Childhood memories are perhaps one of man’s sources of comfort. The days where we were worry-free and carefree, it’s a time when only smiles and mirthful laughs fill the air. And those memories inspired author Leona Koehn Nichols to write what was once — to impart an idyllic childhood, inspire, and entertain people.
A book filled with poetry that speaks of love, happiness, innocence of a child, and the unforgettable experiences she had, this inspiring and thought-provoking piece will make us value the beauty of Quiet Things, Quiet Places.
Leona Koehn Nichols was born into a loving Holdeman Mennonite family and grew up within the Mennonite community, being very much a part of this ultraconservative culture. Having been baptized into the church at age ten, Leona fully expected to spend her life as a faithful member of the Church of God in Christ (Mennonite). She married a minister’s son, and they began a family.
However, as their six children got older and decisions regarding what they would or would not be allowed to do began to immerge, so did the questions. As their dilemma deepens, Leona and her husband were forced to make a choice; who would take first place in their hearts? Jesus, the Savior of their souls, or the church of their fathers?
After months of trying to find a solution to conflicting views, their church fellowship was severed through the ordinance of excommunication. Now they would learn to trust in Jesus alone as the foundation they could build their lives on. Theirs is an honest account of continuing to live even when Other Loves All Flee. Witness the couple’s story as they moved from legalism to grace.
What happens when the only culture and lifestyle you’ve ever known is removed and you must depend totally on Jesus to make the many decisions involved in living life and raising your children? Living in a modern world with which they were unfamiliar, these are the challenges faced by the authors of His Grace Found Me.
In her story, Leona Koehn Nichols continues the events begun in her first book, Other Loves All Flee, which recounts the conflict in the hearts of her and her husband as they tried to live out their understanding of the Bible. It would culminate with the excommunication of the four family members baptized into the Church of God in Christ (Mennonite). They struggled for nineteen months with one question: Would they continue as part of their unique culture and faithfully follow the traditions of the church, or would they make Jesus the Lord of their lives? Having been raised in an ultra-conservative environment they had little concept of how the “outside world” lived.
Included in this book are the stories of five other ex-Holdeman families, also reluctant to leave the life they knew. Faced with decisions of how to live their lives and raise their children without the clearly defined guidelines of the church, they searched the Scriptures for help in the various choices they would make. They too met many challenges, but over time each family has come to a place of joy in living out their faith. These families are:
The Ray Eck Family The Anthony Toews Family
The Quentin Giesbrecht Family The Lance Dirks Family
The Jim Smith Family
Truly, the grace of God reached down and found them, guiding their steps in “the new and living way” described in the Book of Hebrews. They have found their “freedom in Christ.”