Why are You Drawn to the Amish Lifestyle?

The Promise BoxEvery year, young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive ‘resident’ status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides!

In The Promise Box, the second book of the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series, Lydia Wyse, a book editor from Seattle who grew up Amish, returns to the small community of West Kootenai to give comfort to her father after her mother’s death. She is drawn back to the familiar Amish ways after finding her mother’s most precious possession, a Promise Box of prayers and scripture. What her publisher sees, though, is an opportunity for a sensational ‘tell-all’ book about the Amish.

Lydia soon finds herself falling in love with Amish bachelor Gideon Hooley. She wants nothing more than to forget her past and look forward to a future as an Amish bride. But will the pain of her childhood—and her potential betrayal of her community—keep her from committing her whole heart?

Lydia gets drawn back to the Amish lifestyle in The Promise Box. What makes you drawn to the Amish lifestyle? Share below, and we’ll feature our favorite answers on our Facebook page!

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Tricia Goyer (77 Posts)

Tricia is the author of more than 30 books and has published more than 500 articles for national publications such as Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman and HomeLife Magazine. She won the Historical Novel of the Year award in both 2005 and 2006 from American Christian Fiction Writers, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award in 2005. Tricia's co-written novel, The Swiss Courier, was a nominee for the Christy Awards.


  1. I had always admired the Amish lifestyle, being simple even if hard work. As it was part of our family heritage and in some ways their teachings were in our raising as a girl. My Mammas grandmother Fisher oft spoke German or Penn Dutch to her. The counrtry farming way of life was always in our family on my Mammas side. They say you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl ! Its just in my heart. After spending 5 years living arround the Amish and Old Order Mennonites in rural TN and making friends and oft times visiting to sit on the porch swing and share and sit a spell with my friends there, it was hard to come back to even rural NY where life is not so slow and no where near as enjoyable … Reading Amish fiction to me is just a time to enjoy, read, reflect on the slower but more enjoyable way of life. A time to step back in time to when life was far better off for everyone.
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books

  2. In Scripture we are told we are sanctified — set apart. The Amish live set apart from the rest of the “world”. They are not burdened with the troubles that come from following the world’s idea of living. From my own experience of being set apart from the world — by my own choosing — in many ways for periods of time, I have learned some beautiful things I might not have known about God’s creation. I see much of this mirrored in the Amish lifestyle. It is peaceful and joyful when you have had the experience. It may be the idea of the Amish way and a very general statement, but it is a beautiful life that I have discovered.

  3. I admire the peace the Amish have,they are not weighed down with what Englisher s are.They work hard the old fashioned way and when anything happens the community comes together. Its a simple, hard way of living but I think it’s worth it to be part of a big family.

  4. LeAnn Mooneyham says:

    I admire the simple n plain life and that God comes first in their lives.. How they care, love and forgive always no matter what it maybe for. Always there for ones in need and always lend a helping hand. If us Englishers would just stop and reflected on the Amish lifestyle. We could learn an awesome lesson in life from them. I have slowed down and thank the Lord for each day and new beginning.

  5. Sheila Blakesley says:

    I am drawn to the amish way of life because of there simplicity and christian ways, Families are very important to them. I have several amish friends in Lancaster county so I have seen many of these things first hand.

  6. They have difficult but simple ways. They follow their teachings and Gospel. Families are the center of their life and I love how their live’s are so Gospel centered. It’s a good example for anyone or any religion or culture.

  7. There’s a movie called, “Rural Girl” where the young lady is searching for something other than what she has. For years, I’ve been attracted to this type of lifestyle. It’s difficult to live it though if you’re “in the world” because if one is living in a home with a mortgage, if one has car payments, if one is going to school to better oneself, than it is difficult to live that lifestyle even if one tries to do his/her best. I am a 51 year old woman who has been attracted to this lifestyle and I’ve daydreamed about living on a small piece of land in a simple home in Pennsylvania somewhere with my husband (who is NOT interested in that kind of lifestyle but I’m praying that one day he will be). I don’t understand why God will not answer my prayer in this manner but he hasn’t thus far. Although, I must admit, I just asked him in more certain terms about it so I’ll wait and see what he has to say. If he wants us to do his will, if he wants ME to do his will, than I can’t imagine he’d not answer my prayer about living a much simpler life, living in a simpler home, on a small piece of land and affording me the time to learn how to make my own things so I don’t have to “be in the world.” I realize that statement doesn’t mean just materialistic things; I know it means the way we think, the way we act, etc. I’ve tried my best to live my life according to his word…I’ve often failed of course…that’s easy to do when you live “in the world” but I’m willing to give up creature comforts to live a simple life apart from all the world’s affairs. I hope that he answers my prayers about it and puts a love and a fire in my husband’s heart for a simpler, slower lifestyle. I really do

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