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Levi's Will

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,137 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
A new look for a thoughtfully written Amish story that evokes hope and redemption; named "Best Christian Novel of the Year" by "Booklist."
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Published October 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers (first published November 30th 2004)
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Shari Larsen
May 29, 2015 Shari Larsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1943, Will Mullett leaves his pacifist Amish community and his domineering father to find a new life. He joins the military, marries, and starts his own family. He can't completely leave his roots behind him though, and after years of estrangement from his father, discovers he doesn't want to. Levi is slow to accept the return of his prodigal son, and Will's frustration with trying to earn his father's forgiveness affects his relationship with his own two sons, especially younger son Riley. I ...more
Joleen
Jul 04, 2014 Joleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So... a couple weeks ago I read a W. Dale Cramer book called Sutter's Cross. Then I went on to read 2 or 3 more books I don't even remember because Sutter's Cross totally eclipses them. So I thought... I'll read another of Mr. Cramer's books. I just finished Levi's Will... and again, I'm so impressed. I love this man's writing. As soon as I finish this review I'm starting Summer of Light.
What I didn't know as I read Levi's Will is that it is greatly based upon his father's life. An Amish boy, f
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Lynn Spencer
I’m a fairly eclectic reader (just check my Goodreads account for proof of that), so when confronted with a theme calling on me to pick out something completely different, I found myself at a bit of a loss. I decided to go with the “outside my comfort zone” side of things, and I picked up Levi’s Will by W. Dale Cramer. I read plenty of inspirationals, but I have often been candid about Amish books just not being my thing. I only had this 2005 novel in the TBR because a couple bloggers I respect ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 10, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is told through Will’s point of view. Will experiences dramatic things in his young Amish life that change his view of the world. He runs away from the Amish life style and his family. He embraces the English world. In the meantime meets a woman and marries. Will's wife very much wants to meet Will's family but Will is not ready to go back to all that. Will's wife insists after they have children that they need to meet. Will does go back to his Amish family and has to deal with his fa ...more
Dan
Aug 23, 2011 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story. I loved that it was based on the life of the author's father. I found myself reading lots of sections to my wife, because of the humor that was woven into this sincere "prodigal son" story.
Kimberly
Nov 02, 2015 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a general rule, I steer clear of Christian fiction. For the Amish, however, I will make an exception. I've always been fascinated by them, and curious about the stories of people who have experienced both the world as the Amish believe it to be, and how we "English" believe it to be.

I really enjoyed this novel--Cramer's writing is gentle and he weaves Will's story beautifully. This is the kind of book that works well as a long read over a few days or even a week or two. Sometimes that kind of
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Karen
Sep 27, 2015 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mom
This did not compare to the other books I've read by Dale Cramer. Very depressing for me and just wanted to hurry up and finish the book so I could return it to the library. Struggle b/w father and son, sin, forgiveness.
Joyce
I did not enjoy Levi's Will by Dale Cramer as much as I did the 3 books in the Paradise Valley series because the plot was not as compelling and it seemed to drag for me. The book takes place later in time after the novels in the Paradise Valley series but has some of the same characters. I think reading that series would definitely before this one would definitely benefit a reader and I'm glad I had. The Levi mentioned in the title is introduced in the Paradise Valley series and in those series ...more
LadyCalico
May 31, 2015 LadyCalico rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this book touched me personally, it would not be everyone's favorite. I was into Amish books for awhile, having moved from PA to SC and being very homesick, I read them by the ton. This is my favorite of all those Amish books since it was the only one NOT told from the female point of view about star-crossed romances and family secrets magically resolved. It had more depth, character, and realism and felt as if I was reading a real man's autobiography instead of just fiction.
Angela Montondo
Dec 15, 2015 Angela Montondo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn to the title of the book, but had never heard of the author. I read this in one sitting because it is, quite simply, a literary work of art. Will's humanity, the good parts and the broken parts, are beautifully displayed. I laughed some through this book, but in the end I had a good cry. Because forgiveness is such a beautiful thing. In the end, Will comes to see himself no longer in terms of the object of his father's wrath. He comes to see himself instead as the recipient of his h ...more
Lynn
Jun 25, 2015 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My most important piece of advice. BE SURE TO READ THE AFTERWORD WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED THIS BOOK!!!
I don't always read forewords and afterwords when reading a book. If you skip the afterword, you will be missing a really important part of this book.

