“Though Mountains Fall” by Dale Cramer, book review
This is the third and final book in the Daughters of Caleb Bender series. These novels center around Caleb Bender and his family as they attempt to live their Amish lifestyle. In an attempt to leave behind compulsory government education and to buy rich farm land for their families, the Benders and a few other families move to Mexico. Here they are quite pleased with the fertile land and mild weather for farming, but are quite bothered by the bandits and later government military.
In this book the Amish community is beginning to thrive and more families are moving south each year. They are doing well agriculturally and learning how to live in the new land. But they are plagued with raids by bandits or outlaws left over from the war. These bandit harass and kidnap some of the younger teens. The Paradise Valley Amish do not fight back and in several instances are killed. As a last resort Caleb asks the land owner whom he purchased the farms from for help. He pays the bribe for the Mexican Army to send troops, but is this any better?
The families in the community are enjoying the religious freedom, but with each passing season their hope for a Bishop increases. Without a Bishop, they cannot stay. The community learns to learn from the native Mexicans and several have become friends and employees of the Amish. There is birth, death and illness, all apart of regular life, but made harder by the remote location and lack of spiritual guidance, mainly a Bishop.
This book has a lot of historical information and shows many of the hardships faced by early settlers to Mexico, and the continued persecution of the Amish. There is quite a bit of detail given to agricultural practices and Amish and Mexican traditions. The story did not end as I had hoped, but it does show how much one’s religion and traditions can mold and control a life.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own.