The Amish Midwife

The Amish Midwife

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A dusty carved box containing two locks of hair and a century-old letter regarding property in Switzerland, and a burning desire to learn about her biological family lead nurse-midwife Lexie Jaeger from her home in Oregon to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. There she meets Marta Bayer, a mysterious lay-midwife who desperately needs help after an Amish client and her baby die.

Lexie steps in to assume Marta's patient load even as she continues the search for her birth family, and from her patients she learns the true meaning of the Pennsylvania Dutch word demut, which means "to let be" as she changes from a woman who wants to control everything to a woman who depends on God.

A compelling story about a search for identity and the ability to trust that God securely holds our whole life-past, present, and future.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 14mm | 277g
  • Eugene, OR, United States
  • English
  • 0736937986
  • 9780736937986
  • 186,014

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"In The Amish Midwife, Mindy Clark and Leslie Gould give us `English' a fascinating look into the Amish-Mennonite culture in its contemporary form. And to the non-adopted, they reveal the culture of adoption and search. As an adult adoptee that has been through search, I was grateful to see how tenderly, and accurately, Leslie and Mindy presented Lexie's journey to her birth-family and the strength, courage and endurance, as well as the love it required."
-Caroline F. Daniel "It was enjoyable spending time with Lexie in the world of the Amish and following Lexie as she works to solve the mysteries surrounding her birth. Terrific read, highly recommended!"
-Lonnie Cruse, "I highly recommend this book to all lovers of Amish fiction. This isn't your run of the mill story; it is definitely set apart by the different subject matters that are brought out within the text."
-Brandi Fitzpatrick, The Faith in Fiction Book Club, "The Amish Midwife is a compelling page-turner with characters so believably drawn they took my breath away. Lexie's spiritual journey touched my heart in a way that will live on even though I've turned the last page."
-Pam Hanson, co-author with Barbara Andrews of women's inspirational fiction for Guideposts "The Amish Midwife by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould was an excellent read, with multi-faceted, well-developed characters, and good plot pacing. Typical themes of Amish books were explored, such as secret-keeping, behavior expectations, and forgiveness. In addition, there were themes of midwifery, adoption, a bit of romance, and others that I won't mention here, since I don't want to spoil the story for readers. Especially enjoyable was the process of learning Lexie's story of her beginnings in life as she discovered pieces of the puzzle, her growing love for her newfound relatives, and the conclusion when all was revealed. It was not a book that I raced through to get done, but one that was savored to a strong and satisfying completion. I highly recommend it."
-Mary Steinbrenner, Library Lady, Cedar Mill Bible Church "Suspense and tension deepens as The Amish Midwife progresses. The characters seem so real I want to pray about their problems and cry at their struggles. I won't soon forget them.

"This first book in The Women of Lancaster County series is definitely a winner. It also contains discussion questions, which provide added depth to the reading experience. I came away with a peace like Lexie found, glad God is in control of our lives."
-Mary A. Hake, OCW president "This is an engaging account of a young nurse-midwife, raised by her adoptive family in Oregon, who travels to Pennsylvania to discover the truth about her past. She ends up learning much more than she expected, both about her family and herself. Issues of identity, forgiveness, and belonging are deftly interwoven into the story of this woman's quest. The gradual unraveling of the mystery holds the reader's attention throughout. An added bonus is the respectful but candid depiction of the Mennonite and Amish cultures."
-Elizabeth Cosgriff "This engaging novel dives right into the grief of losing a last known family member. As Lexie steps outside of her world to find her birth family she finds herself swept into an unfamiliar stream of uncooperative characters in a totally different culture. I was driven along with her, eager to learn each new clue. The characters were authentic, interesting and their faith and hope kept me engaged and hopeful. A very satisfying read."
-Mary Richman Sankaran
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About Mindy Starns Clark

Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including Beyond the Blue and Garden of Dreams. She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children.

Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction (more than 750,000 sold) including coauthoring the Christy Award-winning The Amish Midwife. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania.
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2,919 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
5 43% (1,254)
4 32% (941)
3 20% (575)
2 4% (120)
1 1% (29)

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I got up to Chapter 9 of The Amish Midwife - about 100 pages of teeth gritting and eyelid drooping - before I had to put it down. While there are some interesting aspects to midwifery I enjoyed discovering and some issues regarding Lexie's coming-to-terms with her discarded Mennonite faith, everything else about the actual story, the writing style, and the characters, was unsatisfactory. I knew I couldn't like the main character the moment she first referred herself (emphasis on first, meaning she does it more than once) as the "handsome counterpart" to her "handsome boyfriend." Do people really talk about themselves like that? Not to mention the way she treats her so-called boyfriend, leaving him without closure just so she can aimlessly tread murky waters on the other side of the country on a matter on which she is entirely clueless. She can't seem to think of anyone but herself, and doesn't have a compassionate bone in her body. This all annoyed me; it's one thing for me not to be able to relate to Lexie, but to actually not like her is an entirely different story. This book is classified as "romance," but let me tell you: if the romantic interest does not show his face by page 100, something is terribly wrong. I admit I haven't tried my hand at Amish romances before, but even for a religious storyline, I'd expect faster action or at least proper character introduction 1/4th of the way through. I didn't even get to the romance part of this story and I was still sick of it... big red flag. There isn't much else I can say about this one. Nothing worth mentioning that I enjoyed; nothing interesting enough to keep me reading. I actually had to fight from falling asleep in more than one sitting while reading, which means there's a large problem beyond my sleep deprivation that made it really difficult for me to read The Amish Midwife, and that problem would be The Amish Midwife itself. Pros: Realistic tone // Struggles with faith are well-captured Cons: Painfully slow pace // Lexie is incredibly dislikable // Character interactions are detached and flat Verdict: With an entirely self-absorbed and socially oblivious main character, a troubling so-called "romance" story structure, and a HUGE (read: not huge) family secret that lacks all of suspense, action, and intrigue, Clark and Gould's first installment in The Women of Lancaster County was a major letdown for me. Regulars to the genre may enjoy this one better because it does have its individual aspects, such as matters of Lexie's misplaced faith and her vocation, so if you've tried Amish romances before and have liked them, please don't let my review discourage you. As for me, The Amish Midwife has turned me away from all Amish fiction; I now know to stay away from this genre. Rating: 2 out of 10 hearts (1 star): Not completely a lost cause, but could not finish; I did not enjoy this book. Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!).show more
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