The Beloved Hope Chest is the culmination of a series of books by Amy Clipston and I have to say that she's saved the best for last. While Mattie is explaining the contents of her hope chest to her daughters, Amy has brought about a deeper thought for anyone reading. This book wasn't just a book about two Amish people falling in love, it was about worthiness to receive love. Mattie married Leroy shortly after her husband, Isaiah, died, because she was pregnant and wanted her child to have a father. After the baby was stillborn, she went into a serious depression--widowed, married, lost child all add up to a serious high on the stress scale. She couldn't see her worthiness to be Leroy's fraa.
While I don't think this was Amy's goal in writing this book, she has presented a picture of us as Christians, especially those of us who do not see ourselves as being worthy. God sees us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and in Amy's book, Mattie has to learn to see herself through Leroy's eyes to find her worth. This is one of the most endearing books I've read by Amy. Her characters and plot lines resonate through me and bring about a new appreciation for the God we serve, and the sacrifice of His Son.
Absolutely a Five Star book, with two thumbs up, and a coffee cake to munch on while you read.
My thanks to Zondervan Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book.