Retired newlyweds Emma and Lamar Miller head to Florida for the winter season and to help pass the time by, teach an Amish style quilting class. Emma wouldn't feel quite at home without it.Their students this year are in need of some emotional healing... Will they be the one... Read More
Their students this year are in need of some emotional healing... Will they be the ones to help provide it for them?
Page Count: 320
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Aug 5, 2014
- UPC: 9781616260873
- Height: 0
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- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 310
- Publish Date: Aug 1, 2014
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 1616260874
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- Hope in the midst of adversity by Nancee on 9/7/2014
Emma and Lamar Miller purchased a winter home in Sarasota, Florida to get away from the harsh winters in Northern Indiana. Emma felt something missing in her life, and Lamar suggested she teach a quilting class to some of the local residents as she had done in Indiana. Her class filled rapidly with an assemblage of broken individuals. Each student carried his/her own personal and painful baggage, hoping that the quilting class would bring some diversion and healing. As in the past the Millers held each of their students up in prayer, and offered compassion and hope to each of their students in various ways.
Six new students are introduced in "The Healing Quilt," each with significant and distressing circumstances. A variety of serious life challenges affect the students and their relationships with one another. As in "The Tattered Quilt" the author brings characters from her past books into the story, creating continuity and blending the past with the present. As in the prequels to this book there is a richness of character in both Emma and Lamar that remains with the reader long after the story has ended. Mercy and Christian love are evident throughout as well as beauty in the descriptive elements surrounding the location. Realism and consequences are evidenced by the resultant events in the lives of these characters, and healing comes in a number of ways.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Wanda E. Brunstetter through Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
- Heartwarming story by JP on 8/24/2014
The Healing Quilt, by Wanda E. Brunstetter, is a story of a group of people, with little in common, who sign up for an Amish quilting class, expecting nothing more than a new hobby to fill their time. It ends up being more than that as lives collide and people come together to share their stories, build new relationships, and mend old ones, including a cancer patient, a soon to be first time mother, and a teen confined to a wheel chair. It's also the story of two people, Emma and Lamar, who have a passion for reaching out to others to help them in the best way they know how-by providing a place where they can learn a new skill, meet new people, and feel comfortable enough to open up their hearts to others and to God.
Having never read any of Wanda Brunstetter's other books, I was unfamiliar with any of the references to characters who obviously were in some of her previous works, but this was not a hindrance, as this story does stand alone. Overall, the plot was good, though somewhat predictable. I did not like the way the characters were presented initially in the first few chapters, which included detailed descriptions of the struggles each character was facing, and I would have preferred the disclosure of each character's personal struggle as the plot progressed so that the reader could see an unfolding of each character's story through the relationships and discussions within the quilting class. which would have also made some of the dialogue seem less stilted. In spite of that, the characters were likable, and a few of them were somewhat quirky, which made them seem genuine. The main characters, Emma and Lamar, are compassionate, and the ending is heartwarming.
If a heartwarming story with lots of characters is your thing, I recommend The Healing Quilt as a good read.
I received a free copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.
- Healing by Maureen on 8/21/2014
What a great read about how an Amish couple touches so many lives, and how the rebound of this love is passed on. Emma and Lamar have taught quilt classes before in their hometown of Shipshewana Indiana, and decide to do the same while in Pinecraft Florida.
You can see God’s hand in this idea, and don’t know if Emma and Lamar realized how much they were going to change a number of lives. Your heart will break for some of them, and rejoice for others. In the end, all of the class participates lives do change, not always how we are hoping, but in the way God planned.
We get to enjoy the beautiful setting of this book, through the eyes of each of the characters. Dangle your feet in surf, enjoy hunting for shark teeth, and just enjoy watching the surf. You never see how interconnected with others we are, and marvel how you are at the right place at the right time to do what God wants, in his perfect timing.
I would love to take a quilt class from this delightful couple, how fun it would be, and not only learn how to quilt, but enjoy the scrumptious treats that are offered. Also, loved the fact that we are updated on all at the end of the book, and can put some closure in their lives, and wish we could join with them more.
I received this book from the Publisher Barbour Publishing Inc., and was not required to give a positive review.
- Great book great characters by Michelle on 8/11/2014
The Healing Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter
I give the awe-inspiring book 5 stars. Within the first few pages I know this book would be out of this world. I had a very hard time putting it down. I loved it and highly recommend it. The Healing Quilt is part of the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter. I have not read any of the other books in this series, it can be read as a stand alone. This was only the second book I have read by this author now she has a new fan. The characters were well developed, inspiring and you are sure to be drawn in by them. The main characters are retired Amish newlyweds Lamar and Emma. Together they teach a quilting class and pray for their students. Before you know what has happen you are drawn into the lives of these students. I can only hope to read more about them in a future book. The students all had unique hurts. You have BJ the artist, Erika the handicap teen, Phyllis the lonely housewife and her workaholic husband Mike, then Noreen the widow, Jennifer the mom to be and Kim the waitress. Add to the mix visiting friends and it equals a great story.
I want to give a high-five to the author Wanda E. Brunstetter and publisher for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. The Book Club Network Inc. provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the author and publishers generosity.
- The Healing Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter by Tina on 8/5/2014
The Healing Quilt: Return to the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club*** by Wanda Brunstetter
Emma and Lamar Miller just moved into their new winter home in Sarasota, Florida. After getting settled in for the winter months, Emma decides to offer a quilting class.
Six people enroll in the quilting class. Each for different reasons, with different backgrounds and with problems in their lives that have taken a toll on them.
1-B.J, a retired art teacher from Chicago who has terminal cancer
2-Erika, a teenager who had a diving accident which left her legs paralyzed, in a wheelchair and angery
3-Kim, is new to the area and is a waitress in a local restaurant
4-Mike, owns a fishing charter boat who reluctantly fills in his wife's spot in the class when she is called away to care for her injured sister
5-Noreen, a retired school teacher and a widow of 5 years
6-Jennifer, a young pregnant woman who is concerned because her husband is out of work
As with all Emma and Lamar's quilting classes, they pray over each one of the students and their problems, asking God to guide them in helping the students anyway they can. For they believe God has plans for each one of them. Things don't always run smoothly in the classes. There is anger, bitterness and unforgiveness that comes out during the classes. Long held secrets are revealed leaving the them stunned. How can they patch the pieces of these lives back together? Will they reach out and accept forgiveness and love? Will they open their hearts to God and let His love and healing in? I had a hard time following the story line in places and keeping up with the many characters. Overall, it is a good story and the characters learn a lot from their life experiences and how much they need God in their lives.
~~I received a copy of this book from Book Fun Network and the publisher for my review~~