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ABOUT BOOK: Gentle and unassuming Hope Kauffman has never been one to question or try to make changes. She quietly helps her father run Kingdom Quilts and has agreed to the betrothal her father arranged for her with the devout but shy Ebbie Miller.

Despite Hope's and other Kingdom residents' attempts to maintain the status quo, changes have already begun to stir in the small Mennonite town. The handsome and charismatic Jonathon Wiese is the leader of the move to reform, and when one of Kingdom's own is threatened by a mysterious outsider, Jonathon is one of the first to push for the town to arm itself. Hope's fiancé, Ebbie, is at the forefront of those demanding the town stay true to its traditions of nonviolence.

When strange incidents around town result in outright attacks on several townspeople, Hope can't help but question what she's always been taught. As the town that's always stood so strong together is torn apart at the seams, Hope is caught between opposing sides, both represented by those she has come to care for. With tensions high and lives endangered by an unknown threat, Hope fears Kingdom can never survive in one piece.

ABOUT AUTHOR: Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband Norman and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored fourteen books and is currently at work on a new series for Bethany House Publishing. The first book in her Road to Kingdom series, “Inescapable,” came out in July of 2012. The second book, “Unbreakable” released in February of 2013.

All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”

Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site: or her blog She is also active on Facebook.

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1. Do you regularly read Amish/Mennonite themed books? If so, why? What is it about them that draws you in?

2. If you changed one thing in an attempt to make your life simpler, what would it be?

3. What one thing would be the toughest to give up if you lived without electricity?


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1) Yes it's my favorite books and I have hundreds of them!  I love their lifestyle and their closeness to God!

2) I would get rid of my computer.  It's such an addicting thing and I spend way to much time on it!

3)My phone would be the toughest!  I love hearing from my husband during the day and I would miss that so much!

If I had to give up one thing because of lack of electricity, Internet would be hardest - That's how I work!

I would say say Amish and Mennonite books are my favorite. I love the spirit of the people. I love the calmness and a slower paced life. Te devotion they have to their family and to their people. Feels closer to God.

Thanks for this give away I really want to read this one.

I occasionally read Amish themed books. I like reading about the simple lifestyle, even though it would be very difficult for me to live that way. I also like the devotion to God and family.

1)I enjoy reading Amish books.  Their lifestyle is simple and I like their devotion to God and to their families. 

3) My phone and my computer.  That is how I keep in contact with everyone.

Questiion #3 - I would really miss my washing machine....washing clothes in boiling water and scrubbing them on a scrub board just doesn't sound very pleasent to me...   :)

The Amish I know use washing machines that are hooked to a gas motor or air pressure. 

Living without electricity would prove very taxing for me.  Aside from the equipment needed to sustain a good quality of life for me (I have spinal injuries and other difficulties) it would be so very difficult to not have the kind of lighting I need to be able to read and do things.  Because of diminished vision, it does take really good lighting conditions for me to be able to read.  It would not stop me from reading my Bible, but it would make it very difficult to say the least.  I am actually only two generations away from the family when oil lamps and other things were the norm.  My grandparents had a wood heater, lanterns, a hand pump for water, exterior potty (an outhouse), clothes were hung on a clothes line, meals were cooked on a wood stove, etc. I remember one year it was so cold that the windows had ice on the inside and if you got more that 10 feet from the heater you got cold.  The lack of conveniences was the impetus to great storytelling, games that challenged the senses, and real conversations.  Interestingly, my grandparents did not see where they were "missing" anything. They were not inhibited or adversely affected by the lack of electrical appliances - even electric lights. 

What one thing would be toughest to give up if I lived without electricity?  Well, let's see . . my hairdryer (LOL)  just kidding - I can live with bad hair days.  I would miss overhead lighting.  It is hard for me to read in low light.


I think the hardest thing to give up would be the ability to turn on lights when I want to!  I can live without the internet - I just don't like the dark. lol

#2 I would get rid of TV

I think that the toughest thing for me to give up would be my computer and phone. I use my computer for a lot of different things so I almost feel like I wouldn't have anything to do. As for my phone, I use it to keep in contact with a lot of my friends who are far away (as well as getting in touch with those who are near me) and it would just be really hard to stay in contact with some of those people since they aren't very good at writing letters.


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