Thomas Nelson|October 2, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-59554-888-7
An unplanned pregnancy. An absent father. Can love really endure all things?
Danielle Kent is anything but Amish. But as destiny would have it, she has fallen in love with an Amish man.
Now she’s 18, pregnant, and hopeful that the child’s Amish father – Matthew Lapp – will do the right thing and marry her. She knows Matthew plans to leave his Colorado settlement for a life in the Englisch world. But that plan never included a baby.
When Matthew walks away from her and their unborn child, she has nowhere to turn. Her unlikely friendship with Levi offers some comfort – yet they have so little in common. This wasn’t the plan she had for her life, and she has never felt so alone. She doesn’t want to be pregnant. Doesn’t want to be Amish. Doesn’t want to trust God. An yet...
God has plans beyond what her mind can imagine…loving plans to show a lost young woman that His love never fails but endures forever.
“Wiseman is among the best at writing moving Amish fiction.” – Booklist review of The Wonder of His Love.
Eighteen-year-old Danielle Kent, an Englischer, is in love with an Amish man named Matthew Lapp. She finds out she is pregnant and when she tells Matthew he is not happy and tells her that he doesn’t love her. He has no intentions on becoming a husband or a father. Matthew has plans to tell his family that he is leaving their Amish community and going out into the Englisch world to obtain an education at college. Danielle is devastated and flees to be with her good Amish friend, Levi Detweiler for comfort. Levi’s mother, Vera, doesn’t like Danielle and keeps warning Levi that the girl is bad news and is trying to lure him away from their Amish community.
Danielle’s own mother was not the best parent in the world after beating Danielle and drinking too much. However, Danielle was now safe and living with family friend, Martha Becker and her new husband, Arnold, a sweetheart of a man. Martha attended the Amish church although she herself was not Amish but the congregants had accepted her as one of their own often explaining to her the parts of the service conducted in Pennsylvannia Dutch that she didn’t understand.
Throughout the rest of the story, Danielle began to blame God for everything bad that happened to her or for what didn’t work out in her favour. She was so confused and felt if God was supposed to be so loving and caring, then why was He allowing all these things to keep happening to her? She even tried praying but it backfired on her, leading her to believe all the more that God didn’t care about her and in fact, hated her.
But, little does Danielle know that God does have plans for her beyond her wildest dreams. Those plans are slow to materialize and it takes some more confusion, soul searching, and even the odd prayer on Danielle’s part to realize what was happening.
His Love Endures Forever reminded me about the many times I’ve felt those little ‘nigglings’ and chose to ignore them only realize later that it was God who was wanting me to pay attention and proceed ahead with something or stop dead in my tracks because I was completely wrong. After reading this beautiful story of Danielle, Matthew, and Levi, I will get back to making a concentrated effort to have more faith and listen to those little ‘nigglings’ when I feel them. Sometimes we need to experience bad, disappointing or uncomfortable situations in order to get to the good place God wants us to be.
Another factor in this story is the subject of forgiveness which is extremely hard for some people. But again, reading His Love Endures Forever has reminded me that we can’t have a true, loving, faithful, and honest relationship with God if we harbour ill will toward others. We must forgive in order to keep our relationship with God pure and totally loving. God loves us unconditionally anyway but deep within our own hearts it can be a dark place if we continue to hold back on forgiving those we need to forgive. God already knows what is in our hearts and if we don’t approach him with integrity and a true honesty in faith that we really are committed to forgiving that person(s), God already knows if you’re being honest and truly feeling those feelings versus just words of “I forgive” if you don’t really meant it.
His Love Endures Forever is the absolute perfect title for this novel and you’ll see why once you’ve read it. And friends, by the end of the story, trust me, you’ll be wanting and needing to renew your relationship with our Heavenly Father. I’ll definitely be passing the word around about this beautifully written novel. Well done!!
I wish to thank Thomas Nelson for the preview copy. All opinions expressed here about this book are strictly my own and I did not receive any monies for providing those opinions/comments.