As a five-year-old, traveling briefly through Amish country with my parents, I began to be fascinated with the Amish.
At first, I was merely curious about the way they lived without electricity, and the type of transportation they choose to use (horse and buggy).
As an adult, though, I've become more fascinated by their staunch devotion to their religious beliefs and how they raise their children. I've also learned that some Amish groups use electricity - that some groups are more strict than other groups.
While I don't know any Amish people personally, I do know some families who live in some ways similarly to the Amish: headcoverings for the women, dark or muted colored clothing, young women who stay home until they are married, very close family bonds.
The Shunning is a Hallmark film that has now been released onto DVD, and I was honored to be able to receive a copy to watch with my family.
I'm probably supposed to give you the basic story line, but I feel like that would ruin the movie for you. What I will tell you, though, is that there are secrets in the Amish world, just like in our world. And a long-kept secret begins to be unraveled in a way that is very hurtful and confusing to one Amish family.
The Shunning is based on the celebrated first novel of the best-selling "The Heritage of Lancaster County" book series from author Beverly Lewis, which has already sold over one million copies.
In real life, author Beverly Lewis's grandmother was shunned, and Beverly heard bits and pieces of the story as she grew and matured into adulthood. Some of the story may be a part of this amazing film!
We enjoyed watching The Shunning so much that we took it on vacation with us and viewed it a second time with my parents. They enjoyed it as well! The acting is impeccable, and the story line drew us in like a fish on a hook. Wow!
This is a wonderful movie to use with your children in explaining how wrong choices and secrets will always be discovered - and have negative consequences.
The Shunning stars Danielle Panabaker, Bill Oberst Jr., Sherry Stringfield and Burgess Jenkins, and it was directed by Michael Landon Jr., who has also directed the "Love Comes Softly" series of movies.
You can learn more about The Shunning at the Hallmark Channel, and on their Facebook page. You can also watch an additional movie trailer HERE.
I've been provided with an additional copy of
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