I loved this book and read it a little over a day (unfortunately, I had to go to work during this same period or I would have finished it sooner). An Amish grandmother wants to be able to support herself without relying on her children. She decides to teach a quilting class for beginners. Her new students turn out to be a mix-up bunch, each with a heart ache and a story that comes out during the weeks of their classes. Without being preachy or overly evangelistic, this book highlights the spiritual healing each person needs. It also shows that even the most devout person can have a time in their life where they don't have the attitude toward others that they should.
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Join the club of unlikely quilters who show up for Amish widow Emma Yoder’s quilting classes. A troubled young woman, a struggling couple, a widower, a rough and tough biker, and a preacher’s wife make up the mismatched lot. But as their problems begin to bind them together like the scraps of fabric stitched together in a quilt, they learn to open up and lend a helping hand. Is this what God had in mind to heal hurting hearts and create beauty from fragments?The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club - eBook
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Wanda E. Brunstetter
Emma Yoder is an Amish...
Emma Yoder is an Amish widow who has decided to supplement her household by giving quilting lessons. Her first group of students is a far flung group, including a young widower with a baby, a biker, a "goth" girl, a minister's wife, and a couple whose marriage is on the rocks. While Emma struggles to teach this bunch to quilt, she also finds herself ministering to her personal issues, while working through some issues of her own. This is the first book I have read by Wanda Brunstetter that was not strictly "Amish Romance," and I am very pleased with it. While some of her descriptions and plot lines don't exactly align with the majority of Old Order Amish beliefs, this story is believeable and entertaining to read. It is a quick, uplifting read that leaves the reader satisfied with the progression and conclusion of the story. I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys a positive story, not just fans of "Amish" fiction or "Christian" fiction.
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I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own. When we think of quilting classes we think of several things. First, we may think of the Amish who are well known for their beautiful hand-stitched quilts. We may also think of a group of ladies, and occasionally a few men taking a class to learn how to make a quilt. Never, until I read this book would I have thought of a group of quilters like Wanda Brunstetter has assembled in this book. This quilting class is a group of the biggest misfits I'd ever seen. Emma Yoder is a widow and has been receiving financial assistance from her family. She decides to offer a six week quilting class to help pay her own way. What she gets is not necessarily what she was expecting, but what God knew she needed. Star Stephens hides her true self under her gothic look. Her grandmother knew the true her and signed her up for the quilting class a couple of days before she died. Her grandmother had always been there for her. She was the one person in her life she could count on. She decides to attend the paid for class to honor her grandmother. Then we have Jan Sweet a tattooed biker who has lost his license for driving under the influence. He has a lot of issues and it is his probation officer who tells him to find an outlet for his anger. He figures this is the creative outlet that will help him. Next we have Pam and Stuart Johnson. The have signed up for the quilting class as part of their counseling. They've been told to find something to do together. Stuart wants to go camping, which Pam hates so she gets him to agree by telling him if he goes to the quilting club with her she will go camping. Ruby Williams is a preacher's wife. She is trying to find something that doesn't involve the church to help her de-stress. Yes, those who work for the church need an outside life as much as those who don't work for the church. Finally we have Paul Ramirez. He is a widower left with a very young baby. His wife had started a quilt for their daughter but never got the opportunity to finish it. She was killed in an accident. He thinks he can go to the class and have someone finish the quilt. He decides that this is something he needs to learn how to do. Emma quickly learns she will have her hands full. But if God wanted them there then she would help them. Through this story we see how God used her to help them stitch the remnants of their own lives back together. Emma also has some issues. She has a pesky neighbor named Lamar who likes her. She does everything she can to discourage him. When she gets sick he takes over her class and she learns that there is more to him than just a pesky neighbor. This was such a fun book to read. Everyone who reads this book can see themselves or part of themselves in at least one of these characters. Definitely going to recommend this book.
The Half-Stitched Amis...
The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter Emma hopes to share her love of quilting as she teaches strangers how to quilt. Since her husband had passed away over a year ago, her daughter and all the children had sent money back home to help with the finances. Emma hoped to supplement the income by selling her quilting items. She placed an ad around town and got one that wanted to learn. She outlined what she'd need to teach them. The way the author introduces the people who will be attending the classes is done makes it easy to keep them straight, as to who they are and what they do for work. Paul is the 2nd grade teacher and his wife has passed away and he takes care of the little girl. Thanks to his sister she invites them for dinner often. Ruby Lee is the pastors wife and she needs something else to do besides choir and things at the church. Beatrice/Star found a letter from her grandmother and it was for quilting class, already paid for. Star was writing song lyrics and had piercings and dyed hair. Pam and Stuarts marriage counselor said they should do something that the other does already. She's been fishing with him 2 times now, so it's now his turn to learn quilting with her. Jan was a biker who got caught speeding, lost his license and now his PO wanted him to take up something to unleash his creative abilities and maybe help him relax. He is a roofer and notices the ad at the store. They all see or hear about the ad for quilting lessons and get signed up. Verses of scripture are throughout the book. The people in the group start talking about losses of their loved ones and many chimed in with their grief. Others spoke to console them and to just listen. Other weeks there are different topics and all talk about their problem and/or how to overcome them. Love the quilting itself, Emma is easy to understand. Recipe for angel cake is included!
Amish fiction is a lik...
Amish fiction is a like a tonic to me and The Half Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter is no different for me. Now I definitely want to read the rest of her books. This book flew, it was easy to read but full of serious situations to deal with. This book is a little different from most Amish fiction because the majority of the characters are Englishers. We got to see how their lives meshed with the Amish quilt maker and how each grew emotionally, spiritually, and in acceptance. This is set in Northern Indiana and that made me want to read immediately because I am a Hoosier. Emma Yoder is Amish and a widow who had a very caring husband and is not ready to remarry. She wants to be less dependent on her children, financially and for help so she has the idea of proving quilting classes. A very diverse group of people sign up. She has a biker who is on probation for a DUI, a couple who are having serious problems with their marriage, a minister's wife who is worried about her husband's future with his church, a Hispanic who recently lost his wife in a tragic car accident and a young woman who is constantly at odd with her mother and feeling the lack of love. The story alternated between the different characters and flows so good. You can feel the love and enjoy the message such as "Don't borrow Trouble". The quilting meetings started off with a goat chase and a near fight! As the meeting progressed, they were surprisingly like group therapy. There were so many problems that it helped to Emma and the other parts of the group discuss and react to them. There are no negative things that I can say about this book! I thought that this book is a joy and strongly recommend it to all fans of Amish Fiction.
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