Author Spotlight with Sandra OrchadJune 26, 2017Scroll down for a chance to win a copy of Sandra Orchard’s book, Over Maya Dead Body. Winner will be announced in the next Author Spotlight feature. Congratulations to last week’s winner of Freedom’s Price, Myrtle Thorn! Please e-mail your mailing address to my assistant Christen (firstname.lastname@example.org). FBI Special Agent Serena Jones arrives on Martha’s Vineyard with her family, ready ... Read More
Friday Photo Caption Contest: Waiting for your WitJune 23, 2017Last week’s captions made me laugh out loud! So many pithy remarks…I ended up choosing three! Dora Wagner (frozen chicken), Connie Saunders (Tyson in the making), and Karen Rochner (hot flashes! You didn’t really say that!)…you all won a copy of a signed book! Send me your mailing address and I’ll pop it in the mail to you: suzanne @ ... Read More
Wednesday’s Wonderings: True HospitalityJune 21, 2017I love to chase down root words—their history, their origin. More often than not, it widens or shifts my entire perspective on a topic. Want an example? Think of the word “host.” To me, being a host always conjures up anxiety. Hurrying to get ready before guests arrive, always a little behind schedule, more than a little concerned that everything ... 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.