November 19, 2011

Book Review: When the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall

When the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall
 When Hannah Lapp is proposed to by the Mennonite Paul Wadell, she is elated. There is a problem with this  incredibly in love couple, Hannah is Amish. Facing the possibility of being shunned, Hannah hopes that Paul can win over her family and community by working free on her family’s farm. Unfortunately, a tragedy strikes on the eve of their engagement, and Hannah is thrust into a world of doubt, despair, and depression.  Will Hannah overcome the fears and memories that haunt her, or will she be swallowed by them?
    I saw that this book was able to be requested, and I love Cindy Woodsmall’s  books, so I was excited at the opportunity to review one. I always enjoy Amish books because they are usually very pure. This one was not.  There was an entire “scene” if you will, that I was entirely uncomfortable reading, and it leaked into the following chapters.
      I believe this book could really minister to women who have been affected by a wrongdoing more evil than all the others, however, I was VERY uncomfortable reading this book, and I would only suggest reading it to either very mature adults or victims of rape. Sadly, I did not enjoy this book very much.
Libbi H.
Waterbrook Publishing gave me the book in exchange for an honest review.

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