Title: The Path to Piney Meadows
Author: Gail Sattler
What a cute and somewhat serious tale that starts in the city of Minneapolis moving to a Mennonite town called Piney Meadows. Anna has witnessed many young people leave the tiny town for many reasons; her heart longs to go and live in the city as well. Chad quits his job on Christmas Eve, jumps into his car and drives until he has to pull over because he is out of gas. Not knowing where he is he walks to the only building close to the closed gas station with lights on and people milling about.
When he enters, he is greeted then sits to watch a most moving pageant, one he has never seen the likes of before. Then, while discussing the unusual circumstances that brought him to town, he finds that he is asked if he would like to interview for a management position with a furniture store. The former manager has just proposed to a young lady and resigned his position to live with her in Seattle after their marriage.
The interesting twists and turns occur between the beginnings described above and the conclusion of the story. In between there are funny parts for readers to enjoy as well as highlighting some of the lifestyle differences between Mennonites and other denominations. I also loved how the thought of courtship was woven into the story, which showed how it can actually protect people from wrong choices or being in compromising situations. Courtship also helped the two main characters foster a friendship and gave time for them to really learn about the other person, including some aspects of Chad’s past.
Above all, one central theme seemed prevalent and that was praying about everything and listening for God’s voice or watching for His leading. Anna and Chad’s lives were in some ways going in opposite directions while their hearts were yearning towards each other. At one point there is a character that stands before the congregation and asks to join the local body, including sharing one painful part of his past. What I liked about this particular scene in the book is what one of the elders stands up and says, bringing everyone’s attention back to what Scripture has revealed. I hope you enjoy reading Gail Sattler’s novel, The Path to Piney Meadows and then consider sharing your copy or purchase one for a friend or family member.
My rating is 5 stars.
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