404 Shirley Showalter, Author at Not Quite Amish

Gotta Love One Another

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A reader asked how to go about making friends with her Amish neighbors. Here are a few more suggestions: 1. Express genuine appreciation The Amish are human beings like you and me. So follow the golden rule: do unto them as you would have them do unto you. We all like to hear about things […]

The Importance of Rest: Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Women’s Retreat

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“Come ye . . . apart . . . and rest awhile.” Mark 6:31 I’ve just returned from spending the weekend with more than 100 Mennonite women. What a lovely time we had at the Amigo Centre, a Mennonite camp and retreat center near Sturgis, Michigan. As the speaker for the event, working with the […]

How to Wear a Crown: Five Gifts Grandparents Can Offer Children

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Proverbs 17:6 “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” Until I experienced it myself, I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. Friends wearing beatific smiles assured me that no other human experience surpasses that of becoming a grandparent. But until little Owen, our first […]

Elegy Written After a Bike Ride to a Country Churchyard

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What do you do to celebrate 45 years together? My husband and I chose to celebrate by traveling 7000 miles during the month of July, taking what we called a BookTourAnniversaryPalooza. On the actual anniversary date, Saturday August 2, we did something much less ambitious. We enjoyed a huge, leisurely breakfast featuring blueberry crepes, bacon, […]

An Old-Order Mennonite Family: Like the Stars in the Heavens

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My husband and I will celebrate 45 years of marriage this August. We are taking the month of July to do a 4000-mile book tour with my memoir Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. The Saturday before we left on this trip, however, we attended a celebration honoring Stuart’s maternal grandparents, Webster Clay […]

Ten Ways to Find and Practice Peace in Your Life

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Do you admire the Amish in part because they seem so peaceful? Maybe you were moved by this now-classic scene in the movie Witness (1985)? When those peace-loving Amish men come over the hill in this film, I can easily translate this fictional triumph of nonviolence into the vision in Revelation 22 when a river […]

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