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Seek Me with All Your Heart (Land of Canaan #1)

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What would cause the Amish to move to Colorado, leaving family and friends behind?

Some Amish are making the trek to Colorado for cheaper land. Others are fleeing strict bishops with long memories.

For Emily Detweiler and her family, the move is more personal. Tragedy struck Emily in Ohio, shaking loose everything she believed was firm, including her faith. Her family took t...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2010)
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Laura
Title: SEEK ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART
Author: Beth Wiseman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
October 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59554-824-5
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Emily Detweiler and her family are looking for a new beginning. They have joined the Amish moving west to Colorado. The climate in Colorado is very different than what they are used to in Ohio, so to make ends meet, Emily is working at a salvage store while her father and brother install solar panels. Everything is going well until an ill-tempered Amish man w...more
Emily
Mar 02, 2011 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I can truly say that I am impressed! Seek Me With All Your Heart was the first Amish book I've ever picked up. And it won't be the last! Beth Wiseman did an amazing job with this book! I love how she dealt with some issues that aren't the norm for Christian fiction. Bit don't get me wrong, she still kept it appropriate! For some reason I had in my mind that all Amish fiction was lame and cheesy. Boy oh boy, I was wrong! What an awesome read. I just loved it! I completely fell in love with the ch...more
ReviewsByMolly
Feb 23, 2011 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: BookSneeze
I LOVED this novel! Beth Wiseman's writing is STUNNING and quickly captures me everytime. While I've read her novellas in An Amish Christmas, An Amish Gathering, and An Amish Love, I have been anxiously awaiting a new series from her. I read her series, Daughters of the Promise, and fell in love instantly. I just can't ever get enough Beth Wiseman novels! I was in for a real treat, though, when I started reading this sweet read. I got to visit with long time friends, Samuel, Lillian and David St...more
Bonnie (Words at Home Blog)
I read a lot of Amish fiction, but have never read anything written by Beth Wiseman so it took me a little time to become used to her writing style. There were some things in this book that made me question its authenticity at first and at times I found the voices she gave to her characters to be a little modern to really connect with them as Amish. I'm not saying that she did anything wrong here, it really was a lovely story, it was just not what I expected out of the gate. Once I got used to h...more
Janine
"Seek Me with All Your Heart" by Beth Wiseman is another one of those treasures that I have apparently read before and enjoyed as much if not more the second time around. I knew for sure I had read the book before when the reader is introduced to Elvis.

Canaan, Colorado is a place where some try to start over fresh in life, some might be running away, others are hoping for a brighter future or a combination of those factors. Can Canaan be the place to rest after everything that happens?

There are...more
Meagan
Inspirational fiction isn't really my thing, but my book club likes it. So, I won't spend too much time discussing the plot and my (predictably) indifferent reaction to it. What I will say is that having the dialogue peppered with Pennsylvania Dutch was driving me up a wall! Every other word was gut and daed and ya, and all it did was jerk me right out of a story I was barely in to begin with and make me want to whack someone over the head with a blunt object.

End rant.
Amy
I really truly liked this story. So very sweet. David has grown to be a wonderful young man. I just love how the characters persevere through the testings of their faith. Such an uplifting story/stories within this book. I am hoping the library has the second book in so I can check it out today :).
Crystal
I'm not a Huge fan of romances and I've never read a book about Amish people before... however I enjoyed this book so much I read it in three days and would love to read the rest of the series!
Mimi Fo
one of the best books i have ever read
Drebbles
Emily Detweiler and her family moved to Colorado after a devastating event that will haunt Emily for the rest of her life. Emily vows to start a new life, one that will never include marriage. David Stoltzfus isn't quite sure why his family has moved to Colorado, but he vows to move back to Paradise, Pennsylvania as soon as he can. David, too, is convinced he'll never marry. When Emily and David meet, they both begin to care for each other. Will their love overcome their reasons for not wanting...more
Katie
What a refreshing, compelling novel by Beth Wiseman. I haven’t read a book by her yet, but this one instantly captured my attention and pulled me into the story. Emily and David both have pasts that, they believe, have cut off any chance of them marrying. Bonding together with the understanding that they would just be friends, things get complicated when they start wishing for more than friendship.

