post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Follow Me
Author: Rebecca Martin
Major Themes: Anabaptists, Germany, Pennsylvania
Synopsis: Times are very hard in Germany, and the Anabaptists are oppressed, but will life be any better in America?
We have been reading a series of books about the Anabaptists in Europe for the past several months. The first book was A Captain for Hans, and the second was The Brickmakers. We have just finished the third book, Follow Me. It seems like my boys are getting more and more interested in the series the more we read of it. They did know what the ending of this book would be before we got there, though!
Follow Me begins about 40 years after The Brickmakers ends. Daniel Miller, the main character, is the son of Peter Miller, the main character in the previous book. Along with the rest of his family, he struggles to find food for the family to eat and fuel for warmth. Because of the heavy taxes they must pay, it is nearly impossible to get enough to keep the family going. What can they do?
The Miller family frequently talk about William Penn’s visit to the Palatinate, in Germany, a number of years before. Aaron and Daniel want to go to his colony of Pennsylvania, in America, but Father just isn’t sure it’s a good idea. There is so much danger involved in going across the ocean, and he is not convinced they would end up with a better life anyway. Then, Aaron gets himself into trouble. Is there any way to reunite the family in Germany, or will they have to go to America to be together again? And even if they do go to America, will Aaron ever submit to Jesus and repent of his sins, or will he remain a rebel?
Throughout the story, true freedom is the main focus, and the only way to find true freedom is to do as Jesus commanded: “Take up your cross and follow me.” Can that freedom be found in only one place, or can it be found wherever you are? Read this story to find out what Daniel Miller learned about freedom.
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