The Story Behind The Midwife

On Saturday, our mail man drove up through the slush on our lane–the white light spinning on the top of his teal hatchback–and delivered a box of Advanced Reader Copies of The Midwife.

I contemplated writing a post about the experience, which affected me in an entirely different way than the first time I held my debut, The Outcast.

And then I thought it might be easier if I just talked to you, my readers and my friends, about this journey and why my heart has been enlarged through The Midwife’s story regarding the healing power of forgiveness and love.

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Jolina Petersheim, bestselling author of The Midwife and The Outcast, and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but now live on a solar-powered farm in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin with their young daughters. Visit with Jolina at

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  1. Rachel Hauck says

    So very touching, Jolina. I’m so sorry about your loss but inspired by your faith and turning to the Lord. Such inspiring words. I know the story will touch many!


  2. Shellie says

    I adore your heart and I’m excited for you to be holding that advance copy in your sweet hands. I know how that feels. It’s a wonderful read and here’s my prayers for it to fly off the shelves and into the hearts of readers everywhere.

  3. Julie Cantrell says

    Jolina, I love when you talk to us, and you have so many worthy, inspirational things to say. Hugs, love, and prayers for you and your sweet family.

  4. Lisa Wingate says


    Bless you for sharing your broken places. I know that God uses our hurt and healing in mighty ways when we’re willing to let others in. The Midwife and your story will minister to so many out there who have suffered loss and struggled to find the way to healing.


  5. says

    That is so precious, Jolina. It is so amazing watching this. My mind goes back about fourteen years ago, standing in front of a mirror “putting on our faces” before church together–you look absolutely no different (I was so jealous!) but now you have such a depth and beauty that only comes by knowing God through sweet Jesus. I love you little sister!

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