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The Wanderers (The Wanderers)

by Paul Stutzman

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The Wanderers is an interesting story about an Amish boy's coming of age and journey of self-discovery, finding love and faith, that is entwined with the journey of two Monarch Butterflies that were born on his family's Amish farm.

Johnny was born into an Amish farming family, but as he grows into adulthood he questions his family's traditions and lifestyle. He wants more out of life, and as he wanders on his journey of self-discovery, his restlessness leads him down a dangerous road. Johnny's direction and life is transformed when he meets and falls in love with Annie, a lovely girl who is devoted to her faith. But tragedy strikes that changes Johnny's life forever, causing him to once again wander on a new journey of discovery while searching for his home once again.

Sabio and Mariposa are two Monarch Butterflies that are born on Johnny's family's farm. Transforming from worms into beautiful butterflies, they embark on their own long journey of being entrusted with carrying out the amazing miracle of the fourth generation before finding their own home.

Author Paul Stutzman weaves an intriguing multi-layered tale of love, hope, faith and finding your home/place in the world. It took me awhile to get into the story as it was a bit confusing with the alternating perspectives of different characters as well as that of the butterflies. But once I got a grasp of Johnny's and the butterflies stories, I was able to get drawn into the story as their journeys unfolded.

I was intrigued with the Amish lifestyle, the author utilizes his Amish background to provide the reader with a richly detailed and descriptive look into the Amish community. As a person who has always been fascinated by Monarch Butterflies, I enjoyed the author's description of the transformation of the two worms into amazing Monarch Butterflies and their own magical journey.

The journey of discovery and wandering is left open-ended and leaves the reader wanting more. It looks like story will be continued in the next book.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours.

http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-wanderers-by-paul-stutzman... ( )
  JerseyGirlBookReview | Dec 6, 2013 |
I found this book a bit confusing, it's about an Amish boy/man finding himself. The story really breaks most of the stereotypes of Amish stories.
In the beginning, the Amish in this district attend public schools, and there are wild drinking and drug parties.
Johnny doesn't know which way to go, to stay Amish and in the bond and love of his family, or spread his wings and leave. You will love his family, his Dad is one everyone would love to have. They even find the right girl for him?? There are some really warm hearted moments, and finding your way to Jesus....I loved those moments. There are some really heartbreaking things that happen, and you might want some tissues handy.
The part of switching from butterflies and back to humans, even with some points being made was a bit disconcerning. As the title tells there is a bit of wandering going on.
We are left with wanting more, and maybe there will be more answers in the next book.

I received this book through Pump Your Book Virtual Tours, and was not required to give a positive review. ( )
  alekee | Nov 18, 2013 |
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An Amish Love Story About Hope and Finding Home Everything in God's nature, Johnny observed, did what it was created to do. Everything, that is, except the human race. Johnny was born into an Amish family, into a long line of farmers and good businessmen. He is expected to follow the traditions of family and church as he grows to adulthood. But even as a boy, he questions whether he can be satisfied with this lifestyle. He wants "more" - more education, more travel, more opportunity. His restlessness leads him down a dangerous road where too much partying and drinking result in heartbreaking consequences. He's adrift, and no one seems to be able to help him find his direction. Then he meets spunky Annie, who seems pure and lovely and devoted to her God. Her past, though, holds sin and heartbreak. She was a worm, she explains, but God has transformed her into a butterfly. Johnny falls hopelessly in love; and eventually he, too, finds the power of God to transform lives. Settling down on the family farm, he forgets about the questions and the restlessness, thinking that he is happy and at home, at last. But in a few short hours, tragedy changes his life forever, and he is again wondering... and wandering on a very long journey. Entwined with Johnny and Annie's story is the allegory of two Monarch butterflies, worms who have been transformed into amazing creatures specially chosen to carry out the miracle of the fourth generation. They, too, must undertake a long journey before they finally find home.

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An Amish Love Story About Hope and Finding Home. Everything in God's nature, Johnny observed, did what it was created to do. Everything, that is, except the human race. Johnny was born into an Amish family, into a long line of farmers and good businessmen. He is expected to follow the traditions of family and church as he grows to adulthood. But even as a boy, he questions whether he can be satisfied with this lifestyle. He wants more education, more travel, more opportunity. His restlessness leads him down a dangerous road where too much partying and drinking result in heartbreaking consequences. He's adrift, and no one seems to be able to help him find his direction. Then he meets spunky Annie, who seems pure and lovely and devoted to her God. Her past, though, holds sin and heartbreak. She was a worm, she explains, but God has transformed her into a butterfly. Johnny falls hopelessly in love; and eventually he, too, finds the power of God to transform lives. Settling down on the family farm, he forgets about the questions and the restlessness, thinking that he is happy and at home, at last. But in a few short hours, tragedy changes his life forever, and he is again wondering and wandering on a very long journey. Entwined with Johnny and Annie's story is the allegory of two Monarch butterflies, worms who have been transformed into amazing creatures specially chosen to carry out the miracle of the fourth generation. They, too, must undertake a long journey before they finally find home.… (more)

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