Christian’s Hope by Ervin R. Stutzman

After being captured as a child during the French and Indian War, can Christian settle back into Amish farming life? Find out in Christian’s Hope, book three of Ervin R. Stutzman’s Return to Northkill series. Christian feels restless, and he misses his adoptive Native American family—who raised him as their own son. When faced with a life-altering decision, will Christian choose the Amish identity that his father desires for him? Or will he depart from his family and faith community yet again?

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{More about Christian’s Hope}

Christian’s Hope (Herald Press, October 2016)

When Christian Hochstetler returns to the Amish after seven years in captivity, he finds that many things have shifted.

Captured as a child during the French and Indian War, Christian has spent much of his life among Native Americans, who cared for him and taught him their ways. Now that Christian is home, his father wants him to settle back into their predictable Amish life of farming, and Christian’s budding friendship with Orpha Rupp beckons him to stay as well.

Yet Christian feels restless, and he misses his adoptive Native American family—who raised him as their own son. When faced with a life-altering decision, will Christian choose the Amish identity that his father desires for him? Or will he depart from his family and faith community yet again?

Christian’s Hope tells the story of the younger brother of Joseph and son of Jacob, whom readers have come to love in the first two books in the Return to Northkill series. Based on actual events and written by a descendant of the Hochstetler family, Christian’s Hope brings the sweeping epic of the Return to Northkill series to a soul-stirring end.

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Ervin R. Stutzman

{More About Ervin R. Stutzman}

Ervin R. Stutzman is author of “Jacob’s Choice,” “Joseph’s Dilemma,” “Tobias of the Amish,” and “Emma, A Widow Among the Amish.” Born into an Amish home in Kalona, Iowa, Stutzman based the Return to Northkill series on the life of his ancestor, Jacob Hochstetler. He has been featured on TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Find out more about Ervin R. at http://www.mennomedia.org.

Reviews

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    This book. I almost don’t know what to say. It’s an amazing piece of literature. I’ve not read anything quite like it. Based on real facts and events but with a spin all it’s own this book is truly a work of historical fiction but centered around the Amish of days gone by.

    Written by For Him and My Family on December 20, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    This is Book Three in the Return to Northkill series by Ervin R. Stutzmann. What happens to a young boy when he is captured by Native Americans during the French and Indian War. Will he ever again be able to go back to living as an Amish person?

    Written by deal sharing aunt on November 30, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    This was even more interesting to me when I finished the book and realized it was based on a true story! This story is captivating and intriguing. It’s like no other Amish novel I’ve read.

    Written by The Talbert Report on November 21, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    It took me a long time to get into this book. I found the style difficult and the characters somewhat annoying. THEN a friend mentioned that she liked it because she had grown up hearing the story. I asked her what she meant and was shocked to discover that the book was based on true facts, and the author was a descendants of the main characters. (Which it actually says on the back cover, but I went into the book blind cause I can’t stand spoilers.) After that the book was a lot more enjoyable.

    Written by Noveltea on November 18, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    This is the 3rd book in this series, for once I’m going to recommend reading the entire series, you will enjoy the book much more. This story is based on a historical truth, and it is an Amish story unlike any I have ever read before.

    Written by Knits Reads and Reviews on November 6, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    It took me a long time to get into this book. I found the style difficult and the characters somewhat annoying. THEN a friend mentioned that she liked it because she had grown up hearing the story. I asked her what she meant and was shocked to discover that the book was based on true facts, and the author was a descendants of the main characters. (Which it actually says on the back cover, but I went into the book blind cause I can’t stand spoilers.) After that the book was a lot more enjoyable.

    Written by Noveltea on November 5, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    This book was an interesting juxtaposition of two types of books that I enjoy reading – historical fiction, set in the 1760s and Amish fiction. I loved that the series is based on actual events in the lives of the author’s ancestors.

