The Devoted is the 3rd book in Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Bishop's Family seriesBright, curious, and restless, Ruthie Stoltzfus loves her family but is stuck in a sea of indecision about her future: Should she stay Amish? Or should she leave? She's done all she can to prepar... Read More
Bright, curious, and restless, Ruthie Stoltzfus loves her family but is stuck in a sea of indecision about her future: Should she stay Amish? Or should she leave? She's done all she can to prepare to go--passed the GED, saved her money--but she can't quite set her journey into motion.
Patrick Kelly is a young man on a journey of his own. He's come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to "everything Plain." Time, to Patrick, is of the essence. Every moment is to be cherished, especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.
Ruthie's next-door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame. Rebellious, headstrong, defiant, Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back--anything--and Patrick Kelly is getting in his way.
Release Date: 10/2016
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Oct 4, 2016
- UPC: 9780800723224
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 336
- Publish Date: Oct 4, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 100
- Audience Age Minimum: 18
- Audience Gender: Female
- BISAC: "FIC053000"
- ISBN: 0800723228
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- Worth Multiple Readings! by Babbling Becky L on 11/29/2016
Oh, wow! I am rereading parts of this book,The Devoted, by Suzanne Woods Fisher, to complete my review. It still leaves me with the same sense of awe and wonder I had the first time. I'm ready to read it all over again, already. Now there's a good book!
What makes for such a good book? Several things. Fisher presents us with an unusual bishop,David Stoltzfus,compared to the ones we usually see. David is thoughtful, not dogmatic or legalistic for their own sake. He wants to understand each situation separately.
David's son,Jesse,has his appearances, although the book focuses more on Ruth, David's sister, and Ruthie,his daughter. These characters are all well-drawn and rounded. So many people to follow with their relationships and feelings. Yet, Fisher ties them all together for a tremendously well-woven, warm Amish quilt feeling. When the book ends, you feel like you have been under that warm Amish quilt and don't want to come out, because you're way too comfortable and happy.
Suzanne Woods Fisher just was added to my list of favorite Amish authors. I received this book as a complimentary copy, but will not hesitate to buy any others. All opinions presented here are solely my own.
- Third book in The Bishop's Family series! by Kristina Anderson, The Avid Reader on 11/6/2016
The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the third book in The Bishop’s Family series. Ruthie Stoltzfus is seventeen years old and living in Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania. Ruthie knows she wants something more. She even took the GED without anyone knowing. She is inspired by her aunt, Dr. Ruth Stoltzfus. Ruthie just needs to figure out exactly what she wants. Patrick Kelly has come from Canada and is determined to become Amish. He wants to totally immerse himself in the culture and has given himself thirty days to learn everything he needs to know to become a good Amish person. He has hired Ruthie to teach him Penn Dutch. Ruthie enjoys spending time with Patrick. He is different from Luke Schrock, her ex-boyfriend. Luke does not like seeing Ruthie with someone else. But Luke is not ready to settle down. He has too much fun drinking and getting into trouble (which is why he is an ex-boyfriend). Dr. Ruth is having some problems of her own. Thanks to her boyfriend, Ed Gingerich she is now out of job. Dr. Ruth now has the chance to take over Dr. Max Finegold’s practice in Stoney Ridge. Dr. Ruth ran away from this town when she was younger. Is she ready to come back? Will the Amish community accept Dr. Ruth as their new doctor? Life is never dull for the citizens of Stoney Ridge.
The Devoted was an enjoyable book to read. It is a heartwarming novel with enjoyable characters, nice setting, and good messages. The Devoted cannot be read alone. In order to understand the characters and their dynamics, you need to read the other novels in the series (otherwise, you will be confused). The novel is well-written and has a sweet ending. The Devoted deals with alcolhism, teenage growing pains, illness, love, faith and much more. Scripture verses are sprinkled throughout the novel to help reinforce the messages (sometimes it is a little preachy). I give The Devoted 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). If you enjoy Amish novels, I recommend The Bishop’s Family series. I look forward to reading more books by Suzanne Woods Fisher in the future.
- Is The Grass Any Greener On The Other Side? by Becky on 10/27/2016
Do you ever daydream about being part of the Amish people, enjoying their close community and strong family ties? That is how Patrick Kelly feels, and he has come to Stoney Ridge to live among them for thirty days. While there, he wants to learn their language and how to drive a buggy, and be ready to convert at the end of his stay.
Ruthie Stoltzfus thinks Patrick is just one more outsider that wants to try-out the Amish lifestyle, who--like all the others--will quickly run away when he experiences how hard life is without modern conveniences. She believes being Amish is a life of drudgery and hard work, and can't understand why anyone would willingly want to join them. Seventeen-year- old Ruthie wants to do something significant with her life, and does not think that could happen as a Plain person.
