Thursday, September 12, 2013

Review of Amish Pen Pals

Review of Amish Pen Pals: Rachel's Confession 

(A Christian Hope Novella with Study Guide)

by Karen Anna Vogel and Dr. Maryann Roberts


Rachael Yoder has a secret sin, a sin only her twin knew and carried to her grave. At 20, she pushes Samuel Miller's affections away, believing he deserves a better wife, although she loves him. 
When she finally confides in her pen pal, Rachael realizes she is forgiven and loved by God, but needs to confess her sin to the bishop, elders...and Samuel. 
Will she take her pen pal's advice and confess? If so, will Samuel ever see her as the innocent childhood friend he grew up with and loved his whole life, or be outraged? 
Or does Samuel have secrets of his own?
What a precious story of sin, guilt, and confession with forgiveness. I love the Granny Weaver stories. She and her husband both impart true wisdom to others. How lovely to see it done through letters as well as in person. The study guide at the end is very meaningful. I know that I have struggled with being bogged down by guilt which pleases Satan. God wants us free from guilt and sin. The study guide and the story line how we all can know this freedom. Thank you so much for this precious story, ladies. I am so happy I used a gift card to purchase this book.

About the Authors:
Karen Anna Vogel

This new series by Karen Anna Vogel will show how problems are solved the Amish way. Each novella will include a discussion guide written by Christian counselor, Dr. Maryann Roberts. Karen and Maryann want to bring Christian hope to their readers. 
Best-selling author Karen Anna Vogel is a trusted English friend among Amish in Western
PA and NY. She strives to realistically portray these wonderful people she admires, most stories being based on true stories. Karen writes full-length novels, novellas and short story serials. She hopes readers will learn more about Amish culture and traditions, and realize you don't have to be Amish to live a simple life. Visit her popular blog, Amish Crossings at 

Dr. Maryann Roberts is a nationally licensed pastoral counselor through the National Christian Counselor
Association and is board certified in Marriage and Family. She is also an ordained minister of counseling and has been in practice since 2000 helping couples, individuals, teens and at times children to integrate their Christianfaith with Christian living within their families and relationships.


  1. Rhonda,
    enjoyed your review of this book.
    Sounds like a book I would also enjoy.

  2. I really enjoyed reading this Rhonda. Bet it's good. Would be good in a church Library. GOD bless you. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com


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