During one of my trips to the midwest, I spent time in Iowa for some library book events and to meet with some Amish families, plus see their communities. Lots of differences to observe! Black top buggies, no scooters or bicycles allowed. Prayer coverings for women were more modest than the Lancaster “heart” style. It covered up ears and went nearly to the forehead/hairline. (“Two fingers” distance, my Amish friend said.) That might fit with something else I heard–Buchanan County, Iowa, is known to have very conservative Old Order Amish churches. Seven churches in a radius of about 7 miles by 7 miles. The schoolhouses were the biggest surprise–two towns of Buchanan County agreed to provide public schoolhouses (one or two rooms), but the teachers had to be certified English teachers. Some teachers came to one of my library events; I turned the tables on the talk and tried to learn as much as I could about their life work among the Amish. Fascinating!
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Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction, and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. The Search won a 2012 Carol Award. The Waiting was a finalist for a 2011 Christy Award. The Choice was a finalist for a 2011 Carol Award. The Letters is a finalist for a Christian Retailing 2014 Best Award. Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World and Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life were both finalists for the ECPA Book of the Year (2010, 2011). Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She travels back east a couple of times each year for research.
Suzanne’s latest release, The Imposter, is now available!
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