Release Date: August 2012
Print Length: 352
The Face of Heaven
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Following on the heels of The Wings of Morning, the first book in Murray Pura’s Snapshots in History series, comes this compelling saga of the Civil War.
In April 1861, Lyndel Keim discovers two runaway slaves in her family’s barn. When the men are captured and returned to their plantation, Lyndel and her young Amish beau, Nathaniel King, find themselves at odds with their pacifist Amish colony
Nathaniel enlists in what will become the famous Iron Brigade of the Union Army. Lyndel enters the fray as a Brigade nurse on the battlefield, sticking close to Nathaniel as they both witness the horrors of war—including the battles at Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, and Antietam. Despite the pair’s heroic sacrifices, the Amish only see that Lyndel and Nathaniel have become part of the war effort, and both are banished.
And a severe battle wound at Gettysburg threatens Nathaniel’s life. Lyndel must call upon her faith in God to endure the savage conflict and to face its painful aftermath, not knowing if Nathaniel is alive or dead. Will the momentous battle change her life forever, just as it will change the course of the war and the history of her country?
The Face of Heaven is a dramatic story that will release on the 150th anniversary of the historic battle of Antietam, September, 1862.
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“Murray Pura's The Face of Heaven contained everything I love in a novel—American history, a heartfelt romance, and a tale of faith within the Amish community. Murray breathed life into his multi-dimensional characters and created a world that transports readers back in time.”
—Mary Ellis, author of An Amish Family Reunion
“My husband, who does not read fiction of any kind, enjoyed it immensely when I read aloud to him the chapters from The Face of Heaven describing in riveting detail, the battle at Gettysburg. A history buff himself, he relished the accuracy of the story.
“Pura combines his ability to write wartime historical fiction from a masculine perspective with an uncanny ability at dealing with issues of the heart to offer a fresh new voice to this popular genre. With surprises and twists that fiction readers love, it keeps us turning pages and wishing the book did not have to end. But end it does. And all I can say is, write us another, Mr. Pura!”
—Connie Cavanaugh, author of Following God One Yes at a Time
“The Face of Heaven by Murray Pura made a believer out of me. I can now say that I love Amish fiction! I was certain I wouldn’t and couldn’t imagine why a man had opted to write it. But once I started turning the pages to this captivating book, I understood not only why he wrote it, but why I had to read it. The message is life-changing, the writing superb, and the characters believable. Don’t miss this one!”
—Kathi Macias, award-winning author, kathimacias.com
“This is the second book that my husband, Richard, and I have both enjoyed from this author. As expected, we enjoyed the flow, the research and the story of characters who fit real life. We especially enjoy finding a fictional book that both men and women can enjoy. Murray Pura has done it again—proven that Christian Historical Fiction doesn't have to be tentative or low voltage.”
—JudyAnn Lorenz, BarJD Communications
“The way in which Murray Pura weaves his characters into actual events of the American Civil War and the accuracy in which he describes these events and places, not only make them believable but makes you feel like you are really there. You can almost smell burnt black powder and hear the pop of rifle shots. Murray's characters ably reveal their internal struggles as they wrestle with their faith traditions. Whether you agree with their choices to join the conflict, or not, they never compromise who they are inside, but stay true to their convictions.”
—Russ and Melissa Friesen, Pincher Creek, Alberta
“Murray Pura’s ability to draw you into the lifestyle and choices of the Amish faith is incredible—I felt engaged in the story from the first page. The struggles and choices made by the characters are very real and relevant for today as well. A great read for anyone!”
“As always, Pura’s authentic dialogue draws the reader into a fictional world so compellingly researched that the printed personalities come to life. Right from the start I found myself caring deeply for each main character, and anticipating the outcome of each brutal battle. Murray Pura once again does an admirable job highlighting the paradox between pacifism and the fight for freedom. Without hesitation I give this book a five-star rating.”
—Elaine Phillips, adjunct college instructor, Alberta, Canada