During Patrick's time in Stoney Ridge, he finds things aren't quite as perfect as he thought Amish living would be. At the same time, Ruthie finds that Amish life looks a lot different when viewing it through Patrick's eyes. Will the slightly built Patrick find Amish life is too hard for him, and leave before the thirty days are up? Will Ruthie allow her trouble making suitor to drag her down with his poor choices? Will Ruthie and Patrick ever become friends, maybe even more than friends?
This story will draw you in right away. The scripture quoting bird, Nyna the Mynah, is hilarious, so are the apprentices at the buggy shop, and Jesse's tongue-tied fate every time a certain girl is around. Serious subjects such as an unexplained death, alcohol abuse, and the heartache of a young man suffering from a fatal disease are also included in this tale. There is even the interesting problem of too much prosperity causing the Amish to be less generous than when they lived in want. The kindly local Bishop, who is Ruthie's Dad, shepherds them through it all with lots of prayer, as well as, turning to the Bible for inspiration.
I have read many Amish books, and really enjoy the genre, but The Devoted is by far one of my favorites. You will have a smile on your face when you finish this heart-warming tale. Although this is book three in The Bishop's Family series, this installment stands on its own. But I bet you will want to read the others, because this one is really that good! This is a five-plus star book that I highly recommend. Whether you enjoy Amish themed stories, or just well-written fiction, you will be very happy with this book.
Revell Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Devoted, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
- For Fans of Amish Fiction and Students of Human Nature by Claudia on 10/24/2016
The Devoted is book three in The Bishop’s Family series. This book focuses on seventeen-year-old Ruthie Stoltzfus. Ruthie is being pulled in so many directions. Should she remain within the familiar surroundings of the Amish Community of Stoney Ridge, or should she pursue higher education outside of the community? Should she continue her relationship with handsome Luke Schrock in spite of his poor life choices which hurt so many around him, or should she pursue a relationship with Patrick Kelly, a guest at a local inn who is considering converting to the Amish? While it is wonderful to have choices, making them can be difficult and life altering.
Patrick’s appearance has had an impact on Ruthie’s father, David Stoltzfus, the Bishop, as well. As Patrick contrasts what he had anticipated Amish life would be like with the reality of Amish life in Stoney Ridge, David is forced to face some realities as well. How has the last three years of prosperity made possible by the discovery of oil on land owned by Amish families impacted their community? Has the community’s faith become misplaced? Have their priorities been altered? If so, what is the correct course of action? The questions with which David struggles should be questions each and every Christian should ask themselves, whether living in prosperity or not.
Visiting Stoney Ridge again is like going home, finding out about new relationships, interacting with eccentric uncles, trying to please stern-faced aunts, oohing and aaahing over how the children have grown, and mourning those that are no longer there. Suzanne Woods Fisher allows us to see inside the Amish world, and helps us discover that we really aren’t so different, our challenges are often their challenges as well.
Suzanne Woods Fisher shows a deep understanding of the Amish, and her love for these people shines through in her writing, while always remaining realistic, not romanticizing the Amish community. Her writing brings out a variety of strong emotions; sometimes gluing me to the story, unable to put the book down; other times causing me to put the book down and step aside for a moment. I would highly recommend this book to Amish fiction fans, and also to those who love to study human nature. Thank you to Revell Publishers and the Christian Blog Alliance for providing me with The Devoted in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation.
- Hate to see this series end, Love these characters by Seasons of Opportunities on 10/20/2016
I think this is the last book in the series... Sigh... This was such an enjoyable series to read. I loved every book. Each book could stand alone, but I would recommend that you read each book as they all kind of go together. This book is mainly about one of David's daughter's Ruthie and her restlessness. She isn't happy being Amish, but she really doesn't know what she wants to do with her life. Until...
Enter Patrick, a young man with limited time on his hands and a deep seated desire to become Amish. At first she isn't very fond of him, but the annoyance soon turns to intrigue, as she feels a compelling calmness about him. It seems he truly knows how to enjoy life. Without realizing it, he is teaching Ruthie to live "in the moment" and appreciate all the simple things in life. So much so... that even Amish life... might not be so bad after-all. But tragedy strikes as Luke, Ruthie's ex-boyfriend, jumps in and things get out of control.
This may be my favorite book yet in the series . One of the things I love about these books is that they don't seem to me like your typical Amish. There is a lot going on in this book. David, the Bishop, feels as though something just isn't right in his community. After some difficult times, the community has become prosperous, wealthy even. And although it seems like things are looking up, David is concerned about the undertones - the feeling that something is missing. But he can't quite pin point the problem or how to solve it. I like the fact that Suzanne doesn't make it all about rules and regulations. She makes it about relationship with God and raises some awesome thought provoking ideas for the reader. I am truly impressed and was myself convicted various times throughout the read.
I would highly recommend this series. I am really hoping Suzanne will write a few more - there are still characters to work with. This book was provided to me free by Celebrate Lit. I was not required to review it positively, and all opinions are my own.
