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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Good Reads: Levi's Will

Levi's Will is the story of a man who is banned from his Amish community for something he did as a teenager. He goes on to make a good life for himself in the "English" world, but his Amish past is never forgotten. His life will never really be complete until he makes some kind of peace with those he had to leave behind in the Amish world.

I devoured this book over the course of a couple of evenings. The story drew me into the contrasting cultures of the Amish and English worlds without casting judgement either way. The message that "love is the proof of God, and forgiveness the proof of love" is one that will stick with me long after I've forgotten the characters who made up this beautiful story.

I'm a big fan of Amish fiction, but I was unfamiliar with author W. Dale Cramer before reading this book. It turns out that that's because Levi's Will is his only Amish work to date, and it's largely based on his own family's history. Levi's Will has won a Christy Award and several other accolades from various Christian organizations.

Bethany House provided me with a copy of this newly reprinted (10/09) edition of Levi's Will in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Have you seen the documentary "Devil's Playground"? It's a really interesting movie about the Amish tradition of Rumspringa. Great book review, thanks!

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I thought it was a great book.


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