Balm of Gilead (Healing Grace Series #3)Adina Senft
The third installment in the Healing Grace series finds young Amish widow Sarah Yoder facing her greatest challenge--herself. Sarah Yoder hasn't seen Henry Byler since he became engaged to an Englisch woman, which is best for her peace of mind. Since Henry never joined the A... Read More
Sarah Yoder hasn't seen Henry Byler since he became engaged to an Englisch woman, which is best for her peace of mind. Since Henry never joined the Amish church, any relationship but a neighborly one is impossible. So she stays busy with her family, welcoming her son back from the ranch he's been working on in Colorado, doing a little matchmaking for her sister-in-law, and making the teas and tinctures that heal the members of her church.
Then Henry seeks her out, desperate for a balm for his sensitive hands before his success as a potter is jeopardized, and Sarah must call on every ounce of strength to deny the cry of her heart. Yet there is Someone who just might have a special cure in mind-a healing balm with the power to change everything. But with Henry's wedding only weeks away, is it already too late?
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jul 21, 2015
- UPC: 9781455548675
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 320
- Publish Date: Jul 21, 2015
- Language: English
- BISAC: "FIC053000"
- ISBN: 1455548677
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- God's Healing by Maureen on 7/21/2015
As this third book opens the boys are on the road returning home from the Colorado ranch where they have spent the summer. Caleb is still limping but well on the way to recovery, thanks in part to Joe and his mom Sarah. Henry is engaged to Ginny, and still working on this pottery, but he is about to be tested on how much he is willing to do to sell his art.
The title refers to the Balm of Gilead, which is a healing balm, and is used in more than one way to help heal these people. I enjoyed reading about these characters, and they have become so real to me, I feel like part of their family.
This book is Sarah’s story and her use of God’s gifts of healing, and her using them for the good of others, including herself. I personally have read all three books, and they are equally good, and recommend you pick them up also you won’t be disappointed.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher FaithWords, and was not required to give a positive review.
- Healing comes in many forms by email@example.com on 7/20/2015
Sarah's practice as a Dokterfraa (female healer) keeps her occupied growing and harvesting herbs planted in a beautiful quilt design. She is still learning about various herbal treatments and remedies, and is kept busy helping her friends and neighbors with their health needs.
Sarah's neighbor, Henry, is a non-Amish potter. Sarah is forbidden to spend time with him, but her attraction to the handsome man is hard to ignore. When Henry's hands suffer from his craft, with cracking skin and sores on his hands he seeks a healing balm through Sarah's medicinal herbs.
I loved both Sarah and Henry throughout this poignant story of challenges and unexpected intrusions in Henry's life. Sarah is portrayed as a gentle and compassionate person, a balm to the soul like her herbal balms are to the body. Adina Senft has obviously researched her topics well. Her knowledge of the Amish community is commendable, and the information regarding herbal medicines reveals much research. Minor characters are realistic and support the roles of the main characters, and the story unfolds with grace and feeling.
I thoroughly enjoyed Balm of Gilead, and highly recommend it! This Amish fiction contains both depth and sensitivity. Don't miss the other books in this series. I have read Herb of Grace, but have not had the pleasure of reading Keys of Heaven yet. I will be adding that book to my collection. These books are meant to be read as a series, but I had no trouble following along without having read the second book in the series.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.