Wow. “The Shunning”, a great movie based on the books of New York Times Bestselling author, Beverly Lewis. Beautiful scenery, compelling story line, this Hallmark Channel movie hit me in the gut and the heart! Directed by Michael Landon, Jr. and starring Danielle Panabaker, “The Shunning” tells the story of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman who begins to question her faith just as she begins to learn the secrets of her birth.
As a friend of adoptive parents, I’ve always been intrigued by stories of children who are contacted by their birth parents, and their feelings surrounding their adoption. In this story, Katie’s adoption was kept a secret until just before her marriage to a leader of their Amish community. It turns her world upside down and when she breaks the rules of her faith, she is shunned by the people she has loved her whole life.
Some of my favorite interactions occurred between Katie and Ella Mae (Nancy Saunders), the “Baby Catcher” of the community. Ella Mae was present for the birth of every baby in their Amish town, except for that of Katie Lapp. When an “Englisher” comes searching for a mother and child, Ella Mae has a good idea of what is going on. She helps Katie sort out the pieces of her life and tells her, “No matter where God puts us, it’s up to us how we choose to live.” Such a great line…
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Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother’s Plain heritage has inspired Lewis to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with “The Shunning,” which has sold more than one million copies. In 2007, Lewis’ “The Brethren” was honored with a Christy Award. Lewis has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Lewis lives with her husband, David, in Colorado.
I’m so happy to say that I can also giveaway a copy of the DVD, “The Shunning” to one lucky reader!
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