The Amish believe in non-resistance—not only do they believe in not participating in wars, but they also believe in turning the other cheek in day-to-day conflicts.
Several years ago I came up with the idea of placing a modern American military family next door to an Amish family in Lancaster County. What would happen when an Army family and a non-resistant family lived side-by-side? How would the Amish children be influenced? What if a soldier friend of the military family fell in love with the aunt in the Amish family? How would the two families co-exist?
What if, eventually, one of the Amish sons became a soldier?
I’ve come across several accounts of young men who grew up Amish who did join the military, including one about Ervin Byler who spent twenty years in the Navy. Ervin said,
“I thought there was more to life than viewing horses’ behinds, so I decided to join the Navy.”
Although I came up with the idea for my Neighbors of Lancaster County series over four years ago, I didn’t start writing the series until last year. During that time my Army Reserve husband served for a year in Afghanistan, giving me even more ideas for the series, which will consist of three novels in all.
Amish Promises, the first in the series, releases in May, and I’m writing book two, Amish Sweethearts, right now. I’ll start book three this summer.
I’m still looking for stories about people who have grown up Amish and joined the military. If you know of anyone or have any stories to share, would you let me know in the comments below? Thank you!
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