The Quieting (The Bishop's Family Series #2)Suzanne Woods Fisher, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Suzanne Woods Fisher
The Quieting is the 2nd book in Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Bishop's Family series. The Stoltzfus family faces serious problems, both in the church and at home. Everyone in the community expects minister David Stoltzfus to fix things--fast. But David doesn't work fast. He p... Read More
The Stoltzfus family faces serious problems, both in the church and at home. Everyone in the community expects minister David Stoltzfus to fix things--fast. But David doesn't work fast. He prefers to wait for God to work in individual hearts. However, even he is left wondering if the solution to their most pressing problem might be a Quieting.
When David's mother arrives, uninvited, more upheaval is in store. She has matchmaking plans for everyone in the family, including David and her eligible granddaughters--and especially for David's niece Abigail. When Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem--but will it create another?
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Apr 19, 2016
- UPC: 9780800723217
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 352
- Publish Date: May 3, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC053000"
- ISBN: 080072321X
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- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 7/6/2016
Suzanne Woods Fisher has long been one of my favorite authors of Amish fiction. She has a knack for using interesting situations in the context of an Amish setting. This time around she uses the topic of genealogical research.
Abigail Stoltzfus has joined her father in his research endeavors. Unfortunately for her, her mother and grandmother think she needs to settle down and get married. In order to achieve that her grandmother has insisted she accompany her to Stoney Ridge.
Stoney Ridge is in the midst of it's own controversies. Bishop Glick and minister David Stoltzfus continue to see things differently and the tension in the community is mounting. Unfortunately Abigail is David's niece and the only eligible bachelor seems to be Dane Glick who is from the bishop's family.
As events unfold it looks as if there is going to be a quieting among the people. I found this to be especially interesting. I've read many stories about shunning and banning but this is the first I've read about a quieting. A quieting is when a church leader is removed and it is a very serious and solemn event that grieves the entire community.
Fisher explores how misplaced pride really does lead to destruction. Not only for the individual but for the community. Once again this is a solid book that is both entertaining and introspective. If you like Amish fiction with more of a contemporary flair I think you will enjoy this book.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
- return to Stoney Ridge by Kathleen E. on 5/24/2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher, © 2016
The Bishop's Family, Book 2
David Stoltzfus' Bent N' Dent store becomes an active place as he hears his nieces have arrived from Ohio, unexpectedly, and... his mother bursts through the door telling him the layout of his store is all wrong. What a way to continue an otherwise quiet day.
Daughter Ruthie Stoltfus is equally befuddled at home as she tries to sort out what is going on with this cousin appearance ~ both Gabby (Abigail) and Laura, who proclaim they are there to stay ~ until their problems are fixed. What problems, Ruthie is uncertain exist? Her sisters, Molly and twins Lydie and Emma, are equally curious at their arrival.
Abigail Stoltfus has another reason for coming to Stoney Ridge. Convenient to put the supposed needs of her uncle's family in the forefront.
I am eager to see the happenings at Stoney Ridge since leaving them in book one! So enjoyed the beginning of this series!
Here's some advice to Abigail in a letter from her mother:
There's no need to over-volunteer facts from the books you read, especially if no one has asked you about them.
--The Quieting, 148
You will meet Leroy Glick who is saving his bubble-gum wrappers to enter a contest to win a lifetime supply of bubble-gum by finding the winning wrapper. "The Sisters" who live across town, have a little bit of everything you could possibly need from the past ~ their collection.
I like these series by this author for many reasons. Neighbors from previous series pop up, bringing community. An engaging family story of ups-and-downs; similarities in family traits ~ habits awakened when a better way is revealed. The Stoltzfus family is growing and finding their place. I learned many interesting things in the story along with the characters as they discovered them. Truth triumphs ~ humility and forgiveness surface, enriching lives.
"This series began in the Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania community with The Imposter. More twists and turns are coming to Stoney Ridge after The Quieting—so stay tuned for The Devoted to hit bookshelves in early October. Just in time for autumn reading by a warm fireplace!" ~ author Suzanne Woods Fisher
***Thank you to author Suzanne Woods Fisher, and to Celebrate Lit for sending me a print copy to read and review this second book in The Bishop's Family series as part of the book tour.***
- Relationships Are Rarely Easy by Claudia on 5/17/2016
On her Amish Wisdom website Suzanne Woods Fisher explains the concept of quieting. We are all familiar with the Amish custom of shunning, a form of discipline for unrepentant church members. Quieting revokes the ordination of an unrepentant Amish bishop, deacon or minister. It is rarely done, and never taken lightly. The entire Amish community feels the pain of such an action of discipline. Fisher introduced readers to this form of discipline in her first book in The Bishop’s Family series, The Imposter. While reading this second book in the series, I was on pins and needles waiting to see which way the tide would turn and which church leader would undergo the quieting. Would the one deserving of this discipline receive it, or would he be able to manipulate the church members into believing there was another that needed to be the recipient?
