On reading and writing Amish fiction

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, […]

Amish Lifestyle, English Life | Part Two

Yesterday, Elizabeth Byler Younts shared part 1 of Amish Lifestyle, English Life and the first three ways you can emulate the Amish lifestyle without being Amish. Keep reading to find out the two other ways you can incorporate Amish simple living into your everyday life! Reader Question: How can I live the Amish or at least […]

Amish Lifestyle, English Life | Part One

Reader Question: How can I live the Amish or at least close enough to it without actually becoming Amish? I think this is a very valid question and that there are likely many other readers who are interested in this as well. I offered to answer the question and hopefully I can be some encouragement […]

An Amish Christmas Pageant

All across the Amish community, children have been practicing for their Christmas programs. The following is from one such program. The children came out and lined up. They held large cards where the audience couldn’t read them. Together they recited: Bees can sting, oh, this is true, But bees can make good honey, too, And […]

Amish Baptism Classes

One of the best things about writing is the research I get to do. The internet makes this super easy in most cases, but it can still be a challenge. Still it’s fun to learn new things as I craft my stories. So when I run into a situation when I need more info, I pull up […]

Swartzentruber Amish | Karen Johnson-Weiner

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 […]

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