The novel is set in the eighteenth century and is a tale about journeys – literal journeys and journeys of faith. “He was riddled with doubts.” To have doubts is the beginning of faith – searching for the truth. Questions about faith helps in the journey of growth.
The Newcomer has the theme of searching. A searching deep within the find out who one really is. The tale explores this longing to know not only who we are but whose we are. “Only true self reliance is utter reliance upon God.” Only when we come to the end of ourselves can we really know God as we depend on Him.
Appearances can be deceptive. Outwardly people may appear good but they may have a rotten core. God searches our hearts to see where our loyalties and love lie.
The novel explores what it takes to know God. Some believe rules and self denial will draw us close to Him but all God requires is a heart surrendered to Him. God desires us in a relationship with Him not just following a system of rules.
There is much to fear in exploring the New World. If we are not careful “fear… can take hold of a person.” We need to give our fears to God because perfect love casts out fear.
Families are important. Families stick together. They support each other with love. There are literal families and the wider Amish family.
Names are significant. A new name signifies a change in the character of a person.
I enjoyed The Newcomer. It was a compulsive read about the struggles of the Amish to establish their community in the New World. I can highly recommend.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.