After tragedy strikes the family of young Naomi Miller, her friend Rebecca Bachman does all she can to help But things get complicated when Rebecca s brother, Micah, returns from a combat tour in Afghanistan For one thing, he chose to serve in the military even though he served as a medic and never picked up a gun For another, he is under the Meidung the shunning because of that and none of the Amish are permitted to speak to him or eat with him And finally, he is not only Rebecca s brother, he is Naomi s husband But how can Naomi pick up where their marriage left off after he turned away from her and his people to enlist in the army How can Naomi and Micah even begin the process of healing their relationship when he will not repent of what he has done and the Amish will not forgive him for what he has done Naomi despairs of ever again having a happy married life with her husbandBut God has a way of working on the hearts of His people especially at Christmas time When an unexpected turn of events sets things right, miracles happen to the Amish community, to the Miller family, and to Naomi and Micah, miracles that transform everyoneHere is warm and tender story of faithfulness, love, and reconciliation at the most wonderful time of the year


10 thoughts on “An Amish Family Christmas

  1. Kristi Kristi says:

    This book was my introduction to Murry Pura To be completely honest, I didn t pay attention to the author s name and had no idea that the book was written by a man until the end Before reading this book, I had only read Amish fiction written by women Murray won me over with this book His writing style is wonderful and he gently pulls you into the story and keeps you there until the last word.This book was wonderfully written and realistic The characters are genuine and complex They have pr This book was my introduction to Murry Pura To be completely honest, I didn t pay attention to the author s name and had no idea that the book was written by a man until the end Before reading this book, I had only read Amish fiction written by women Murray won me over with this book His writing style is wonderful and he gently pulls you into the story and keeps you there until the last word.This book was wonderfully written and realistic The characters are genuine and complex They have problems and aren t living the perfect stress free life so many people think the Amish live.The storyline of this book was different from any I had read in the Amish fiction genre I found this unique and refreshing It added to the authenticity of the characters are made for a wonderful read In fact, there is a lot packed into this 146 page book but it is so well written that I finished the book quickly This book will leave you with a happy heart I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction


  2. Rhonda Gayle Rhonda Gayle says:

    Young Micah has returned from Iraq where he felt called by God to heal wounded soldiers But there is one very big problem Micah is Amish Amish do not believe in fighting in wars and do not allow their church members to serve in the military in any capacity even healing Naomi s family has been killed and her surviving brother, Luke, is in a catatonic state Naomi and her friend and sister in law, Rebecca, work to restore Luke to full health and Micah returns from the war The church puts him Young Micah has returned from Iraq where he felt called by God to heal wounded soldiers But there is one very big problem Micah is Amish Amish do not believe in fighting in wars and do not allow their church members to serve in the military in any capacity even healing Naomi s family has been killed and her surviving brother, Luke, is in a catatonic state Naomi and her friend and sister in law, Rebecca, work to restore Luke to full health and Micah returns from the war The church puts him under the bann when he refuses to say that he was wrong to serve in the war as a medic Micah and Naomi can not speak or even sleep in the same room They long to be together as a husband and wife are meant to be Can they change the Ordnung Will Luke ever speak again or get up and walk MY REVIEW This is a very compelling story I felt the agony that Micah and Naomi were experiencing as Murray Pura s words are so descriptive and heartfelt I have read many Amish Christmas stories and this one is far different from all of the others I simply can not imagine enduring a shunning of my own spouse Micah has been away from his wife and family for a year and he and Naomi long to hold each other They are forbidden to do so I will be honest and say that I do not think I could obey the rules of the Amish church in this respect I value many of their practices and beliefs but not this one So, to be preparing to celebrate Christmas, it would lack joy and wonder for me with shunning being practiced I was eager to read this book and when I had to stop to do housework, I was anxious to get back to my kindle to see how Murray Pura resolves these incredible conflicts This story shows God s forgiveness and miracles, for sure and certain The bann is dealt with honestly and accurately I received a free kindle version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review


