“A Simple Change” Home to Amana #3 by Judith Miller, book review
Jancey is a successful teacher at the orphanage in Kansas City and finds such joy and fulfillment in teaching the children. But when her mother’s illness becomes progressively more serious and the doctors can offer no hope of recovery, her parents decide to return to the simple life in Amana, where they grew up. Jancey is faced with a difficult decision: accompany her parents to a religious commune or remain in Kansas City alone. She decides to move with her family, even though she must give up her teaching. Her “boyfriend” Nathan tries to persuade her to marry him and stay in KC, but she suggests the separation will help them decided if they are really meant to be together.
So she arrives in Amana and begins a whole new life, filled with rules governing almost every aspect of life: when to get up, where to eat, where to work, where to live, how to associate with others, and how to worship. For the sake of her parents she tries to abide by the rules and quickly finds her place in the new community. But troubles and issues from KC follow her and face her with several challenges. Jancey learns to trust God in making decisions and finds Him faithful in giving answers.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book from the publisher, Baker Books. All opinions expressed are my own.