The Meek by Amos Wyse, Laura J. Marshall Book Review, Preview

Posted February 25, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

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My father loved to tell us “There are two kinds of people in the world. . .”

Usually, that would be completed with something like “the quick and the hungry”. Which is actually humorous coming from this kind man who is not selfish in that way at all.

Reality is, God never intended for us to have this type of attitude.

This year as I was reading through the books of the Law (Genesis – Deuteronomy), one of the things that stood out to me is the way that God showed His compassion towards those in need and the oppressed through the statutes He gave to His people. Commands like the one given for the people to not harvest every last bit of their crops but instead to leave plenty for the poor to gather to meet their need.

The Meek by Amos Wyse, Laura J. Marshall Book Review, Preview

The Meek
by Amos Wyse, Laura J. Marshall


Published by Tiny Bubbles Publishing
Publication Date October 13, 2018
Genres: Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Suspense
Setting: Ohio, Nebraska Contemporary
Written for: Adults
Pages: 492

Synopsis:

For the English, it was the end of the world as they knew it. For the Amish, it was Tuesday.

Jedediah Wenger lost his family to an Englishe drunk driver. He has yet to put his life back together including the long-forgotten courting of the Bishop's daughter, Felicity Troyer. When he's suddenly faced with the task of helping the fading mid-western town of Prosperity survive, he realizes the task is greater than the town or the District can overcome.

Hearing about Prosperity through a ragtag ham radio, the remnants of the Government sends U.S. Cavalry Captain Jimmy Flanagan to protect the town which has evolved into a symbol of hope for all of America. His nagging concerns about his family in Nebraska keep him restless where he would otherwise find contentment.

I would like to thank Amos Wyse for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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For the English, it was the end of the world as they knew it. For the Amish, it was Tuesday.

A story unlike any of the other Amish books these authors have written, The Meek speculates what it would it be like if our country was suddenly deprived of technology.

Jedediah started as the main character of the story. This Amish man showed wisdom beyond his years as he looked to see how their community could band together to not only help each other but also to help those in the nearby town to survive. It was impossible to not love and respect him and cheer him for his choices and standing up for what was right despite opposition.

I hadn’t expected Jimmy to emerge as such a prominent character, but that was also due in part to how long it’s been since I read the description. Jimmy is the hero’s hero, using his quick thinking and kindness to keep order in the area when Marshal Law is declared.

I won’t say much about the story itself – most anything I say would be a spoiler. I do want to mention, however, that the romance, while a subtle element of the story, was quite sweet. I loved the use of the cast iron pan.

For any who remember the fears many experienced surrounding the what ifs related to a potential computer melt-down at the turn of the century, whether you believed they would happen or not, The Meek takes the concept beyond simply the loss of computers and removes all technology from the picture. But it reminded me of the things many believed would happen then.

I especially appreciated the way the various types of people were portrayed in the story. There were the small-minded and lazy people who felt entitled to things that they had not worked for. There were those who simply did what they were told and hoped for the best. And there were those who were driven by the example given by Jesus Himself and led the people into choosing to do what is good and right in His eyes.

The Meek was very interesting and several things occurred that I hadn’t expected. I really liked the way the Amish community and the local town realized that they needed to work together and appreciated the realistic way there were dissenters in both groups. In fact, one of the Amish leaders ended up being a pretty terrible, vindictive sort and caused quite a few problems.

There are some very tragic events that our heroes were exposed to in the aftermath, and yet the authors depicted these in such a way that didn’t drag the story into the mire or make them too gruesome. (Thank you!)

It would have been useful to have a better delineation of the passage of time. There were places where a significant amount of time had passed but there was no clear indication of this.

While this is not a typical Amish fiction story, readers of that genre will enjoy it, as will readers of Apocalyptic type fiction.

About Amos Wyse

Laura J. Marshall and Amos Wyse are married and write Amish fiction together while raising five sons. They have a little antique shop where Amos collects and sells cast iron and Laura tries to pretty things up with plaid bows on rolling pins and old tea tins. Laura has numerous Christian books including devotionals, kids, historical fiction, and contemporary romance.

About Laura J. Marshall

Laura J. Marshall and Amos Wyse are married and write Amish fiction together while raising five sons. They have a little antique shop where Amos collects and sells cast iron and Laura tries to pretty things up with plaid bows on rolling pins and old tea tins. Laura has numerous Christian books including devotionals, kids, historical fiction, and contemporary romance.

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3 responses to “The Meek by Amos Wyse, Laura J. Marshall Book Review, Preview

  1. Alicia Haney

    Wow, how Awesome, husband and wife writing together and raising 5 sons! Your books sound really good and the covers are really pretty. God Bless you all.

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