The Face of Heaven

The Face of Heaven Following on the heels of The Wings of Morning the first book in Murray Pura s Snapshots in History series comes this compelling saga of the Civil War In April Lyndel Keim discovers two runawa

  • Title: The Face of Heaven
  • Author: Murray Pura
  • ISBN: 9780736949491
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • Following on the heels of The Wings of Morning, the first book in Murray Pura s Snapshots in History series, comes this compelling saga of the Civil War.In April 1861, Lyndel Keim discovers two runaway slaves in her family s barn When the men are captured and returned to their plantation, Lyndel and her young Amish beau, Nathaniel King, find themselves at odds with theirFollowing on the heels of The Wings of Morning, the first book in Murray Pura s Snapshots in History series, comes this compelling saga of the Civil War.In April 1861, Lyndel Keim discovers two runaway slaves in her family s barn When the men are captured and returned to their plantation, Lyndel and her young Amish beau, Nathaniel King, find themselves at odds with their pacifist Amish colonyNathaniel enlists in what will become the famous Iron Brigade of the Union Army Lyndel enters the fray as a Brigade nurse on the battlefield, sticking close to Nathaniel as they both witness the horrors of war including the battles at Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, and Antietam Despite the pair s heroic sacrifices, the Amish only see that Lyndel and Nathaniel have become part of the war effort, and both are banished.And a severe battle wound at Gettysburg threatens Nathaniel s life Lyndel must call upon her faith in God to endure the savage conflict and to face its painful aftermath, not knowing if Nathaniel is alive or dead Will the momentous battle change her life forever, just as it will change the course of the war and the history of her country The Face of Heaven is a dramatic story that will release on the 150th anniversary of the historic battle of Antietam, September, 1862.

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    1. Kathleen (Kat) Smith

      I love it when an author will find a way to put a unique and unexpected twist into something we would never have considered and as a reader seeing it with new eyes! That is just what author, Murray Pura has done in his recent novel, The Face of Heaven. He has delightfully taken two of my personal favorite genre's and blended them so wonderfully together that is makes a readers heart sing!In The Face of Heaven, we meet the Keim's, your typical Amish family living and working hard on their farm in [...]

    2. Victor Gentile

      Murray Pura in his new book, “The Face of Heaven” Book Two in the Snapshots in History series published by Harvest House Publishers takes us into the lives of Nathanial King and Lyndel Keim over the course of The Civil War.From the Back Cover: Can An Amish man go to war and not lose his faith?Can an Amish Woman become a battlefield nurse and not lose her family?In April 1861, Lyndel Keim discovers two runaway slaves in her family’s barn. When the men are captured, Lyndel and her young Amis [...]

    3. Lisa Johnson

      Title: The Face of HeavenAuthor: Murray PuraPages: 352Year: 2012Publisher: Harvest HouseNote: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at seekingwithallyurheartspo. Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988 I have heard that if we don’t remember history, regardless of what era, we are bound to make the same mistakes. Whether this is true or not, I believe that knowing our history [...]

    4. Katie

      First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.I wasn’t sure how I would like The Face of Heaven, but since I thoroughly enjoy reading about the War Between the States, I took a bit of a gamble and dived in! For those historical fiction lovers who enjoy this time period, I recommend this book as an intriguing read that you will enjoy.The thing that made The Face of Heaven so different and unique (at least to me) was that the two main characters of the book are Amish. And one fights as a soldier i [...]

    5. Laura

      Title: THE FACE OF HEAVENAuthor: Murray PuraPublisher: Harvest House PublishersAugust 2012ISBN: 978-0736949491Genre: Historical AmishLyndel Keim discovers two escaped slaves hiding in a barn stall when she goes in to see what disturbed the cows. One of the men is injured since he'd jumped from a moving train and his friend helped him to the barn to hide. Lyndel and her brother's friend, Nathaniel promise to help the slaves, as does Lyndel's father, but the slave hunters do find them and drag the [...]

    6. Rhonda Gayle

      Murray Pura is one of a few men who are successfully penning Amish romantic fiction. The Face of Heaven has something for male readers as well as female readers. This piece of historical fiction beautifully expresses the pain, suffering, and horror of a war that pitted brother against brother. Nathaniel, Lyndel, and Levi leave their Amish roots and farmlands to enter the action of the Civil War. They seek to bring healing to a nation and an end to slavery of fellow humans. This book was particul [...]

