Saturday, October 29, 2016

Christian's Hope by Ervin R. Stutzman

Book Description:
When Christian Hochstetler returns to the Amish after seven years in captivity, he finds that many things have shifted. Captured as a child during the French and Indian War, Christian has spent much of his life among Native Americans, who cared for him and taught him their ways. Now that Christian is home, his father wants him to settle back into their predictable Amish life of farming, and Christian's budding friendship with Orpha Rupp beckons him to stay as well.

Yet Christian feels restless, and he misses his adoptive Native American family--who raised him as their own son. When faced with a life-altering decision, will Christian choose the Amish identity that his father desires for him? Or will he depart from his family and faith community yet again?

"Christian's Hope" tells the story of the younger brother of Joseph and son of Jacob, whom readers have come to love in the first two books in the Return to Northkill series. Based on actual events and written by a descendant of the Hochstetler family, "Christian's Hope" brings the sweeping epic of the Return to Northkill series to a soul-stirring end.

My Thoughts:
I liked this story. Christian has been held captive for years and now is able to go back to his Amish life he was so violently jerked out of.  The problem is he has lived years without the Amish ways and in the Native American life. He doesn't easily slide back into the 'old life style' and wants to go back to what he has lived the last years. 
I felt so bad for Christian and his father. That was a terrible ordeal to go through but they survived. I wasn't sure how to feel about some of the issues because I really could see both sides. I'm not certain there was a right or wrong for those situations because each person is different. I also liked that this is based on a true story. That added and interesting element for me!
I enjoyed it 4/5 for me. 

Thank you to the publisher/author for the review copy of this book (via Litfuse). I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine. 


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