The First Love

Reviewed by:  Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion leader



Book or Media Title:

The first love

Author or Producer:

Beverly Lewis

Publisher or Studio:

Bethany House

Publication or Release Date:


Format (i.e., print book, ebook, CD, DVD, movie, TV show, YouTube video, etc.):


Length (i.e., 350 pages, 1 hour 45 minutes, etc.):

296 pages


The setting is 1951 and Maggie Esh is an eighteen-year-old Amish girl racked by pain and disability. She needs healing and she also needs hope in a future. When a tent revival comes to her area, she is invited by cousins to attend. Not being sanctioned by the Amish church, Maggie is interested and asks for permission from her father. Reluctantly given, she so enjoys the meetings, the singing, the feeling that healing might be possible.

The best word to describe this book is sweet. It is truly a sweet story of a young woman’s physical problems, how they affect her life and of her lovely family. It is very typical Beverly Lewis Amish.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Fans of Christian fiction, Amish fiction and author Beverly Lewis.

Christian Impact:

One of the main topics is healing: does God still heal and in what ways?


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A Faithful Gathering (The Sisters of Lancaster County, #3)

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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