“When you have experienced the Holy Ghost as I have, you would see that it is difficult to turn back.”
When the lively fervor of nineteenth century revivalism endangers the staid customs of the Amish community in the lush but rugged Kishacoquillas Valley of central Pennsylvania in 1847, the Amish church must deal with a divisive question: What is a genuine spiritual experience?
The question turns personal when Susanna’s beloved cousin Noah begins preaching while under trances and even though he is not a minister he gives long sermons that attract increasing attention. Curious, she helps to keep Noah safe during his trances. At the same time Adam, Susanna's intended, feels pressure from the bishop to speak out against the ways of revivalism.
Susanna and Adam are pushed to opposite sides of a controversy that threatens their traditional Amish faith.. Now they must grapple with whether love is possible...even if they come to different conclusions.
When Noah goes missing at a time of day when he often preaches while asleep, circumstances thrust community members with divergent opinions into a crisis that demands they recognize the humanity they share regardless of beliefs. But can strong-held opinions be softened by the truths that shape their lives?
Olivia Newport's novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. She chases joy in Colorado, where day lilies grow as tall as she is. Her husband and two twenty-something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books.
Gladden the Heart is a wonderful historical romance. I found it to have a little bit of mystery and adventure. There are at times you are sitting on edge. This is book 5 of the Amish Turns of Time. This book kept my interest and one you didn't want to stop reading. The characters you will love. Very well written. After a Amish man has spells where he is preaching but not really the ways the Amish do. Causes a problem in their church. This was of Old order in 1847. Noah had no clue what he was doing was like he was asleep when he did. We have another in the church starting to change after hearing a English pastor preach. The Bishop doesn't like it. This gives cause to be thrown out of the church. What Will Niklaus do will he follow his heart or stay and just follow the Bishop? Makes life very difficult for Susanna being that Noah is her cousin and she ants to help him. But her mother is very against it. How can she do what she knows is right in her heart and still be obedient to her mother? Loved this book.