Feb 2013 Newsletter & Book Reviews
New books to check out in the Library!
. . . more reviews coming next month . . .
Listed below are some of the newest additions to Tabor’s library. They have been placed on the mobile shelves in the Library. Checkout instructions are posted on the desk. If you have any questions or requests, please contact a Library Committee member. (Vickie Schmidt, Carrie Unruh, Kris Schmidt, Doris Unruh, Phyllis Regier)
Forever After: A Hanover Falls Novel by Deborah Raney
Lucas Vermontez was a proud firefighter like his father. Now, not only has he lost his father and his best friend, Zach, in the fire at the Grove Street homeless shelter, but the devoted rookie can no longer do the work he loves after being crippled in the tragic event. When friendship with his buddy’s beautiful widow turns into more, he wonders, what could he possibly offer Jenna? Jenna Morgan is trying to grieve her husband’s death like a proper widow, but the truth is, she never really loved Zach. His death feels more like a relief to her. But that relief is short-lived when she loses her home and the financial support of her in-laws. Now the secrets of her past threaten to destroy her future. Can the two forget the painful past and discover new reasons to live and love?
The Sacred Acre: The Ed Thomas Story by Mark A. Tabb
On a Sunday in May 2008, an F-5 tornado struck the town of Parkersburg, Iowa, killing eight people and destroying 250 homes and businesses within 34 seconds. The next day, Parkersburg’s beloved football coach, Ed Thomas, made a stunning prediction: ‘God willing, we will play our first home game here on this field this season.’ One hundred days later, the home team scored a victory on the field they dubbed ‘The Sacred Acre,’ serving as a galvanizing point for the town to band together and rebuild. But just as Parkersburg was recovering, another devastating tragedy struck. While working with a group of football and volleyball players early one morning, one of Ed’s former students walked in and gunned him down point blank. Ed Thomas was 58. The murder of this hometown hero spread across national news headlines. Ed’s community and family reeled from shock. Yet the story doesn’t end here. What happened next proves that even a double tragedy is no match for faith, love … and the power of forgiveness.
The Touch by Patricia Hickman
While her father desperately searches for her, a troubled young wife and mother searches for the safety and spiritual transformation that can only be found in the healing touch of Christ. A modern-day parable inspired by the Ron DiCianni painting.
The Postcard and The Crossroad (2 books in one!) by Beverly Lewis
Rachel Yoder, a New Order Amish woman, lost her husband and son in a tragic accident two years ago. Now, returning to her aging parents with her young daughter, she has resigned herself to the life of a widow. With a subdued but cheerful heart she helps her family run a bed-and-breakfast in a quaint Lancaster county town. Philip Bradley, a world-weary journalist from New York City on assignment in Lancaster to write an article on the Amish community, is a lodger at the Yoder’s B&B. A chance discovery by Philip of a postcard written in illegible Pennsylvania Dutch in the dresser of his room sets off a series of events that leads him into the heart of the Amish life and to the bedside of a mysterious woman known as “The Storyteller.” With the postcard as a link to a haunted past, the woman gradually weaves a riveting tale as old as herself about a community shuttered in secrecy, shattered by betrayal. Fascinated by the story, Philip’s and Rachel’s lives become inevitably intertwined despite the attempts of the community to protect her from the outsider. Torn by devotion to the people she loves and the awakening feelings in her heart, Rachel searches her past to restore old wounds in order than new love might grow.
After the dramatic conclusion to his discovery of a long-lost postcard, journalist Philip Bradley simply cannot forget the Amish people he met while on assignment in Pennsylvania–particularly Rachel Yoder and her young daughter, Annie. Rachel’s cheerful outlook, in spite of her blindness, and her appealing, uncomplicated
lifestyle beckon Philip amid the high-paced existence of his New York career.
Philip’s newfound knowledge of the true reason for Rachel’s loss of sight spurs
Him on to uncover what he can about the possibility for a cure. In Lancaster County, Rachel has her own ideas about the way her vision might be restored, and it
doesn’t include the local healer and his black box. Now, Rachel firmly believes
the God she serves is the only One who can grant her sight, but as the memories
of the trauma she suffered begin to resurface, Rachel questions whether she can bear the agonizing road to recovery. Drawn back to Lancaster County over the Christmas holidays, Philip struggles with the vast gulf separating him from the beautiful Plain woman. Rachel has suffered unbearable heartache; will his growing affection for her only bring more of the same? Or must Philip and Rachel sacrifice
a future together for the sake of all they know and love?