• Title: Beside Still Waters
  • Author: Tricia Goyer
  • ISBN: 9781433668685
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • Beside Still Waters Raised among the Amish of Indiana year old Marianna Sommer plans to get baptized into the church marry Aaron Zook and set up life in the only community she has ever known But when her older brot
    Raised among the Amish of Indiana, 18 year old Marianna Sommer plans to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and set up life in the only community she has ever known But when her older brother chooses the world s path following his rumschpringe, and a younger sibling begins showing interest in Englisch ways, Marianna s parents move the family to Montana.AlthougRaised among the Amish of Indiana, 18 year old Marianna Sommer plans to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and set up life in the only community she has ever known But when her older brother chooses the world s path following his rumschpringe, and a younger sibling begins showing interest in Englisch ways, Marianna s parents move the family to Montana.Although she is also in her rumschpringe years and not obligated to move, Marianna makes the journey to dutifully help her mother who is expecting another child Surprisingly, from strangers on the cross country train ride to the less rigid stance of the new Montana community, many Englisch influences awaken within Marianna and even her father the desire to pursue a deeper kind of joy and love for God.After an accident, Marianna tells her friend Ben a defining story about the Sommer family, and his response further illumines the active relationship God seeks with His followers In due time, she learns the move from Indiana was not about losing anything, but finding out who God really is Despite all the shake ups, Marianna feels a sweet peace, like still waters, in her soul.

    One Reply to “Beside Still Waters”

    1. I love being able to have a new experience every time I read a book, and when it comes to reading Amish fictionwell, that's a tad bit of a rarity. Most of the time, their culture is seen as difficult, closed off, and rigorous. But in Tricia Goyer's first Amish novel, those cultural boundaries are pushed to the edge, and seriously makes for an incredibly entertaining, yet beautiful, story that I won't soon forget.What surprised me most about this story was the increased interaction between the Am [...]

    2. This wasn’t my first time reading an Amish Fiction novel, but it was my first time reading any of Tricia Goyer’s work. Beside Still Waters was amazing and I was drawn into the story from the very first page. Tricia Goyer is a gifted writer and I was able to visualize vividly in my mind’s eye as the story unfolded. Her characters were all believable and I felt very connected to them especially Marianna, the main character.The book follows Marianna as she prepares to move across the country [...]

    3. This is one of those books that surprised me. The prologue seemed abrupt, and the beginning of the book didn't really capture my attention. But eventually I became more involved in the story, and the train ride to Montana--the change in setting and perspective--really drew me into the plot and the heart of the characters.The second half of the book felt more genuine to me. It raised some important questions and stirred my emotions. The underlying tension of two different worlds was palpable and [...]

    4. What happens when life shakes your foundation? What if your foundation isn't the foundation that God really wants you to have? These are tough questions, and Tricia Goyer captures the struggle between our dreams and life's realities beautifully in this novel.I most appreciated the struggle within the main character as she was challenged about her deep-seeded beliefs. She was forced through circumstances to question why she always did things a certain way, and if another way was okay. Or even, pe [...]

    5. On the night her 2 sisters died in a horrible accident Marianna Sommers was born. Raised in an Amish community in Indiana Marianna has tried her entire life to make up for the loss of her sisters.Marianna is almost 20 and starting to think about having a home of her own. Aaron Zook has been taking an interest in her. He is building his own cabin and has dreams of one day living in it with Marianna.Marianna’s brother Levi has left the community. He has caused embarrassment and heartache for his [...]

    6. This story begins when the Sommer family are on there way home from a church meeting. They are an Amish family traveling by way of horse and buggy. They cross a busy road and are in a terrible accident that will change their lives forever. Two of their little girls are killed in this accident and a baby girl is forced to come into this world under harsh circumstance. Their young son also survives. Marianne was that baby and she has been trying walk in the shoes of her two sister ever since day o [...]

    7. Beside Still Waters was a refreshingly new take on Amish fiction. I was hooked after only reading the first two pages. The prologue was so moving and heartbreaking, even though I knew it was going to happened!Marianna has always lived with being the replacement daughter, because the night she was born her family was in a tragic buggy/car accident in which her two older sisters perished. Shortly thereafter her mother went into labor with her and when she was born. Her father named her Marianna in [...]

