Sunday, August 9, 2015

Book review and Giveaway - An Amish Boy and a Mother's Prayer


An Amish Boy and a Mother’s Prayer takes readers into the heart of Daviess County, Indiana, where Glen Graber was raised Amish. His family was swiftly kicked out of the Old Order Amish church when Glen’s dad bought a rubber-tired tractor. Then Glen’s mother died, and left him with a request: She had been praying for a business that would alleviate the family’s financial hardship, and asked Glen to take responsibility for the family’s future. Despite the pressure, Glen and his family found hope and humor as they saw their mother’s prayers being answered.

More than a biography, this book is about a boy being determined to change his place in the world, and the miraculous reversals of misfortune. It’s about the prayers of a mother, the idiosyncrasies and love of a father, and the strength of a family. It is, in other words, the story of us.


An Amish Boy and a Mother's Prayer is about  Glen Garber and his very humble beginnings and how the faith of his mother and his own hard work and faith provided an answer to the prayer of his mother.

The book is in two parts. The first part is about glen's childhood and the things that made an impression on him and affected him in his adult years. His father trying to borrow money, once again, from the bank. The value of hard work instilled in him and the faith in God to see it through. The prayer and hope of his dying mother that he would find a business that would provide for him and his eight brothers and sisters. 

The first part of the book is a little scattered to me. Going back and forth at different moments in time and some repeating of the same stories or situations. It was a bit confusing to me and a little stilted. The second part of the book moves along at a much quicker and smoother pace with things taking place in order, for the most part. I read the second half of the book in record time because it was much easier to read and more enjoyable. That being said, I did enjoy the book overall.

I really enjoyed seeing how Glen's faith and the memory of his mothers prayer keeps him going forward . I also loved seeing how the business that he starts basically on a shoestring, grows into the dream that his mother had for him and his family. I really liked how the love this family has for one another shines through and shows what hard work, strong family ties, and faith can do. They never give up on God or church despite some of the things that people in the church did. That was an important lesson I took away from this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I believe you will, too. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Aneko Press


I have a copy of this book, courtesy of the publisher, to give away! If you'd like a chance to win this book, please leave a comment on this post. It's that simple!! I'll choose a winner on Saturday, August 15th. This giveaway is only open to US residents.

Blessings - Julie


  1. This book sounds interesting. I would love to read this.

  2. Thanks for the review. It sounds like something I would enjoy reading.


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