Would you join the Amish?

Many of us love reading about the Amish because it is a lifestyle that we secretly long for…while afraid to think about what it would be like to give up the modern conveniences of our contemporary lives. Romanticizing about the Amish and curiosity for their culture are what, I believe, drives the increasingly popular Amish Christian fiction genre.

I’ve written several books about people joining the Amish. In Fields of Corn (Amazon and, Shana Slater is an Englischer woman and she finds herself learning about the Amish culture through the eyes of Emanuel Lapp. She came to the Lapp farm knowing nothing about the Amish. But she leaves finding herself more than just learning about them. She leaves as part of the very culture that she previously knew nothing about. How would you feel? At first, it might seem exciting. It’s different and new. Living a simpler life and leaving behind the stress of the modern world certainly sounds appealing to me! Yet, despite that feeling, not many of us every do it.

In Hills of Wheat (Amazon and, young Sylvia Lapp meets an Englischer neighbor who has just moved into a nearby farm. While she doesn’t leave the Amish lifestyle, there is a struggle between Sylvia and Jake regarding how to balance her Amish background with his Englischer life. The results might surprise you.

In Plain Fame (Amazon and, the first of a three part series, you will meet Amanda Beiler. She’s an adventurous yet obedient young Amish woman who, through no fault of her own, finds herself involved with the most unusual Alejandro Diaz, the antithesis of an Amish man. While there is certainly some chemistry between the two, the romance is kept realistic and, therefore, in balance with their cultural upbringings. Yet the readers might be surprised by some of the turn of events involved with this platonic relationship.

All three of these books provide insight into the workings of the Amish lifestyle. As many of you know, for 25 years, I have been spending time on Amish farms, living among the different families who seemed to adopt me into their world. By integrating these authentic experiences, I hope to give YOU a glimpse into their worlds, a world that is usually kept hidden from main stream America.

I welcome your feedback on these books and encourage you to leave reviews if you have read them. If you haven’t read them, well…I hope to become a new favorite author…whether you read Kindle, Nook, or paperbacks!



11 thoughts on “Would you join the Amish?

  1. I have read all of those books. I would join the Amish in a heartbeat!. They have something very special. Their sense of family and community is something I desperately crave. When ever something bad happens you are never alone. The english world is a terrible lonely place unless you have family. I recently had surgery and am having a terrible time. I am running out of food and clean clothes and I have nobody. I would give anything to be a part of the Amish community as I love to do for others as well as wishing for some company. I wish I had some Amish friends as I have been wanting to know what it is like to live Amish besides what I’ve read and hopefully someday convert. The Amish kids that leave for clothes and cars have no idea what they are throwing away. Send them to me, I can educate them.

  2. You’d be surprised, Robin. I have a friend who never married and, now that she’s older, I see her struggling in a similar fashion as how you have described. While the community visits with her, she is left on her own to deal with medical bills, her home, food, clothing, etc. Other families have enough on their hands taking care of their own aging family members. She has no one. I was surprised by the lack of community involvement in her problems…


  3. I would love to become Amish if I were younger. I so admire their faith, and their dilligence. Also their being able to forgive. Sometimes we find that hard to do. I visit Lancaster every chance I get. I have stayed at a Mennonite B&B, have dines in three different Amish homes. I thoroughly love reading your books. Can have a hard time to wait for the next one. Have a blessed Thanksgiving..God Bless! <3

    1. OK Eileen…here’s my question…why if you were younger? Don’t worry, I’m not criticizing. I think the same thing.

      If only I had done….
      If I had let….

      Now, I could easily just move out there and live among them…but yet…I don’t. Why? Why don’t we just do it? It’s a Catch-22, don’t you think? I think we are afraid to give up so much that we have come to depend upon in our lives. We love this lifestyle, it is part of who we are, but we don’t do it. Funny, isn’t it???

  4. I admit to a certain amount of curiosity concerning the Amish lifestyle, and thoroughly enjoying the genre of Amish fiction, but I realize that that I am romanticizing the whole experience.
    I live in a rural area, and lose power more than a couple of times a year. We do have a generator, but I still absolutely hate it. I can’t fathom that being a part of my every day existence.
    While there is much to be admired of the Amish like their work ethic, family commitment, frugal ways and their abiding faith, I just don’t think I could adapt myself.

  5. I would love being Amish , they have so much to ofter and they seem to have so much faith in everything . I just think how much they have and save , because they don’t use car’s or trucks and now close knit they are . what a wonderful life they have .

  6. I’m looking forward to reading these books. Definitely on the to read list. We’ve seriously considered joining the Amish but we have medical equipment that needs electric. We then looked at the Mennonites but since we’re both divorced and now married to each other we wouldn’t be allowed to join. However we’ve incorporated many of the lifestyles of the Amish and Mennonites into our daily lives. It’s our fondest desire that when we move to Kentucky to be able to relocate close to an Amish community and form lasting friendships as we are kindred spirits. Really enjoy your blog. Thank you for taking the time to write.

  7. i think when our lives are difficult the amish life looks like the solution. ill bet if you joined you might not find it so glamorous. they have their problems also. dont get me wrong they are wonderful people. i enjoy amish fiction as much as the next person. i would find it very hard to live by the ordnung. i get so mad at some of the bishops for their rules. a lot of them are not even bible related. another thing people dont realize how hard it is to get out once they join. the amish life has a lot of good to it also. so i will go on and read and enjoy amish life in my books. you authors write wonderful books/

  8. I may as we (my husband, kids and I) lived without most of the trappings of modern society in our own little “social experiement” of voluntary simplicity one year…here we are, a few years after and we STILL talk about what we miss from then. My husband gets his own copy of the Lehman’s catalog so he can drool (LOL!)–as long as we have food, water and shelter, it’s all good 🙂

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