Writing Amish by Kathleen Fuller + Giveaway

One of the most common questions I’m asked is “why do you write Amish books?” The answer isn’t a simple one. There are many reasons why I write the novels I write and why the Amish genre appeals to me.

Growing up in Arkansas, I didn’t have any exposure to the Amish until I moved to Ohio seventeen years ago. At the time I was a little fascinated by them, mostly because of their clothing and their choice to use buggies and horses as transportation instead of cars. But over the years I spent more time in Amish country (Ohio has several Amish settlements, including the largest in North America) and loved the slower, more peaceful pace of life.

When I decided to write Amish fiction, I wanted to make sure I represented the Amish as accurately as I could, while also showing the parallels between our lives and theirs. While the Amish live a culturally different lifestyle, with an emphasis on humility, simplicity, and community, they also face some of the same challenges all Christians do: resisting the temptations of the secular world, dealing with accidents and sickness and death, and walking the narrow path that Christians follow.

Through my research of the Amish and interactions and friendships with them, I’ve come to appreciate their deep commitment to their faith and family. From the outside their lives seem harder—they don’t use the technology and modern conveniences that make our lives easier and faster. But as we often find out, easier and faster isn’t always better. The Amish choose to take life slow, to connect with God, each other, and nature. They embrace the ways of the past, not for nostalgic reasons, but because it is part of the glue that adheres their communities together.

That doesn’t mean you won’t find any technology among the Amish. Cell phones are permitted for business purposes only, and some Amish businesses have websites and are beginning to use social media to help promote their industries. But while some adaptations in the 21st century have become necessary, their basic tenets are the same—faith, family, community. The Amish aren’t perfect, yet they do represent a way of life that I find appealing in many ways.

Could I live without all my modern conveniences? I don’t know. But rejecting technology, electricity, and cars isn’t what being Amish is all about. It’s the commitment to God and to family, to choose forgiveness even when it seems impossible, to emulate a life of humility the way Christ did—this is the main challenge the Amish, and other Christians face in today’s world. We may be different in dress and lifestyle from the Amish. Yet our yearning to live for the Lord is the same.

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Kathleen has graciously agreed to giveaway one copy of An Amish Love to a US/Canada Sugarpeach reader. This giveaway ends on August 17.

I am using Rafflecopter to run this giveaway. I am posting this giveaway in Sugarpeach’s Facebook fan page since this widget does not work in WordPress.com. You do not need a Facebook account to enter the giveaway. You do need to have Javascript enabled to see the widget, however.

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If you have any questions regarding the giveaway or usage of Rafflecopter, please feel free to leave a comment below. I’ll be happy to answer your questions. If for good reasons, you are unable to enter via the Rafflecopter widget, comment and let me know. I will try to accommodate your request.

An Amish Love book description from Barnes & Noble:

Healing Hearts by Beth Wiseman

He left to find himself. She found her way without him. Now Levina and Naaman Lapp are together again, feeling miles apart. Although coming home was the right thing to do, Naaman must regain the trust and respect of his wife who, in his absence, has learned to trust God like never before. Could it be that their prior years together have simply been a preface to a greater love than they have ever known?

A Marriage of the Heart by Kelly Long

Abigail Kauffman is looking for a way out; Joseph Lambert is seeking a way in. Since her mother’s death, Abby has lived alone with her father and longs to escape the emptiness of the farmhouse that has never felt like home. Joseph Lambert is a newcomer in their close-knit community. Only after they find themselves suddenly married to each other do they begin to understand the tender truths of life-long love.

What the Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller

When Ellie Chupp loses her sight in an accident–and then her boyfriend shortly after that–she believes love will never be in her future. But Christopher Miller has returned home, five years after fleeing from the tragedy that broke his heart. When Ellie and Chris meet again, sparks fly. Could true love be a matter of seeing with new eyes?

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28 responses to “Writing Amish by Kathleen Fuller + Giveaway

  1. Emma

    This sounds like a great book. Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the chance!

  2. Is Amish a kind of religion-related genre? Anyway, these books seem like the kind that I’d love to be introduced to 🙂

    • Amish is a Christian order. They are often categorized as belonging to the Mennonite church. They lived in various communities in US and Europe. Depending on whether they belong to the New Order or Old Order, their communities don’t use modern conveniences. They cannot drive cars (they use horse buggies), some communities don’t allow usage of electricity, etc.
      EDIT: Oh, and Amish fiction is sometimes called bonnet fiction… 🙂 They are a pretty interesting group of people.

  3. Sounds very interesting. I’d love to read it!

  4. Please enter me in your give away of this book. I would love it.
    Thank You!

  5. Barbara Michels

    I would love a chance to win this book. As always I love reading any book that has to do with the Amish.

  6. A friend of mine just emailed me one of your articles from a while back. I read that one a few more. Really enjoy your blog. Thanks

  7. Charlotte Saltzman

    Loved knowing Kathleen’s reasoning for writing Amish.
    Also love it that she lives in Ohio as I do!

  8. Lisa Nelson

    I recently read Treasuring Emma and I really liked it!
    Please enter me!
    Lisa Nelson

  9. Arlene Kirk

    Kathleen got me started reading about the Amish people and I love it so much. Please enter me to win! Oh, by the way, I miss you in AR.

  10. Loretta Shumpert

    sounds like great reading

  11. I would love to have a free book! Please enter me in the sweepstakes! Thanks so much!

  12. I am a hugh fan of Kathleen, I would love to win a copy of her book.

  13. There’s only one thing better than Amish Fiction… free Amish Fiction! Please enter me in the drawing.

  14. Nancye Davis

    This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. I love all things Amish …originally from PA… thanks

  16. such a fantastic giveaway!! I’m so obsessed with Amish fiction!

  17. Carolyn Jefferson

    I love book give aways to win. Like all books on Amish. Thanks.

  18. Rita Kellogg

    I love Amish romance books. I love the similarities that Amish and English share. We all love. We all laugh. We all hurt, are sick and heal. I love the timeless commitment to God in a purposeful life that the Amish choose. To me there is a back to nature, simplistic feel to the Amish, yet I do know they have difficulties. We as the English need to take note of the Amish example.

  19. Chelsea Carson

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you

  20. Susan Ferrell

    I would love to branch out into new Amish lit. authors — heard about this give-away on the Amish Lit. FB page.

  21. I love Amish Fiction! One of my favorite genres and with this crazy fast paced living we do, their culture sounds like a balm in Gilead 🙂

  22. I would just love to win a copy of your book,thank u so much for letting us enter this Kathleen,I was born and raised in Pa

  23. Heather

    I enjoy reading Kathleen’s books.

  24. Gina Hamm

    I used to love Amish books when I was a teenager! Haven’t read one since then, but this review makes me think I should!

  25. mamabunny13

    I’m looking forward to reading it.

  26. I love the Amish books so I am entering this book giveway.
    Thanks via your facebook.

  27. Cindi

    I enjoy reading Amish books written by various authors! Their is
    a small Amish Community about 90 minutes from where I live…
    Many thanks for the opportunity to win this delightful book!
    Cindi