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The Narrow Path

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  620 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Miranda feels like she s been transported back to Little House On The Prairie, and Ted s head spins when Miranda reads the Bible on her cell phone. Yet Miranda Klassen and Ted Wiebe must find a way to make peace to meet their common goal to open the doors of Ted s Old Order Mennonite church and community. Will they also find love in the process?"
275 pages
Published by Abingdon Press (first published December 1st 2009)
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Carly
Miranda and Ted could not be more different. They are both Mennonites, but Miranda is from a Mennonite church in Seattle that is modern and Ted belongs to an Old Order Mennonite church in Minnesota. When Miranda is hired to lead the Christmas program for Ted’s church, their differences are obvious. Miranda wears jeans, red t-shirts, red lipstick and reads the Bible on her cell phone. Ted believes in following the traditions of his Mennonite heritage. Despite their differences they are able to wo...more
SheLove2Read
Contemporary Mennonite choir director and Old Order Mennonite Music director have a shared goal of making the Church's Christmas play both a success and an opportunity to show outsiders the glory of Christ. Their differing backgrounds make this a challenge at first but in working together they both find that their preconceived ideas about the other are wrong. This was a very entertaining read!
Susan Hollaway
Although Ted was the most traveled and somewhat contemporary-minded in his Old Order Mennonite fellowship, he was shocked when he met the woman he was to pick up at the airport. She was more modest than many around her, but definitely not what he was expecting. He couldn’t even imagine what the rest of the congregation would think when they got a look at her.

But much to his surprise and dismay, most seemed to accept her. She tries hard to honor their ways, but still be herself and strive to acc...more
Laura
Title: THE NARROW PATH
Author: Gail Sattler
Publisher: Abingdon Press
May 2010
ISBN: 978-1-426-70237-2
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary romance

Miranda Klassen is a talented worship leader and song writer and she has written and directed many cantatas. When she is hired by a Mennonite church in Minnesota, she isn’t expecting or prepared for the snow when she arrives. Seattle gets little to no snow, and she only has open toed heels and a thin jacket with her.

Ted Wiebe is the music director at his Menn...more
Tiffany Wacaser
This rating system is annoying. I liked this book, but not as much as I like Death and Penguin. Yet they have the same rating. . .

A scale of 1 to 10 would be better.

Anyhow, this a Christian romance, published, by Bethany House (I could be wrong about the publisher). I got the book through one of Kindle's free offers. I downloaded it knowing that Bethany House has a pretty decent reputation with romances that are clean and without erotic elements that are so frequently found in mass-market roman...more
Jay Howard
A very satisfying tale that raises the questions we all need to address. What is really important in life? Should a simple lifestyle be enough for everyone, whatever their educational level, whatever their interests and abilities? How far should we restrict our own goals in favour of the needs of the people we love? Should religious edicts be permitted to define our lives beyond what is reasonable in the modern world just for the sake of tradition, or should the religion adapt to suit? And if so...more
Goddess
This was an absolute joy to read.

Story:
The plot was interesting - i really enjoy reading about a person's endeavour to build something. In this instance the protagonist is building a play as well as trying to "fit in" within a small and close knit community. The struggles she faced, the prejudice, the new customs she learnt as well as the skills she offered or taught were written with a sensitive eloquence not common in todays chick lit.

The reader was not bogged down with too much detail. The...more
Casey
Though the cover may allude to being of the Amish genre, THE NARROW PATH was no such novel. An original story about the Mennonite community and a young woman who enters from the “outside.”
Miranda has been hired by a Mennonite community to create a Christmas play, but can she adapt to this new culture for a year and can she really fall in love with a young man, rooted in his ways?
I enjoyed this book. It was fresh and original from what I normally read in the Amish genre. There was humor and a lov...more
Michelle
The ending was what really made this story shine. It started out a bit slow and it wasn't until I was about halfway through the story that I started to really care one way or the other. I felt her frustrations at times and enjoyed the way Ted comforted her when she was hurting and how he tried to be a true friend. I enjoyed that the conflict was so black and white at times, but on occasion it also felt a bit like shoving a square peg into a round hole. Sometimes you could feel that it was a bit...more
Lauralee Bliss
This is an interesting look at two worlds that seem to collide but the characters are really both a part of the same world - their Mennonite faith. It's just that one is more old order and one is more modern. The concept is interesting. I like the way the characters are portrayed, each coping with the other's strange ideas, especially as they try to coalesce around making a memorable Christmas musical. Unfortunately this is also where the story tends to drag. I know nothing of music, but at time...more
Kristy
Eh, this book seemed to be lacking something. I can't really put my finger on it. But it was kind of disappointing. One thing is I definitely prefer Amish books to the Mennonite books for some reason.

I kind of thought Ted was boring and he was so harsh and he disliked Miranda so much in the beginning that I had a hard time believing he had feelings for her by the end. His lack of humor got so tiring and his over the top proper grammar really annoyed me. I got so tired of reading, "I do not thin...more
Barb
Miranda Klassen is a Mennonite from Seattle who travels to a small Minnesota town to work with a Mennonite congregation to create and produce a play that will celebrate both Christmas and the congregation's anniversary. She will be living in Piney Meadows, MN for almost a full year in order to do so.

Ted Wiebe has driven the three hours in winter weather to pick up Miranda from the Minneapolis airport. He is expecting a woman who dresses and acts like the women in his congregation back in Piney M...more
Loraine
Old order Mennonite Ted and new order Mennonite Miranda are as opposite as night and day. When they have to work together on a year long evangelism Christmas cantata sparks begin to fly. Some pull them together and others send them to prayer. Hopefully they will both learn from each other and grow in their faith and perhaps a relationship as well.

