Though Mountains Fall

series: Daughters of Caleb Bender, The

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"I want you to promise you will always be my sister."

There were tears in Miriam’s eyes as their foreheads touched and Rachel whispered, "No matter what. Always."

Now in its fourth year, the Amish settlement in Mexico is thriving. But as new settlers arrive, sons and daughters marry, babies are born, and crops grow thick, a storm looms on the horizon. And Caleb Bender knows--perhaps better than anyone--that the worst of storms don't come from the western skies.

They come on horseback.

When their very existence is threatened, the Amish turn to the Mexican government for help, only to discover that the rulers of men are fickle and security is an illusion. Tried by fire and riven by war, Caleb and Domingo come to understand that the kingdom of God is not to be found in land or buildings or gold or armies, but in the hearts of peaceful men trying to feed their families.

Watching helplessly as daughters Rachel, Miriam, and Emma are drawn inexorably toward their separate destinies, Caleb is forced to confront the most important decision of his life.

“Authentic characters and attention to detail recommend this third entry in a strong series (Paradise Valley; The Captive Heart), to readers of T. Davis Bunn and Gilbert Morris.” –Library Journal


The Author

  1. Dale Cramer
    Photography by Larry McDonald

    Dale Cramer

    Dale Cramer is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novel Levi's Will, based on the story of Dale's father, a runaway Amishman. Dale's latest series, THE DAUGHTERS OF CALEB BENDER, is based on an Amish colony in the mountains of Mexico...

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"Authentic characters and attention to detail recommend this third entry in a strong series (Paradise Valley; The Captive Heart), to readers of T. Davis Bunn and Gilbert Morris." -Library Journal

Library Journal

Caleb Bender and his Amish neighbors have fled from Ohio to Mexico to avoid being legally required to send their children to "English" schools. The community is tested when it is attacked by bandits, then saved by Mexican troops who turn out to be just as vicious as the bandits. Meanwhile, a bishop arrives, allowing Caleb's daughters to marry. Things are not so simple for Miriam though, when her beloved, Domingo, decides to fight in Mexico's civil war.

VERDICT The Benders and their neighbors continue to struggle with fractured peace in 1920s Mexico. Authentic characters and attention to detail recommend this third entry in a strong series (Paradise Valley; The Captive Heart), to readers of T. Davis Bunn and Gilbert Morris.

Library Journal, Nov 15, 2012


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