Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ ConferenceApril 19, 2017If you’re an aspiring writer, plan to go to Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference next year (always, always, always over Palm Sunday). Liz Curtis Higgs is on board to be the keynote speaker (get ready to laugh until you cry), and I can almost guarantee you will leave the conference feeling a dose of inspiration to persevere with your ... Read More
A Trip to Facebook HQApril 17, 2017A week ago, my friend who works at Facebook (in Seattle) was in town, so he invited me to come to Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park. I grabbed it! I’ve been to Facebook HQ four times now. What shocked me this time was how many more employees there were! My friend has worked at FB for four years; he ... Read More
“The Newcomer’s” Release Day!January 31, 2017What a week! I sent in a manuscript yesterday, have The Newcomer releasing today, and am expecting revisions for another book in tomorrow’s mail! Busy week…but a great week. Consider yourself invited to join in the fun to celebrate “The Newcomer’s” release! This story follows the path (love and hardship, sorrow and laughter) of hardy souls who went before us. ... Read More
The Devoted (The Bishop’s Family)
Bright, curious, and restless, Ruthie Stoltzfus loves her family but is stuck in a sea of indecision about her future: Should she stay Amish? Or should she leave? She’s done all she can to prepare to go -passed the GED, saved her money – but she can’t quite set her journey into motion.
Patrick Kelly is a young man on a journey of his own. He’s come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to “everything Plain.” Time, to Patrick, is of the essence. Every moment is to be cherished, especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.
The Heart of the Amish: Life Lessons on Peacemaking and the Power of Forgiveness
Everyone has been hurt. Everyone experiences conflict, great and small. Everyone has someone to forgive. But sometimes we just can’t bring ourselves to forgive someone who has wronged us or we don’t take the need to forgive seriously–not like the Amish do. Forgiving others in order to live at peace is woven into the very fabric of their faith. To the Amish way of thinking, “You can’t love the stream without knowing the source. ” We must forgive others, they believe, because God forgave us.