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So I was wondering . . .

If you could ask an Amish person anything . . . what would it be?

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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.

Comments

  1. Brenda says:

    Do you ever wish you had air condition in the summer and wish you didn’t have to wear the long dresses

  2. June Shirey says:

    How do you keep such a strong faith with God ?

  3. Heidi says:

    I would ask… “What is your most favorite and least favorite thing about living in an Amish community?”

  4. Viv says:

    Do you find most of the English community respectful of the Amish, or do you find us more disrespectful? And what would you want us to know about your beliefs and way of life that might help us understand you as a community more?

  5. Patty Tolliver says:

    My question to an Amish person is:

    Do people over 50 ever inquire about entering the Amish community and joining the church?

  6. sharon says:

    How do you manage to handle the twenty-first century changes and continue with your lives and beliefs?

  7. Regina says:

    With the mandatory Obamacare, do you have to buy insurance? Or is the Amish exempt?

  8. Jackie Tessnair says:

    Do you ever wander what it would be like to live English and would you want to?

  9. Lori says:

    I would ask if I could come and stay with them for a summer and learn the Amish ways of baking and farming and other things that they do.

  10. Mary says:

    I would just like to ask…How does the Amish woman deal with the occasionally abusive Amish man?

  11. Elizabeth Hall says:

    Did you ever imagine your life being any different?

  12. What do you really think of the outside world and what it’s doing to your children?

  13. Crystal Englot says:

    How do your keep yourself grounded in your faith, do you ever feel the temptation to leave your faith and want to live an English lifestyle?

  14. Joannah Cotta says:

    A question for an Amish person in the age range 30 years old and above. What is the one thing you find the hardest to handle with all of the new technology of today’s times?

  15. Susan Stitch says:

    As women, I presume we are the same in a lot of ways. We all have those days when we just don’t WANT to cook, clean, do laundry, or any of those other things that never seem to be completed. How do you motivate yourself to do what has to be done?

  16. Kim Garton says:

    Do you sometimes wish that the world could be a much more peaceful. That people would just stop and take a good look at what they have and what they could have if they just keep their faith?

  17. I would ask “how do you keep so serene always?”

  18. Lori T says:

    What is the difference between forgiving someone who has done wrong against you, such as murder as in the school house shooting, and not being able to forgive family members who have done wrong and are being shunned?

  19. Rachel Lepree says:

    How do you stay so calm when besieged by rude tourists taking pictures?

  20. Paula Osborne says:

    I love to read the amish stories and would ask what do you really feel about shunning, should not folks just forgive and let them begin again to do better?

  21. Sandi A. says:

    Do you think it’s harder to be Amish in 2014 as opposed to years ago?

  22. Pam Nelson says:

    How do you get everything done without modern conveniences?

  23. Bev Coval says:

    How do you feel about the number of books currently being published about Amish life? Do you read any of them? If so your favorite authors?

  24. Jennifer Tevebaugh says:

    I would love to sit with them and learn more about the beliefs in the good lord

  25. Sherry Riddle says:

    Do you ever get tired of wearing the same clothes?

  26. Sally Davison says:

    How old is”too old” to learn how to speak Pennsylvania Dutch?

  27. How do you stay so strong in your faith?

  28. Carol Frazer says:

    How was your church denomination founded? Who were the founding fathers? And how is a pastor chosen if he’s never been to school of ministry?

  29. Tammy Griffin says:

    Do the Amish ever wonder why the Englisch are so interested in their way of life but the Amish don’t really care to know about the Englisch way of life? Do the Amish really believe that their way is the best way? Or is it just tradition?

  30. Bonnie Beers says:

    If I could spend enough time with the Amish I’d like to learn Pa. Dutch and how to hand quilt. I’d like to learn the language because my grandparents spoke it and the younger generations never learned it. I’d like to learn to hand quilt because I really admire the art form and that seems to be dying off also.

  31. Tina Harris says:

    Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have more education then the 8th grade?

  32. Becca M. says:

    How long does it take to make a kapp? Or there beautiful dresses.
    Thanks for the opportunity God bless

  33. Wendy Clark says:

    What is the hardest work you do?

  34. Debi Parm says:

    Do you ever wish you could continue your education, especially if it would be for the good of the community. Such as studying yo be a vet in a community were a vet isn’t readily available.

  35. Donna Butler Simmons says:

    I would ask if they ever have doubts about their religious training or if they accept it without question.

  36. Judy B says:

    I would ask an Amish person, would you like to know how you can know for sure that when you die you will immediately be in the presence of Jesus?

    Blessings!
    Judy B

  37. Linda Baio says:

    I would like to ask an Amish person why they feel that having electricity would cause them to compromise their beliefs?

