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?
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,
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