Journalist Philip Bradley simply cannot forget the Amish people he met while on assignment in Pennsylvania, particularly Rachel Yoder and her young daughter, Annie. Rachel’s cheerful outlook, in spite of her blindness, and her appealing, uncomplicated lifestyle beckon Philip amid the high-paced existence of his New York career. Philip’s new found knowledge of the true reason for Rachel’s loss of sight spurs him on to uncover what he can about the possibility for a cure. In Lancaster County, Rachel has her own ideas about the way her vision might be restored, and it doesn’t include the local healer and his black box. Now, Rachel firmly believes the God she serves is the only One who can grant her sight, but as the memories of the trauma she suffered begin to resurface, Rachel questions whether she can bear the agonizing road to recovery.
I was disappointed with The Crossroad, the sequel to The Postcard, which is probably my favorite Beverly Lewis book. This book was just filled with fluff as Lewis dragged out the coupling of Philip and Rachel in order to indoctrinate us all with her beliefs. I really don’t like how Lewis uses the Amish to push her Christian beliefs, and as a friend of mine on GoodReads said, “this was just a treatise on Lewis’ pentecostal beliefs that didn’t make much sense in the context of a young Amish woman’s life”
It took a very long time to get to the heart of the book, but once we got there it was worth it. I enjoyed the last two chapters, especially Rachel’s interactions with Philip and her daughter, Annie, and the importance of “powpow” medicine men within the Amish community. That was not something I had heard of before.
- Lewis, Beverly. The Crossroad. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 1999. 320 pgs. ISBN: 9780764222122. Source: Library.