This book is loosely based on factual events. It is the story of a young Amish man who runs away from his family and community. He leaves behind a bitter father and a pregnant girl. After a brief stint in the army he spends the next forty years searc
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Loraine
May 28, 2013 Loraine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-complete
I have read other Dale Cramer books that I liked, but this one was just so slow moving that I couldn't get into it. I gave up after 100 pages.
Keiki Hendrix
May 17, 2009 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In W. Dale Cramer’s novel Levi's Will, you will find rich storytelling, an eloquent writing style, and thought provoking dialogue.

Returning to his Amish roots to attend his Father's funeral, Will McGruder, an Amish prodigal, remembers the span of his life from the time he originally fled in shame.

Traveling with his son back to Amish country, Will recalls his life as the scenery and the conversation spark flashbacks of his childhood and the events that propelled him to leave.

The story is told in
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Cindy
Oct 21, 2009 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Levi's Will
W. Dale Cramer
2005
Bethany House
Contemporary Fiction/Amish

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Reprinted with a new cover, and a wonderful afterword W. Dale Cramer's book Levi's Will will reach out and grab your heart strings.

Will Mullet, aka Will McGruder, was born Amish, and brought up Amish. However he chaffed at some of the Amish ways, especially the ones he felt were designed to trap Amish children into never leaving home. Having sinned against the church and his family, Will runs away. He spe
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James Korsmo
Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the review copy. In Levi's Will, Cramer brings the modern-day Amish community to life. He crafts a powerful story of a son, Will, who leaves the Amish community of his birth under a cloud of disgrace to find his way in the world. Eventually he reestablishes contact with his family, but his reception is mostly cold, especially from his father, Levi, who considers Will to be under the ban imposed on him for his youthful waywardness. As the years go by, and he ...more
Michelle Rayburn
I loved this book. It isn’t like any other Amish fiction out there. It isn’t about the pull of the world or struggle to leave and face the ban. Instead, it’s a story of a legacy of fathers to children, good or bad. The story unfolds with Will leaving his Amish community and the rest of it focuses on the pain of unforgiveness, the loss from severed relationships, and the wounds that run deep in a shunned man.

The book alternates by chapters between the present and the past. But it’s easy to follo
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Camille
Levi's Will by W. Dale Cramer


I received a copy of this book for review purposes from Bethany House Publishers. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.

Levi's Will is quite unique as far as Amish fiction goes. It is historical Amish fiction, which I always find very intriguing because it's a blend of two of my favorite genres: Amish fiction and historical fiction!

