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Keys of Heaven (Healing Grace Series #2)

Adina Senft
Keys of Heaven (Healing Grace Series #2)

Sarah Yoder is learning to help the people in her Amish community as a Dokterfraa, creating teas and tinctures using the herbs she grows. But her latest patient seems to have a problem that can't be resolved with anything in Sarah's garden-a woman who, in Sarah's mind, would... Read More

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Sarah Yoder is learning to help the people in her Amish community as a Dokterfraa, creating teas and tinctures using the herbs she grows. But her latest patient seems to have a problem that can't be resolved with anything in Sarah's garden-a woman who, in Sarah's mind, would flourish anywhere but in the place she lives. Meanwhile, Sarah's relatives have decided to do a little matchmaking between her and a visiting Amish man.

He would make a wonderful husband, and she knows she should be willing for God to show her His choice of partner...and not allow her friendship with her neighbor, Henry Byler, to grow into anything more. Henry has seen some success as a potter since a major store commissioned a line of his work for their catalog. The trouble is that they want to market him as Amish.

Though he was raised in the faith and now lives in Amish country, he has never joined church-and doesn't plan to, either. Which means that, despite the attraction between them, he must keep his distance from Sarah. But what happens when Sarah and Henry are called upon to help a runaway whose family is too worldly to see how lost their son has become?The plant Sarah calls Keys of Heaven may be able to grow in impossible places, but it's not so easy for people to find their own place. Which means it's quite a temptation for her to take matters into her own hands...
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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Feb 3, 2015
  • UPC: 9781455548668
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Publish Date: Feb 3, 2015
  • Language: English
  • BISAC: "FIC053000"
  • ISBN: 1455548669

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Gifts From God by Maureen on 2/11/2015
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Keys of Heaven is part of the Healing Grace series, and although you should read the others, which are equally enjoyable, you can read this one alone. I felt right after I turned the first page that I was walking into an Amish Soap Opera, I could see it playing out before me.
I loved how families rallied around those in need, and how Sarah is now learning to make a living using what God has provided. She is a Dokterfraa in training using the plants that mostly grow wild for the taking. Made me think that this is where we all need to be heading, and have actually used the elderberry berries to make cough syrup.
We also have a bit of Amish matchmaking, and there are some repercussions that happen here, one going one way, while the other is heading in another direction. Signals sure get crossed, and yet maybe not.
Sarah is also guilty of being judgmental, and we all are guilty of this, hers tends a bit more toward meddling. Will she end up doing more damage that good? Will she be able to find forgiveness, and most important forgive herself.
We also have a side story of an angry teen that defies his parents and ends up in the middle of the Amish. Will he end up learning from this experience, or will his parents punish him? What about Sarah and Henry, or Henry and Ginny? I can’t wait for another book in this series, and I hope for more answers. Enjoy!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Faithworks, and was not required to give a positive review.

Sarah finds that it seems simpler to be on the outside looking in by Kathleen E. on 2/7/2015
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Friday, February 6, 2015
Keys of Heaven by Adina Senft, © 2015
A Healing Grace Novel, Book 2

Red valerian, sometimes called "keys of heaven" or "Jupiter's beard," often grows in rocky places where other plants don't flourish, such as in stone walls or against fences. But adverse conditions can produce a beautiful plant, brightening hard places with its sprays of red flowers.
There are people like this, too. They grow in hard places where others wouldn't flourish--staying where God has put them, even if they might not have chosen to grow there. But they stay because they're needed, because their spirit transforms the hard place and makes it beautiful...
--author Adina Senft

I liked this story of sharing what we know. A simple solution to us, is an aid to another. Sarah Yoder, continuing from book 1 in A Healing Grace series, Herb of Grace, is beginning to take patients by word of mouth to share her knowledge of healing plants she cultivates. When is it appropriate to pass on information in another's life when the whole story is not known, nor appreciated by the receiver? Sarah finds that it seems simpler to be on the outside looking in than it is to experience it herself. As it is a three-part story, the community and characters expand from their previous days. Growth is seen; beneficial to all?
Author Adina Senft is very expressive in her descriptions and draws us near to the thoughts and feelings of the characters you might meet in daily life. An excerpt intro to book 3 in the series, Balm of Gilead, is placed in the back, along with a reading group guide for Keys of Heaven and a glossary of words used.

***Thank you to Hachette Book Group Faith Words for sending me a copy of Keys of Heaven for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***


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