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 BN.com), 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 BN.com), 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 BN.com), 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!