The Devoted, written by Suzanne Woods Fisher is book three in The Bishop Family series. We return to Stoney Ridge and catch up with the Stoltzfus family. David is the bishop in the local church as well as the owner of the local store and is newly married to Birdy Glick. David is also raising a family and busy keeping up with what is happening with his church members.
This book focuses on Ruthie. Ruthie has been saving money and studying for her GED test. She has plans to move away and do something more with her life. She continues to tell her ex-boyfriend she does not want to be with him. But Luke will do anything to be with Ruthie.
Patrick Kelly has come to Stoney Ridge and is determined to learn the Amish way of life. He wants to convert to the Amish and his parents have allowed him only 30 days to visit, He works with Jesse Stoltzfus to learn to drive a buggy and is working with Ruthie with his Penn Dutch.
Since the beginning of the series, oil has been found in the area and the people have become very wealthy. But they have changed. They no longer want to volunteer their time doing things for others and they are no longer giving to the church as they use to. Some of them are also opening their businesses on Sundays as well.
This is a wonderful book. Through the entire story we are reminded that the heart and soul of Amish life is glorifying God. We see in this story how money changes people in thoughts and actions. I especially enjoyed the interaction between Ruthie and her aunt “Dok”. I appreciate that Dok is willing to help Ruthie with employment and also works with her in understanding the actions we take when we are young affect our life later on. This story does a good job of showing us the struggles the Amish have living in today’s world. This is a great story of family love and caring for others.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Series: The Bishop’s Family (Book 3)
Publisher: Revell Publishing