While the community and church leadership dealt with the situation that threatened to split the community, one of the leader’s nieces was dealing with a situation of her own. Driven to complete her ailing father’s genealogy work for Francis Glick in order to pull him from his state of depression, Abigail is pursued by one of the few eligible bachelors in Stoney Ridge. Abigail’s singular focus on her task, lack of social skills and her tendency to take all things literally work to derail the budding relationship. Will she be able to pull herself out of the past to see what is right before her in the present?
Even if you are not a fan of Amish fiction, but love books where relationships are put to the test and there are deeper lessons to be learned, you will love this series. You may also gain valuable insight into what your own pastor’s life may be like as he works to meet the needs of his church without neglecting the needs of his family. I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing The Quieting for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
- Second book in The Bishop's Family series! by Kristina Anderson, The Avid Reader on 5/12/2016
The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the second book in The Bishop’s Family series. David Stoltzfus is a minister in Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania. He moved here a year and a half ago from Ohio. He felt called to the area. Things are not going well though. David (and the rest of the community) found out that their bishop, Freeman Glick rigged the picking of the lots (where the bishop is chosen). David knows that something needs to be done, but he believes in waiting (to see where God directs him). But the wait and see approach is not helping things in the community. Tensions are running high and people are dividing into groups. Then David's mother (knows as Meddling Mammi) shows up along with two of his nieces from Ohio. Abigail (one of the nieces) is hoping to finish a project while in Stoney Ridge. Her father was working (with Abigail doing most of the work) on the family tree for a client. They have hit a brick wall. Abigail is hoping to find answers and complete the assignment. She believes it will help her father's depression. What Abigail does not know is that her family is hoping she will find a husband while in Stoney Ridge (Meddling Mammi loves to play matchmaker). Mammi is sticking her nose into everyone's business (and making life difficult for one and all). The only good thing is that is a great cook (and Molly is a horrible cook)! Life is never dull in the Stoltzfus household or in Stoney Ridge.
There is a lot going on in this book (I just described a few of the things that happened in the book). You do need to read the first book in the series in order to understand the characters and what is happening in The Quieting. There are some slow bits though where the novel drags a little. I found Meddling Mammi to be extremely annoying, and I kept waiting for David (her son) to stand up to her (I might have yelled at my kindle a little). Abigail was an interesting character. She reminded me of Temperance Brennan (from the show Bones). The writing is good and the novel had a good flow (except for a few areas). It was also easy to read and has a lovely ending. I give The Quieting 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I will be reading the next book in The Bishop’s Family series (and other books by Suzanne Woods Fisher).
I received a complimentary copy of The Quieting from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
- Judging and Family by Maureen on 5/4/2016
As the second book in this series opens we are back in Stoney Ridge, and back with the problems that arose in the first book, the fixing of the lot.
David and his family, whom we met previously, are struggling with the arrival of their mom/grandmother, and she sure has them jumping. When grandma arrives she brings two of her other granddaughters with her. Families cross here, and I cringed with delightful Birdie was instantly disliked by grandma, and I felt it was because she was a Glick.
David is struggling with the knowledge he has about the bibles and the papers rigging, and when Bishop Glick doesn’t seem inclined to do anything about it, prayers and soul searching begin.
Pride is one of the big struggles here and we hope that no one gets hurt, that the district isn’t torn apart and that God is put first here. Add another Stoltzfus and Glick relationship to the mix with granddaughter Abigail doing geneology and ends up working with Dane Glick. Seems the town is full of Glicks, and if that isn’t their last name they are related.
Watch as this story unfolds and God places his hand on these people, we might not get the answers we are hoping for, but this is what is planned. Enjoy!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
- Beware the Mammi!! by Babbling Becky L on 5/3/2016
David Stoltzfus is in trouble. His family is under attack otherwise called a visit from Mammi and two cousins. Plus,everyone for miles around knows the Stoney Ridge church is divided over the current bishop,whom it is rumored switched the lots.
Helpful and full of advice where neither is desired, Mammi and cousin Abigail in particular not only wreak havoc on the house but decide which relationships should exist while destroying familial ones. And we haven't even mentioned David's love life or the store!!
In a religion where the bishop is to be obeyed without question, what will become of the community as it takes sides between the two preachers?
Pride, justice, deception, interfamily relationships, repentance, redemption, and humility are all themes presented. Also, an important idea is assuming one person's values,opinions,or ways automatically merit more value than those of others. ("Mammi the Meddler" is a prime example here!)
The Quieting, by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wonderfully challenging and thoughtful novel, second in the Bishop's Family series. I was happy to see the listing of characters in the front of the book, since this was my first Fisher book. I felt no sense of being lost, as Fisher did a great job with providing enough back story to make this story stand on its own. It will be standing in my mind, being mulled over for some time to come!!
I gratefully received this book from the Revellreads program in exchange for an honest review.