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Though Mountains Fall (Daughters of Caleb Bender #3)

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This epic trilogy concludes with the Amish community's pacifism sorely tested by attacking bandits and the equally cruel Mexican troops sent to defend the Amish.
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Published January 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers
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Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I LOVE Dale Cramer's writing. Though I am mad about part of the ending to this book, I will not tell why I am mad and give away the ending, I still loved it. The characters are true to life, the descriptions make you feel like you are right there, and the trials they face are real ones that anyone else put in that same time and place would face in real life. I have NEVER read a book by Dale Cramer that I did not love. I recommend all of his books and if I could, I would give this book 10 stars o ...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
This third book of the "Daughters of Caleb Bender" series finds Dale Cramer at his absolute best. "Though Mountains Fall" is deeply moving, and sees the return of Caleb and his daughters Rachel, Miriam, and Emma in a thoroughly absorbing read that was every bit as good as the first two books in the series. I absolutely loved returning to the world of these Amish characters who are struggling to survive in a violent, uncertain Mexican valley. The characters are complex and unique, and explore lif ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Series I Won't Soon Forget!

This conclusion to the series, The Daughters Of Caleb Bender, will stay with me for awhile. I feel like I need to just sit and let it all sink in. This book is a real page turner and was so full of emotion right down to the last page.

If you are looking for a feel good book where everything is predictable and blah...this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for a book that will take you through every emotion of your being...this is for you. I laughed, I cried, I
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dale Cramer knows how to weave a story. And how to bring a satisfactory as well as engaging end to a series.

After I read the first book in the series i researched the Amish in Mexico which is the location basis for these books.

Enjoy a great book and learn some history at the same time.
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author: Dale Cramer
Publisher: Bethany House
January 2013
ISBN: 978-0764208409
Genre: Historical/Amish

Unique Amish Historical from a Bestselling, Award-Winning Author

Amish pacifism is sorely tested in the Paradise Valley settlement in the 1920s. When an army of bandits descends on them, the Amish are saved by the last-minute arrival of government troops. But they soon learn that soldiers can be as cruel as the bandits themselves. Then a bishop travels to Mexico, and Caleb
Janet Sketchley
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Caleb Bender has done what he believed God wanted: transplanted his family to Paradise Valley, Mexico, to establish an Amish community free from governmental interference. Other families have followed him, and after three years, the population is over 100, including many children.

They've survived illness and bandits, and their farms are thriving, but they live in the shadow of violence. And unless they can convince a Bishop to join them, Caleb knows the community will fold.

Caleb's own world is f
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mom
I absolutely loved the ending! I really enjoyed reading this series from Dale Cramer. Now I would like to get Levi's Will from the library.
I had never read anything by this author but I do love historical fiction and Amish fiction so I thought I would give this book a try. Though I had not read the first two books; I was not at all lost and was able to follow along perfectly as a standalone novel. This book was well written but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It has nothing to do with the author or the writing and more to do with the fact that I just didn’t find the setting to be all that interesting. Perhaps I shou ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These were historical fiction, but there was too much violence for my liking.
Jalynn Patterson
About the Book:

Inspired by Actual Events!

"I want you to promise you will always be my sister."

There were tears in Miriam’s eyes as their foreheads touched and Rachel whispered, "No matter what. Always."

Now in its fourth year, the Amish settlement in Mexico is thriving. But as new settlers arrive, sons and daughters marry, babies are born, and crops grow thick, a storm looms on the horizon. And Caleb Bender knows--perhaps better than anyone--that the worst of storms don't come from the western sk
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a life-long reader and as unbelievable as it is to a lot of people, I easily fit from 8-10 books into my reading schedule each week. To think that I never knew about Dale Cramer's "The Daughters of Caleb Bender" until last week causes me to have some regrets. I will read this series of books over and over throughout the coming years.