    8. I am new to both Tricia Goyer's novels and Amish Fiction. It's not that Amish stories don't appeal to me, I just never found one that reached out and begged me to read it, until now. "Beside Still Water's" is the first in her Big Sky Amish series. Tricia is an outstanding author and has captured not only a bit of Amish culture in her newest novel, but also tells the tale of a 19 year old girls life and faith.Tricia has done a wonderful job showing us the faith behind Amish culture, the anguish o [...]

    9. Normally, I am a big fan of Amish romances, but this one was a miss for me. I could tell that it tied into the author's Seven Brides for Seven Bachelor's series in a loose fashion, but I wish that it hadn't been. I found the references to people and places that I was familiar with from that series very distracting! Not to mention, that it ends with very little resolution and leaves you hanging to find out what happens overall!I didn't care for Aaron Zook at all! I felt that he was taking Mariann [...]

    10. This book was so depressing. I felt so bad for Marianna. It seemed like every other chapter something bad happened to her or someone she cared about. I'm glad that there was a happy ending. That made up for a lot of the bad things that happened.

    11. Interesting readHaving Spent some time around Amish families I found religious comparisons interesting as well as how families deal with community expectations when family members leave.

    12. I have only started this one, but am extremely impressed with the quality of the writing so far.

    13. GENRE: AMISHPUBLISHER: B & H PUBLISHINGPUBLICATION DATE: APRIL 15, 2011RATING: 10 OUT OF 10Born on the day of the buggy accident that took the lives of her two older sisters, Marianna Sommers has always felt that she never measured up to her lost siblings in the eyes of her parents. She has consigned herself to the fact that once she leaves her family home and marries the man God has intended for her, she can start her life anew, a life in which she isn’t constantly being compared to her d [...]

    14. I have come to enjoy reading Amish fiction, and this first book in a new series for me did not disappoint. Tricia Goyer is very good at character development, and I quickly grew to like Marianna, the main character. What most endeared me to her is her honesty with her own heart, even questioning what she believed and why. Like many of us, Marianna fought hard against a move that she thought would destroy everything she wanted and believed was her future, yet it was the very thing that brought he [...]

    15. My first book by this author. I really enjoyed it and I look forward to reading more in this series. I appreciated that there was more focus on God as our Loving Father, than about rules. I enjoyed seeing the character’s progression in her faith. She grew in her appreciation of people and things outside her known circle. This is often neglected in Amish fiction. The growth in the characters felt natural and believable. The descriptions of the scenery and situations made the story come alive.

    16. A good start to a new trilogy I hope I really enjoyed this rather peaceful read. Looking forward to book two because I want to know where Marianna and Aaron end up. I also want to see how the relationship between Marianna and her mother develops.

    17. Very good read, loved it, need to read the continuation ( book 2) but unable to find it !!Any help please.Regards

    18. Excellent, emotional, and clean. I loved this book. It was a refreshing change from all the dark (horror) stuff I've been reading lately, yet plenty of suspense and twists to enjoy a great ride.Spoiler alert:*slight cliff hanger because it is a book in a series.

    19. “Beside Still Waters, A Big Sky Novel” by Tricia GoyerTricia Goyer takes us on her wonderful ‘first’ Amish journey in this first book of the, ‘A Big Sky Novel’ series, with “Beside Still Waters”, being Book One in the series. It feels as if she has been writing Amish fiction all along in her writing career, with this, her first attempt at Amish Fiction. I enjoyed it much more than some of the other Amish Fiction writers, and I think she should write a lot more Amish Fiction from [...]

    20. Beside Still Waters starts out like many of the other Amish-centered books that I've read, particularly two series that I really like by Beverly Lewis. In addition to the standard internal conflict brought upon children in the Amish community who are in the thick of their Rumspringe, nineteen year-old Marianna Sommer also has a family tragedy to content with. The day of her birth also marks the day her older sisters were lost in a buggy accident caused by her father falling asleep while driving [...]