- Learning to Accept by Maureen on 10/20/2016
The Devoted is the third book in The Bishop’s Family series, and we get caught up in the lives of the Stoltzfus family. Lives have moved on, and now David is married to Birdie, so glad, and there are going to be new additions to the family with Katrina and Andy. Jessie is still pining for Min, and we hope he will move on, and lastly we have Ruthie still giving Luke second chances.
Some very horrendous acts are committed here, and you will really be shocked by some of them, I know I was. There is also a new fellow in town, and he of course, is keeping a secret, Patrick Kelly, he desires to become Amish in one month, huh?
You will soon be wrapped up in this book and page-turning to find out the answers to all of the questions that you are going to have. The end of this book will answer a lot of questions, but I could go on forever with this dear family, sad to have a series end.
Pick this one up and you won’t be disappointed, I recommend that you read the other equally great books, but this one can be read alone.
I received this book through the Publisher Revell’s Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
- GOD is devoted by Carol on 10/14/2016
This is a charming Amish story. It isn't even that really it is as if the author invites you into the family of the Stoltzfus's. You are just one more sibling, you honestly feel like you are involved in their lives and you are invested into their feelings and their problems. You honestly feel genuine happiness, tears, laughter, being a little upset etc. This is one amazing story. This is about Ruthie, who is Amish, who got her G.E.D. and is contemplating joining the English world, but along comes Patrick who is thinking of joining the Amish world and Ruthie is his Amish tutor for the 30 days that he is trying it out. Ruthie starts to see Amish life through his eyes it opens hers and she's not the only one. The Bishop (her father) starts to see things that he has forgotten and overlooked. Ruthie wants to spread her wings and fly but can she do that where she is? does Patrick like the Amish world or is it a little too rigorous for him? does Ruthie and Patrick get together or does Ruthie's ex get in the way? does Ruthie end up in the Amish world or the English? does Patrick end up in the Amish world or the English? I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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- a living care of others by Kathleen E. on 10/8/2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher, © 2016
The Bishop's Family, Book 3
A quiet starry night as a faint breeze floated over the hillside at the Inn of Eagle Hill. On the way home, finished for the night, Ruthie Stolzfus encounters a man in need of rest. Decision-making when you are finished and ready to head home is a little out of the ordinary, especially with no reservation to prepare for a night guest.
Conversational, you will get to know the people at Stoney Ridge and the intent of their hearts.
"It's a funny thing about time. There always seems to be enough of it for the things that really matter."
--The Devoted, 150.
I liked that characters from previous stories were part of the conclusion of this series. Constant, continuing in their days, some with more gusto than others, doing what they "knew to do." A new arrival is Patrick Kelly from Canada, who is having an extended stay at the cottage at Rose King's inn across from Ruthie's family's home property.
"People change," Patrick said. "You might try giving her a fresh start. People rise to our expectations for them."
Ruthie feels she is insignificant, unaware of the people who look to her for support. Her willingness to help others is beneficial in finding her niche. I like how the showing more than telling, motivates others to reveal themselves. There are lessons to be learned; when to be quiet and when to speak. Another character who unknowingly is a strong encourager is Birdy. If you have yet to meet her, you will find her to be a joy in being aware of her surroundings and spreading happiness and a lift of cares when you are near her. What a jewel she is.
Psalm 139 fully is portrayed in this story beyond David Stolzfus' remembrance of being hemmed in, surrounded by the Lord's care ~ "Thou has beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me."
***Thank you to Suzanne Woods Fisher and to Revell Reads for sending me a copy of The Devoted for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
- Wonderful Story by Jeanette on 10/7/2016
The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher
I have had the privilege to read the three books of the The Bishop’s Family Series. This is book three. The characters in The Devoted have become like a family to me. It is an honor to be a part of David Stoltzfus’ family.
Ruthie Stoltzfus is trying to decide what to do in her life and what direction to turn. She is at the crossroads. Her Aunt Ruth doesn’t want Ruthie to regret her decision.
Aunt Ruth is known as Dok as she left the Amish to become a doctor in the big city. She realizes that she wants more and moves back to Stoney Ridge to give back to the community that she loves. She has a journey of her own but will she be open to what the future has in store for her?
Patrick wants to be Amish. He comes to Stoney Ridge to learn but he didn’t plan on meeting someone like Ruthie.
David Stoltzfus is the bishop to the church in Stoney Ridge. He feels that something is wrong in his community and is trying to make it right even though the congregation disagrees.
Luke Schrock is causing trouble for Ruthie. She isn’t the only one that is fed up with his antics. Luke is out of control. What will it take to get Luke the help that he needs?
The title of the book is The Devoted. Everyone is devoted to their family, friends and the community in this book. They remain true to the words of God even if at times it can be difficult to stay on that path.
I enjoyed this book as well as the series. I hope that there will be another in this series as the story still has some story lines that it can explore. What will happen with Patrick and Ruthie? Birdy and David? Dok and Matt? Luke?