This third book in the series spends a lot of time developing the romance between Miriam and Domingo. Although Domingo doesn't have a lot to recommend hi
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is much turmoil as time progresses for the Bender family and other Amish families that are living in Mexico. The bandits have chosen a time to attack the Amish and just as the last of them are entering the safety of Hacienda El Prado the federales finally show up to protect them also. Once the bandits are captured and/or killed everyone returns home. A Bishop finally arrives so people can be baptized and married, things are looking up.

After some time they find that the federales are just a
Liz melia
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very gritty, there is hurt, fighting, violence..the valley has traded bandits for federals, the bandits came back for blood on Miriam and Domingo's wedding day, lucky the amish managed to get behind the walls of the hacienda to safety, the bandits would have burned, raped and killed the amish families if the federals hadn't turned up when the my did the bandits might have succeeded.

The federals turn out to be as bad as the bandits for taking stock and livestock, but no more bandits
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dale Cramer series "The Daughters of Caleb Bender" book #3 Though Mountains Fall.

In the previous books 1-2 we saw how this family had moved from their quite amish community to the mountains of Mexico to Paradise Valley to avoid having their children made to go to public schools.
Life was hard in Mexico and they had to forge their way making homes and clearing lands for their planting. hard work and perseverence had their amish community in Paradise Valley growing, others had came and it would be
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It is 1920 in Paradise Valley, an Amish community in Mexico. This book continues the story of Caleb Bender and his family. It concludes the Daughter’s of Caleb series which fills in the story from the Paradise Valley series. Caleb left Ohio to avoid the school law that required all children to attend government school. In Paradise Valley the land is good enough to grow crops to survive but the bandits coming into the community make it difficult to live peacefully. In Though Mountains Fall, Caleb ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Though Mountains Fall " by Dale Cramer gets 5 stars from me. This book is the last in the series “The Daughters of Caleb Bender. This is a series that I could read time and time again even knowing how it well end. It is the fourth year that the Bender family has lived in Paradise Valley and things are not improving, The bandits have all been killed by the Mexican government. Caleb Bender says the other differences between the bandits and the soldiers are the uniforms. The soldiers took the Amis
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is the last one in a three book series entitled “The Daughters of Caleb Bender”. Dale Cramer is the author of this excellent series of historical novels based upon the real life events of various Amish families who migrated to Mexico in the 1920's. Mr. Cramer wrote the series from the viewpoint of two of the eight daughters of the title character in the series. Taking the female perspective in writing the series was a particular challenge for Cramer since he is a male; and yet he does ...more
I was very surprised to see that Though Mountains Fall by Dale Cramer, Book 3 in the Daughters of Calab Bender series was set in Mexico. I have not read the two previous books in the series, but after reading this one will be reading those as well. This title can easily stand on its own though. The other two book in the series are, Paradise Valley – The Daughters of Caleb Bender – Book 1 and The Captive Heart – The Daughters of Caleb Bender – Book 2. The characters in Though Mountains Fall were ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
The Bender family has lived in Mexico for four years. They've built a thriving Amish community in the hills of Paradise Valley. They have endured loss, but their family has also grown. Now threatened again by El Pantera and his bandits, they ask the Mexican government for protection. But when the federales arrive, Caleb begins to wonder if they aren't nearly as bad as the bandits.

Rachel and Jake face another crisis before they can be married and Miriam finds herself torn between her love for her
As I said in my very first post about this series, if you've given up on Amish Fiction, these books just might change your mind. This book was intense and had themes and situations you normally do not see in Amish fiction.

In this book, we meet up again with the Bender family and their neighbors who are still making a valiant effort to establish an Amish settlement in Mexico.

Amish folks? In Mexico?

