by Vannetta Chapman
From the back cover:
When loss seems overwhelming… grace ushers in peace
Joshua Kline travels from his farm in Oklahoma to offer aid to an Englisch town on the Gulf Coast of Texas after a hurricane has ravaged the area. He takes his younger brother, Alton, with him because the last thing Alton needs in another brush with the law. Joshua is pleasantly surprised when he hears that Becca Troyer, the bishop’s granddaughter, also plans on joining their team.
What will he find when he arrives in Texas? Certainly, Englischers and other Plain people, who provide fresh perspective on life as the Amish volunteers help restore order from destruction. But a budding romance? A call from Gotte? A possible healing of his relationship with Alton?
Joshua’s Mission is a story of love, forgiveness, and the grace of God that carries us through even the most desperate situations.
I so love Vannetta’s writing! Not only do I struggle to put the book down, but she manages to weave deep truths into her story without standing on a soapbox. Joshua’s Mission left me dwelling on those nuggets well after I closed the book.
We tend to get caught up in our own problems and circumstances, and Joshua and Alton are no different. I’ve certainly been there. One of the best solutions is a shift in focus. It doesn’t have to take a hurricane, but somehow we have to look beyond ourselves and to those around us. Seeing needs that we can help meet gives us purpose and a reason to let go of that which has so consumed us. It’s not always easy, though, to truly see the needs of others, particularly when we are focused on our own.
Joshua’s Mission is a story of hope despite overwhelming loss. Real people with real needs, whether physical, emotional, or relational — there is hope for each person and each need, and God can bring the right people together to minister to one another at just the right times.
Joshua’s Mission is the second novel in the Plain and Simple Miracles series. While I don’t want to miss any of Vannetta’s books, Joshua’s Mission can be read as a stand-alone. Whether you are an Amish fiction fan or simply looking for a great book, you don’t want to miss this one!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)