    7. Rachel Brand

      GENRE: HISTORICAL/AMISH ROMANCEPUBLISHER: HARVEST HOUSEPUBLICATION DATE: AUGUST 01, 2012 RATING: 4.5 OUT OF 5 – EXCELLENTPROS: Engaging romance; excellent discussion about the practicalities of pacifism; battle scenes bring the Civil War to lifeCONS: Initial set up seems very similar to first book; characters sometimes have a deeper understanding of the war than seems believableAs tension is building in the South in 1861, Lyndel Keim and Nathaniel King couldn’t be more detached from the conf [...]

    8. Wendy

      Lyndel Keim finds two runaway slaves in their barn and promises to help them and keep them safe. She gains the help of her brother Levi and his friend Nathaniel King. Reluctantly her father lets them stay in the attic until they are healthy enough to move on. They soon have visitors among which is the owner of the slaves and have to turn them over. Lyndel, Levi and Nathaniel are all heartbroken but not as bad as they are when they find one of the slaves hung in a tree on their property. The Amis [...]

    9. Amber Stokes

      The Face of Heaven is a book that is grand in scope and appeals to the intellect. I found the history of the American Civil War presented within the pages to be detailed and well-researched (as is also shown by the acknowledgements page). Numerous instances in the story give rise to little tidbits about the era or varying perspectives on why things happened the way they did or clashing beliefs that caused so much turmoil. So as far as the setting and the context goes, this book is thorough. I wi [...]

    10. Justin

      This review was fist published in Historical Novel Review.When two slaves seeking shelter on Lyndel’s farm are recovered by slave hunters, she and her Amish community are confronted with more than a crisis of conscience. Her Amish elders, her father included, want no part in the upcoming war. And even in this pacifist community slavery is hotly contested. Most would rather report runaway slaves and abide by the law rather than stir up trouble.But Lyndel and her would-be suitor, Nathaniel, cann [...]

    11. Marian Baay

      Truly A Masterpiece!During the Civil WarThe main characters Lyndel Keim and Nathaniel King are Amish. After they witnessed the brutal treatment of runaway slaves, their lives are changed forever. They are just starting to fall in love when Nathaniel joins the Army. Some time later Lyndel follows him as an Army nurse. After about a year they finally see each other again.Now that both have become a part of the war effort, they are banished from their Amish community.Despite of the war their love g [...]

    12. Becky

      I loved this book. It really drew you in--to both the time of the Civil War and the world of the Amish--without getting too bogged down into gory battle details or too preachy. It was really the best of both worlds. I felt completely invested in Lyndel and Nathaniel's lives, and was very sorry when it came to an end. The conflict between their love for their community and way of life and their commitment to bringing slavery to an end was so well written that I wanted to jump into the world of th [...]

    13. Karen & Gerard

      The Face of Heaven by Murray Pura is historical Christian fiction about an Amish man and woman who feel strongly enough against slavery that the man joins the union army and the woman volunteers as a nurse on the battlefields of the Civil War. There is the romance story line too but the majority of the book is about the Civil War through their eyes. Nathaniel and Lyndel must endure shunning from their families and community when they join the war effort, but believe it is what God would have the [...]

    14. ACS Book-finder

      Review: The Face of Heaven is a lovely historic fiction story that opens just before the Civil War in 1861. Lyndel Keim is an Amish girl growing up on her father’s farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.One morning Lyndel discovers two runaway slaves hiding in the barn. Ultimately the sheriff discovers their whereabouts, and the slaves are dealt with very harshly. The treatment of these slaves and the knowledge of thousands of others across the South causes Lyndel and her beau, Nathaniel King, to go [...]

    15. Christian Fiction Addiction

      Murray Pura has penned a poignant read in The Face of Heaven, grabbing my attention from the first couple of chapters and holding me captive until the stirring conclusion. As with his prior book I reviewed, The Wings of Morning, I greatly enjoyed his take on the Amish community, and found it highly interesting to watch them grapple with how their community should respond to the injustice of slavery and their response to the civil war. My favourite line is when Nathaniel questions their stance no [...]

    16. Faye

      When Lyndel Keim finds two runaway slaves hiding in her family's barn she enlists the help of her brother and his best friends Nathaniel King. But when the community finds out, the result is shocking.Levi and Nathaniel are so moved by the injustice that they�enlist�as part of�the Iron Brigade, and Lyndel volunteers as a nurse, putting themselves at odds with their Amish community, even though they are fighting for what they believe in. They face the dangers of war, with bravery and live ou [...]