The book opens with a very memorable first meeting for David and Emily. The story was fun and light...more
Shari Larsen
This is the first in the series of stories of two Amish families who have moved from Ohio to Colorado for different reasons.
Emily Detweiler was brutally raped in Ohio, which shakes everything she has believed in, including her faith. She believes she is "damaged goods" because of it and not worthy to be a wife to any man. Her parents hope the move will let her put the past behind her and give her a new start.

David Stoltzfus doesn't understand the reason his family moved, but he has a health cond...more
Lorie
Seek Me With All Your Heart is the first book in a new series, Land of Canaan, by Beth Wiseman. I have been waiting for this book to come out every since I read the last book of the Daughters of the Promise series. In that book we learn that several of the characters are going to move to Colorado to start over and go where there is more farm land. We learn the reason for those moves in this book. We also meet the Detweiler family who move to Canaan for there own reasons. There are several storie...more
Tina Rice
Seek Me With All Your Heart, A Land Of Canaan Novel by Beth Wiseman*****

While living in Middlefield, Ohio Emily Detweiler was a victim of a tragic event making her very nervous, even fearful around any men, with the exception of her family. Everything she believed in was badly shaken, even her faith. Her family decides to move to a small Amish community in Colorado in hopes she can put it all in the past, recover and move forward. Emily helps in the family's store, but even after being there thr...more
Abbie
Emily does not trust men after what happened to her in Ohio. So when she first meets David she fears him. David has no intention of courting any woman because he fears he might not live long enough to get married and raise children but when he meets Emily he finds himself fighting those feelings. As Emily gets to know David she finds herself seeing that not all men are a like and that maybe she can find the happiness that she wants to find. With these two find a new beginning together?

I recentl...more
Kate
Emily and David both believe events in their past have made them unsuitable for marriage. So although neither tells the other person why, they both agree there can never be more than friendship between them. As their relationship grows, however, both begin to want more than just friendship.

At the same time, Emily and David are getting to know their grumpy neighbor, Martha, who really just wants a family. And David's Aunt Katie Ann and Uncle Ivan moved with David's family to Canaan for a fresh st...more
Pebbles Montoya
Seek Me with all your Heart by Brenda Wiseman

Reviewed for: Mommykins, who loves her some Amish/Inspirational/Bible-Toting Romances, but thought this was just the outside of enough.

Disclaimer: SPOILERS! Like whoa, majorly, and totally filling the ante room of yon review :)

Warning: this book review is rated G. It is also probably filled with plot inaccuracies due to skimming and boredom (but this may be the fault of the author, she was kind of random). No offense is intended towards the author, o...more
Colette
A continuation of the story of the people we met in the "daughters of the promise" novels as the author follows those that moved to Colorado. They arrive to find their houses in need of much repair and much to be done. They meet other families that have moved from Ohio and David becomes interested in a young woman but both have their own reasons not to listen to their hearts. I have enjoyed reading Beth Wiseman's Amish novels and find the stories to be relaxing and heart warming.
Brenda
Wow, what book, this book is almost beyond words; this book is about two young people, both with their own heart-breaking stories and secrets, both become friends and want so much more, but feel they can't have it for reasons of their own.
For Emily, she feels she is unworthy and unfit to be a wife, due to a rape. Her story will break your heart and bring you to tears. David (from the Daughters of the Promise series), had a kidney transplant when he was 15, overhears his parents talking about h...more
Becky
I enjoyed this book. Beth Wiseman is one of my favorite authors. She does a great job telling a story, and her books are hard to put down. I liked Emily's character. I also liked the family dynamics.
Barbara Jean Barber
A GREAT AMISH FICTION

Held my interest throughout the book. I had a very hard time putting it down. I would highly recommend this book. This is the first book I have read by this author.
Sara
From the beginning of this story, I knew that this was not going to be your average Amish novel. On one hand this was a good thing, since the plot deals with some difficult situations, which were handled well. Because the Amish lifestyle is often referred to as ‘simple,’ I think we sometimes get in our heads that they don’t have to deal with anything difficult, which, of course, is untrue. The characters in this book faced difficult decisions and were in complicated situations and struggled with...more
Michelle Robinson
This Is one of the best written Amish novels that I have read. The charachters were well developed and interesting. I found the plot to be believable and I eagerly read this book almost without putting it down. I was looking for the next on what is undoubtedly a series. Martha was may favorite character I really want to see what happens to Martha Ann. I would have given this book a 5 but unfortunately, for me it does have some issues as a stand alone novel, it is lacking. At the beginning, if th...more
Janet
I always forget how much I love Beth Wiseman and her books until I pick up the new one.

