Monday, June 25, 2018

Tremors of Doubt by Lael Harrelson

About the Book

Title: Tremors of Doubt  
Author: Lael Harrelson  
Genre: Contemporary Amish Alternative  
Release Date: March 19, 2018

Would the will of God ever lead a young woman against the counsel of family and church? For a young Mennonite woman who wants to make a difference in the world, growing up on the mission field in Haiti should be the perfect fit. But not for Callie Zimmerman. Raised by her aunt and uncle after the death of her parents, Callie works beside her aunt cooking, cleaning and sewing each day as the men head off to serve the community. She longs to do more to alleviate the poverty and sickness that surrounds her, but tradition and her uncle forbid it. On the eve of her twenty-third birthday, struggling with hopelessness as another year passes, Callie pleads with God to open a door for her. The prayer has barely left her mouth when she finds a stack of letters with secrets about her parent’s deaths and their excommunication from the Mennonite church. Devastated, Callie cries herself to sleep, only to be awakened a few hours later by her uncle with the startling news the Noah Koehn has asked permission to court her. Is one of these the answer to her prayer? Would exploring her parents past mean losing a future with Noah? Is it worth the risk?

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My Review

Contemporary Amish Alternative . . . a genre I was interested to investigate.
Let me tell you, I'm so glad I did!While I love the traditional Amish fiction, 
this book went outside the box and really brought questions to light
about what a Christian woman's role is in this world. Interestingly enough, 
myself being a Southern Baptist, a lo ton this topic has come to the forefront of discussion,
 and wonderful advances are being made in the entire convention
thanks to the discussion brought up by Beth Moore and other female forerunners of the faith. 
So, aptly timed releaseon this book to say the least. I found Callie to be the modern single
 female trying to serve Christ with the giftsHe has bestowed upon her. 
A woman can be a wife, mother, and someone who travels the world sharing the Gospel if the Lord
calls upon her. Let me say, there is nothing wrong with being a housewife- because I am one, 
but womenare important to the Kingdom of Heaven, and the Lord can use a woman as a missionary, 
public figure, etc.  to share the Gospel as well as a man can. I saw the confusion Callie had, and I really felt it. 
What I know is that when the Lord places a call on your life, you live for the audience of One and obey no matter
 who doesn't agree, or even if it's technically against your upbringing or even those in your church leadership. 
While submission to your husband is a real thing, the Lord made women to be beautifully unique from men,
and as such, women are better at ministering in certain ways rather than men. This book celebrates Christian women
as equal partners that can serve in ways that a woman can when seen as equal by Chrisian men. 
While these people are put here to guide  and encourage us in our walk, human beings are fallible. 
What I found within these pages was an aply timed, well thought out internal and spiritual struggle to serve the Lord
 in a way that exceeds all our character's expectations. Main point is this: the plot was intrigiuing, the emotion was real, 
and the path laid out by the Lord for our character reminds us that nothing is impossible for God, nor too hard for Him, 
and when we obey Him, He blesses our every work. Bravo, Mrs. Harrelson- and may I say, make sure you read her 
post at the bottom- her life is a testament to what the Lord can do when we simply obey!

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own. 


About the Author

Raised by a fun loving, atheist single mom who struggled with depression and mental illness I spent my childhood backpacking around Europe, visiting yoga communes, eating vegan, living on a houseboat, then an old pony express outpost in the backwoods of Montana. My teen years took a drastic turn when my mom got saved, got married, and joined an ultra-conservative Mennonite church. Faith, step parents and unquestioning obedience is a dangerous combination when mixed with mental illness, legalism, and heavy handed physical correction. I became a confused believer with a heart for Jesus but drowning under a sea of rules, regulations, and legalism. I became a missionary teacher and then a nurse and escaped to the mission field, the one avenue open to single women. I taught VBS on Indian reservations, led school for missionary children in Haiti and Africa. All around me was heartache and disease and glaring need. I longed to make a difference but was limited to working on the mission compound – teaching, cooking, cleaning. Work outside the walls of the compound was reserved for the men. On a furlough, I met my future husband – a new believer who wasn’t looking for a door mat in a wife but a partner. As he grew in his faith, I reexamined mine and what Biblical womanhood looked like. Timidly at first, but then eagerly, as I discovered a new relationship with Jesus Christ based on grace and not performance. I left the Mennonite church and married the love of my life twenty years ago. We have five beautiful teenagers, two by birth and three through adoption from Haiti. My husband is adopted and God used my time in Haiti to prepare me to understand my children’s culture and language and ease their transitions home. Two people in my family have mild Asperger’s and one has Reactive Attachment disorder, PTSD, and ODD. Our house is not a quiet, well greased machine but a chaotic, happy, crazy, nerve racking, love filled oasis where we all try to help each other grow and thrive. I am so thankful for my life – the good and the bad. I feel blessed to have experienced so many unique situations and to love and be loved by so many wonderful and eccentric people. It is from these experiences I draw the fiction stories I write. I like to think of them as fiction with grit – fast paced and entertaining stories that make you want to read till the very last page while at the same time tackling real life issues – legalism, abuse, divorce, adoption, Asperger syndrome, mental illness, etc.

Guest Post from Lael Harrelson

To the casual observer, Haiti is a magical island of swaying palms, laughing children, and azure blue oceans, but for one who takes the time to look deeper, a darker truth emerges. Starvation. Desperation. Darkness. Hopelessness. Callie’s church is a shining beacon of family values, sincere faith, and simple living but, again, for one who takes the time to dive deeper, there is a hidden trail of broken spirits, crushed dreams, and oppressed women and girls. Drawing inspiration from my experiences as a Haitian missionary and former Mennonite, I hope you will find Tremors of Doubt not only entertaining but life changing as you follow Callie’s journey through self-doubt, crushed dreams, love triangles, life changing secrets, and fragile hope as she navigates being the daughter of Haitian missionaries on an exotic Caribbean Island where danger is lurking just below the surface.

Blog Stops

Quiet Quilter, June 12
Among the Reads, June 12
Mommynificent, June 13
Bigreadersite, June 13
The Avid Reader, June 14
Carpe Diem, June 15
Mary Hake, June 17
margaret kazmierczak, June 17 (Interview)
ansel book blog, June 22
cherylbbookblog, June 23


To celebrate her tour, Lael is giving away a grand prize of an autographed copy of Tremors of Doubt, an adorable set of Amish dolls, a set of handwritten recipe cards with mouthwatering Amish recipes, a handmade Haitian bracelet made by Haitian students, a pound of nationally acclaimed Haitian coffee, a bar of rich Haitian chocolate, and a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


  1. Looks good! Can't wait to read it.

  2. Thank you for your review on "Tremors of Doubt" by Lael Harrelson and for being part of the book tour.

    Love this storyline and everything I read just reaffirms my desire to read this book on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. What causes your book to be in the Alternative category?

    1. The character in the book is actually Mennonite rather than Amish :)

  4. Lovely review for Tremors of Doubt. I enjoyed this book so much and found myself wondering about churches with strict rules, too.

    1. Marilyn, so glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Katie, thank you so much for the review. I really appreciate your thought on my story!