Amish Wisdom Spotlight | A Simple Prayer

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I’m excited to share A Simple Prayer, the final book in my Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series, with you. It was bittersweet for me to write this book. This series has been an emotional journey for me as I grew to know and love the characters.

While I was writing A Season of Love, the last book in my Kauffman Amish Bakery series, I actually shed a couple of tears when I finished the last chapter. I had grown so attached to the Kauffman family, and I worried I would never create a family that was so near and dear to my heart. Thankfully, I was wrong! While I wrote the books for the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series, I quickly fell in love with Hannah and her family; Carolyn and Joshua; and   Keep Reading…

Friday Fun: Act 2:38

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A friend passed along this funny story and I had to share. You gotta love compassionate Christian seniors!

ACTS 2:38, Conceal, Carry and an Intruder

A woman had just returned to her home from an evening church service, when she was startled by an intruder. She caught a man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled: “Stop! Acts 2:38.” (Repent and be Baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins may be forgiven.)

The burglar stopped in his tracks.

The woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done.

As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar:

“Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a scripture to you.”

“Scripture?” replied the burglar. “She said she had an ax and two 38’s.”

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A Day in My Life: My Growing Garden

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Happy Earth day! It only seems fitting to share pictures of my growing garden. . .

Stop by Amish Wisdom and celebrate Earth Day with these 8 earth-friendly tips from the Amish!

What’s sprouting in your garden right now?

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Thoroughly Modern Mimis: Grandparenting Books

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Welcome back to Thoroughly Modern Mimis! Mimi, Grammy, Nana, GiGi, Oma, Grandma . . . they’re all terms of endearment for one of the most important roles in life’s second act: grandparenting. And what a grand act it is!

If you are a grandparent (or soon-to-be-mimi!), here are some books to add to your shelf!

 

Funny, You Don’t Look Like a Grandmother

by Lois Wyse

“A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do.” — Lois Wyse

Here it is! A “grandmarvelous” feast of anecdotes, observations, poetry and prose that celebrates the glories of Grandmothering! An eight-time expert in the field, Lois Wyse explores with wit, warmth, and candor such weighty modern-day dilemmas as What to Name the Grandmother…How to Win   Keep Reading…

Amish Wisdom Spotlight: Joseph’s Dilemma

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Read my interview with Ervin R. Stutzman to find out about his new release, Joseph’s Dilemma!

Q: Before we get to your talent for writing, let’s learn more about you as a person. What stage of life are you in?

I’m married to Bonnie; we are the parents of three and the grandparents of three. The youngest one was born on Easter Sunday. And since a daughter-in-law is in the family way, we’re expecting grandchild number four to be born by the end of May.

I am the executive director for a Mennonite denomination, so my life is very busy with meetings. I travel over 40% of the time, so I have to fight (mostly myself) for time to write. At times, creative writing is like a respite for me, transporting me to a different world. And other times—especially when I face deadlines—it feels like just another thing   Keep Reading…

The Now-and-Then Book Club

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Are you in a book club? Or have you ever thought of starting one? A friend and I created a casual “Now-and-Then Book Club” for our readerly circle. We get a group together whenever a book inspires us. It’s fun! 

Anna’s Crossing might be just the book for your club, or for a one-time event. It’s already hitting bestseller lists, and the plot—immigrants traveling to the New World—provokes all kinds of discussions, including some interesting thoughts about your own ancestors, who bravely made that ocean journey so long ago.

If your group reads Anna’s Crossing, you’ll receive a special package to “sweeten” your discussion, and, if calendars allow, I’ll Skype in or call in!

So why not set a date with your book-loving friends, put on a pot of coffee, and settle in for a time of unscripted, honest conversation with Carol-award winner Suzanne Woods Fisher (that’s   Keep Reading…

A Day in My Life: Spring Has Sprung!

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What’s your favorite spring bloom?

 

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Thoroughly Modern Mimis: Grandmothering is…

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Welcome back to Thoroughly Modern Mimis! Mimi, Grammy, Nana, GiGi, Oma, Grandma . . . they’re all terms of endearment for one of the most important roles in life’s second act: grandparenting. And what a grand act it is!

Fill in the blank: Grandmothering is _____.

 

The best job in the world!!! —Linda Merwin Ware

A gift from God and needs to be warmly embraced. —Cheryl Marie Forget-DeForest

Overwhelming joy! —Linda Baio

Loving unconditionally. —Rosemary

A privilege. —Gail Estes Hollingsworth

How to keep young of heart, body, and mind! —Melody Tiegs

The best thing that happened to me!! —Sue Williams

A life-changing joy. —Roberta Peden

Another chance to fill you heart and home with love and kisses. —Rosemarie Gower Kelley

Is the most precious gift you will ever receive! —Barbara Lyman

A blessing and a job never done. —Rita Cruz

Priceless. —Pam Witczak Fallin

God’s reward   Keep Reading…

Amish Wisdom Spotlight: A Wife for Jacob

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Q: Before we get to your talent for writing, let’s learn more about you as a person. What are your favorite hobbies when you’re not writing? 

My favorite hobbies when I’m not writing are reading and arts and crafts.   I love to read all types of books, although romance novels continue to be my favorite.  I also enjoy sewing, gardening, painting, and making objects from things I have around the house.

Q: Think back to the first time you heard about the Amish. What do you remember?  

I first learned about the Amish when I moved to Delaware from New Jersey when I was a young newlywed.  A few years later, my husband took a job with an Amish construction crew, and we got to know the men and their families.  It was wonderful.  We had only one car back then, and I would drop him off   Keep Reading…

Friday Fun: Silly Dog Pictures

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Happy Friday everyone! If you know me, you know I’m a dog person. These silly dog pictures made me smile, and I hope they brighten your day, too!

 

These silly dog pictures will get your Friday started with a laugh! @SuzanneWFisher

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