Author Spotlight: Ben Girod

Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from last week’s Author Spotlight with David E. Stevens is C.E.Hart! Please email my assistant Christen with your mailing address. (

This week please welcome Ben Girod in the spotlight! To win a copy of his book Baptized by Fire, leave a comment on this post! 

Share a little bit about yourself. Married with kids? Empty nester? Do you work full-time and write when you can squeeze it in?

Yes, I still work full time, and often seek time to write. We have nine children, all are married but the two youngest.

And share something about your writing. What’s your genre(s), your areas of interest…

My writing is always centered around deep biblical revelations that is often missed by mainline Christians.

How did you get started writing? Did you have a dream of being a published author?

I first got started writing by exposing many scriptural discrepancies among we Amish.

After you started writing seriously–how long was it before you were published?

My first book was published in 1992.

Aside from a cup of good, strong coffee, what helps you get all of your “brain cylinders” firing so you can write well? Do you have any favorite places and routines when you write? How many hours a day do you spend writing?

I like a good cup of coffee when I write. But in the true sense of the , word I am not a writer. Unless I am motivated by the Spirit, or moved by new revelations , I do not write.

What was one of the best moments in your career and what was one of the worst?

The biggest moment in my career is in getting my present book published;  “An Amish Journey To Forgiveness”. This is the story of my life, together with my wife Barbara. Its an untold story of hardship and disappointments—yet nothing but what God didn’t allow in our lives.

What do you least like about being a writer? Most like?

What I like about a writer? When his or her story grips my attention.

What is the role and importance of an agent?

I have found agents disappointing.  In the publishing field today, many publishers and agents look to what makes money. Consequently some good story’s will never make it to the publisher.

What advice would you give to new writers?

Perhaps the title of the book should capture the casual seekers attention as they look for a good book.

What’s on the book horizon for you?

I do not know what the horizon, or the future holds for me , but I unconditionally trust the ONE who holds it.

Last question, how can readers find you and your books?

You will be able to find it on Amazon, and many other sources, including buying the book electronically.

Thank you for sharing your writing life with my bleaders! (blog + readers = bleaders)

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. Linda McFarland says:

    I enjoyed the interview with Ben Girod….and look forward to reading and maybe winning a copy too of Ben’s inspirational book..’Baptized by Fire’…….

  2. Hershey Sensenig says:

    I have traveled with a team including Ben Girod too Germany/Switzerland. Love His heart, A good man who has a heart to reach the Amish people, and Anabaptist as a whole to awaken them to a closer walk with the Lord. Ben’s witness has encouraged many too find a personal faith in Jesus.

  3. Linda McFarland says:

    Baptized by Fire sounds very interesting. Love learning about new authors and Ben Girod’s interview was a good read. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  4. Hershey–I’m sure this is the same man! Ben has a heart for reconciliation. Thanks for taking the time to read Ben’s interview. Suzanne