Review of Unbreakable
by Nancy Mehl
Gentle and unassuming, Hope Kauffman has never been one to question the traditions of her Mennonite upbringing. She quietly helps her father run Kingdom Quilts and has agreed to the betrothal he arranged for her with the devout but shy Ebbie Miller.
Despite the attempts of Hope and other Kingdom residents to maintain the status quo, changes have already begun to stir in the small Mennonite town. The handsome and charismatic Jonathan Weise is the leader of the move to reform, while Ebbie insists Kingdom must remain true to its foundation. When Hope's safety is threatened by a mysterious outsider, she can't help but question what she's always been taught about the Mennonite tradition of nonviolence.
With tensions high and their lives endangered by an unknown enemy, will Hope and the people of Kingdom allow fear and division to break them or will they draw on the strength of the God they serve?
I was fortunate to have the chance to read Inescapable (Book one in Road to Kingdom series) and it was a wonderful book. In Unbreakable, we see Lizzie and Noah again, as well as other characters we met and loved in book one. I love the suspense of the story. I was drawn into the story immediately and found myself trying to figure out who was bringing danger and evil to my dear Kingdom friends. The characters must examine their own hearts and beliefs and decide if it is permissible for them to carry loaded guns with the intent to use them only in self-defense. Is it okay for them to carry unloaded guns as a "threat" to attackers or is simply doing that a compromise to their beliefs of nonviolence?
I found myself looking within at my own beliefs about fighting violence with violence and comparing that to Jesus' teachings, just as the Kingdom Mennonites do. I highly recommend this book to readers and I am already anxiously awaiting Book Three in Road to Kingdom series as I want to know what happens next for Hope, Lizzie, Jonathan, Noah, and Ebbie !
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nancy Mehl is the author of thirteen books and received the 2009 ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW. Nancy lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson, in Wichita, Kansas. Visit her website at http://www.nancymehl.com.
I received a free print copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review.