Friday, October 11, 2013

It's Beginning To Look Like An Amish Christmas~





I was so excited when this little book came in the mail. I love a good Amish book and I love Christmas. This book was such a fun read. It was inspired by a true story which made it so much better.

It is written in the time of World War II . Rose finds out that her life has been a lie ~ she is not really Amish at all. She was abandoned and taken in by her Amish parents ~ whom she loved with all her heart.  Why did her birth parents leave her behind? Why had her family not told her the truth? What will the man she loves do when he finds out she is not really Amish? Will he love her? Will she even be allowed to stay according to the the Bishop? Does she even want to stay Amish? So many questions to answer in this little novella. 

I loved this book and could not put it down. What a great Christmas gift this would make. I give it 5 stars!

Book Description

Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming novella of sacrifice and deep love.
Born in the midst of the hardships of the Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But as she prepares to marry, she's thrown into confusion when she learns the truth of her birth. She was born Englisch and abandoned when the family moved on in search of work.
Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind-Englischers? And was her intended's gift of discovering her birth family given out of love or fear?

The Pumpkin Man~




In the city of Colorado Springs, people called Nick Venetucci “The Pumpkin Man.” Every autumn for 50 years, he invited thousands of school children to visit his farm along the banks of Monument Creek, pick a free pumpkin, and take it home. Nick loved walking through his fields with the kids, helping them find “just the right one.”
The principal of the local elementary school, which was named in Venetucci’s honor, said, “He taught our kids the definition of generosity. He gave, gave, gave, and never expected anything in return.” When Nick died at the age of 93, the community saluted him as a hero because of his kind and generous spirit


The Pumpkin man shared the fruits of his labor because he wanted to be giving. The Bible encourages us to be giving people. Are you stingy or are you giving? I think stingy people are just stinky. I don't want to be a "stinky" person.



2 Corinthians 9:7-8


 7Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

 8And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

The Pumpkin Man gave what he had to bless others and he touched many lives. What do you have to give?  The grace will come from God if you ask for it~ but the giving comes from the heart. How would we feel if God was stingy with His resources as we are with our resources? (Just a thought.) The story of the Pumpkin man blessed my heart and challenged me to see where I could be more giving. Remember we are not going to take anything with us when we make our final journey Home.






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