Published by Bethany House Publishers on January 1st 1970
Genres: Amish & Mennonite
Although she still prays for Caleb, Nellie Mae Fisher has broken up with her beau. Now, her heart's greatest longing is for more knowledge of the Lord. Caleb yearns for freedom, as his plans to leave Honeybrook have been thwarted. He must stay on as caretaker for his father, who was crippled in a wintertime accident. He also longs for Nellie Mae, still hoping that she will return to the Old Order. . .and to him. Christian Yoder, a young Mennonite man, longs to get to know Nellie Mae better. . .and to share with her the secrets of her sister Suzy's final days. Rhoda, Nellie's older sister, longs for more of what the world has to offer from fancy clothes, to her own car, to a new English boyfriend. Meanwhile, father Rueben Fisher longs for unity among his family and all the brethren. Whose longing will be satisfied, and whose will not?
“The Longing” is the final installment in “The Courtship of Nellie Fisher” series and I absolutely cannot wait to read more from Beverly Lewis!
In this book, we see more of the struggle of a community as it comes to terms with conflicts of faith and church division. The community is also devastated to hear about a near fatal injury of one of their own. Much of this book explores how God can use any situation to open our eyes and our hearts to Him, and also to our friends and family that we may need to make amends with.
We see Rhoda grapple with her self-worth, her longing for love and her disappointment in turning her back on her family. We see as she learns how to keep her family without compromising her values. Her desire is to simply be loved while still loving and being true to herself.
The book also continues to explore romances for Nan and Nellie Mae and continues delving deep into the heartache and loss that has settled over Rosanna and her husband, Elias. One thing is for certain – through happiness, love or loss we see one important message shining through – the importance of prayer and putting our trust in the Lord, not only for our salvation but also for all the trials that may come our way.
I really enjoyed this book series and learned more about the differences between the Mennonite, Old Order Amish and New Order Amish. I suggest it to any fan of Christian, Historical and Amish fiction.
To read my review of The Parting click here
To read my review of The Forbidden click here