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Christmas in July


“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”- Buddy the Elf I think we can all agree with Buddy, right? I am going to spread some Christmas cheer this July because I really love the movie Elf, and I also wanted a reason to post some pretty pictures. Hold… Read More

Friendly Mail


I have a love affair with mail. One year I kept track, and what started out as a Lenten discipline of writing one friendly letter a day turned into a year of sending over 500 pieces of friendly mail to family and friends. I love seeing a handwritten address in my stack of mail! This… Read More

I’m Too Busy to Be Too Busy for God


I’m busy, busy—dreadfully busy. . .  Most of us are busy, even the Amish. Personally, I’m grateful to be busy putting loads of store-bought clothes in my front-loading washer instead of hand-washing handmade frocks that hang on the line. But there’s something different about the intentionality and pace of their lifestyle and the hectic, hurried… Read More

Swartzentruber Amish | Karen Johnson-Weiner

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I was asked once to talk about the Amish to members of a local church, and, as I debated how to help them make sense of what Don Kraybill has called “the Riddle of Amish Culture”[i], the answer hit me. The Amish don’t study their religion, read learned texts, or debate biblical scholarship. Theirs is… Read More

New York City—Surprised!


It’s not what you think. How many times have you been surprised by a stereotype? You hold a preconceived notion and it is contradicted by the reality in front of you. On the Fourth of July, my husband and I landed at JFK airport in New York. We watched the fireworks from our new (though… Read More

On not taking religious freedom for granted


The Amish are never far from my mind—even atop a double-decker bus in Paris. In late June, I was sitting above the streets of the City of Lights next to a woman from the Netherlands. She asked me what I did and when I told her I was a novelist who wrote about the Anabaptists,… Read More

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