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Jacob's Choice / Expanded Edition

By author: Ervin R. Stutzman
Product Code: 9875
ISBN: 9780836198751
Binding Information: Hardback
Size: 8.50 x 5.50 inches

Publication Date: 2/8/2014

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Jacob Hochstetler is a peace-loving Amish settler on the Pennsylvania frontier when Native American warriors, goaded on by the hostilities of the French and Indian War, attack his family one September night in 1757. Taken captive by the warriors and grieving for the family members just killed, Jacob finds his beliefs about love and nonresistance severely tested.

Jacob endures a hard winter as a prisoner in an Indian longhouse. Meanwhile, some members of his congregation—the first Amish settlement in America—move away for fear of further attacks.

Based on actual events, Jacob's Choice describes how one man's commitment to pacifism leads to a season of captivity, a complicated romance, an unrelenting search for missing family members, and an astounding act of forgiveness and reconciliation.

This expanded edition of Jacob's Choice includes maps, photographs, family tree charts, and other historical documents to help readers enter the story and era of the Hochstetler family.

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  • Author’s Note
  • Part I
  • Part II
  • Part III
  • Historical Background
  • Photographs
  • Maps
  • Chronology of Jacob’s Capture and Escape
  • Lancaster Longhouse
  • Hochstetler Family Tree
  • Historic Anabaptist Beliefs
  • An Early Twentieth-Century Account
  • Endnotes
  • List of Sources
  • Acknowledgments
  • The Author

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Review by: Sherry Gore, editor of Cooking & Such: Adventures in Plain Living - December 2, 2013

“In this evocative and gripping story, Ervin Stutzman details the love, the loss, and restoration of Jacob as fervently as Jacob pursued his own rebirth from the ashes of a terrible past. All of this occurs within the stunningly depicted confines of Amish life and history.”

Review by: John Ruth, author of The Earth Is the Lord's - December 2, 2013

“Ervin Stutzman’s intimately imaginative entrée into the most famous Amish experience in colonial America is woven around documented historical and geographical data. Jacob’s Choice will confront readers with equally inescapable choices of our own.”

Review by: Sam Stoltzfus, Old Order Amish historian - December 2, 2013

“Using historical facts and a vivid imagination, Ervin Stutzman does a beautiful narration of nonresistant Amish life.”

Review by: Karen Johnson-Weiner, coauthor of The Amish - December 2, 2013

“This novel of Amish life in eighteenth-century Pennsylvania allows us to imagine the joys, tears, doubts, and religious devotion of the earliest Amish immigrants. In retelling the story of the Hochstetler massacre, Stutzman reminds us that the family was real and that their sacrifice was both a human tragedy and a triumph of faith.”

Review by: Daniel Hochstetler, cofounder of the Jacob Hochstetler Family Association - December 2, 2013

“Stutzman’s keen knowledge of time and place brings to life the Hochstetler family’s testing through the Indian attack and captivity and their commitment to Anabaptist values. Nonresistance, forgiveness—and romance—are just some of the choices this most widely known family in the original pioneer Amish settlement must make.”

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