Today, please welcome to Not Quite Amish author Suzanne Woods Fisher! Book one, The Letters, in Suzanne’s new series, Inn at Eagle Hill, is about to release on August 1. Suzanne is hosting a scavenger hunt July 23 – August 1, and I’m one of the stops! Keep an eye on Suzanne’s blog for a clue as to that day’s scavenger-hunt stop and visit for a sneak peek at The Letters and the chance to win a copy of the book!
“Money is not the measure of man, but often of finding out how small he is.” Amish proverb
The Letters is inspired by a true story about a Mennonite who was found guilty of mismanaging investment funds. Many of the investors were Plain and, although entitled to, they refused to make claims to the SEC to receive any funds from liquidated assets. Instead, Amish and Mennonite communities across the country took up donations to help reimburse those who had lost money.
Startling, isn’t it? Yet it’s a common response of the Amish and Mennonites. For biblical reasons, they won’t take anyone to court and accuse them of wrongdoing. They believe in letting God handle justice. Instead, they quietly step in to help one another with the aftereffects of wrongdoing or natural disasters. Money is a tool to the Amish, not an end in itself. While they have a work ethic that can eventually accumulate wealth, they aren’t trying to get rich. “Money is there to help others,” one Amish bishop said.
How often do you worry about money? How would you define a successful life? Have you ever asked yourself, “What does that definition of success cost me?”
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including “Amish Peace.” She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/10Tygyi
Suzanne is kindly giving away a copy of The Letters to one Not Quite Amish reader! To enter, comment below on this post along with your email address. We’ll choose a winner a week from today!