    21. I'm not a fan of the whole Amish fiction genre. Even so, I took a chance and grabbed the opportunity to review Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer. Goyer had never written an Amish book before, so I was hoping she would bring a fresh outlook to the crowd. And without a doubt, I was intrigued by the unique Montana setting.Happily, I was not disappointed. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised! Yes, Beside Still Waters is still an Amish novel filled with quilt making, rigid family practices and lots [...]

    22. What if your birth marks the day of huge tragedy in your family?! How would it feel to share your birthday with mixed emotions of a day marked with great loss? This is the reality for Marianna. She was born on a day of a massive tragedy in her family and struggles every day to please her parents in hope that she’ll be the joy in their sad lives. Marianna is excited when her crush Aaron finally declares his interest in marrying her but then she is uncertain of her future when her parents decide [...]

    23. And now back to the Amish fiction!Today I haveBeside Still Waters by Tricia GoyerBeside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer is the first book in the Big Sky Series that Tricia Goyer has recently released.We follow the main character, Marianna, who was born on a night of tragedy. Her family was hit by a semi-truck in her buggy. Her two older sisters were killed and her mother went into premature labor and had her.Her whole life Marianna has grown up feeling less than she can be. She isn't an adequate re [...]

    24. Marianna's life began from a miracle of a tragedy. Her two older sisters died in a buggy accident causing her mother to go into labor early for her. Marianna has always felt the need to be the perfect daughter since she was replacing two daughters. Her family in Indiana has always been looked at differently since that accident and the family feels that life cannot be bright with that lurking over them. Her older brother Levi, left the Amish community to live amongst the English and is having a n [...]

    25. Marianna Sommers was born early due to a freak accident that killed her two older sisters, Marilyn and Joanna. Her parents and older brother survived but her mother went into premature labor and her dad named her Marianna after the older sisters that were killed. She lived her life in Indiana and planned on marrying Aaron Zook once they started courting and both joined the church.The family was blessed with three more boys and a daughter. Levi, her brother that survived the accident, left the Am [...]

    26. Marianna Sommers has always felt that her life is shaped by the tragedy that took the lives of her two sisters on the night she was born. In an attempt to fill that void, she tried to be the perfect daughter, perfect sister, and perfect Amish girl. She also dreams to be the perfect Amish wife to Aaron, the good Amish boy she's adored forever. However, her parents have plans to change all that, moving the family from their established community in Indiana to the wild and sparsely-populated mounta [...]

    27. Marianna feels she’s a constant reminder to her parents of the children they lost. She was born on the night her two sisters died and is unable to think they’re comparing her to them. “How can one replace two?” often runs through her mind. Her father has been talking about moving the family to Montana in search of a fresh start but Marianna doesn’t want to leave what’s familiar to her. Or Aaron Zook. Aaron has made his intentions clear of marriage but what will happen if she moves aw [...]

    28. 3.5 StarsMarianna was born the night her two older sisters where tragically killed in a buggy accident. She has grown up always feeling like she can’t measure up to her dead sisters. Now as a young woman she is excited to hopefully marry Aaron and start a family of her own and get out from under the shadow of her sisters memory. Before she can though her parents decide to move to Montana for a year. Marianna’s mother is expecting a baby so Marianna agrees to go alone for 6 months to help. Wh [...]

    29. In Beside Still Waters, author Tricia Goyer takes the reader on a journey into an aspect of Amish life that few people consider: What happens to the people of such a tightly knit community when tragedy strikes?Born on the same night her two older sisters were killed in a buggy accident, Marianna Sommers has tried to replace them in her parents’ lives. Marianna is caught between her duty to honor and respect her parents and her own desires to enjoy the courtship of the man she loves. If she ref [...]

    30. Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer is the first book in the Big Sky series. Marianna Sommer has lived every moment of her nearly nineteen years knowing that she had to make up for the two sisters who died in a tragic accident the night she was born. Despite the children born after her, there is still a heavy grief that lies on the Sommer family. And it has only grown since eldest son Levi has left the Amish faith. Marianna has always known that she wanted to marry Aaron Zook and he has finally [...]

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