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  1. Carol Waters
    May 3, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    So thankful the Lord kept your son and others safe! C. Waters


  2. Laura Raper
    May 15, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    I thank God that Derek is all right! May God continue to protect him from harm. Love you! Laura


  3. Kelly S.
    June 24, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

    I just discovered Grace at the library this week. I’m enjoying the intrigue of her story and the interactions with Levi. Their story led me to your website…

    My brother will be deployed to Afghanistan this fall and just made it back from a “scouting” mission (for lack of a better term) to learn about what he will be doing when he gets back there later this fall. I’m so glad you were able to talk with your son. Knowing something has happened but not knowing exactly what (due to communication blackouts) is so difficult. Just think… no matter what comes up on his birthday from here on out, he’ll likely say, “Yeah, but it’s still better than that birthday in Afghanistan.” 🙂

    Prayers for our deployed troops and the families who support them…

    Kelly in Ohio


    • Serena
      June 25, 2012 @ 12:53 am

      Well said, Kelly! Prayers that your brother–and all the soldiers and workers will get to come home to their loved ones safe and sound!


  4. Julie K. Dillman
    June 27, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

    Dear Serena,
    Like your other reader, I am tremendously grateful that your son survived this attack. I very much enjoyed reading An Uncommon Grace. Amish novels are a pleasure and comfort to me.Perhaps that’s because an older couple my twin and I knew growing up used to take us to Amish country in Lancaster, PA. Even before that, I read a book when I was in elementary school called “The Plain Girl”. I plan to gift your book to a friend of mine who was an Army Doctor who’d completed one tour in Iraq and another tour in Afghanistan. Looking forward to when your next book is released. Thanks for your writing.


    • Serena
      July 16, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

      Hi Julie,
      I’ve had my head down, working toward a deadline for my next Amish book, HIDDEN MERCIES. I sent it in to the editor a few days ago and am now allowing myself the pleasure of answering all my e-mails and making comments. I really appreciate you gifting AN UNCOMMON GRACE to your friend who was an Army doctor in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’ve read so much about those men and women and have infinite respect for those who put their lives on the line–usually unarmed–for others. My son once told me that when the call goes out, the doctors and nurses will practically knock anyone down who gets in the path of getting to our young men and women who are wounded. Thank God we have doctors and nurses that dedicated to helping. By the way, my boy is home on R&R right now and I’ve gotten to hug his neck:-)


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