Sunday, June 20, 2010

House Calls and Hitching Posts

House Calls and Hitching Posts
(2004)

Dorcas Hoover

My Rating: 5 Stars

Told in the manner of James Herriot but instead of vetting, you read about a real life doctor who spent his years as a doctor to the Amish and Mennonites of Mount Eaton, Ohio.

Dr. Elton Lehman was a man who decided to come to his home town to open his practice after he'd graduated from medical school because he felt God was calling him back. 36 years later, he finally took the slower hours as his son stepped into his shoes. But during those 36 years, he had many experiences and lots of stories to tell. Finally, Dorcas Hoover sat down with him and wrote his book.

There are 30 chapters in this volume. The stories range from happy to sad, dramatic emergencies, to comforting moments with his family in the growing up years. Dr. Lehman worked tirelessly; his main goal to help the people had come to think of as his own, sometimes for nothing or on the faith of a handshake. He comforted the grieving and rejoiced with them during the happy times.

You will read about the five Amish children who were killed by a speeding car. You will read about the new birthing center and how much effort Dr. Lehman went through to convince the Plain People that it was fine to have children out of their homes. You will read about “Dogs, Bullets, and Other House Call Hazards”, the twins “Checky and Becky” and Blizzard Babies. It's a fascinating book that will keep your interest peaked to the end.

1 comment:

rebekah said...

I saw this book in a catalog and thought it looked good. :) But I have so many books on the go, and I don't spend nearly as much time reading as I use to, so I haven't tried to locate it yet!