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Still Life in Shadows

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  353 ratings  ·  76 reviews
It's been fifteen years since Gideon Miller ran away from his Amish community in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a boy of fifteen. Gideon arrives in the Smoky Mountains town of Twin Branches and settles in at the local auto mechanic's garage. He meets a host of interesting characters -the most recent acquaintances are Kiki, an autistic teen, and her sister Mari. Known as the "Ge ...more
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Published July 24th 2012 by River North
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Joleen
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish
Okay, THIS was a different Amish book...or maybe un-Amish book.
Gideon escaped his Amish life years before and is now known as the go to guy for Amish people who want to start a new life after leaving their faith. He has assimilated well into the Englisch life but never left his roots, or values or faith in God.
Good book. In fact, it's a very good book.
Iola
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read Amish fiction by several authors and while it's well-written, I don't find I enjoy it. The heroines are generally immature, and it feels to me as though the novels romanticise the lifestyle, in the same way as Pretty Woman romanticised prostitution. I'm wary of any religious community that values conformity to the rule of an individual over belief in and obedience to God.

Still Life in Shadows isn't the typical Amish story. Gideon Miller ran away from his Amish family at the age of fif
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Corina
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a quiet little story that leaves us with big questions to ponder. The characters are ordinary people – the kind you might know or run into during the course of your day. They’re well written, likable, and imperfect. It’s those imperfections that allow us to identify with them and like them and root for them and cry with them and for them.

Realistically written, it’s the story of Gideon who left his Amish life at the age of 15 and made his way to rural North Carolina where he makes a life
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Natalie
This was nice. I love the characters. The plot is good. It's definitely a different look at the Amish. Everyone can relate to running away or want to do that.
Rhonda Elfstrand
The story was interesting, but I kept stumbling every time she referred to the girl as autistic. Didn't seem well researched for autistic behavior, perhaps Down Syndrome, but not autistic.
Christian
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*My review is for the audiobook format*

I'm a regular customer of the post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, and crime genres, so 'Still Life' was a real change of pace for me. To be brief, it's a slowly-paced, simple and sweet little story with a lot of heart.

I found minor issues with how the characters and plot were written, and with the wavering point-of-view, but I tried not to let that detract from what I felt the author was ultimately trying to convey. This story addressed some themes common to us all,
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Connie
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alice Wisler’s Still Life in Shadows

Alice Wisler’s Still Life in Shadows gives a different view of the Amish than most popular Amish books. The aspect of rules and religion which can lead to either harsh and even abusive leadership and parenting or, in contrast, rebellion in children raised under such a system ...... demonstrates why Jesus became most angry at religious leaders who so misrepresented Father God. The most religious people in our world can often be the most cruel and bring terribl
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Victoria Haugen
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story about Amish life, and leaving it behind to start a new life outside of the Amish world.
Sometimes you can run, but your problems always have the nasty habit of finding you and settling in....

Gideon, after starting a new life away from his Amish Community in Pennsylvania, meets a teenage girl named Kiki. She's different. She and her sister, Mari have challenges of their own.

Great characters, moving and compelling story, and wonderful narration. I really really enjoyed it :)
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teresa
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amish book at it's best

This is a top ten book in the Amish genre. Leaving the close knit community to live "English" brings unique struggles in lifestyle and emotions. I loved the truthful look at the good and bad in this situation. Just a superb book.
Nancy Griggs
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. I am used to Alice's Japanese books and this was a good departure. Great insight on leaving Amish backgrounds.
Sherron L Pace
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In his shadow

Would he live in his fathers' shadow eventually becoming like him. Or forgive and become his own person. Would he become a good role model?
Jennifer Hallmark
Another Great Book by Alice

Still Life in Shadows is another great book by Alice J. Wisler. I hadn't read this one until now because Amish isn't my favorite genre. But she combines both worlds with a wonderful plot and realistic characters. Another winner...
Tisha
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book; easy to read; a twist I didn't expect and good dialogue.
Carly
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On more than one occasion, I have had a conversation with Alice Wisler about my book reviews. She has asked me if I ever write any negative reviews. Now, I always try to find the positive in all the books I read and I do like to focus on the positives (not to mention the fact that I like a wide variety of books), but I did tell her that if she wants to read a not so positive review of mine, she should read some of my Amish fiction reviews. Amish fiction is not my favorite. There are some very go ...more
Rebecca
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


This is the first book I have read by Alice J. Wisler, even though I have been following her blog for some time. And I think I just might have to go download every one of her books. It was that good. To say I love this book would be an understatement.

From the first page I was in love with Kiki. Maybe it's because I have an autistic son so much like her, maybe it was just the honesty her character was written with. From the moment she rides her bike over Gideon's wet pavement, till she invites h
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Pat Dyer
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book of forgiveness and redemption, captivating and well-written, with well-developed and diverse characters. I must say that Kiki is by far my favorite. In my opinion, this is the author’s best book yet.

Meet the characters:

Gideon Miller, the story’s protagonist, is gripped by anger, hatred and bitterness toward his father to whom he refers as “the Beast.” Still, he has a caring heart—especially toward those who had suffered as he did under a tyrannical father and strangulat
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Sid Frost
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BOOK REVIEW: Still Life in Shadows by Alice J. Wisler

This is the story of Gideon Miller, a young man who left his Amish family when he was fifteen, found a new life and then helped other Amish start new lives. Ironically, except for an abusive father, Gideon wasn't unhappy with the Amish life.

When he left home, Gideon ended up in Twin Branches, North Carolina, where he had the good fortune to meet Ormand Russell, the owner of Russell Brothers Garage. Ormand gave him a job and a place to live. A
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Abby
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her newest book, Still Life in Shadows, Alice J. Wisler tells an unusual story. Using fiction skillfully, Wisler weaves an interesting plot, however, at the same time, she unveils two generally unrelated, minority communities to her readers.

