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Though Mountains Fall – The Daughters of Caleb Bender – Book 3

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Amish pacifism is sorely tested in the Paradise Valley settlement in the 1920s. When an army of bandits descends on them, the Amish are saved by the last-minute arrival of government troops. But they soon learn that soldiers can be as cruel as the bandits themselves. Then a bishop travels to Mexico, and Caleb’s daughters are finally able to marry, though the ban still looms for Miriam even as her beloved Domingo decides he must go off to fight in the coming war.

As Caleb’s frail hope of peace and freedom in Mexico slips away, he is left to ponder the question: In times of trouble, on whom should we rely?


The Captive Heart – The Daughters of Caleb Bender – Book 2

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Bandit troubles intensify as Caleb Bender’s family tries to settle into their new life in 1920s Paradise Valley.

When El Pantera kidnaps Rachel and leaves her brother, Aaron, for dead, Jake Weaver and the Mexican native Domingo pursue the bandit leader to his mountain stronghold in a hopeless rescue attempt. Jake and Domingo manage to escape with Rachel, with the bandits hot on their trail.

In a desperate attempt to avoid recapture, Domingo puts himself squarely in harm’s way, giving Jake and Rachel time to get away. This is not the quiet life Caleb Bender envisioned when he led his family out of Ohio.

What is a father to make of his daughter’s obvious affection for a man outside the fold? And how will a pacifist Amishman like Caleb respond to the events that threaten his family and their way of life?

Paradise Valley – The Daughters of Caleb Bender – Book 1

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“I would do a great many things for you.”

Even at sixteen, Jake’s handsome features hold the calm certainty and patient confidence of a man, and Rachel Bender knows—Jake Weaver is the one.

Rachel will grow into a strong young woman with powerful gifts—but in a faraway country, without her Jake. In 1921, Ohio’s new law forces Caleb Bender’s family to seek sanctuary in the wilds of Mexico where the government will not interfere with their Amish way of life, or take their children from them. Nor will it protect them from the bandits terrorizing the countryside.

In an unfamiliar land where no one speaks their language or knows their ways, the Benders establish a homestead in exile. Sisters Emma, Rachel, and Miriam find strengths unimagined, gifts unexpected, and yearning beyond their deepest dreams. Even steadfast Caleb is compelled to wrestle with the demands of faith, only to discover that love has its own demands.

Summer of Light

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“You never know what the day will bring…”

Mick Brannigan, a construction worker, loses a good-paying job because of some freak accident, sort of his fault but not his fault. Adding insult to injury, he finds himself playing nursemaid to his three kids.

“Mick’s whole life felt like an accident…”

Even more flustered is his wife, Layne, now forced to get a job to keep a paycheck coming in. Mick isn’t the stay-at-home-dad type, she’s sure. He’s a good dad–when she is there to supervise it all…the unrelenting daily stuff. Keeping the house clean, food in the fridge. Attacking the ever-mounting laundry. Supervising their five acres of land and the menagerie of animals….

“It wasn’t his idea to stay home with the kids…”

A lot is on the line, and just how the Brannigan family will survive–that is, without anyone getting seriously hurt or killed, the kids not ending up psychologically and emotionally damaged, the laundry not undoing their marriage–all remains to be seen.

Levi’s Will

2006 Christy Award Winner

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Dusk. An Amish farm in Ohio.

Will’s father doesn’t recognize him at first–it’s been eight years–so he holds a match up to Will’s face to see him better. “I thought you were dead,” Levi Mullet says, then blows out the match and walks away.

This is not how it’s supposed to be. Where’s the fatted calf? The party?

For years, Will has worked to overcome the ban of his father and the Old Order Amish community. Only now, when the life of his own son hangs in the balance, does he begin to see the truth–that love is the proof of God, and forgiveness the proof of love.

Levi’s Will is the mesmerizing story of an Amishman seeking to build a bridge across three generations.

Bad Ground

2005 Christy Award Winner

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When 17-year-old Jeremy honors his mother’s deathbed request to seek out his estranged uncle, Jeremy is hesitant. After all, his uncle was badly burned in the accident that killed Jeremy’s dad.

The boy finds the embittered man working as a hard-rock miner, and he also takes a job in the mines. Soon his faith is tested by his gritty co-workers, danger, and the possibility of love.

Sutter’s Cross

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Sutter’s Cross is a resort town in the southern Appalachians, where people live in comfortable homes, have comfortable portfolios, and wear comfortable clothes.

They expect their lives, their weather, even their God, to be cooperative and predictable.

Then one day, a stranger calling himself “Harley” shows up in the buffet line at the church’s annual spring picnic looking like a wreck and wearing stolen jeans, and their lives will never be the same again.

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