Monday, September 19, 2011

DVD Review & Giveaway: Beverly Lewis' The Shunning

I was pretty excited when I got the e-mail offering me the chance to review "The Shunning"  on DVD. I've been a fan of Beverly Lewis for years, and I think I have read all of her books. Here's a little background on Beverly Lewis: 

BEVERLY LEWIS - Author of "The Shunning"

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books.  Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide.  A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Lewis to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with "The Shunning," which has sold more than one million copies.  In 2007, Lewis' "The Brethren" was honored with a Christy Award.

Lewis has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC.  Lewis lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. 

The Shunning is the first book in a series called "The Heritage of Lancaster County." The movie stayed pretty true to the book, telling the story of how Katie Lapp struggles to stay within the strict confines of the Amish Ordnung. Her first love, Daniel, shared his love of music with her, even though musical instruments like the guitar and any songs not in the Amish hymnal (the Ausbund) were strictly prohibited. Even Daniel disappears and is assumed drowned in the river, Katie finds that her love for him, and her love for the forbidden music, haven't died. 

Beverly Lewis' The Shunning - About the Movie
Before she succumbs to cancer, the dying wish of Laura Mayfield-Bennett is to be reunited with the daughter she never knew. Unfortunately, that daughter, Katie Lapp, is a member of the Amish order. Katie is about to be married, but uneasy about the path ahead.  Now she discovers the secret her parents have kept from her: she's adopted. 
The film is based on the celebrated first novel of the best-selling "The Heritage of Lancaster County" book series from author Beverly Lewis. Stars Danielle Panabaker & Sherry Stringfield.

I really enjoyed this movie. I don't want to give too much of the plot line away, and spoil it for people who haven't seen it yet! It was a good, clean family movie...although one family member who had not read the book was a little confused by the flashback scenes that introduce Katie's first love, Daniel. I think the movie captured the struggles Katie had in staying true to her faith. I loved the woman who played Ella Marie Zook, the elderly Amish midwife who has befriended Katie. She played the character with just the right blend of quirkiness and grandmotherly love. 

The only problem with this movie is that it followed the book so closely. The book is the first in a series of three, and leaves you with a lot of questions at the end. As the film ends, you are left with a lot of the same questions: Does Katie find her birth mother? Does Katie ever get over Daniel? Will she return to her Amish roots? 

I hope that there's another movie soon to follow Katie's story from the second book in the series, "The Confession!" I'm keeping an eye on the Facebook Page for the movie to watch for an announcement about the next movie! 

The Giveaway! 
I have the chance to give away a DVD of the movie "The Shunning" to one of my readers. There are two ways to enter: 

1. By leaving a comment below (leave your e-mail address if it doesn't show up in your Google profile, so I can contact the winner)

2. Or, if you would rather not post your e-mail on a public blog, you can send me an e-mail at - with the subject line "The Shunning Giveaway"

Giveaway ends on Monday, October 3rd at 11:59 PM. Limited to U.S. residents only, age 13 and up. Limit one entry per person per day. 

The winner is: Louis (Raven in a blue room). Congratulations! 

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  1. I think you should start your own cooking show and then follow it up with a book/movie club!

  2. Sounds like a good DVD. Thanks for the chance to win!

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  3. This sounds great! I'll have to hunt down the book and read it, too.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  4. This looks like a really good movie and I'd love to enter.
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  5. I follow your blog on GFC! I would love to win this! I am fascinated by Amish culture. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
    Renee Walters

  6. id give this to my cousin dawn

  7. I would like to win because the story is captivating and gives some insight to the Amish culture

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  8. This was such a great book. I would love to see the movie!


  9. I love Beverly Lewis! Thanks for the chance!
    blue65829 at aol dot com

  10. I would love to win this, thanks for the chance!

  11. such a great storyline
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  12. Sounds like a good movie. I'd like to check it out.

  13. I would love to win this!

  14. I love Beverly Lewis books and this looks like such a great movie. Thank you for the chance to win.
    laura dot hopelessromantic dot emerson at gmail dot com

  15. I'd love to win this dvd and give it to my mom. She loves Amish stories, especially those by Beverly Lewis.

  16. I just finished reading a book with an Amish genre, I'd love to win this dvd!

    chipper101 at hotmail dot com

  17. Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :) kathypease(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. this sounds like a great movie
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  19. I would love to watch this!

  20. sounds like a great movie hope I win

  21. Thanks for the great contest!

  22. i love a good movie. i hope i win

  23. I loved this movie when it aired on the Hallmark Channel.