AUTHOR BIO: In no particular order, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wife, mother, writer, lifelong student of the Bible, host of Amish Wisdom (a weekly radio show), raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener and a cook...the latter two with sporadic results.
Suzanne has loved to write since she was a young teen. After college, she started to write for magazines and became a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine. Her family moved to Hong Kong for four years, just as the internet was developing, and she continued to write articles in a 44-story high-rise apartment, sending manuscripts 7,000 miles away with a click of a key.
After returning from Hong Kong, Suzanne decided to give her first novel a try. For four and a half months, she worked on an antediluvian computer in a cramped laundry room. She didn't even tell her husband what she was up to. When the novel was completed, she told her family at dinner one night that she had written a book. "That's why there's no food in this house!" said her slightly insensitive sons.
Undaunted...Suzanne found a small royalty publisher for that book and wrote three more (all earned multiple). With help from an agent, she has five books currently under contract with Revell. On September 1st, Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World, a non-fiction book of stories and examples about the Old Order Amish, will be released by Revell. The Choice, a novel about the Amish, will follow on January 1st.
Writing, for Suzanne, is a way to express a love of God and His word. With every book or article, she hopes readers get a sense of what faith really looks like in the daily grind. She hopes they realize that life can be hard, but God is good, and never to confuse the two.
Suzanne can be found on-line at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com
BOOK DESCRIPTION: In her wildest dreams, spunky and impulsive nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp never imagined herself behind a schoolteacher's desk. A run-in (literally) with the schoolteacher compels her to act as a substitute teacher, just as her restless desire to see the world compels her to apply for a passport . . . just in case. The only thing of interest to M.K. in the sleepy Amish community of Stoney Ridge is the unexplained death of a sheep farmer that coincided with the arrival of a mysterious young man into the community. Frustrated that no one takes the crime seriously, she takes matters into her own hands. Unfortunately, as tends to be the case for M.K., she jumps headlong into trouble.
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1. Would you like to life in an Amish community? If so why? If not, why?
2. The Amish life style involved a lot of physical labor and hard work. What work would you like to do and what would you wish someone else could do?
3. What do you look forward to reading when you pick up an Amish book? What is the draw for you? What do you enjoy most about them?
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I absolutely LOVE the Amish. I think the main reason why is just the simplicity of it all. They are very intriguing.
I like the faith and belief that God will take care of everything and the community spirit that is mostly shared even without outsiders
While I love reading about the Amish, enjoy shopping for baked goods and furniture in Mennonite Country, I don't think it is the life for me. I have grown up with all the bells and whistles of the modern life, and sadly, do not think I could manage without them in my life. I admire those who can live that life of ease, but I need the stress of city life.
If I was Amish, being a lady, I would love spending my days making preserves to sell, knitting or sewing lovely garments or blankets to sell and for the home. I think I could make a good living at being crafty with my hands. It does make me thankful I am not a man, and would not have to work manual labor in the barn or on the farm.
When reading Amish books, it is all about the principles and teachings for me. I look forward to wholesome moral content in the book. Adding to my belief or making me question my thoughts and morals is a great to me in book. If a book can do either of those things, it is well-written.
Would love to win this book. Lover her books. Great writer! Thanks for the chance to win it.
#1 - No, I don't think I could handle the physical labor, I'm much too spoiled by today's conveniences. I also wonder how I could live without air conditioning. I do think though, if you've never had the conveniences we have today, you don't miss them and that would make it easier to live their lifestyle.
I would love to live in an Amish community, especially after visiting one in the spring last year. Not one in Lancaster county though. too busy there :) The appeal for me would be the landscape (farmlands) and peaceful feeling that seems to be prevalent. Suzanne writes terrific stories that definitely make me want to move!
I love the Amish books because it shows the simple pleasures in life as lived by the Amish!(No Electricity,phone or other distactions that we use)
We did live very near to an Old Order community, I have an Amish friend in TN, we are the best of friends and sharing with her on the front porch swing on a weekly basis was sweet peace to me. I love the slower pace of life , even if it is a busy life with 10 children as she has. Esther is a wonderful woman. I would love to life in the community. Peaceful keeps us closer to God.
While I really enjoy visiting the Amish communities and reading about their life, I don't think that I could ever live like them. I am too spoiled by modern conveniences and would miss my sweatshirts and jeans. I love their faith and how they all work together helping one another.
No, I do not want to live in an Amish community. I enjoy reading about the Amish, but I am spoiled to electricity and electric gadgets.
Thank you for the giveaway!!