  38. Lee Jolley says:

    Do you miss not having pictures of your family?

  39. Melissa Matecko says:

    Can you help me to live more simply?

  40. Barbara says:

    do you quilt. I love the amish quilts. Hope it is not a dying art.

  41. Linda Z. says:

    Why do each districts have different rules for their members. Some bishops are more lenient then others and the ladies seem to have certain rules for prayer caps, like pleats and such. And do the women’s dresses have to be so long and in such dark colors…especially in the summer…..I would think lighter and possibly a bit shorter dresses would be allowed, as long as they were respectful.

  42. Pen Mettert says:

    How do they keep the teenagers’ heads from being turned by all the technology when they are on Rumspringa?

  43. Cheryl F says:

    Could we be pen pals? I would love to develop a relationship with an Amish woman close to my age. I love all these questions–can they answer them all?

  44. Karen C. says:

    If you could live a day as an Englisher, what are the things that you would be interested in doing?

  45. Florence Mims says:

    Do you think cats or dogs make better pets?

  46. Starla J says:

    I would ask if some of the women wouldn’t mind teaching me how to make some of their favorite dishes, garden, make cheese, etc.

  47. Debbie McCauley says:

    Hi do you enjoy being from a large family, with lots of brothers and sisters, and living in the country?, Thanks, Deb M.

  48. Tonja Saylor says:

    I would like to know how an Amish family moves cross country? Do the take everything with ten (and if yes how do the transport it) or so they take essentials and start over again?

  49. April Mann says:

    What advice can you give me to lead a simpler life and the best way to strengthen my faith?

  50. Patricia says:

    May I have a ride in your buggy ?

  51. Cindi Altman says:

    What is the one thing that outsiders have that you wish you were allowed to have?

  52. Dawn Crawford says:

    What size is an Amish Garden?

  53. Laura O says:

    I would ask if they were related to me…I just recently found out I am descended from the Amish and “Dunkards”. Somewhere along the line one of them married an Irish person and broke from the church.

  54. Deb T says:

    what do you do for entertainment when you have any free time?

  55. DWong says:

    When can we start writing and become pen pals?

  56. JoEllen McNeil says:

    How do the Amish deal with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, mental illness keeping their loved ones at home as opposed to a nursing home or institution of some type?

  57. D Stevens says:

    How do you choose names for your children, is it always by ancestors names, or names from The Bible or by something with “a special ” meaning?

  58. valerie monschien laux says:

    I would ask them If i could come live with them for a season so I can learn their ways. That would be awesome !

  59. If you could have 1 day of total freedom to do whatever you would like…what would it be?

  60. nat says:

    What would you change and still remain Amish?

  61. Kortney says:

    My question that I would ask would ask is how do you handle the really cold days that we have had this year.

  62. Kathy Dobyns says:

    I think living in a community set apart from the world would be a great way to maintain faith in The Lord.
    My question is, how can you keep warm enough in your horse-drawn buggies in the middle of the freezing cold of winter? Cars have heaters and offer great protection from the elements.

  63. Linda McFarland says:

    My question would be: Are there still arranged marriages or do you feel free to date whomever you want?
    Lots of very interesting questions listed…it would be great to spend a day with an Amish family!

  64. mary ellen ashenfelder says:

    Is there one particular modern/English device you would like to have/use if it was allowed ?

  65. Linda Ortiz says:

    Are you happy or Content with your Amish life?

  66. Kathy Jacob says:

    I would want to know if any of them read Amish fiction, and if they consider it true to life.

  67. Sharma Darby says:

    I know that a lot of the districts can use propane for cook stoves, lights etc. why can’t you use a gas dryer for your clothes especially in the winter?? Sharma Darby

  68. Wenddie May says:

    I would ask, what holidays they celebrate, what they do for them and what makes them more special than a regular family dinner/family time.

    Wenddie

  69. Colleen L. Donnelly says:

    What does grace mean to you?

  70. Lucy says:

    I would ask them how they stay so close to God when they don’t attend church every week and the ones I have talked to don’t read their Bibles, they rely on the church leaders.

  71. Lisa Watson says:

    If you had left what would you have attempted to do? More education?

  72. Jennifer Tipton says:

    If you could would you love an automatic dishwasher?

    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

  73. Jaquelyn S says:

    Are you expected to follow in your parents footsteps in your profession? Or are you allowed to follow your heart?

  74. Lydia Adkins Simpson says:

    How do you manage to stay so strong in your Faith in GOD, when you are faced with a heart-wrenching tragedy?

  75. Linda Laws says:

    I’ve wanted to be Amish for years. Or I’d love to be neighbors!!!
    How about pen pals????
    Just love to be friends and learn more!!!
    I have so many books already that I’ve tried to learn about the Amish!!!

