The Outcast by Jolina Petersheim

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*Library Journal's Best Books 2013*
*Christian Manifesto's 2013 Award Winner for Excellence in Amish Fiction*
*World Magazine's Notable Books*
*2013/2014 Christian Retailing's Best Finalist* 
*2014 INSPY Shortlist Author* 
                                                   
Raised in an Old Order Mennonite community, Rachel Stoltzfus is a strong-willed single woman, content living apart from mainstream society until whispers stir the moment her belly swells with new life. Refusing to repent and name the partner in her sin, Rachel feels the wrath of the religious sect as she is shunned by those she loves most. She is eventually coerced into leaving by her brother-in-law, the bishop.

But secrets run deep in this cloistered community, and the bishop is hiding some of his own, threatening his conscience and his very soul. When the life of Rachel's baby is at stake, however, choices must be made that will bring the darkness to light, forever changing the lives of those who call Copper Creek home.
 

About Jolina Petersheim

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Jolina Petersheim holds degrees in English and communication arts from the University of the Cumberlands. Her writing has been featured in various venues and her blog is syndicated with The Tennessean's "On Nashville" blog roll. Jolina and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage. Both were raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but now live in Nashville, Tennessee with their young daughter.
 
Published June 21, 2013 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 401 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This contemporary reworking of The Scarlet Letter centers on the struggles, shame, sin, and strength of Rachel Stoltzfus. Born into an Old Order Mennonite community in Pennsylvania, Rachel moves to th

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When a single woman in an Old Order Mennonite community becomes pregnant, she is shunned

Nov 21 2013 | Read Full Review of The Outcast

Rachel Stoltzfus has led a contented life among her Old Order Mennonite community. But when she becomes pregnant and refuses to reveal the identity of the father, the sect shun

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of The Outcast

Rachel Stoltzfus has led a contented life among her Old Order Mennonite community. But when she becomes pregnant and refuses to reveal the identity of the father, the sect shun

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of The Outcast

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