I loved the contrasting characters and how they each gained a better perspective of what was important in life from one another.
Tiff
Blah storyline. Unlikable characters, horrible dialogue. This was a free kindle download but the editing was so awful I could barely get through it. I love both Amish and Mennonite stories but this just wasn't engaging. The one positive thing I can say is that the religion wasn't overplayed. It was the focus of the book without it becoming preachy.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
It's Little House on the Prairie meets Sex and the City....well sort of.

This is a fun romance set in the Mennonite faith. It is interesting to see how two people of the same religion view the world differently.

This is a really good book and I was sad to see it end.
Amy
This was a fun, easy, breezy read with a satisfying conclusion. It's a good book to read when you are in the mood for a happy ending without any serious complications.
Trea
This is actually my second time for reading this book, and both times I have found it to be just an okay read. My main problems with the book revolve around Miranda. She is an outsider coming into a Mennonite community that is vastly different from her own, and through it all she comes across as very disrespectful of their culture, even though she says that she respects it greatly. I understand that this is a book about keeping an open mind and to let God guide you on the path He sets before you...more
Lisa
In eye-opening fashion, Canadian author and Mennonite Brethren member Gail Sattler reveals the unsubtle philosophical distance some branches of the Mennonite church have moved from each other. Adapting to cultural changes to meet the ever-changing needs of modern America, Miranda Klassen, the daughter of a pastor in a fully integrated modern society Mennonite church takes a year-long position with an old-order church to help spruce up their worship and music to spread the ministry. For whatever...more
Christina
I really wanted to love this novel; especially it was in the Amish genre without being actually Amish. Randi with an "i" is from Seattle from a Modern Mennonite Church. Ted is from an Old Order Mennonite Community. From there the story line gets predictable. One could easily read the first three chapters and skip to the last one and knows what went on and did not miss much; except food dishes name and how many times Randi and Ted disagree. So here is the break down, and yes this is the whole con...more
Kame
Miranda (Randi) a Mennonite is a composer of spiritual music and plays. She has been hired to create a performance to celebrate Ted's church's 75th anniversary and Christmas. She arrives in January during a snow storm from Seattle. Ted who is the worship music leader of his Mennonite community picks her up at the airport. She has one year to create a performance that will inspire people to join their church.

When Miranda comes off the plane it is evident that both Miranda and Ted both assumed tha...more
Delia
All she did was accept an invitation. Miranda Klassen, dedicated daughter of a Seattle Mennonite minister, is a talented musician. A noted songwriter. She’s excited to have been offered the challenge of helping an Old Order Mennonite church prepare and publicize a Christmas musical that will draw new people and new life to its staid congregation.

A completely modern Mennonite, Miranda loves red, her computer, and her cell phone. What awaits her in Minnesota is like something out of Little House o...more
Hilary
I think this was really more like 3.5 stars for me. I would probably have rounded up if there had been a little more faith involved. As it stands, it's probably amongst the least Christian books I've read in this genre - most of it coming from the setting and the background of one of the characters.

That said, it was well-written. Plots from this genre (light Christian romances) tend to be relatively predictable and their charm is in the gentle development of the characters, how each learns to ad...more
Sara
This book was a cute, enjoyable romance. The plot moved a little too fast, but I figured it was probably because the author was trying to cover a year's worth of time in one book. The only major problem I had with the book was the way the Mennonite characters spoke. Their speech was very formal and no one used any contractions. It was very odd. I think the author was trying to portray that the first language for these characters wasn't English, but German. Still, the characters sounded like Data...more
Carolyn E
What a delightful story!! I loved it.
Linda Bourg
This is the first book i read by this author, Gail Sattler, i must say it just wasn't for me. I found the storyline a bit boring with all the bickering back and forth over a Christmas play for the church and the traditions of the Amish people.. In one part i even knew what had happened so it was really predictable. Just an ok read for me on this one.
Stacy
A free book I got for my Kindle. Christian fiction, but it was just ok for me, nothing great. I hate to rate something two stars, it seems like I didn't like it, but I did, I just didn't *really* like it :) The premise is a progressive Mennonite young woman from Seattle goes for a year to an a community in Minnesota to help a more traditional Mennonite congregation with their elaborate Christmas program. It was predictable, which I don't mind, but I did struggle in parts with my interest level....more
Dali Castillo
So you read the blurb on the back of the book or watch the trailer, and you may think, "Okay. I know where this story line is going." But the fact is, you really don't. Gail Sattler has done a wonderful job intertwining the spiritual and the romance in such an entertaining way, that I challenge you to read it without laughing out loud even once. It can't be done. It's a great read! Enjoy!
Kate
I really enjoyed this book. I've been a fan of Amish fiction for a good many years, but this was the first book I read about people of the Mennonite faith. I liked the interplay between Ted and his Old Order community and Miranda and her 'fancy/big city' ways. The book was funny, sweet and a lovely escape from the realities of life. I will definitely be reading more by Gail Sattler!
Larik
what a combination!?! he is down to earth old-fashioned boy and she is all twentieth century accommodated and in plain dooool colored community she loves RED... it is a fun story. what bothered me was that when their relationship starts developing it feels like there are few chapters missing, but otherwise I really recommend it to all who like Mennonite/Amish stories.
Melissa Lynn
I'm usually one who gravitates towards historical novels, so when I picked this book up at the library, I was wasn't expecting to love it all too much. I was dead wrong. I finished the book in less than 24 hours, which is most probably a record for me. I very much recommend that you read it! I will definitely be picking up more books by Gail Sattler!
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