Having reviewed and enjoyed some of Tricia Goyer’s earlier books, I was a bit surprised to find that her newest, Beside Still Waters is about the Amish. To be honest, my first thoughts were not positive ones. Sometimes it seems as if I am surrounded by Amish novels on every side. I have already reviewed several during the past few weeks with at least one more before the end of April. However, I found Beside Still Waters to be a refreshingly different story.

Instead of a story about a young Englisch woman who falls in love with an Amish man and converts to the plain life or the Amish born person who for some reason has been raised Englisch and returns to the fold, Beside Still Waters is about an Amish family who leaves their familiar home to begin a new life in a small Amish community far away from the tragic memories that haunt them.

I particularly enjoyed the interaction between the Amish characters and their new Englisch neighbors. As they experienced the true love and compassion of their Christian friends, they came to realize that not only the Amish know the way to God.

Based on a true story, Beside Still Waters is a tender and emotional narrative that follows one family’s journey from despair to hope. The characters are realistically portrayed and description of the Montana mountains takes the reader there.

I recommend Beside Still Waters and look forward to the next installment of this series. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.

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 for more info.



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.



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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.

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