    Written by A Busy Mom of Two on November 5, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    Even though this is book three of the series, it seemed to stand alone fairly well. I know I will want to read the first two books, though! I found it fascinating when I learned this story was inspired by true-life events of the author’s ancestors. If you enjoy history, you will want to check out Christian’s Hope.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on November 4, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    This story was fascinating to me…not at all what I expected on page 1.

    I expected your typical Amish story, but this was so much more. Filled with historical facts regarding Christian’s life with the indians during the French/Indian War, this was deeper, but on a very engaging level.

    The pov is surprisingly told from the male protagonist, Christian, and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I feel that even the male reader would enjoy this wonderful, if unexpected Amish tale.

    Written by Confessions of a Teenage Bookworm on November 4, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    I have to admit that Christian annoyed me. Dude I get it you love the family you grew up with. That’s totally fine but he isn’t the least bit interested in getting reacquainted with his father. It wasn’t his father’s fault that they were separated for years.

    It is cool that this a fictionalized version of true events. I did like this author’s writing style so I’ll check out more books by him.

    Written by Fic Gal on November 4, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    Christian’s Hope is not your average Amish story. It is set in the 1700’s. This book is also based on true events. I usually do not read historical books,  but was pleasantly surprised with this book. I look forward to reading the first two books in this series.

    Written by Mommy Has to Work on November 4, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    This was a well written, interesting characters and an intriguing plot. This book is about a young man who is torn between two worlds, the world he was born into and so cruly snatched from and the world he was raised in, as he experiences the pull from each worlds, which one will he ultimately chose?

    This book was certainly different from ones typical Amish fiction as it is set in a historical setting and deals with so much more. I truly enjoyed it,

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on November 4, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    This was an interesting read for me. The writing style is very nice, and easy to read. The characters are extremely believable and life like, but a lot of that has to do with the story line.

    Written by Through the Open Window on November 4, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    When it comes to Amish fiction, Christian’s Hope is different – and different is good. The story is told from a male perspective through Christian’s voice and I believe it would appeal to male readers also. This fictionalized version of actual events in the author’s family is a strong novel historically. The conflict is interesting as it relates how, after living for eight years among the Indians who killed some of his family members, Christian sees them as his family and friends. While I didn’t particularly like this young man at first, the author did a good job at conveying realistically Christian’s feelings and longings as someone who no longer belonged with his own people.

    Written by The Power of Words on November 3, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    Christian’s Hope was set apart from other Amish fiction books because of its historical setting. I’ll admit that I don’t know a whole lot about the history of the Amish, minus what is usually written about in other Amish fiction books. Christian had been captured during the French and Indian War and had been raised by the Native Americans for those years. When he returns home, he has to figure out his place in the Amish world. That’s not as easy to do when he is trying to forget the things he had been taught over those 7 years.

    Written by Pursuing Intentional Living on November 3, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    A different kind of Amish story. The main character is kidnapped by Indians. Can he fit back with the Amish or should he go with the Indians?

    Written by A Room Without Books Is Empty on November 3, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    I liked this story. Christian has been held captive for years and now is able to go back to his Amish life he was so violently jerked out of. The problem is he has lived years without the Amish ways and in the Native American life. He doesn’t easily slide back into the ‘old life style’ and wants to go back to what he has lived the last years.

    Written by Ashley’s Bookshelf on November 3, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    I’m so glad that I decided to read Christian’s Hope. Not only did I discover a uniquely different story, I also discovered a fantastic new to me author!

    Even though I hadn’t read the other books in the series before reading this one, there was enough of the back story that I had no problem understanding the characters and their experiences.

    Written by Two Girls and a Book on November 3, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    I would have probably liked Christian’s Hope more if I had read the first two novels in the series first. I struggled to figure out who was who and what was what as I began to read the book a few days ago. Around a 100+ pages into the novel, I finally became interested in it.

    Overall, Christian’s Hope is a well-written historical fiction with a little bit of Amish drama/romance mixed in. When I have the time, I’ll have to read the first two books.

    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on November 2, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    What I found interesting is that this story is based off some historical events with the Amish during the French and Indian War. Obviously, “I missed many of the details surrounding some of it without reading the previous books in the story”. The author is a descendant of the Hochstetler family.

