Book 6 in the Whinburg Township Amish series
In the ancient world, a tree known as Balm of Gilead, or the Mecca balsam, provided healing balsamic oils. In the new world, a species of poplar tree possesses similar properties and is also known as Balm of Gilead. Its fragrant, sticky buds are harvested and infused with oil to make a salve for the treatment of skin conditions. In plant lore, poplars are considered to be protective trees, which may be why the Amish and Englisch alike plant them as windbreaks in fields and along roads. There is also a belief among ancient peoples that in the whisper of the poplar tree’s leaves, you can hear the still, small voice of God.
While a young Dokterfraa learns to heal the body, the Great Physician heals the heart …
With Henry Byler now engaged to an Englisch woman, Sarah Yoder is doing her best to find peace, treating the members of her Old Order Amish community with all the skill an herbalist-in-training can muster. Since Henry never joined church, they could never have been anything but cordial neighbors, anyway. The solution is to keep busy. Her son Simon is back from the ranch in Colorado. Her sister-in-law Amanda needs a little help in the matchmaking department. And the members of her church are finding their way down the lane in increasing numbers seeking the help of her teas and tinctures.
But when Henry comes to her, desperate for a cure to heal his sensitive hands before his success as a potter is jeopardized, Sarah must call on all her strength to stifle the longing of her heart. Yet the Great Physician just might have a special cure in His divine plan—a healing balm with the power to change an impossible situation. But with Henry’s wedding only weeks away, is it already too late?