I grew up in Chester County, Pennsylvania, which is really close to Lancaster, a fairly large Amish community. In addition, for the past 6 months, I lived in Bluffton, Indiana, which is also really close to an amish community. So when I saw the preview for Plain Faith, I was immediately drawn in. Since I’ve lived near communities of Amish so much of my life, I wanted to read a story from an Amish person’s point of view. And not only a story about Amish, but a story about why an Amish couple chose to LEAVE their tight knit, conservative community.
Plain Faith is the true story of Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, Amish farmers from northwest Montana whose lives changed in an instant when a semi-truck struck the family buggy, killing their two young daughters.
After the accident, the couple turned to their Amish community for comfort, but they remained haunted by the thought that they might not see their girls again in heaven. Would their deeds be good enough? Eventually Ora-Jay and Irene learned that grace—not works—was enough to ensure their place in eternity. But with that knowledge came the realization that they could no longer live in an Amish community that didn’t share this precious belief. Could they sever their connection to the Amish family they loved?
I found this book to be an absolute great read. It was really informative about the Amish community, which can be difficult to know a lot about unless you’re Amish too. But it wasn’t just a book about the Amish, it was about a family who suffered major tragedy and loss, and how they found a real relationship with Jesus Christ in the midst of that suffering. They realized what they thought was “right” and would get them into Heaven wasn’t what they needed after all. What they needed was a real, personal, intimate relationship with Jesus, someone who knew all their suffering, and was walking through it with them.
Even if you haven’t suffered a similar loss, (I haven’t) I’d still highly recommend it. You won’t regret it!