You'll have to read the first book to find out how it all begins, but the story is based on actual
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not a stranger to Amish literature and I always love everything written about them. I believe it is the unique, seemingly simple, lifestyle that is forgotten in our society. I do admire the hard work ethic that is shared throughout these novels. I must say this is the first one where I have ever read about a banning of a family member and one that takes place outside of Ohio or Pennsylvania. Very interesting! This was my first book that I have read from Dale Cramer and I learned that this i ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is what I'm guessing is the final book in the series. I was teary through probably 75% of the book. The author makes the characters and their struggles very real, and I like that he lets you peek into so many of the characters, not just 1 or 2 main characters. He shows a lot from the daughters' point of view, but their father's experience and struggles are a big part of the story as well. I don't read a lot of Amish fiction, but this does have quite a different spin on it as the Amish famil ...more
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caleb Bender is determined that God has led their small Amish community to Paradise Valley Mexico but it seems that everywhere they turn they are faced with more loss and heartache.
When bandits begin to threaten their community they plead with the haciendado to send for soldiers to protect their families. However they soon learn that a uniform does not change the hearts of evil men.
Facing persecution, the death of two sons, and the shunning of his daughter Miriam, Caleb believes that he has fail
Dale Cramer is a favorite author of mine, and I will echo what other reviewers have said, I never read a Dale Cramer book that I didn't love. His take on amish subculture is so much more real and in depth and he is not afraid to shy away from the tough questions. For example, how do pacifists stand in judgment of those who bear arms to protect them? How do you live with yourself as a man if you stand by and let someone rape your daughter? Brutal stuff that.

I recommend this series and any work by
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like Amish Christian Fiction you will enjoy this book! You will actually enjoy the whole series this book is a part of. You do not have to read the others in the series but I would recommend reading them as you will enjoy the story more.

I gave this book 5/5. I loved how this book was written. There was so much to the characters personalities and the storyline was enjoyable. I liked the interaction and conversations. It was a quick read for me. I could not put it down until I read how the
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dale Cramer's 3rd book was a refreshing look into the Amish. The differences that they faced while living in Mexico, dealing with bandits and then the Mexican army, and deciding to leave the land that had grown to love. Miriam's character show that she followed her heart knowing that it would break her heart and that of her family. Emma is the one who held the family together and brought peace. Rachel was the quiet one and held onto to knowledge that eventually caused a shunning of the man she l ...more
Carol Harlow
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to follow, because I don’t think I’ve read all 3 books. I think I read the first in the series, so it was easy to pick up and catch up. It was interesting to see how the families have struggled and survived in Mexico. The girls are marrying and starting their families and making decisions that aren’t always in the Amish way. I found the struggles of living in early Mexico interesting as the families seek help and help is given, but not quite in the way the ...more
Though Mountains Fall is the 3rd book in the Daughters of Caleb Bender series. I loved all the books in this series which tell the story of an Amish family who moved to Mexico. In this book, Caleb's family meets new difficulties. The soldiers who come to save them from the bandits end up being as ruthless as the bandits and intent on destroying the Catholic church. Caleb struggles with despair over the end of his dream of an Amish community in Mexico and the marriage of one of his daughters to a ...more
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was more about the Amish and their troubles with the federals. They asked the federals for protection from the bandits, but it created even more problems. Problems that lead to choosing to either stay in Paradise Valley or go back to Ohio. It was also about two shunnings that took place. Reading about the process of shunning in this book was a very sad thing that should never happen. You need to have church discipline, but you should not shun the person.

Overall, it was pretty good. Yo
Debbie Phillips
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Married Christian Women
Conclusion to the series... 3 books in total.

Not sure I liked the ending. It left things still open... like there could be a 4th book... but I guess that is how it should be. The family goes on living and the book ends. I did not expect the ending I got, however. I am not surprised, but I still was not expecting it. I won't ruin the book by telling you what happens, for those who want to read it.

I did like the series. This book was the least dark of the 3 though there is still the killing of ma
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About Dale

Dale Cramer was the second of four children born to a runaway Amishman turned soldier and a south Georgia sharecropper’s daughter. His formative years were divided between far-flung military bases, but he inherited his mother’s sense of place—

"I remember knee-deep snow in the Maryland woods, chasing horned toads in El Paso, playing soccer in Mainz, and the way German shopkeepers and hau
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