    They are close I would love that!!!

  76. Ruth Toy says:

    I have a hard time knowing what to ask because my family lives among the Amish and have for years so any questions I have I ask them but I would love to sit down and just talk to Amish. Their ability to forgive is what truly amazes me. I think one of my questions would be where their faith and loyalty is? I know they believe in God but a lot of their leaders make the decisions for them is that right? How many of them have their own strong beliefs and how many of them do as the leaders say? I could say that of Christians, I could say that of myself, how much of my faith is what I truly believe in and how much is how I’ve been raised. This question I’ve been thinking about for a long time and it applies to Amish as well. I also think I’d love to sit and talk with the women and get all of their tips on laundry, house keeping, cooking and that sort of thing! Truly intrigued by Amish and have a very high respect for them!

  77. Carol Ellmore says:

    I would like to ask an Amish person, do they have hex signs on their farms? They are so popular in the stores in Lancaster, but the farms never seem to have them.

  78. ida davis says:

    i would ask can you have penpals that are not Amish and i would love to be one and spend some time on the farm n learn how to cook and work on the farm. keep up the great work n God bless you n your family Suzanne. houswife@gmail.com

  79. Elizabeth Parsons says:

    Do you crochet? If so, what is your favorite thing to make?

  80. Theresa L. says:

    I would ask them if they would teach me how to make homemade bread.

  81. Laura McLendon says:

    Are you happy? I would ask the same to many though 🙂

  82. ANN*H says:

    My questions would be – do you ever get angry about something – how do you handle and deal with that anger. Also do you ever discipline your children and how do your go about doing this.

  83. Lourdes Montes says:

    Has anyone every considered being a surrogate mother. is it even allowed?

  84. Donna B says:

    I would love to ask them for some of their recipes, especially for breads and cakes.

  85. Theresa M says:

    I would like to know how they celebrate holidays? Maybe I would get ideas to make our holidays more personal. 🙂

  86. Mallory Fry says:

    I’d love to ask them how realistic it is for an Englischer like me to become Old Order Amish. Thanks for this giveaway, Suzanne! God bless you!

  87. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I would ask about Rumspringa

  88. Carolyn Snider says:

    In so many of the Amish fiction books I’ve read, the young people are getting married at 16, 17, 18 and considered old maids by21 or 22. Is this true, and if so, with divorce not an option, are these marriages really happy?

  89. Karen says:

    How do you explain why God let’s a child die or have a serious illness? I’ve been asking this a lot lately as I have a 3 year old granddaughter with neuroblastoma – a rare childhood cancer that basically strikes children under 5. I’ve pondered this before but when it became personal it’s the question I keep searching for an answer to.

  90. Robin in NC says:

    Do you ever want to escape all the cooking, house work, etc. & go on vacation like we Englishers do?

  91. Kim Leachman says:

    Do you ever wish you could use print fabric for your dresses, and not have to wear long sleeves in the summer.

  92. Carol Carman says:

    I would ask if they are allowed to read and study the Bible for themselves, and if so, what version?

  93. Sparkle says:

    My question would be- Do some of the Amish hide their background from their children if they used to be English or their mate was? Why? Highest respect for the Amish and their community, what a wonderful way of living everyday in God’s way. Thank you for a chance to learn more.

  94. Julie Smith says:

    I’d like to know which modern convenience they would choose if they were allowed to pick one and use it for one year.

  95. Brenda says:

    I would like to ask about the quilting bees. Are they still held or is this a thing of the past.

  96. terry petrino says:

    i would ask them how are they able to accept bad things that happen and move forward

  97. Karen Cochrane says:

    I would love to know what a regular day in the life of mother and wife would be

  98. Linda says:

    What do you think about all the Amish fiction books published in recent years?

  99. Sarah says:

    How do they feel now that hollywood seems to be making a big deal out of the amish community? And what is the one thing they want but don’t tend to have?

  100. Connie Saunders says:

    I think most Amish have at least one midwife to help with deliveries. Are you only allowed to go to a hospital if there is a danger to the mother or baby?

  101. Barb Wagner says:

    What is the most annoying thing Englishers do when they visit?

  102. Linda Knott says:

    Because they have no divorce, I would ask how a wife makes a marriage tolerable when the love disappears and the husband demeans her. All those long marriages can’t be perfect, some must have a hard time living with their chosen mate. After 27 years of a miserable marriage and 9 years with an ulcer caused by such stress, my husband left me. Once I got over the shock of his actually leaving and divorcing me (for another woman), I finally realized that I was better off without him and healthier. However, I had vowed never to divorce and being divorced still bothers me 18 years later.

