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Plain Faith

A True Story of Tragedy, Loss and Leaving the Amish
Format: Paperback

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Quick Overview:

In Plain Faith, Ora-Jay and Irene Eash led a typical Amish life until their experience of losing two daughters in a tragic accident propelled them to leave the Amish community they grew up in.


This is the true story of Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, Amish farmers from northwest Montana whose lives changed in an instant when a semi-truck struck the family buggy, killing their two young daughters.

After the accident, the couple turned to their Amish community for comfort, but they remained haunted by the thought that they might not see their girls again in heaven. Would their deeds be good enough? Eventually Ora-Jay and Irene learned that grace—not works—was enough to ensure their place in eternity. But with that knowledge came the realization that they could no longer live in an Amish community that didn’t share this precious belief. Could they sever their connection to the Amish family they loved?

This is the story of their journey to the hope that is heaven, a hope stronger than the loss of children, family, and a way of life. Fans of Amish fiction will appreciate such a real-life look into the Amish community, co-written by bestselling author Tricia Goyer, and readers of all kinds will resonate with this tale of courage, resilience, and the redemption found in the grace of Jesus.

Contributor(s) Ora Jay and Irene Eash , Tricia Goyer
About the Contributor(s) Ora Jay and Irene Eash

 Ora-Jay and Irene Eash live in Northwest Montana where they have a small horse farm, offering sleigh and wagon rides. Five of their nine children are married, and they have four grandchildren. You can find out more at

Tricia Goyer

USA Today bestselling author Tricia Goyer is the author of more than 40 books, including the novelization for Moms’ Night Out. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like and Tricia and her husband, John, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Tricia coordinates a Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. They have six children.

UPC 025986336837
ISBN-10 031033683X
ISBN-13 9780310336839
Release Date May 6, 2014
Weight (lbs) 0.4200
Height 8.38
Width 5.50
Length 208
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $15.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Rhonda
Overall Rating
What a sweet honest story of heartache, hope, and renewal. Yes, the Eash family loses two daughters and leaves the Amish faith they have known since birth. But they gain so much more. They gain the assurance that they will know salvation and join their precious daughters in heaven someday. This story is told with raw pain and an honest look at the Amish faith. I did not feel that the Amish faith was in any way disrespected, but instead the truth of the Amish faith was shared and honored. While the Eash family decided that they had to leave the Amish faith, they did not say that they do not love their families or miss them dearly. Read this five-story account of the truth: plain and simple. Told with the deepest agony and highest hope!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. (Posted on 6/10/2014)
Review by Kelly
Overall Rating
Plain Faith is an amazing look at the Amish lifestyle from the inside looking out. Told by the parents, Irene and Ora Jay Eash, with Tricia Goyer, it's an upclose and personal account of their story, their journey and triumph after unimaginable loss.

Even if you think you are familiar with the Amish lifestyle, this book will change what you think you know. This book isn't a complicated read but it draws you in immediately with their down to earth, 'plain' talk. They are such good people, the Eashes. What happened to them could have happened to just about anyone.

But the aftermath of their story after burying their two young daughters is the 'stop and think' of this extraordinary book. Have you ever had that feeling in your faith that something is missing? That you attend church every Sunday, you abide by the rules of what a Christian (etc) should do and not do in the secular world yet something feels not quite right? That's one of the ah-hah moments of this book.

One of the points that stood out for me is when Irene stated "People saw me different when I wore my Amish kapp, or head covering. People would see that and think "If that's what you have to share with me, then I don't want to listen."

It's an amazing moment to realize that the one true faith you've had for your entire life doesn't support you unless you live and breath THAT life. But beyond the Amish faith, God is everywhere and in everything. Sometimes stepping outside that life, like the Eashes did, you see it so very clearly.

This book is brave, courageous, heart-wrenching, tear inducing, thought provoking and admirable, to name just a few of it's endearing qualities.

I'd recommend this book based on it's quick, short chapters and easy flow of the book to teens in a youth groups, high school and college small groups at churches. (Posted on 5/10/2014)

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