What/How do the Amish view tithing? What does it involve in their religion? Thank you. ~Sheryl Walker The Amish don’t tithe. Most view it as a worldly practice. Instead they will give alms twice a year after communion. It is done in secret. Often husbands and wives won’t even know how much … [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.
Prologue Surprises comes in two shapes—good and bad. This one, though, felt indeterminate. David Stoltzfus awoke in the middle of the night with a clear prompting in his heart: leave what was familiar and comfortable and go forth into the wilderness. He had developed a listening ear to God's … Continue Reading
If you missed any posts on the blog this week, here's what to get caught up on: On Monday's Book Nook, we got a taste of Christmastime in a Hutterite colony with Linda Maendel's Hutterite Diaries. Shelley Shepard Gray shared her top 10 Amish destinations on Tuesday's Traveler's Tips. Our … 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 recipe has much going for it. I try to whip up a batch near the beginning of the holiday season to have on hand (they freeze well) for anytime I need to take something homemade to an event without much notice. Here is why I like this recipe: Super easy to make, I started making them as a … Continue Reading
If you find yourself in need of a cake recipe for the holidays, try Sunbonnet Cake from my book, A Wedding for Julia! A Wedding for Julia centers around the story of an Amish woman who dreams of opening her own café. What fun! Wouldn’t we all like to be paid to cook? The more I researched … 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!
The next time you're heading to or through Holmes County, Ohio, you've GOT to make a stop at Miller's Bakery. Hot-from-the-Amish-oven baked goods, fresh spices, treats to take home (or, as in the case of my sister and me, to eat on the way). Jams and jellies, candy and coffee. Stocking … Continue Reading
1) Sugarcreek, Ohio. I’ve written 7 books that take place in Sugarcreek. It’s also where my Amish friends live, so I’ve been here quite a bit. When I think of my very favorite Amish communities, this lovely, adorable town always comes to mind first. 2) Adams County, Ohio. This is the … 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.
What/How do the Amish view tithing? What does it involve in their religion? Thank you. ~Sheryl Walker The Amish don’t tithe. Most view it as a worldly practice. Instead they will give alms twice a year after communion. It is done in secret. Often husbands and wives won’t even know how much … Continue Reading
Is there a certain meal for each Sunday or do you prepare whatever you want to prepare? ~Melissa Henderson Sunday meals are whatever you feel like making except for the meal served after church which usually consists of a mixed peanut butter spread, bread, pickles, coffee, tea, and cookies. … 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.
Take a buggy ride with an Amish driver, eat dinner in an Amish home, engage in a conversation with an Amish man or woman at an auction, the general store, or any other location in an Amish community, and you’ll quickly realize that the Amish have a healthy sense of humor. Dan Byler, President and … Continue Reading
I set my Women of Pinecraft series in the small Amish/Mennonite community of Pinecraft, Florida. I chose that setting because I spend part of the year in Sarasota, where the community of Pinecraft is located. I also chose to use mostly Mennonite characters in my stories because Mennonites tend to be … Continue Reading