Apr 12, 2011

Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer

Marianna Sommer believes she knows where her life is headed. Nineteen years old and Amish, her plan is to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and live in the only community she's ever known.

When Marianna's family moves from Indiana to Montana she discovers life and faith will never be the same. As she builds an easy friendship with local guy, Ben Stone, Ben not only draws her heart, he also gets her thinking about what loving God and living in community is all about.

As Marianna struggles to find "home", she also encounters God in intimate ways. Click here to watch the book trailers. http://triciagoyer.com/contemporaryfiction.html#BesideStillWaters


Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty-six books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife. Visit www.triciagoyer.com for more info.

Beside Still Waters Giveaway:

To celebrate the release of the first book in the Big Sky Amish series Tricia is giving away 10 copies of Beside Still Waters and a pair of super cute antique Amish salt & pepper shakers.

Details at Tricia’s blog, It’s Real Life: http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com/2011/04/beside-still-waters-giveaway.html

BONUS! Each person who enters the giveaway will receive a FABULOUS Montana Amish Calendar. Hurry, it’s only available while supplies last!

Check out other participants on the Blog Tour here 


In Beside Still Waters, author Tricia Goyer has captured the tender heart of young Marianna Sommer as she tries to find her own place in the world. She thought that Aaron Zook was to be her life partner, yet she willingly moved half way across the country to support her parents and siblings in some major life changes.

I enjoyed the reactions that the entire Sommer family had to Englisch influences that were totally foreign to them. It was refreshing to see how the Amish might look at our way of life, our crazy habits, traditions, and even our language.

Marianna documents her thoughts and dreams in a private journal, and excerpts are interspersed in the story. This made her journey of new-found faith, and plans for her future all the more endearing.

If you enjoy Amish fiction, you will love this book! If you have never read any books on the Amish before, this book would be an excellent choice.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Beside Still Waters through Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I was signed up for the tour, but the book didn't arrive. I'm mildly upset since I love Tricia's books and she is one of my favorite Amish writers.
    Great review Janet Ruth!