The first of these is the world of the autistic and their families.

Kiki, a highly functioning, young autistic girl constantly strains against the rules. She is opinionated, smart and talks incessantly. Often she feels ostracized by her peers, so she spends
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Laura
Sep 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: STILL LIFE IN THE SHADOWS
Author: Alice Wisler
Publisher: River North
July 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8024-0626-2
Genre: Contemporary/ex-Amish

It's been fifteen years since Gideon Miller ran away from his Amish community in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He left when he was fifteen. Gideon arrives in the Smoky Mountains town of Twin Branches and settles in at the local auto mechanic's garage. He meets a host of interesting characters -the most recent acquaintances are Kiki, an autistic teen, and her sister Mari
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Lisa
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wisler’s latest novel about gritty reality won’t disappoint her fans who have waited for another offering. Wisler calls upon her upbringing in Japan to create the characters of Kiki and Mari, sisters who are on their own after leaving dysfunctional parents. Mari is the manager of a tea shop in Twin Branches, a tourist stop in the Smoky Mountains, who is in charge of her teenaged autistic sister, Kiki. Twin Branches seems a great stop not only for tourists, but other runaways seeking escape, espe ...more
Amber Stokes
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With this book, Wisler has a new publisher, a new genre, a new story, a new point-of-view...but the same gentle writing style that slowly engages while constantly offering powerful emotional insights.

Due to the popularity of Amish novels and their celebration of the "simple" Amish culture, a book like this - where the hero is a man who helps others leave their Amish roots and embrace the Englisher lifestyle - is bound to intrigue. But Still Life in Shadows is more the story of one man trying to
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Deborah
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gideon Miller doesn't have a lot of answers to life hard questions. But one thing he's absolutely sure about, is that the Amish life is not for him. Fifteen years after leaving home, he works at an auto shop and helps many young people make the transition from being Amish to the real world. Wanting to get them away from the strict lifestyle and potentially bad home situations, Gideon does everything in his power to get them on their feet.

When a autistic teenager come to the shop looking for work
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Rayleigh
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Synopsis:

“Fifteen years ago Gideon Miller ran away from an Amish life that seemed perfect. But it held a childhood secret he could not leave behind.

Gideon, now an auto mechanic in Twin Branches, North Carolina, helps Amish youth relocate to modern society, earning him the nickname the “Getaway Savior.” When Kiki, an autistic teen, enters his shop wanting a job, Gideon struggles to accept her although he’s infatuated with her sister Mari. Furthermore, a surprise visit from his younger broth
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Paula-O
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
River North is new publisher to me and Alice J Wisler a new author but I decided to look into this book after seeing it had to do with a young man leaving his amish roots,
"Still Life in Shadows" by Alice J Wisler

Fifteen years ago Gideon Miller ran away from the amish life that seemed so perfect, but it held a childhood secret that he could not leave behind and it haunts him even today...
Gideon lives in Twin Branches, N.C. a small town with some folks with big hearts.. He helps when someone calls
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Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
After watching the TV series, Amish: Out of Order, Alice Wisler was compelled to write this riveting story about Gideon Miller. Gideon came from an Amish family with an abusive father.


At the age of fifteen he makes his escape. Gideon finds his way to Twin Branches where he is taken under the wing of Ormond Russell. The story begins fifteen years later, where Gideon is now in charge of the auto repair shop that Ormond owns.


In the opening pages of the novel we meet Kiki, an autistic teenager tryin
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Amanda
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
2 1/2 stars. This was not a typical Christian fiction Amish story. I've read many Amish fiction books and have always felt that they tend to romanticize and sugar coat the Amish lifestyle. This book depicts some Amish people to be legalistic, abusive, and set in their ways. I did feel at times that the author was not showing the "other side" of the Amish, that they can be kind and gentle, but I appreciated her honesty in showing that they are not perfect people. I found this book to be slow movi ...more
Tracy Krauss
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still Life In Shadows by Alice Wisler is a book with many layers. There is a thread of romance, but the real theme of the book is learning to forgive, learning to let go, and learning to trust yourself. The very unique thing about this book is that it is written from two very different points of view, and not those that you would expect. Gideon Miller escaped from the Amish community fifteen years ago. He has managed to carve out a life for himself as a mechanic and an upstanding member of his s ...more
Katy Lee
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Eye-Opening Read:

Alice Wisler's latest book, Still Life in Shadows, captures a clear glimpse into the Amish life. Every beautifully placed word written on Alice's pages has a purpose for being there. Each scene leads up to the overall meaning of the story, which I believe is the cleansing power of forgiveness. She is in no way devaluing the Amish way of life, but rather shedding light on the pain that some endure.

I don't feel her goal in writing this story was to criticize any which way of li
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Victor Muthoka
I've always been wary of Amish fiction (for some unknown reason) but when I read this review on www.gospelebooks.net, I was hooked.

Gideon Miller's grown up Amish & ran away to live in a small 'English' town. He now helps others escaping from the same culture as the getaway savior, relocating Amish kids & giving them a start. But he can never get away from his demons no matter how far he is from his Amish home. Mari is a manger of another cup, the town's diner & the sister / guardian
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Karen R
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Meg Moseley and Ann Tatlock will enjoy this gently told story, written in a lovely, descriptive style, that pulls you into the lives of three main characters who grow together, as they deal with difficult pasts and family situations. It's a wonderful tale of imperfect people, who with God's help and support from each other, are able to overcome, especially when a tragic event involves them all. It requires some patience to get into, as it's not a fast moving tale, but you'll be glad you ...more
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