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Adina Senft grew up in a plain house church, where she was often asked by outsiders if she was Amish (the answer was no). Writing as Shelley Bates, she was the winner of RWA's RITA Award for Best Inspirational Novel in 2005, a finalist for that award in 2006, and, writing as Shelley Adina, was a Christy Award finalist in 2009. A transplanted Canadian, Adina returns there annually to have her accent calibrated.
Adina Senft: Lead Us Not into Temptation

Adina Senft: Lead Us Not into Temptation

(January 16, 2013)
Christa A. Banister
In many stories featuring Amish women, the greatest temptation is for material goodies, independent thought, freedom from the simpler life; but for the protagonist of Adina Senft’s The Tempted Soul (FaithWords), her one longing is of the maternal variety.

Because Carrie has been unable to conceive, her husband tells her she must merely accept her circumstances and move on; but when she hears about new medical options available for the infertile—something the Amish community frowns upon—she begins to wonder what God’s will is in the situation.

“Carrie’s spiritual struggle, then, is to discern God’s will for her,” Adina says. “Sometimes this is harder than we think— particularly when opportunities fall into our path that look [as if] they must be of heavenly origin, but might only be wishful thinking or our human desires talking. With The Tempted Soul, I hope the reader will take away the sense that she is not alone in this struggle, that other women are in that place, too, and God has come through for them.”



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