  3. Joleen Joleen says:

    This is a three cry book Get out the tissue and don t even try reading this before bed An Amish Family Christmas is only 144 pages, but it goes way beyond a typical novella This is packed as full as a novel, and certainly not your average Amish story.Naomi Miller has lost nearly everything Her parent s buggy was hit by an automobile, killing them along with her sister, and leaving her brother alive but just this side of catatonic On top of that, her husband Micah left a year ago to serve in This is a three cry book Get out the tissue and don t even try reading this before bed An Amish Family Christmas is only 144 pages, but it goes way beyond a typical novella This is packed as full as a novel, and certainly not your average Amish story.Naomi Miller has lost nearly everything Her parent s buggy was hit by an automobile, killing them along with her sister, and leaving her brother alive but just this side of catatonic On top of that, her husband Micah left a year ago to serve in Afghanistan as a medic which, by the way, is against Amish rules They have nothing to do with the military, and making this decision has broken the Ordnung, which means he is shunned.Naomi s brother Luke is being returned home from the hospital, still unable to care for himself She s decided to live at their parent s farm in the event he recovers to any degree and needs the familiar surroundings Rebecca, Micah s sister, has chosen to live with Naomi to help care for Luke.Micah returns from his tour of duty to find his community has shunned him Although he can live under the same roof as his wife Naomi, his sister and his brother in law, he s not allowed to share a room with his wife, he s not allowed to talk to or touch any of them, and if he eats meals in the house, he must take the meal to another room Only repentance of his disobedience to the Ordnung will bring him back into fellowship with the church Micah believed God directed him to help save lives in Afghanistan and refuses to repent of that decision.How can they all live this way By prayer, and faith that God can work it out.This was such a moving little book Like I said, not a typical Amish book at all Lives were changed in an unusual way as the wills and hearts of the people were affected by God Lots of scripture shared for wisdom and lots of prayer.Sweet book


  4. Marian Baay Marian Baay says:

    Naomi Bachman is grieving the passing of her parents and sister after a tragic accident Her brother Luke was wounded in the accident and lost the control over his limbs and the ability to speak Her husband Micah was gone on a tour of duty in Afghanistan while the tragedy occurred Sister in law Rebecca is staying with Naomi and is doing her best to help and encourage her.Naomi doesn t know what to think of her husband She doesn t understand why he left her to go to war and broke the rules of Naomi Bachman is grieving the passing of her parents and sister after a tragic accident Her brother Luke was wounded in the accident and lost the control over his limbs and the ability to speak Her husband Micah was gone on a tour of duty in Afghanistan while the tragedy occurred Sister in law Rebecca is staying with Naomi and is doing her best to help and encourage her.Naomi doesn t know what to think of her husband She doesn t understand why he left her to go to war and broke the rules of the Ordnung by enlisting.When Micah comes home, he is shunned and not allowed to speak or eat with other Amish He is living under the same roof with his wife, but cannot speak to her, touch her, nor eat with her The shunning will be lifted as soon as he repents of having gone to war, but Micah cannot repent because he felt it was God who sent him there to do the work of a medic and save people s lives Christmas is nearing and letters and postcards from grateful family members of soldiers, whose lives Micah had saved, start to arrive Naomi is beginning to see another side of her husband by reading the letters and notes and slowly she starts to understand some of the reasons why he enlisted She takes the mail to the bishop, hoping that he will also be touched by reading the letters and will do something to stop the shunning She prayes that hearts and rules will be changed.When an accident occurs in their community, and Micah rushes to offer his help, will it change the thinking of the Ministers of the Amish church, or will it only make Micah s predicament worse Such a captivating and moving story Once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down I think the author beautifully portrayed that even if we don t always understand the things that are happening around us, that doesn t mean it s not from God A wonderful novella for Christmas, or any time of the year Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley


  5. JudyAnn JudyAnn says:

    The convictions of a brave man who would bring relief to suffering by serving as a medic in to American troops and others in need in the conflict in Afghanistan meet a wall of convictions shared by the Amish community where he has belonged That wall believes the service conviction violates the no involvement with war In keeping with other policies in the community, the declaration that Micah will be excluded and or shunned by all except in an emergency extends even to his wife, Naomi Naomi an The convictions of a brave man who would bring relief to suffering by serving as a medic in to American troops and others in need in the conflict in Afghanistan meet a wall of convictions shared by the Amish community where he has belonged That wall believes the service conviction violates the no involvement with war In keeping with other policies in the community, the declaration that Micah will be excluded and or shunned by all except in an emergency extends even to his wife, Naomi Naomi and Micah have been separated by his absence for service since they were first married When he returns from serving, they are still under the edict of exclusion although they may share a houseMurray Pura addresses the different aspects of the two conviction aspects without painting any character as a classic bad guy The tender treatment helps readers feel the spiritual discomfort of all who are involved As we would hope in a good tale, the story turns on the faith of the characters to bring them into a different point of view Naomi determines to connect with her husband regardless of rules at the risk of her own exclusion An emergency calls for Micah to share his skills, saving the life of a community member That tender care opens enlightenment for leadership who are struggling to maintain faith, who are hungry for spiritual direction over the potential of power driven by fear Without diminishing the statement of their community and being un Amish the group comes to a higher, gentler spiritual level as this sweet Christmas story works through Any reader s convictions regarding faith practices has to be sensitive to the spiritual path of the characters in this storya spiritual path that may be reflected in the real lives of neighbors who represent many cultures Pura brings the spiritual to the forefront without focusing over much on the politics I was given a copy of this book by the publishers, but was not required to write reviews It was a pleasant task to read and review another excellent story from Murray Pura


