Amish Circle Letters

Several readers have emailed me, asking about my latest book/series, Amish Circle Letters. They were curious about this concept. So, I thought I’d share the opening from Volume 1 of the book since it explains what, exactly, is a circle letter:

When I first heard the term “circle letters”, I was immediately enthralled. As a woman of the 21st Century, I grew up surrounded by technology. Most recently, social media has become key to my ability to stay connected with the world around me. Without doubt, technology and social media have become engrained in my life. Without these, I’d be lost. It’s how I communicate with my children, my family, my friends, and my readers.

Unlike the Englischers, Amish do not use technology. Typically, several families will share a telephone that is always located outside of the home. A message left on a communal voice message system might take a few days to be retrieved and even longer to be returned.

So how do the Amish communicate?

Letters.

Often, groups of Amish will write letters and send them with a list of addresses of people that they would like to include in the correspondence. Since they do not have access to photocopiers, the first person on the list will receive the letter, read it, and respond. That person sends both the first letter and their response to the second name on the list. This continues until the entire package of letters goes full-circle, returning to the original sender.

At this point, the original begins a second circle and start the process all over again. It’s a wonderful way to stay in touch and something that the families look forward to receiving.

This series of books follows one family, Miriam Fischer and her children. You will read their letters as they travel throughout the circle. You will get to know all of the family members, some better than others.

Finally, you should know that the stories that you are going to read are based on real stories, stories that happened within the very Amish community where I share a home with an Amish woman. However, names and locations have been changed and I have taken the liberty of greatly embellishing them, something all good stories need.

I hope you enjoy the series as much as I have enjoyed researching and writing it.

Enjoy and blessings,

Sarah Price

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Amish-Circle-Letters-Miriams-ebook/dp/B00987LG2C
BN.com: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amish-circle-letters-volume-1-miriams-letter-sarah-price/1112819673
Coming Soon: Kobo.com



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About Sarah Price

Author of the Amish of Lancaster Series: Fields of Corn, Hills of Wheat, Pastures of Faith, and Valley of Hope.

Posted on September 12, 2012, in Amish, eBook, Mennonite, Writing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. My mother and her 8 siblings did that, She called it the ’round robin’ letter and pretty much knew it would make its way to her every three months.

  2. Are the Amish Circle Letters all going to be ebooks. I would love to read them, but don’t have an e-reader. Can’t justify buying one right now when I have so many written books yet to read.

  3. What a wonderful way to keep in touch with family. None of mine like writing letters so it wouldn’t work out for me to try to do this. How many books will there be in this series and did you say that when you were finished they would put all this series into one book? That would be awesome too.

  4. The individual volumes will be eBooks then the compilation of all volumes will be in print.

  5. Hi Juanita! Ten volumes. After each volume is finished, they will be printed in a paperback book. :-)

  6. Sounds very interesting.I can’t wait to read.Thanks for sharing.

  7. My special friend I would write a letter using a note book but only one side an then send it well the other would turn it over an write on the other side and it would be the whole book. it would some times take a week to finish but it was really neat getting the book or pad back.
    i am looking for yours to come out an I am able to read. thank you Karen
    khsmith97217@yahoo.com

  8. Does anyone know approximately when the books will be available in print??? Also, I saw where there is another new book “Plain Fame”. …Any details or info on this one? The title

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