Friday, November 22, 2013

The Christmas Quilt: Quilts of Love Series by Vanneta Chapman Litfuse Blog Tour

About the book: Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie's sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

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 Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

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My review:
This was the perfect book for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.  It is so easy to get grumpy and stressed about all there is to do and to lose sight of all the everyday things there are to be thankful and grateful for.  Almost every negative can be turned around if you look at it from a different angle.  Leah is pregnant with twins and feels a great distance from her husband.  She is sharp with him, he feels too busy to spend time with her, he thinks she is always prickly and she starts to lose her trust in him and where he goes.  Then, six weeks before her due date, she goes into preterm labor.  Luckily her sister-in-law spent her rumspringa going to nursing school and worked at the English hospital that Leah is moved to.  The two women spend time in the hospital getting a quilt ready for the babies.  As they make each of the nine squares they share stories that touch on the nine fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control.  The women take their time with the quilt and share stories from their lives plus a few shared by another patient, a doctor and Leah's husband.  In having the time to contemplate and pray, Leah changes her attitude and feels remorse for how she has been acting.  Even though they are separated and must communicate via phone, Leah and Adam manage to find their way back to each other and become closer while farther apart than they have ever been before.  Leah and Adam learn through crisis what it means to trust in God's will and to make time for a true connection with each other.  They are able to make real changes in themselves by developing and allowing themselves to trust a higher power and each other.
So many people focus on getting things perfect and on their to do list, but if you are able to let yourself step back from the busyness of life you can see that we are all being guided if we are willing to accept the guidance.