David Stoltzfus is under a lot of stress trying to deal with the aftermath of the revelation that Freeman Glick switched the lots to become bishop. Added to that hassle, is his mother trying to fix everything that she deems needing to be fixed.
Abigail and her sister Laura are sent to their Uncle David's house to help out. They are joined by their grandmother who has a reputation for meddling in other people's affairs. Mammi is determined to find a husband for Abigail. It isn't that Abigail doesn't want to find a husband, it's just that no one is interested in her and her tendencies to organize and expound on subjects in great detail. While in Stoney Ridge, Abigail hopes to be able to break through a wall in a genealogy project she took over for her father, hoping that getting it finished will help him to break free of his depression. When she makes an interesting discovery, it could help her uncle's problems, but will it create others?
It would be extremely beneficial to read "The Imposter" before reading "The Quieting". While Katrina and Birdy are only mentioned as secondary characters in this book, what we learned about them in the first book is important to know for us to fully understand what is going on now. The characters (especially David) seek God and the Bible for guidance. I really enjoyed the spiritual journey that they took throughout the book. There were a couple of times that the same thought or phrase was repeated almost word for word ("balance of leadership, love, & clear communication" on pages 85 and 88 and a verse in Genesis about the waters of the firmament on pages 63 and 170) I found the book to flow well and that the characters were well developed and interesting.
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About the Author
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels include Anna’s Crossing and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.
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Guest Post from Suzanne Woods Fisher
Twenty years ago, my husband and I attended a large church with a dynamic senior pastor. Each Sunday, we would sit spellbound during 40 minute sermons—he was that good a preacher. And then a terrible thing came to light—this very man had been taking advantage of vulnerable women during counseling sessions. Fourteen women, it turned out, and the pastor remained unrepentant. As issues were dealt with, our entire church suffered. We were a hurting community. The sins of one affected all.
As I plotted out ‘The Bishop’s Family,’ I wanted to borrow the theme of how a leader’s sins hurts the church community. (Now, I need to clarify that this is not a novel that addresses sexual sin. However, it does address unrepentant sin in an ordained leader.) First, I spoke to some Amish friends to see if my story idea had any merit. Was I was on the right track? To my amazement, a similar situation to my novels had occurred in one Amish friend’s church, and it resulted in a “quieting.” That’s an Amish phrase that means revoking the responsibilities of an unrepentant ordained leader. Just like it sounds–he is, essentially, “quieted.”
In this novel, you’ll see the behind-the-scenes of Amish church leadership, and get a sense of how a community is hurting. And how it begins to heal, too.
This series began in the Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania community with The Imposter. More twists and turns are coming to Stoney Ridge after The Quieting—so stay tuned for The Devoted to hit bookshelves in early October. Just in time for autumn reading by a warm fireplace!
To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a grab bag of Amish-made gifts worth over $100! Click to enter