“Life without Christ is a hopeless end. With Christ it’s an endless hope.” Amish proverb



“He is risen.”

Imagine for a moment how it must have felt to have been a grief and guilt-stricken disciple, trudging out to Jesus’  grave in the early morning, expecting to find a sealed tomb filled with a decaying body…and be met by a mighty, awe-inspiring angel?

“He is not here. He is risen” (Matthew 28:6).

Think about those words for a moment. What a startling, shocking turn of events! And two thousand years later, it continues to astonish.

He is risen.

Three little words. Three little words that changed the world forevermore. Three little words that changed us forevermore!

He is risen. He is risen indeed!


In other news…wonderful news but much more earth-bound… 

I just returned from the Calvin College Festival of Faith & Writing–which was such a WOW! Truly a privilege to be a part of it, to rub shoulders with people like Anne Lamott and Richard Foster and so many other bright lights.   

The Letters is a finalist for Christian Retailing 2014 Best Awards! So grateful!

The Calling has hit bestseller lists! Three months on ECPA: February (#3), March (#7), April ( #17) and CBA’s March (#10). It’s garnered some very lovely reviews, including 4 stars from Romantic Times.

Say, Lily would make a wonderful addition to your child’s Easter basket. Recently releasing was A Surprise for Lily, (#4 in “The Adventures of Lily Lapp” series for children). The series is often likened to Little House on the Prairie. Pop over to Lily’s kid-friendly website and check out the new updates: games, word search puzzles, downloadable coloring pages, recipes, and more.This email came in from a 10-year-old girl:

I have read the four Life with Lily books! They are so awesome. In book one, I like the part when Lily gets her new baby brother. In the second book, I like the part when she finally gets to Pennsylvania and she meets Effie and Aaron Yoder. In the fourth book, I like the very end where Aaron and Harvey find Lily with a injured ankle. It was soooo romantic.

The Amish Wisdom app is now in nearly 100 countries! It’s available for Android, iPhone, and iPad. Still free! Have you downloaded yet? A daily proverb delivered right to your smart phone.

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