  6. Debbie Debbie says:

    An Amish Family Christmas by Murray Pura is wunderbaar I wish I could give itthan five stars.This book is a great book to read for entertainment but it is a book to make you really think I have read it twice and it has made me think about my thoughts on several issues And the money I spent to purchase this book was well spent I added this in this review because I don t like to spentthan a few dollars on a ebook, but since I really like Murray Pura s books and he likes to give An Amish Family Christmas by Murray Pura is wunderbaar I wish I could give itthan five stars.This book is a great book to read for entertainment but it is a book to make you really think I have read it twice and it has made me think about my thoughts on several issues And the money I spent to purchase this book was well spent I added this in this review because I don t like to spentthan a few dollars on a ebook, but since I really like Murray Pura s books and he likes to give out copies of his books and I have won a few of his books, I decided to risk it and spend the money I have to say again I was not disappointed This was the book for an online book discussion and I will say anyone that hasn t read this book is really missing out on a book that really touches on what is a really heartfelt subject for all people rather Amish or English, or any race or Nation Naomi has just lost her parents and sister in a wreck caused by a drunk driver, and her brother Luke is in a catatonic stupor from head injuries She is angry and confused and feels alone Her sister in law is there to help her but at first Naomi want listen to her because even through she is married, she claims she has no husband Why would she claim this It is because Micah has joined the war and helped to save lives The Amish do not believe in this this Micah is shunned because he won t repent and say he was wrong But Micah returns and does Naomi hold to the bishop s rule of shunning or does she hold on to her wedding vows This book is truly a book of love and forgiveness and honest soul searching But then a tragic happens to one of the community s own And opinions are changed I just love the ending I really wish real life was like fiction But then again maybe I don t because then fiction would not be able to teach us anything


  7. Diana Montgomery Diana Montgomery says:

    An Amish Christmas By Murray PuraA major accident has left Naomi s parents and one sister dead and a brother who may not be himself again Their buggy was broadsided by drunk driver Turned Naomi s world upside down She is there to face it alone her husband Micah has gone off to war Not even knowing he will come alive And if he does he will be shunned Going off to war is against the Ordnung If Micah comes back they can not be together as husband and wife How will things workout Can chang An Amish Christmas By Murray PuraA major accident has left Naomi s parents and one sister dead and a brother who may not be himself again Their buggy was broadsided by drunk driver Turned Naomi s world upside down She is there to face it alone her husband Micah has gone off to war Not even knowing he will come alive And if he does he will be shunned Going off to war is against the Ordnung If Micah comes back they can not be together as husband and wife How will things workout Can changes happen There is another major accident going to happen in the book life and death situation Please get the book it is really good This book is a 5 star book Another great writing by Murray Pura I was given this book in exchange for my own honest review Thanks Netgalley


  8. Donita Corman Donita Corman says:

    I was captivated from the first paragraph.I felt as if I was right there with the characters because of the vivid descriptions used in the writing I read this in one evening g because it was hard to put down It s not a cliche romance story Real struggles and feelings were explored and dealt with I highly recommend this book.


