I grew up in a Mennonite community, but not many Amish live nearby. In the Mennonite church, they sing a beautiful doxology in acapella harmony, and I only hear them call it "606," which is the page number. Do the Amish sing this same praise? I hadn't heard it in awhile, but was 'home' … [Continue reading]
FROM THE BOOK NOOK: Wanting an Amish novel that will make you laugh? Cry? Or both? Look no further. Here’s where you’ll find the newest releases to hit the bookshelves.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. —Isaiah 43:2 Some time ago, I was surfing Pinterest, and I saw a picture of an Amish man with a team of … Continue Reading
On Monday's Book Nook, Martha Bolton gave a sneak peak at her book, The Home Game, and information about the musical adaptation. Where do the Amish find premise for shunning in the Bible? Find out from our Amish Scribe on Ask the Amish. Suzanne Woods Fisher shared some of her favorite Amish … Continue Reading
FROM THE COOK’S CORNER: Amazing, tried and true recipes from Plain (and nearly-Plain) kitchens. The next time you’re looking for something wonderful to try, check out Cook’s Corner! Deliciousness is just a click away.
This past year I loved working with Marianne Jantzi, a young Amish mother near Kitchener, Ontario, to publish her first book, Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother. It was especially enjoyable for me because she is about the age of one of my daughters and while a little ahead … Continue Reading
Goulash is an easy dish that will serve a big Amish family (*note: I’ve whittled this recipe down since I’m sure most of you don’t have families of fourteen to cook for. Then again, this makes for an easy dish to take to church socials.) Goulash 2 pounds of hamburger 3 cups of uncooked noodles 5 … Continue Reading
FROM TRAVELER’S TIPS: Planning a trip to Amish country? Or maybe you just got back from one. This is the place to share your pix, tips, suggestions, things to do…or to skip!
There's something about clotheslines that is so comforting, so visually appealing. Amish farmhouses tend to be rather sedate looking. Quiet, even, despite the fact that they're filled with people of all ages. But the ever-present clothesline, flapping violently in the wind, belies the calm. Usually … Continue Reading
I love Shipshewana, Indiana, so I thought I’d give some travel tips. If you haven’t been there, it’s in the northeast corner of Indiana. I’ve been several times, and it’s a truly wonderful place to visit. WHO would enjoy going? I think anyone would—but you'll definitely want to bring a … Continue Reading
FROM ASK THE AMISH: Ever wondered what it’s really like to be Amish? Ask away! Our Amish scribe will return questions to me each week.
I grew up in a Mennonite community, but not many Amish live nearby. In the Mennonite church, they sing a beautiful doxology in acapella harmony, and I only hear them call it "606," which is the page number. Do the Amish sing this same praise? I hadn't heard it in awhile, but was 'home' … Continue Reading
Where do you find the premise for shunning in the Bible? I deeply respect the Amish but cannot understand how, in love, you can shun a person if that person has confessed his/her sins. ~Nancy Allen 1 Corinthians 5:4-5 are the scriptures read when excommunicating someone: In the name of our Lord … Continue Reading
FROM BEYOND THE BONNETS: Q&A with Authors, Conversations about the Anabaptists, thoughts about community, ideas about how to bring the best of the Amish into your life.
A writer’s life is filled with “What Ifs?” What if an Amish woman discovers her father has a tattoo? (Lorie’s Heart) What if the bishop’s daughter’s long-standing love interest decides he wants to experience the English world? (Courting Emily) What if a wealthy heiress hides out on an Amish farm? … Continue Reading
Surprises galore when I chatted with friends in Lancaster County last week! I’m grateful many of my Amish and English (anyone non-Amish) friends in Lancaster County, PA, have cell phones or were standing near their phone shanties when I called. I spoke to friend Herb Scrivener, owner of Zook’s … Continue Reading