It’s #ChristianBooktober Day 4: Stitches in Time. This Amish Fiction novel has a Foster-Family theme.
During #ChristianBooktober, we get to check out all kinds of different books through Celebrate Lit Spotlights. I was able to get a copy of Stitches in Time from NetGalley, and I was very impressed. There’s so much more to this story than I thought at first!
The last book I read by Susan Woods Fisher, Phoebe’s Light, was fantastic, so I knew that I would like this one is too!
I am entering the giveaway down at the bottom of the post, I hope you do too!
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About the Book
Book: Stitches in Time
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genre: Contemporary Amish fiction
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Detachment had worked well as a life strategy for horse trainer Sam Schrock. Until he met Mollie Graber . . .
New to Stoney Ridge, schoolteacher Mollie has come to town for a fresh start. Aware of how fleeting and fragile life is, she wants to live it boldly and bravely. When Luke Schrock, new to his role as deacon, asks the church to take in foster girls from a group home, she’s the first to raise her hand. The power of love, she believes, can pick up the dropped stitches in a child’s heart and knit them back together.
Mollie envisions sleepovers and pillow fights. What the 11-year-old twins bring to her home is anything but. Visits from the sheriff at midnight. Phone calls from the school truancy officer. And then the most humiliating moment of all: the girls accuse Mollie of drug addiction.
There’s only one thing that breaks through the girls’ hard shell–an interest in horses. Reluctantly and skeptically, Sam Schrock gets drawn into Mollie’s chaotic life. What he didn’t expect was for love to knit together the dropped stitches in his own heart . . . just in time.
Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the little Amish church of Stoney Ridge for a touching story of the power of love.
Click here to get your copy!
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My Thoughts on Stitches in Time
Tending and Training. The Power of Love. Those are the things that stood out for me the most in Stitches in Time.
The book started with a decent list of who’s who, and where to find the rest of their story among the author’s other books. I found this both helpful and intimidating, honestly. I was glad it was there, and yet, I was afraid I would be lost, not having any prior experience with the Stoney Ridge community.
This was not a problem at all, though. I was impressed by the way everything ye needed to know was present in the story, without any awkward info dumping. I am curious about several backstories, but I didn’t feel lost at all.
The tending and training of horses and sheep was fun. And I felt like the many biblical parallels were well done. Especially when an experienced shepherddess gets to discover the Good Shepherd!!
The way they ended up getting involved with the foster care system was very cool. I won’t spoil it for you but I will say that I believe God works that way in real life.
But the best part was watching Luke, Izzy, Mollie and Sam, 20-something Amish Millennials growing in maturity and understanding. Discovering how to balance their differences and responsibilities, trust each other, and trust themselves too. Lessons we all need to learn and remember!
? I received a copy of the book from @NetGalley. I chose to review it here and all thoughts are my own.
About the Author
Carol-award winner Suzanne Woods Fisher writes untold stories about inspiring people. With over one million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction, ranging from Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World to the historical novel Anna’s Crossing.
More from Suzanne
Have you ever felt the tug to become a foster parent?
On any given day, there are nearly 438,000 children in foster care in the United States. Most states have a critical need for more foster parents, and the number of children placed in foster care increases yearly.
There are plenty of assumptions about having foster children, but most are incorrect. The media has a tendency to focus on the negative, but from all the research I conducted to write this book, for every bad news story, there were two good ones. Good stories just don’t make the news.
Below are some of the most common assumptions about foster care, with corrected information that is applicable across the United States (but keep in mind that each state has their own requirements).
Myth: Kids in foster care are bad or troubled.
Truth: Children in foster care are good kids taken out of a troubled situation. They need a caring foster parent who is patient and understanding. When given the opportunity, most of these children begin to thrive.
Myth: To be a foster parent, you need to be married and own a home and be a college graduate.
Truth: You don’t need to be married or to own a home or even be a college graduate. That means if you’re single or renting, you can be a foster parent.
Myth: I can’t afford to be a foster parent.
Truth: There are monthly reimbursement rates for children in foster care based on the level of care you provide. Medical and dental care is paid through state Medicaid programs.
Myth: Most kids in foster care are teenagers.
Truth: The average age of a child entering foster care is seven years old.
Myth: Most kids are in foster care because their parents have abused drugs.
Truth: Now, this one is not a myth. It’s true. There are fifteen categories that can be responsible for a child’s removal from a home. Drug abuse from a parent has had the largest percentage increase.
Myth: Fostering could require a commitment until the child turns eighteen.
Truth: Generally, children remain in state care for less than two years. Only six percent spend five or more years in foster care.
Myth: It’s too hard to give a child up to his biological family.
Truth: Most children are in foster care for a short time, returning to their biological families. Reuniting a child to his family is the ideal situation. Foster families provide a safe haven for a child. Healthy grieving is to be expected, but it’s for the right reasons. It’s healthy.
Myth: You can’t adopt foster children.
Truth: In 2016, more than 65,000 children—whose mothers and fathers parental rights were legally terminated—waiting to be adopted. Also in 2016, more than 20,000 children “aged out” of foster care without permanent families. Research has shown that those who leave care without being linked to a “forever family” have a higher likelihood than the general youth population to experience homelessness, unemployment, and incarceration as adults.
Is there room in your heart and family for a child in need? There are many ways to get involved, some that do not even require foster care. One recommendation: volunteer with The National CASA Association (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children. You can find out more information here: www.casaforchildren.org.
Or consider small ways to connect to children in need—after school tutoring at your public library. Volunteering at a community center. Buy Christmas gifts for a family in need through an Adopt-a-Family program with a local church. Support a family who does provide foster care with respites—babysitting or meals. There are many ways to get involved to care for children in need. And every little bit makes a difference.
Blog Stops for Stitches in Time
The Power of Words, September 26
The Becca Files, September 26
SusanLovesBooks, September 26
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 26
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 27
Through the Fire Blogs, September 27
Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife, September 27
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 28
Anne Rightler, September 28
Inspiration Clothesline, September 28
Texas Book-aholic, September 28
Book bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 29
Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 29
Blogging With Carol , September 29
Hookmeinabook , September 29
The Avid Reader, September 30
Mia Reads, September 30
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 30
janicesbookreviews, October 1
My Devotional Thoughts, October 1
Maureen’s Musings, October 1
CarpeDiem, October 1
For Him and My Family, October 2
Stories By Gina, October 2
Activating Faith, October 2
A Reader’s Brain, October 3
EmpowerMoms, October 3
Wishful Endings, October 3
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 3
Carla Loves To Read, October 4
Pause for Tales, October 4
Inklings and notions , October 5
Quiet Quilter, October 5
Vicky Sluiter, October 5
Hallie Reads, October 5
Blossoms and Blessings, October 6
For The Love of Books , October 6
For the Love of Literature, October 6
Bigreadersite, October 7
By The Book, October 7
She Lives to Read, October 7
Moments, October 8
Southern Gal Loves to Read, October 8
Girls in White Dresses, October 8
Little Homeschool on the Prairie, October 9
Locks, Hooks and Books, October 9
Stitches in Time Giveaway
To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of her book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!
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