Thursday on Amish Wisdom Eli Hochstetler and The Budget’s Keith Rathburn!

Tune in on Thursday at 4:00 pm Central! To listen in – go here and just click on the player in the top right corner.

You won’t want to miss Thursday’s show! During the first half hour we’ll be chatting with a Berlin, Ohio bookstore owner, Eli Hochstetler. I met Eli while on my January book tour at his The Gospel Book Store – a great place! (And be sure to check out their online store.)

Then for the second half hour, we’ll hear from the publisher of The Budget, Keith Rathbun. Keith has generously offered a year’s subscription to The Budget to one of my listeners! Leave a comment {HERE} for your chance to win! I read The Budget every week.

More about The Gospel Book Store: The Gospel Book Store was started in the late 50s. Eli Hochstetler bought the store in October of 1975 and has enjoyed meeting and helping many wonderful people through the years.

A few thoughts from Eli: “Our store is a real brick-and-mortar business. We provide friendly face-to-face service when you stop by and fast shipping from national warehouses when you choose to shop on-line. Our desire is to help all people fulfill their walk in Christ.” Visit their website.

More about Keith: Keith Rathbun is publisher of The Budget, a community weekly newspaper for Sugarcreek and eastern Holmes County. In addition, The Budget publishes a weekly newspaper that is distributed nationally and internationally to Amish and Mennonite communities across the United States, in Canada, Central and South Americas and overseas. 

Rathbun has worked with weekly newspapers his entire professional career. He was sports editor of the West Life upon graduating from Ohio University (BSJ-74), and edited and published SCENE in Cleveland until 2000 when he moved to Sugarcreek to publish The Budget.
Rathbun practices what he publishes, by getting involved in the community. He serves as secretary of both the Sugarcreek Business Association and Rotary Club, and chairs Sugarcreek’s Community Christmas Celebration. He sits on the Board of the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce. He also helped to found the Garaway Education Foundation.
“It’s important to be a vital part of the fabric of the community in which you are privileged to publish,” Rathbun states. This commitment was recognized in 2007 when The Budget was honored as Tuscarawas County’s “Small Business of the Year.”
A proud graduate of Ohio University (BSJ ’74), Keith and his wife, Maxine, reside in Sugarcreek. They have two married children and two grandchildren, all living in Ohio.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Nancy says:

    Thank you for introducing us to Eli and Keith. I would love to win the subscription to The Budget. I've been wanting one, but right now my budget is very tight.
    njones127 at tampabay dot rr dot com

  2. Anonymous says:

    I took this for a year, but let it lapse, so would love to receive it again.

  3. Loretta Shumpert says:

    My above post was not supposed to be anonymous. I'll try again.

  4. Eileen says:

    Love the bit about th4e Budget

  5. karen says:

    I LOVE READING ABOUT OTHER AUTHOR AN EVERYTHING ABOUT THE AMISH PEOPLE. it would be a happy time to win a subscrition to the Budget.

  6. where’s my post? not writing the whole post out again lol you missed a typo mods