    It was fascinating and I want to go back and read the first two books in this series.

    This was an intriguing story that I would recommend.

    Written by Little Homeschool on the Prairie on November 2, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    I struggled with this one. I asked to review it because it was based on a factual account and it was written by a descendant of the family. I struggled to get into the book because for some reason I did not like Christian. He seemed like a spoiled, coddled kid….and then I realized he was taken from one world, thrust into another, then sent back to the original world all before he was 18. I guess he had a right to act the way he did. By the time I finished the book I was drawn in to their lives. This book is a stand alone although I believe it would help if you read the other two first. If you are a fan on historical fiction, Indians, and Amish this is the book for you.

    Written by Karen’s Korner on November 2, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    Christian’s Hope by Ervin R. Stutzman is book three in the Return to Northkill series. This book is a wonderful piece of historical fiction.

    Written by cherylbbookblog on November 1, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    Christian’s Hope is the third book in author Ervin R. Stutzman’s series Return to Northkill. This book and series is different from any other Amish fiction I have read, and believe me, I’ve read a lot of Amish fiction!! It is historical, based on a true story, and the author is a descendant of the characters! The other way this book is different is that it is set in the 1700s during the French and Indian war. It was fascinating to read, knowing the basic story really happened.

    Written by The Loose Screw on November 1, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    The author did a great job of presenting the conflict in a young man who had been with the Indians so long that he felt more like an Indian than the Amish he grew up in. At times I wanted to shake the guy, and then had to remind myself that this was just a story after all…..

    I enjoyed the book even more than I hoped I would. The plot was great, I liked the characters, especially Christian, a young man feeling he didn’t belong with his own people. It was a fun, interesting, and educational read, and is one that men will enjoy, and not just women.

    Written by Thoughts of a Sojourner on November 1, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    Christian Hochstetler returns home to his Amish family after spending the last seven years in captivity among Native Americans. As being captured as a child, Christian spent most of his life among his captors who taught him their ways and treated him like family. As Christian tried to settle back into his old Amish life of farming, he realizes he misses his adoptive family. He struggles to decide whether he should stay with his Amish or Native American family. Will Christian be able to join the Amish like his father wants? Will he able to give up his old Native American ways?

    Written by Two Points of Interest on November 1, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    Christian’s Hope was an interesting story to read because it is based on an historical event from the author’s family that lived during the early settlement days of America – the mid-1700s. The story involves the turmoil white captives of the Indians faced when they were returned to a white settlement after spending years living amongst the Indians.

    For a fictionalized telling of a historical event it rates a 5-star. However, from the standpoint of readability and maintaining the reader’s interest it rates a 2-star. Perhaps that is the reader’s fault,….

    Written by Chat With Vera on November 1, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    Christian’s Hope by Ervin R. Stutzman was a fantastic book. This is the third book in the series, and I know that I will be going back and reading the first two books because I want to know the entire story from start to finish. Even though this is the last book in the series, I still understood what was going on, so you don’t have to read the books in order or even read them all if the others don’t interest you.

    Written by The World As I See It on October 31, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    Christian’s Hope is the most fascinating Amish coming-of-age book I’ve ever read!  Setting an Amish story in the past is rare, and this one, happening just after the French and Indian War, is even more unusual.  I loved the time period, the clear descriptions of life, gender roles, and household tools. Stutzman excels at bringing the setting to life.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on October 30, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    I have not read the other books in the series so this was my first book getting to know these characters and what was going on. It was a little of a slow start for me because I had to get to know all the history of the characters but I jumped right into it and couldn’t put it down.

    Written by NOVA Frugal Family on October 30, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    This story is based on actual events and written by a descendant of the Hochstetler family. If you enjoy reading historical fiction, with flashes of actual events, you will enjoy reading Christian’s Hope.