  103. Edna Schrock says:

    I have always wondered…….Does an Amish man sleep with the blankets over his beard or under his beard?

  104. Kathy Schulz says:

    What’s your favourite holiday and how do you celebrate it?

  105. Linda Kish says:

    To the younger set (twenty somethings)…Do they ever wish they had the technological advantages of the Western world.

  106. Mary Preston says:

    How much do you know about 21st century technology?

  107. Debbie Biddle says:

    I know that they don’t participate in wars or aren’t as concerned with political issues as we are. I’d like to ask them what their thoughts are of what is happening in our world today? Do they follow the news? Discuss among themselves the possibility of terrorist attacks etc? Being such peace loving people, I’ve often wonder if they even give it much thought.

  108. teri says:

    what part of Amish Mafia,Breaking Amish and other amish shows are true?If the Amish take care of their own how do they handle people in the sector who commit crimes ?

  109. Dawn Kleinsasser says:

    My question would be… How do you keep track of your genealogy? I am very interested in finding out about their ancestors. The Hutterites have a book that is updated each year and goes back to 1772. There are a lot of cross-overs with the Hutterites, Mennonites, and Amish.

  110. Misty Everett says:

    Soooooo many questions! I would love to talk canning & gardening with the ladies! I would love to know more about living without electricity.

  111. Maryann says:

    How are woman viewed who are not blessed with children since there is so much emphasis placed on family.

  112. Michelle Childress says:

    I know your families are a very important part of you, just as they are with the English. When a family member is shunned, how are you able to cope with that and continue on knowing you can not communicate with them?

  113. Cindy says:

    How difficult is it to live in a world full of technology?

  114. Judith McNally says:

    Do the Amish ever read Amish Fiction, and if so, what do they think of these stories?
    Also, I wonder about the authors of these books: since they seem to love and respect the Amish so much, why don’t they join the Amish, or at least adopt their modest dress and simple lifestyle?

  115. Rejeana Thomas says:

    Women: why not use safety pins on on your dresses instead of straight pins?

  116. Traci says:

    What is the one English convenience you wish you had access too?

  117. Kent says:

    What would it take to get the amish affiliations to reunite, and if I move into your neighborhood can I join your mutual aid arrangement?

  118. Molly R. Moody says:

    Why do the Amish prefer got not have their face shown in pictures?

  119. steph j says:

    How do you keep the simple life in spite of all the technology,distractions, etc. in the world?

  120. Linda LANDRETH says:

    Do you think an Englisher could want to please God as much as you do?

  121. Robyn L says:

    have you ever considered leaving? thanks.

  122. Colleen Cook says:

    With all the modern advancements around you, how do you keep your faith and keep your youth focused on staying strong in the Amish community?

  123. Bonnie Roof says:

    Can you please explain Rumspringa??

  124. F. Farrell says:

    I would want to ask what they feel about American culture as a whole, and what their feelings are about living peacefully in world that’s often at war.

  125. Elizabeth DeGraffenreid says:

    So many questions but I reallyjustwant to be friends with them. So my question would be could you be my friend or would that cause you to get in trouble with the Bishops.

  126. Debra W says:

    I would ask if they ever feel that God would not approve of them shunning their family members.

  127. Michelle Patterson says:

    I would like to know if there is some advice on how we live our lives that an amish person would like for the english to know. I know the dont judge others but there has to be something that they think we need to know.

  128. Marsha H. says:

    I would like to ask them if they know that having a personal relationship with Jesus is the only way they can go to heaven. Not by anything else they do or follow.

  129. Theresa Panner says:

    I would like to know why english isn’t taught to the kinner till they start school?

  130. Angie Carroll says:

    What is the one thing that you like best about being Amish and one thing that you would change if you could?

  131. Karen martin says:

    My Question is what type of books do the amish read for enjoyment?

  132. Mary says:

    I’d really like to know if any Amish would be willing to teach me to quilt?

  133. Rhinda says:

    Since the Amish don’t believe in divorcing, how do you deal with an abusive husband or a child abuser?

  134. ruth toy says:

    im not sure if my question w a question went thru and i want to make sure im entered. did i do it right/

  135. How do you do so many things so well without any modern conveniences . . . amazing!

    • I admire the Amish way of living enormously. I would love to live like they live. When we visited the Ohio community in Holmes County I was amazed at how well organized they were. I noticed the children were happy and even the babies in their mother’s arms in the stores that we visited seemed so serene! I would love to know the secret to that peace that they exude. I would dearly love to go back there and stay as a guest in one of their farm houses.

  136. Lori says:

    If you could have one thing that is a from the English world what would it be and why?