Levi's Will centers around the life of Will, a young man who left the Old Order Amish when he was just
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Debbie
Jan 18, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
" Levi's Will' by Dale Cramer gets 5 stars from me. This is a fiction novel based on actual events from the author's own father's past. This story is a stand alone but I am glad that I read it after reading The Daughter's of Caleb Bender first. This story tells about Will running away from his home and leavening a pregnant girlfriend and his father because he feels he cannot measure up to his father's strict Amish ways and his life and his coming back to His father and God but not as an Amish ma ...more
justablondemoment
Levi is Amish raised and in his family, his father is LAW. When he does something to go against their ways rather than face up to his father, he runs away and begins a life outside of the structured life he has known. His younger brother, Tobe, decides he as well wants a different life and goes with him. Levi soon realizes if he is to be in the 'English' world he must act the part. For him, there is no turning back, as he has already been baptized in the Amish order so this means banishment for ...more
Patrick
Jul 05, 2010 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Talia
Sep 08, 2013 Talia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The first thing I liked about this book was the authenticity of Will & Tobe. More often than not, books featuring Amish have mild characters who all act the same - always happy/solemn, etc. One of the reasons why Will left is enough to interest me. When you you ever hear about an Amish person doing that? They are not sinless. Even though so many people portray them as so. And Tobe... I can picture him easily as well!
There is one cuss word I have found so far, being the 'N' word. I don't thi
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Tasha enderby
Mar 31, 2012 Tasha enderby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish, 2012
I started off with a distaste for this book, I guess I get stuck in the rythems and stucture of writtings of my favorite Amish Authors and this is not like that at all. This to me reads of an outsider in looking in on Amish and when I read the author's notes it totally explains why. This is not his story but a story handed down to him from his grandfather. This book will make you stop and look at the way you raise your children, our past in an imprint on them but we as parents have to let them g ...more
Deb
Sep 04, 2007 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, fiction, amish
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts[return]Follow the life of Will McCruder--also known as Will Mullet. Will changed his name after running away from home. He was raised old-order Amish by a father who is unyielding--so unyielding that when Will gets into trouble with a girl he doesn't want to face his father's wrath. Nor does he want to face the discipline of the Amish community, so he runs away and Tobe, one of his many brothers, joins him. Will kn ...more
Barbara
Mar 27, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To leave one world for another which is so totally different than everything he's ever known is exciting for Will. He embraces his new "English" life completely, but his roots are still Amish. It's a struggle at times for him to successfully navigate through a marriage and fatherhood, but this is the life he's chosen. Despite the struggle, he does grow and mature and attempts to unite the two worlds. But most important to him, is to close the rift between he and his father, Levi.

I enjoyed travel
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Carolyn Malone
Unnecessary use of derogatory term (Good Book though)

This is a very well written book. I do however, take issue with the use of the word "nxxxxx" in this book, because it was totally unnecessary to use it in this book, as it didn't go anywhere, and therefore was relevant to absolutely nothing! Be mindful of this, as well as derogatory terms like: hxxxx white trash, and such when writing books where that's not the setting!!!
Monica
Jun 03, 2010 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: moms
Levis Will is a book steeped in tradition. It discusses lifestyles of different sects of Amish. It is about Will's, Levi's son's, journey through life and living with the choices that he has made.

I appreciated the discussion of forgiveness and the recognition that humans are just that... human and can err no matter what sort of pedestal they are placed on. It made me think about tradition in the secular churches and how much is necessary for "religion". Honesty, grief and parenting are also top
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Cheryl
Jun 26, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really struck many a chord with me - I"m not sure why. It's a story about family, forgiveness, dads and their relationships with their kids, husbands and wives, old world vs new world. It is well-told and while not a "thrilling" story as I would define thrilling, it had me spell-bound at times as I saw another's journey through life, encompassing and embracing failures and successes. Loved it!
Amy
Jan 30, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't judge a book by its first sentence. If I had, I wouldn't have gotten past the first chapter, which was only about 3 pages long. A good read, probably better suited for winter. If anything in the book was true concerning the Amish, I learned a lot. I would recommend this Christian fiction book. Matter of fact, I will probably loan my copy out.
Kristin Poley
I really like the beginning of this book. I love the cultural differences and how Will described and dealt with them. The second half of the book however was a little boring. The messages were clear and good, and I liked that he made peace with everything, I just thought it wasn't as exciting as when he was younger.
Jo
Jun 05, 2010 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Narrator: George Guidall

Unusual treatment of a novel of an Amish 'deserter'. Interesting in part because I live in a different geographic area of Amish Country.
I enjoyed George Guidall's performance and the story itself. Parts of the book drug on a bit, but the overall treatment of Will as a fugitive from the sin he committed in his natal community, and the ultimate redemption and reconciliation both with God and his family was a very good 'read', listen.
The theological issues were examined
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