This is the first book about the lives, ways, and relationships of the Amish, written by a man, that I’ve read. Levi’s Will by W. Dale Cramer is a fantastic novel written not just for those who like Amish fiction, but for fathers and sons (and those that love them) of all walks of life. It is a compelling and complex story which examines the complicated relationships shared between fathers and sons. Impossibly high expectations, disappointment, rebellion and rejection are the theme’s that rule many relationships and Cramer does an excellent job of portraying all of these in this book. He also shows how powerful and important forgiveness can be.
This is a story of great depth and strong characters. It is a story of pain, conflict and estrangement that spans three generations of family. It is powerful and moving and will easily captivate the reader. It is a book well worth reading and reflecting on.
This book was provided to me for review by Bethany House Publishers.
By W. Dale Cramer
Will flees his Old Order community at the age of 19, leaving behind a pregnant girlfriend and all things Amish. He begins a new life, joining the army and later marrying and having two sons of his own. But his new life and his new family are tainted by the hidden sins of his past. Hoping to patch things up with his father, Will takes his new family to meet the old one. Levi's Will is the haunting story of a fallen man seeking to build a bridge across three generations.