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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Balm of Gilead

What a wonderful world of plants and herbs God has so graciously given to us and how little we truly know how they can be used to cure and help a lot of what ails us today. Sarah Yoder has found this wisdom to help create ointments, salves and teas to help those in her community that need it and can benefit from it. If only she could find something to help keep her from the pain of the love she feels for Henry who has announced his marriage to a English woman, Ginny who runs the Inn. Since Henry never formally joined the Amish church, he is free to make whatever choices he believes is best for him even if it goes against everything he was raised to believe.

Now Sarah must find a way to keep her heart protected when Henry comes to her for help after having his hand affected by all the clay he works with as a potter. Beyond the normal dryness, they are beginning to bleed and nothing he has tried is helping. If Sarah can't help him, the career he had hoped to build by selling his pottery will come crashing down around him. Sarah is just beginning to sense a bit of healing as her own son has returned from a long trip to help on a ranch in Colorado. She is hoping he might now settle down and join the Amish faith, but this will be a season in Sarah's life in which she must learn that some choices are out of her hands and everyone must deal with the choices they make in life. It doesn't have any bearing on how well she has raised her son, but that a life is given to each of us to live as we see fit. Until that time, she can only pray and continue to search for ways to heal what is broken inside them all.

I received Balm of Gilead by Adina Senft compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. This is the third book in the Healing Grace Series, and one I have enjoyed because of my own love for herbal and natural remedies. I believe there is true power in their ability to heal what ails us and love that Sarah gets the opportunity not only to practice them but also to continue to learn more about what cures are available even as they encounter such things as latex allergies, something an Amish person wouldn't likely deal with on a daily basis. There is even a great discussion guide included at the conclusion of this novel. I give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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