  9. Jalynn Patterson Jalynn Patterson says:

    About the Book After tragedy strikes the family of young Naomi Miller, her friend Rebecca Bachman does all she can to help But things get complicated when Rebecca s brother, Micah, returns from a combat tour in Afghanistan For one thing, he chose to serve in the military even though he served as a medic and never picked up a gun For another, he is under the Meidung the shunning because of that and none of the Amish are permitted to speak to him or eat with him And finally, he is not only About the Book After tragedy strikes the family of young Naomi Miller, her friend Rebecca Bachman does all she can to help But things get complicated when Rebecca s brother, Micah, returns from a combat tour in Afghanistan For one thing, he chose to serve in the military even though he served as a medic and never picked up a gun For another, he is under the Meidung the shunning because of that and none of the Amish are permitted to speak to him or eat with him And finally, he is not only Rebecca s brother, he is Naomi s husband But how can Naomi pick up where their marriage left off after he turned away from her and his people to enlist in the army How can Naomi and Micah even begin the process of healing their relationship when he will not repent of what he has done and the Amish will not forgive him for what he has done Naomi despairs of ever again having a happy married life with her husband But God has a way of working on the hearts of His people especially at Christmas time When an unexpected turn of events sets things right, miracles happen to the Amish community, to the Miller family, and to Naomi and Micah, miracles that transform everyone Here is warm and tender story of faithfulness, love, and reconciliation at the most wonderful time of the year.About the Author Murray Pura was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, just north of the Dakotas and Minnesota His first novel was released in Toronto in 1988 and was a finalist for the Dartmouth Book Award Since that time he has published tennovels, two collections of short stories, and several nonfiction titles including the Zondervan books Rooted and Streams and the Baker devotional Majestic Wild He has been a finalist for several awards in the US and Canada and in 2012 won the Word Award of Toronto for Best Historical Novel Murray lives and writes in southwestern Alberta and is currently published by Barbour, Baker, Harper One, Zondervan, and Harvest House he works with publishers in Canada, America, the UK, and Holland His releases for 2013 include the novels Ashton Park, The Rose of Lancaster County, A Road Called Love, Seven Oaks, The Painted Sky, Whispers of a New Dawn, Beneath the Dover Sky, The Name of the Hawk, and An Amish Family Christmas His diverse writing spans many genres including historical fiction, contemporary fiction, literary fiction, romance, adventure, western, suspense, fantasy, Amish, and inspirational Most of his work is available in ebook format for Kindle, Kobo, and Nook as well as in paperback My Review It is all Naomi could just to stand upright much less be kind and forgiving to the Lord for what she felt like He allowed to happen But her faithful friend, Rebecca, was right by her side to help her pick up the pieces and sort it all out But it is no wonder this poor girl was beside herself with grief, with her husband gone off to war in Afghanistan, maybe to never return, and her family having a fatal buggy accident with the sole survivor being her brother She wondered if God was there at all But thankfully we have a God that loves to strut His stuff and he proves to this young, married Amish girl and the entire local Amish community that He is indeed a God of miracles and this story proves to be no different After Naomi s brother returns home from the hospital after the accident he is certainly not himself The buggy accident left him in a catatonic state, so Naomi and Rebecca take to caring for him If that wasn t enough Micah returns from the war ready to begin his life again, but the Bishop and the ministers have other plans This is the first time I have read a book by Murray Pura and I have to say he is an excellent writer I read the whole book cover to cover and I found myself in tears and happy, with shouts of victory This is the perfect book to read during the holidays or anytime Disclosure This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Harvest House


  10. Deborah Deborah says:

    After tragedy strikes the family of young Naomi Miller, her friend Rebecca Bachman does all she can to help But things get complicated when Rebecca s brother, Micah, returns from a combat tour in Afghanistan For one thing, he chose to serve in the military even though he served as a medic and never picked up a gun For another, he is under the Meidung the shunning because of that and none of the Amish are permitted to speak to him or eat with him And finally, he is not only Rebecca s broth After tragedy strikes the family of young Naomi Miller, her friend Rebecca Bachman does all she can to help But things get complicated when Rebecca s brother, Micah, returns from a combat tour in Afghanistan For one thing, he chose to serve in the military even though he served as a medic and never picked up a gun For another, he is under the Meidung the shunning because of that and none of the Amish are permitted to speak to him or eat with him And finally, he is not only Rebecca s brother, he is Naomi s husband But how can Naomi pick up where their marriage left off after he turned away from her and his people to enlist in the army How can Naomi and Micah even begin the process of healing their relationship when he will not repent of what he has done and the Amish will not forgive him for what he has done Naomi despairs of ever again having a happy married life with her husband But God has a way of working on the hearts of His people especially at Christmas time When an unexpected turn of events sets things right, miracles happen to the Amish community, to the Miller family, and to Naomi and Micah, miracles that transform everyone.Here is warm and tender story of faithfulness, love, and reconciliation at the most wonderful time of the year.My Review Micah has done what he thought was right, but when you re Amish, that comes at a high price to pay Choosing not to be a conscientious objector, Micah becomes a medic and joins the military in Afghanistan But upon his return, his wife Naomi is not allowed to resume their married life because he is shunned When it becomes clear that Naomi still loves Micah and desperately wants to be with him, it just broke my heart that the People were the cause of the division between two souls I am a huge sucker for the story of lovers unable to be together, and this one was no different Pura brings the elements of Christmas, love that can t be changed by beliefs, and a beautiful story of faithfulness to life While an incident in the story felt a little extreme in order to paint Micah in a good light, I will always love a good Christmas romance especially when written by Pura I would recommend this book to anyone, even if you re not fond of Amish fiction This one is different and a perfect read for the upcoming holiday season This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review