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An Amish Christmas

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,635 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews
Meg Hobart has everything: a happy marriage to a handsome, successful husband, a beautiful home in Charlotte, North Carolina, and three wonderful children. But it all comes crashing down around her the day she learns that her husband, James, has been living a lie—and has brought the family to financial ruin. Penniless and homeless, the Hobarts pack up what little they stil ...more
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Elizabeth
Dec 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook
It's always fun reading/listening to a Christmas book in December. This was pretty cheesy, though. I cracked up when she first meets the Amish father (at the scene of their car accident) and after he says four or five words she narrates, "The man's accent was a mixture of Dutch and German." hahaha That's some pretty astute linguistic deduction there, after a handful of words.

I also laughed when she makes an impassioned speech to her ill-mannered children, beginning with this part: Kid: "These p
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Rachel Brand
RATING: 4.5 OUT OF 5 - EXCELLENT

PROS: Reminder of what is truly important in life; situation is sure to be relevant to many readers who are struggling in today’s economy

CONS: Amish seem a bit too perfect

An Amish Christmas focuses on Meg Hobart’s family, who would appear to have the perfect life to any outsider. But Meg wishes that her husband would spend less time at work and more time with their family, and that her children would show more appreciation for all the work she puts into making the
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Neisa
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First, I should let you know that I could not finish this book. It made me so frustrated that I gave up on it all together. I was excited to listen to this audio book, and I wanted something feel good for Christmas. However, this book is anything but lifting, at least the first few chapters were not. I was willing to embrace the depressed feeling that settled on the home soon after Meg realizes that they have lost everything. I was willing to see where things would progress, because I believe th ...more
Dichotomy Girl
SO, I can see why a lot of people gave this a low rating, as the author has a SERIOUS teenage crush on the Amish. You know, the kind where everything they do is awesome and they have absolutely no flaws?

Still, I give it bonus points for being sappy, but not religious sappy, and not romance sappy.

2.5 Stars
Meghan
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
The story started off a lot like a Lifetime movie made in the late 90s or early 2000s. Basically the family loses all their money and its all the husband's fault and the wife and their children are victims of his selfishness, stupidity, etc. Its my opinion that if you have plenty of money and three children, you have a responsibility to at least be involved in your family's financial situation enough to ensure the children's futures are financially protected which is why I can't really see the m ...more
Connie  Kuntz
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I read this while the Vikings/Packer game was on last night. I read books like this when I am stressed out about something stupid. (In case you are interested in my reading process, I read good books when I am stressed out about something important.)

Anyway, while I love reading and learning about the Amish, this story doesn't do anything but whitewash the depth and beauty of the culture. It's just a silly story about two dumb parents with three dippy kids.

I didn't totally dislike the book; it
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gina
Sep 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Disclaimer:
I've received quite a bit of ARCs recently so I wanted to get a timely review out of this one and had a colleague read and review it (a fellow librarian). I'm writing the review from memory from a conversation I had with her.

She stated she had stopped reading "Inspirational Christian Fiction" years ago. She had simply gotten burned out on it. She felt this book was quite different than how the genre used to be and she was very pleased with the improvements. Wherein past stories there
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Ariana
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: christians, young readers, anyone, really
Shelves: firstreads, newish
This is a clean, light read.

An Amish Christmas isn't as much of a Christmas novel as I expected, which was actually okay. The main point of the book (that I saw) was how living with the Amish for a few weeks impacted the life of this materialistic, spoiled family. The two teenagers in particular changed for the better due to their experiences in the Lutz household.

Some of the references to technology and current lingo struck me as bumpy, but that would make sense as they were coming from Meg's
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Anne Marie
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised with how good this book was. When I first read some of the reviews, I thought, I hope this isn't a cheesy, fruity, happy, boring everything-goes-right book. It wasn't. It was a down-to-earth book that I wish more families could experience! It hit the nail right on the head with how most kids are today...spoiled with dependence on electronics, lack of respect, and poor quality time with family. The family in this book, thinking how their situation could not get any wors ...more
Donna
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this Advance Reader's Edition from GoodReads. This was a nice easy read. A heartwarming story of a family who finds what really matters after losing everything they thought was important. The story flowed nicely, it was well written. A genuinely feel-good family story. I will say I would have liked a little more depth to the characters and maybe gotten a little deeper into the conflict/resolution aspect. Also, I lived in a small town in PA for 10 years and spoke with many Amish people, I w ...more
Donna
I won this Advance Reader's Edition from GoodReads.

