The Promises of an Angel by Ruth Reid was the best book I have read in quite some time. I had never heard of this author before I read this book and was skeptical about what I would find. If you like Karen Kingsbury, you’ll love Ruth Reid. I hope that The Promises of an Angel will be a part of a larger series, because I can’t wait to devour another one of these books.
Her characters were German Baptists (Amish) who lead the old-style life without electricity or cars. Even with their deeply grounded faith and strict living, there are those who stray from the flock and rebel against what they’ve been taught. This story is a real look at faith, forgiveness, and standing up for God regardless of the pressures surrounding you. The main character, Judith, is an example of all of us. She trusts God and His Word, but questions why things happen the way they do. She is unsure of her faith at times, and struggles with envy and resentment. It is through these struggles that she finds her true path of happiness. God wanted her to completely give up herself, her desires, and her ideas of the way her life should work out before He would give her the desires of her heart. That’s so true, isn’t it? We need to give up our preconceptions, our will, and our desires and submit it all to God before He can give us true joy, peace, and happiness. Only through total submission can we find our God-given path.