404 Leslie Gould, Author at Not Quite Amish

On reading and writing Amish fiction

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I recently asked readers what they like most about reading Amish fiction. Here are a few of the answers: Amish fiction transports me to the simpler life that I wish I were living in with my family. The beautiful, rural settings always leave me with a sense of peace. I love their lifestyle, their faith, […]

On surviving the busy seasons in life

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The idea of pursuing simplicity certainly isn’t new. Socrates spoke about it. So did Plato. As did Henry David Thoreau. I agree with all of them. Simplifying everyday life does give us more direction, time, and focus. But there are seasons in life when it seems we have little control over how detailed our lives […]

More thoughts from an Army wife

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I’ve been thinking about war a lot lately, which might seem odd for someone who writes about the Amish, who practice nonresistance*. Let me explain. One of the reasons is that April 25th was the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, and May 8th was the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II […]

Amish Cooking

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As an author, one of the things I like to do for research is experience the food the culture I’m writing about cooks and eats. That’s easy to do with the Amish! I don’t cook as much as I used to. I’m usually writing right up until dinnertime and then pull together something quick and […]

The Amish and the Military | Sneak Peak at ‘Amish Promises’

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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 […]

Do Not Worry

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It’s nearly the middle of January. Are you used to writing 2015 yet? My, how the years seem to fly by! My friend Libby often quotes, “The days are long, but the years are short,” to young mothers. It doesn’t seem that long ago that Libby and I were young mothers, supporting each other, but […]

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