I found myself wishing I knew him in real life! A definite win for Chapman – add another to your TBR pile!

Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!

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Plain Faith – Their Story, Our Story

Plain Faith
Their Story, Our Story
Sometimes reading about another’s journey
encourages us to consider our own.
by Tricia Goyer

Plain FaithOne of my favorite things is interviewing people. I love sitting down over coffee and asking about their lives. It’s always interesting how someone tells his or her story. They usually start at a major turning point. That was true about Ora Jay and Irene Eash. They were new friends who’d grown up Amish, and within a few minutes of me asking about their lives, the turning point of their story spilled out of their mouths: “We were on our way home from an ice cream social when we fell asleep. Our horse cross the road and our buggy was hit by a semi. Our two girls died that night.”

It’s a parent’s greatest fear—losing a child. Ora Jay and Irene lost two. They’d grown up in an Amish community, and never once considered leaving, but after losing their daughters they felt unsettled. Life could be so short. Was living within their simple community enough for them?

They looked to the west—Montana!—and dreamed of adventure. But even when the got to Montana they discovered adventure wasn’t what their hearts longed for. It was then they started noticing the smiles and warm attitudes of their English neighbors. Ora Jay and Irene always thought the Amish way was the way to heaven—so why were these Christians filled with such joy?

I clearly remember the moment Ora Jay and Irene told me that part of their story. Losing their daughters was a turning point for their lives, but daring to seek a true relationship with Jesus—beyond the Amish church—was the turning point for their souls.

Plain Faith: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss, and Leaving the Amish took a few years to write. At the time that we worked on it I lived 2,000 miles away from my friends, but we met up in Montana once and Indiana another time.

Question by question, answer by answer, we peeled back the layers of their lives. And with each revelation it became clear that God’s hand was on Ora Jay and Irene through it all. He’d been there in their darkest nights and in their brightest day—the day of their salvation.

There are many people interested in the Amish, and I hope they have a chance to read Plain Faith. I think each reader will learn something about the Amish that they never knew before. (Ora Jay and Irene confess how things really are, without anything to hide!)

More than that, I hope each reader will also start to peel back the layers of their own life journey, and discover how God has been there all along. Each of us face dark days, and each of us can find true joy, too.

Sometimes the journey life leads us on isn’t one we start out wanting to take, but as you see what God can do in the lives of ordinary people, you often discover a journey of plain faith is a right one for you, too.

A Plain Scandal by Amanda Flower

The cast from A Plain Death is back and trouble is on the horizon. When I say trouble, I mean trouble paired with a heaping helping of mystery to devour. A good book in my opinion should reel you in like the catch of the day. A Plain Scandal does just that….hook, line and sinker. Amanda Flower has written a smart, clever, and very entertaining book. To say I enjoyed reading this book would be an understatement! I will just say that I personally think it may be even better than A Plain Death and I thought that book was awesome. Her characters are becoming fast favorites of mine. The kind of characters written to entertain you and will keep you wondering what they are up to after the story ends. I love reading a book when the main characters seem like people you know. Chloe reminds me of my husband……she knows her way around a gadget or two.

I like all aspects of A Plain Scandal. The fast moving plot, the intriguing townspeople of Appleseed Creek and most importantly the mystery…..ah yes “the mystery”. Who done it…..who would commit such crimes against the Amish? You will be guessing right up to the end. In closing, if I had to choose one word to sum up A Plain Scandal, it would be captivating which means: Attract and hold the interest and attention of; charm. Yes, captivating is the perfect word and you surely will be.


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This book was provided to me from B&H Publishing via NetGalley for review purposes.