Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Joshua's Mission by Vannetta Chapman [Review & Giveaway]

About the book: Joshua's Mission is a new standalone novel in the Plain and Simple Miracles collection from popular author Vannetta Chapman. These stories of love and family and Amish community in Oklahoma tell of the miracles that can happen when lives are lived in service to God and to one another.

Joshua Kline travels from his farm in Oklahoma to offer aid to an Englisch town on the gulf coast of Texas after a category 4 hurricane has ravaged the area. He brings his brother with him, who needs a change of environment. The last thing he wants for Alton is another brush with the law. He is pleasantly surprised when he hears that Becca Troyer, the bishop's granddaughter, plans on joining their team.

What will Joshua find when he arrives in Texas? A lack of electricity, certainly, which poses little problem for the Amish volunteers as they help restore order from destruction. But a budding romance? A call from God? And a possible healing of his relationship with Alton?

Joshua's Mission is a story of love, forgiveness, and the grace of God that carries us through even the worst situations.
Vannetta Chapman writes fiction Full of Grace!
My thoughts: Cracking the spine of a new Vannetta Chapman book is always a pleasure and an adventure. I always know that I will be reading a satisfying story told within the bounds of Christian morals and priorities. Joshua's Mission was no exception.

Using a technique where two stories in two different locations are running along the same timeline with totally different themes and characters, Chapman tells about the coastal area of Texas bracing for a super horrendous hurricane and a quiet, unassuming community of Amish are going about their daily lives living plain and dealing with personal issues. As each community reaches a climatic event of either meteorologic proportions or Spiritual and family centric, their blending into one cohesive group ministering together becomes a reality.

I grew up in a North Carolina coastal city and we had some devastating hurricanes. Until you've truly experienced the massive destruction these huge and ferocious storms vent, you can not truly comprehend them. Chapman has written a revealing and realistic description of a hurricane impacting a beach community and the people who live there.

I found that the story revolving around a Mennonite Disaster Service organization to be an eye opener. I did not know this existed. It is a real service organization. Again Chapman brings realistic truth into the story.

This is a highly recommended book that you can offer early teens through grandma to read and feel comfortable about sharing with them. And I think you'll love Charlie's dog, Quitz.
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the author to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own, alone. I was not compensated for this review. Giveaway copy is provided by the author directly to the winner.


  1. I have 5 kids that all love reading, oldest are teens and 2 sisters. They all like various reads

    1. James, God bless you for passing a love of reading on to your children.

  2. I love all kinds of Christian and Amish fiction mysteries, etc. I learn something whenever I read.

  3. There are many wonderful quotes. The one that stuck out most to me was " The Knowing is easy, It's the doing that gives us trouble.

  4. Thank you so much for the kind review, Vera.

  5. I loved reading any kind of Young Adult fiction! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Edye // Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  6. My favorite genre to read is Amish fiction. I also like mystery/suspense stories. Thanks for this review and giveaway.

  7. Very cool reading about how the story relates to some of your own weather experiences. Thanks for sharing at the #LMMLinkup.

  8. I'm most interested in reading Amish fiction.

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  10. I like christian stories about people in the Bible

  11. This book sounds really inspiring! Love having you as a part of Booknificent Thursday!

  12. I like reading all different genres of books, but I've always enjoyed reading Amish fiction ever since I was young. I am really looking forward to this! :)

  13. I like the quote "The beauitiful lights in the night sky struck her as a promise that he wouldn't leave them in darkness" - Murder Tightly Knit

  14. I love reading Amish books and mystery books.

  15. I'm interested in reading pretty much all genres of books.

  16. I like quote "The knowing is easy. It's the doing that gives us trouble."


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