This was a nice easy read. A heartwarming story of a family who finds what really matters after losing everything they thought was important. The story flowed nicely, it was well written. A genuinely feel-good family story. I will say I would have liked a little more depth to the characters and maybe gotten a little deeper into the conflict/resolution aspect. Also, I lived in a small town in PA for 10 years and spoke with many Amish people, I w
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Erica T
Most of the Christmas books I read each December end up being pretty cheesy, and this one lived up to the cheesiness I expected. The story is of a rich, materialistic family who loses everything and after a car accident end up staying with an Amish family for a couple weeks. I love Amish stories and always think I'm nearly ready to convert and live among them when I hear about the way that they live. :) I appreciated that this family learned new attitudes from the time they spent among the Amish ...more
Amelia-Irene
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
How would your family react to finding that they lost everything, including your home?
In traveling through bad weather, there's a wreck, and while waiting for the car to be repaired, the family is put up by an Amish family...
The 2 of the kids are teens with a major attitude, the youngest is most at ease. Their parents aren't really speaking and don't even know if there is any love left between them.
The Lutz's are showing them what is really important in life, God, family & working together.
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Mary Beth
Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Goodreads for sending this advance copy of An Amish Christmas. I am fascinated with Amish culture because of the simple life it portrays. The story-line provides a family whose life has spun out of control because of worldly problems brought into balance with the Amish influence.

This is an excellent story for when you need a short, easy-to-read, book that will make you feel good about life.
Trudy Gleason
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. It makes you want to slow down and look for a simpler life.
Carol
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was even better than the first book I read by this author. Simple plot but with deep felt results.
Nancy
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: famiily, family, amish
I see there were many people who didn't like this book, and many others who liked it very much. I read a lot of Christmas books in December, and had a hard time finding a really good story. I found An Amish Christmas, to be a very good read. I listened to an Audible version of this book, and thought the narration was excellent. I had my doubts about the book, when the family started to fall apart. The husband made investments, and lost almost everything the family owned. The family was homeless, ...more
Melody Kitchens
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I throughly enjoyed this book. I've been reading a lot of "Amish" books lately, most of them being mushy romance novels, this was the first "real" story I've read. Even though the main characters were not Amish, you still got a detailed description of their way of life, which I find fascinating. While Will and Lizzie were annoying and needed a good butt whooping, the realism of the story was refreshing. Love stories and happy endings are nice to read, but it is really nice to read a book where t ...more
Donna
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm on the fence with this one. Every Christmas season I try and find holiday themed stories...I try my best not to read the sappy stuff. This one wasn't too sappy but it sure it was frustrating reading about a super alpha male father and his happy to be ignorant wife and their kids. The daughter I wanted to strangle, one son wasn't terrible and of course the perfect little boy.

The parts I liked best were the description of the Amish...Wish there was more to that.
Lynda
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish, christmas
Maybe it was just the week I've had. Maybe. Yes, I too wanted to wring a couple of necks. But in the end I truly enjoyed the story. No one spent an hour with the Amish and suddenly was transformed and life lessons were automatically absorbed. I'd read another book in this series (if it is in a series).
Ruth Ropper
I enjoyed this book more than I expected. It was not a typical Amish novel as it was told from the perspective of an American family who unexpectedly find themselves taken in be an Amish family. It deals with some heavy issues of trust and how we can hide things from those closest to us plus how sometimes we need to look at our lives differently and see other options and perspectives.
georgine
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read...

loved every minute reading this book,I would recommend it to everyone. I choose this rating because it truly deserved it. Made me aware of having less and working hard has rewards that outweigh what we do today having all “ This Stuff “ that we surround ourselves with..The end result is true Happiness within ourselves.
Nicole
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An Amish Christmas

The story was nice about the slow coming together if a family that was broken. I just couldn't get into the story. Nothing was pulling me back to read unfortunately.
Patricia Markarian
Good Christmas story

Good and fairly accurate story of the Amish community. Story shows how people can go on with life without all the luxuries we have become accustomed to. Life goes on.
Tracie Sampson
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
It was ok , but a lot of unanswered questions:
Why didn't they file bankruptcy?
Why not rent a Uhaul ?
Why did her parents hate them so much ?
There was no reconciliation at the end , nor any real explanation of the evil parents.
Alice
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
References to up and coming suburban life in Charlotte NC.

How we change/adapt to crisis. Keeping family together by valuing each other and working individually and together.
Gretchen
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. The character development as the story progressed was incredibly satisfying, especially since I initially hated a couple of them.
Bettie Gross
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An easy read but one that has such good things to learn. Fabulous!
Jess
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: firstreads
Any book I get from FirstReads makes me happy. When I get an ARC from FirstReads, I'm over the moon. An Amish Christmas was not only an advanced copy, it was also a fantastic book in its own right. Let's go in chronological order, shall we? (Yes, I'm obsessive enough that I took notes while reading.)

- I understand that the move from materialism to thankfulness is a theme in the book, but I dislike how the materialism was handled. Keller could have gotten away with just subtly mentioning that the
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Mary  O'Brien
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
According to Goodreads:

Meg Hobart has everything: a happy marriage to a handsome, successful husband, a beautiful home in Charlotte, North Carolina, and three wonderful children. But it all comes crashing down around her the day she learns that her husband, James, has been living a lie—and has brought the family to financial ruin. Penniless and homeless, the Hobart's pack up what little they still possess and leave behind their golden life for good. But it’s not the material things Meg finds her
...more
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