This book was all I wanted it to be plus some and to me it was better as there was no tragedy in the last couple of chapters that they needed to overcome as in many other Amish books I read.

This book is the first book in a new series called A Land of Canaan Series. It is about Emily and her family, who has moved to this new Amish community and how they settle in, meet new people, strengthen their relationshi...more
Mayda
Two families move to Colorado for different reasons. One is to begin a new life after a tragic event involving their daughter; the other is because of financial strain due to saving their son. What both families desire for their children is to find peace and happiness and to marry and have families of their own. However, through misconceptions, misunderstandings, and failure to communicate, they are left unfulfilled and in despair. It is only when they finally are open and share their fears that...more
Anna
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and devoured it over the course of one day. There were enough plot twists and interesting characters to hold my attention and I was really happy with the story that developed around Martha (the grumpy English neighbor).She tackled some issues that are not often seen in Amish fiction and I appreciated this very much. I think that she wrote about these difficult subjects in a very realistic and sensitive way. Emily's character was beautifully developed and Wiseman di...more
Teresa Snyder
Enjoyed the simplicity of the book. As with most Amish books, there wasn't a lot of romance, but there was chemistry. And a very sweet love story between David and Emily. They both had past baggage to over come before finding true love. Love David's tender heart, as well as his love for Emily.

As an added bonus, there were multiple stories intertwined in David and Emily's story - Ivan and Katie Ann as well as Martha and (sometimes) Arnold. Katie Ann's story will continue in book two, and I assum...more
Catherine Richmond
If you read one Amish book or one Amish series, and thought you knew it all, you'd be wrong.
Emily was raped by an Amish man in her Ohio community. Her family relocates to Colorado, hoping for a fresh start. But the pain follows them. Emily thinks she's ruined for marriage and is afraid of every man she meets.
The expenses from David's kidney transplant force his family to leave Pennsylvania. He figures his medical condition knocks him out of the marriage market. David and Emily, their families a...more
Laura
I read this book in the wrong order of the timeline of books. It is sandwiched in between book #4 and book #5 of the Daughters of the Promise series, so I ended up finding out two pieces of information that I didn't want to know yet when I read book #5 first. So, in order to keep it all in the proper timeline, read book #1-4 of the Daughters of the Promise series, then read this book, #1 in The Land of Caanan series. Ater this book, go back to book #5 of the Daughters of the Promise series, then...more
Felicia
I stuck this on my first reads shelf because I won another book through first reads and got this one accidentally.

I've read several novels based on the Amish and this one defintely one of the better ones. The characters in this were much more real and human. Generally Amish characters are portrayed as always obedient and well mannered and the the rare cases they aren't it is usually limited to one character or incident in the book. Ms. Wiseman allowed her characters to be human.

Oh and I love th...more
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“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you . . . an expected end. The scripture kept echoing in Katie Ann’s mind, and she sighed, knowing that the Lord wanted only the best for her. But how can this be the best? I wish I knew what thoughts You think toward me, what plans You have for me. She knew that God only had thoughts of peace for her, but she couldn’t even begin to think how she would ever feel peace when such loneliness threatened to suffocate her to death. As she stood at the window watching an orange glow peek above the mountains, she realized . . . she’d been lonely for a very long time. Katie Ann sat there for a few minutes until she understood that she knew her expected end. To be with the Lord in heaven for all eternity. How she gets there is in God’s hands, in His time, even if it isn’t the path she’s chosen for herself. But knowing it to be true was one thing; accepting it right now, on this day, at this moment was almost impossible.” 0 likes
“Help me, Lord, to trust Your plan for me. Give me strength.” She buried her face in her hands again after saying the words aloud, knowing it was going to be a long night as she slept in her bed alone for the first time in twenty years.” 0 likes
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