    Written by Donna’s BookShelf on October 29, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    This book is filled with rich, historical detail and characters who worm their way into your heart and life, becoming so real. This is a story that each and every person can relate to as we often feel torn between various things in our own lives and also feel pressure to live up to others’ expectations, whether it be a parent, a spouse, a boss, a friend. Needing a place to belong and to feel like we fit in is a need for each of us as well and Christian is struggling to find his footing and his place in the world; I empathized along with him as he is torn between his two worlds.

    Written by Moments on October 29, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    Honestly I didn’t like Christian. I kind of thought he was a bit of a whinner. He was so intent on returning to the indian tribe that he had lived with that I felt through Chapter 6 (which is as far as I got) he didn’t really give anyone he came in contact with a chance to ‘accept’ him because he didn’t make any attempt to accept them.

    I think if he had been a bit younger I would have understood him a little better. But he was 18. Old enough to reason and make more mature decisions.

    Written by http://www.myjourneyback-thejourneyback.blogspot.com on October 28, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    I absolutely LOVED this novel, first because it offered up something I hadn’t read before in other Amish novels and secondly, because it was based on a historical fact which makes the reader like me most interested because you are learning again about another piece in American history most have never heard of before and that is precisely why I give this novel a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on October 28, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    It’s rare to find such great fictional written during the French and Indian War period which then spans past that time into other known events. I highly recommend the series as it is very telling of a family’s faith, tragedy, joys and life experiences that are so vastly different than ours today.

    Written by Seeking with all yur heart on October 28, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    I appreciate the research involved in the story and the accurate description of the time period.

    Written by Texas Book-aholic on October 28, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    The historical aspects of this story was great because the author does a wonderful job of setting the time period which allowed me to become absorbed in the story. Overall I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to going back and reading the first two in the series.

    Written by WV Stitcher on October 27, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    This is book three in the Return to Northkill series. However I did not read the first two books in this series. It may have been better if I had read the first two . I would be familiar with some of the characters in the book. It would have made it more enjoyable to me.

    Written by The Mary Book Reader on October 27, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    While we are dealing with the author’s interpretation of events, we try to walk in Christian’s shoes, and we are now ripped from the home we have spent the last seven years in, coming to terms to being an Indian. Now he is back at his Amish roots, he has to relive the murder of his mother and siblings, and try to find his way, all the while longing to be back in the security of the Indian village.

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on October 27, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    This book is excellent! I love that it is based on a true story. It was well written and engaging. I will have to go back and read the previous stories!

    Written by Inklings and Notions on October 26, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    The fact that this story is based on historical fact really appealed to me, and made it more meaningful than the average Amish novel. Christian’s Hope neatly related Native American customs and Amish heritage; it really sets forth a lovely mood for the Thanksgiving season.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on October 24, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    This book, the third in the series, Christian’s Hope, tells of his return to Northkill. The Hochstetler family were real people who lived during the French and Indian War. The book is based on actual events and written by the author, Ervin R. Stutzman, who is a descendant of the Hochstetler family.

    Written by 2014 and Beyond! on October 24, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    What a wonderful read this was I really enjoyed it. Amish books are my favorite to read and this one topped it off. I also loved how it was written about real history events.a fun and lovely read.

    Written by Books,Dreams,Life on October 23, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    This book was interesting to me. This is the third book in this series and I have not read the first two but I was able to keep up with the story line. I wish I would have found this author with book one as he has me wanting to know more. So I will be going back to the rest of the series.

    Written by A Holland Reads on October 23, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    Oh-my-stars….. I loved this book. I mean from the first word.

    Written by Farming On Faith on October 22, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    Christian’s Hope, by author Ervin R. Stutzman is Book 3 in the Return to Northkill series by him. Christian Hochstetler was taken away during the French and Indian War when he was a little boy and kept there for seven years. He finally is back home and his father wants him to stay with the Amish. But there are too many memories of what he had before that he could not put his heart into it.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on October 21, 2016

  • ‘CHRISTIAN’S HOPE’ BY ERVIN R. STUTZMAN

    The author gives you a different take on Amish life with this addition to the series. It was a soul stirring end and perfect balance to the rest of the series.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on October 21, 2016