    17. My Book Addiction and More MBA

      THE FACE OF HEAVEN by Murray Pura is an intriguing Amish fiction,Civil war saga.#2 in "Snapshots of History" series,but can be read as a stand alone. See, "The Wings of Morning". Follow Lyndel Keim and Nathaniel King as they navigate a war torn country,the horrors of war,faith,the aftermath of a savage conflict,being at odds with their faith,slavery,forgiveness,healing and love. A powerful and dramatic story of the historic battle of Antietam and its effects on everyone. A must read for not only [...]

    18. JudyAnn

      The story is in the midst of the action of the Civil War as characters who are members of the Amish community are brought into conflict because of their practices and beliefs. The historical information is accurate and draws the reader in with the detailed action. My husband and I both enjoyed this story of a tragic, yet dynamic time in our history. The tale has realistic scenarios -- not everyone wins to go back to a wonderful future. We highly recommend Murray Pura as an author and look forwar [...]

    19. Jan Sherrill-brooks

      What a wonderful book!!!!! I was drawn into the story from the beginning with the run away slaves in the barn. To the very end when she looked inside her treasure box. Great read!!!

    20. Cherese Akhavein

      Book 2 in the Snapshots of History Series by Murray Pura “The Face Of Heaven”Again if you like History your in for a real treat with this book and series, the year 1861, the Civil War and when you think about a war the last thing that will comes to your mind will be the Amish however set back and enjoy this amazing journey while Murray Pura takes you on a wild tour through the civil war with Nathaniel King and Lyndel Keim. Get your tissues ready because I’m sure you will need them at times [...]

    21. Gloria Sherwood

      Clean historical Christian novelI loved this story it was quite gory at times but overall this story was so touching. The love from so many towards the slaves was wonderful. So many gave their lives so slavery was irradiated. It was touching to have a president- Lincoln a republican who took on the democrats to stop slavery and lost his life as a result. I recommend the book and the author.

    22. Rachel

      I'll start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. I'd never read an Amish book by a male author, and never read this author before so wasn't sure what to expect. Well, I was pulled into the story almost from the first. I am a fan of Amish fiction and have always been fascinated by the Civil War period. This book satisfied both of those interests, so it was a sure thing when I saw it that I'd purchase it and read it. I am so glad that I did. I was intrigued by the idea of an Amish man wanting [...]

    23. Shari Larsen

      Lyndel Keim's life is changed forever after the discovery of two runaway slaves in the barn on her family's farm. She, along with her brother and Nathanial King, feel called upon to do what they can to help end slavery, but they find themselves at odds with their pacifist Amish community.Nathaniel enlists in the Union Army; her brother Levi joins the ambulance corps, and Lyndel herself works as a nurse, tending the wounded after battle. After Gettysburg, Lyndel must call upon her faith to keep o [...]

    24. Mom

      What a time in history to have lived. So many men lost their lives fighting for the North and the South. Being a nurse would have been an overwhelming job with all the wounded they had to attend to. All the blood and destruction from the gunshots. No time to dwell on those that died - just had to move on to the next wounded soldier. Loved the romance between Lyndel and Nathaniel. Different for an Amish story to be so bold in talking about it. A happy part of the story was when the Amish that wer [...]

    25. Joleen

      This was my first Murray Pura book. I wanted to like it, because I've heard about this author a lot this past year. Actually I really liked the story a lot. And I love historical fiction a lot. However when so many descriptions of battles, or maneuvers, or trail scenes are described in such detail, it loses my interest. I don't mind some, just not so many and in such detail. But seriously, besides all that, the plot was terrific. Mind you, this is just my opinion about my preferences. Anyone who [...]

    26. Jerry Blackerby

      This is the second of three in the author’s Snapshots in History series. I loved this book also. I always enjoy reading Murray Pura. He keeps a story moving and seems very realistic. The book kept me engrossed so I had to keep reading. I expect book 3, which I will begin shortly, to be just as well written.

    27. Ingrid

      Excellent read.I really enjoyed this book.Love this authors style of writing,the story moves along at a steady pace,no rehashing ,explains things in great detail.Keeps your interest,hard to put down. Can't wait to read more by this author.

    28. Beth

      This is the first book that I read by this author and it caught my attention because it deals with the America Civil War which is a interest of mine. Now I would like read more from this author and though this is his only one on the Civil War I wish that he would write another one.

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