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The Shunning {review & giveaway}

I don’t really know why, but I have always been drawn to the Amish and their way of living. It could be the simplicity of it all – making due with what is readily available to you, not having a need to depend on outside resources, living within ones means, and only possessing what one really needs and not what one wants. There may be more, but that is enough to explain why I have always been curious.

The Shunning is the first book of three in The Heritage of Lancaster County series written by Beverly Lewis and brought to the screen by Michael Landon, Jr. (director of Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly series). The story opens with Laura Mayfield-Bennett, an English (a person not from the Amish community), desperately searching for the baby she gave up at birth who was adopted by parents from an Amish community. That baby is Katie, now a young woman who has struggled most of her life with her faith and the Amish rules, and this burden weighs more heavily upon her since she is soon to be married. By accident, Katie discovers she is adopted and this discovery threatens everything she knows – her relationship with her “parents,” her pending marriage, her place in the Amish community, and the person she has become. The discovery of her adoption not only causes her to start asking questions about her birth mother, but to also challenge some of the rules of her faith which eventually leads to her being shunned by her community. To be shunned is when members of the church and her own family – parents and siblings – are to cease any social contact with her until she repents of her sins after which she may return to fellowship with the community.

Through all of the drama, we do get a peak into the lifestyle of the Amish people, which I have read that the book takes the reader further into detail and is worth reading. My children and I watched this movie together and thoroughly enjoyed it, but we all gasped (even Canyon) at the end when it left us wondering what happened when Katie met her biological mother. As a fan of Michael Landon, Jr’s movies, I know that he is not going to have us wondering for long which means that there must be a part two and possibly a part three movie coming to complete the series.

If you can’t wait, then I guess you could always read the book. If you can wait and you like hanging on the edge, then I have a chance for you to win your own copy of The Shunning on DVD.

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