Amish Wisdom Podcasts
Thursday 16th of May 2013
This week on Amish Wisdom Sherry Gore has agreed to fill in for me in the midst of herbusy book launch (TV interviews (including the Today Show), radio interviews and much fun! Be sure to check out all the goings-on over at her blog.) This week on the show Sherry will be interviewing Joel Cliff from PADutchCountry.com about summer in Pennsylvania Amish country. Then during the second half hour, Sherry and Brad Igou will take a look at the sensationalism of Amish on TV. Should be fascinating.
Thursday 9th of May 2013
Author Valerie Weaver-Zercher returns to finish a conversation about her book, "Thrill of the Chaste" (Johns Hopkins University Press). As she researched this book, she studied the growth of Christian fiction throughout the last century, with particular interest in the recent explosion of Amish fiction as a sub-genre.
Thursday 2nd of May 2013
This week on Amish Wisdom we'll be talking about the fascinating and often misunderstood practice of shunning. Authors Ira Wagler and Murray Pura will be joining me as we talk about some of the myths and facts about this Amish tradition.
Monday 22nd of April 2013
Nancy Sleeth is the author of Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life and other titles . She is also the co-founder (along with her husband Matthew Sleeth) of Blessed Earth, a Christian environmental nonprofit. Tracey Bianchi, author of Green Mama, director of women's ministries for Christ Church of Oak Brook (Chicago), leadership team for MOPS International. Craig Goodwin, author of The Year of Plenty, pastor who embarked on an experimental year of eating locally with his wife and two daughters
Thursday 18th of April 2013
Don't miss this week's edition of Amish Wisdom. Judy Christie is filling in as guest host extraordinaire and welcoming Amish fiction authors Barbara Cameron and Kathryn Cushman to the show. Barbara will be giving us a peek into the unique Faith and Fiction Bible study series Abingdon Press has launched. Then novelist, Kathryn Cushman will join the show during the second half hour to talk her novel, Almost Amish.
Thursday 11th of April 2013
Carolyn Zane, Loree Lough, Christa Allan and Angie Breidenbach each take a turn to talk about their novels and their writing life in the "Quilts of Love" series by Abingdon Press.
Thursday 4th of April 2013
Anabaptists and war | Murray Pura, Linda Maendel and Paul Wipf join me for a fascinating look at both the history of the Anabaptists and dispel some myths. Ever wondered what the difference was between pacifism and nonresistance or the biblical roots of nonresistance? Then this show is for you.
Thursday 28th of March 2013
Valerie Weaver-Zercher investigates the rise and reach of Amish fiction, and the ways that the genre intersects with religion, literature and popular culture, in a book called "Thrill of the Chaste: the Allure of Amish Romance Novels" (Johns Hopkins University Press).
Thursday 21st of March 2013
Bestselling author Amy Clipston catches listeners' up on her memoir, "A Gift of Life" (Zondervan), which will release next February. She talks about her newest release, "A Hopeful Heart," Book 1 of the Heart of the 'Lancaster Grand Hotel' series. In the final segment, Sherry Gore pops in to share some news: the NBC Today show arrives tomorrow to film a cooking segment with Sherry in her newly remodeled kitchen. It's also the 3rd anniversary show of Amish Wisdom.
Thursday 7th of March 2013
Holly Gerth, author of "God-Sized Dreams" (Revell), shares how to identify whether a dream is from God or not, and how to find God's purpose for your life. In the second half of the show, Emily Freeman, author of "Graceful" (Revell) talks about the "try-hard" girls, who think there's a right way to win God's love.
Thursday 28th of February 2013
Eight of ten bloggers from "Mennonite Girls Can Cook" chime in today to talk about hospitality, breaking bread with others, building community, feeding hungry children, and how their blog and their cookbooks with Herald Press have made a difference.
Thursday 21st of February 2013
Nancy Mehl is the first guest and talks about her newest release, "Unbreakable" (Bethany House), with its theme of Mennonite non-resistance. In the second half of the show, Jennifer Beckstrand discusses depression, a topic in her book, "Miriam's Quilt" (Summerside Press). Both authors share candidly about their own life journey in this fascinating show.
Tuesday 12th of February 2013
Columnist Rhonda Schrock steps into the hosting role and interview Mennonite Dorcas Smucker about her blog, "Life in a Shoe."
Thursday 7th of February 2013
Lee Ann Miller is a TV personality in Ohio's Amish country. She and her husband, Daryl, run the Miller Haus B&B. Daryl was raised Old Order Amish; his father is an Amish bishop. Lee Ann shares her thoughts about how she's been affected by her Amish relatives and how she perceives the current reality TV shows.
Thursday 31st of January 2013
Shelley Shepard Gray discusses her newest release, "Daybreak" (Avon Inspires), which is a slight departure from her other series. Research for this new series took Shelley into the fascinating world of the New Order Amish. Shelley is heading out on a 5 day, 5 state book tour in mid-February.
Thursday 24th of January 2013
Matthew and Nancy Sleeth, authors, speakers and founders of BlessedEarth.org discuss the keeping of the Sabbath. Matthew's newest book, "24/6" (Tyndale House), provides a life-giving prescription for a healthier, more God-centered life. Personally, the Sleeths share how observing the Sabbath changed their family life.
Thursday 17th of January 2013
Cookbook authors Dawn Stoltzfus, "A Farmer's Daughter, and Tina Eicher, "The Amish Family Cookbook" on Amish Wisdom
Today's show is all about good food! Tina Eicher, co-author w/ husband Jerry Eicher of "The Amish Family Cookbook" (Harvest House) and Dawn Stoltzfus, author of "A Farmer's Daughter" (Revell) share their kitchen talents.
Thursday 10th of January 2013
Kelly Long guest hosts and she's welcoming her friend and co-author Beth Wiseman back to the show. They will be talking about their book, An Amish Kitchen, as well as talking about what's new for both of them in 2013.
Thursday 3rd of January 2013
Crystal Paine kicks off the new year with help from her e-book, "21 Days to a More Disciplined Life." She gives all kinds of help and suggestions to get the year off to a good, goal-oriented start.
Thursday 13th of December 2012
Sherry Gore will be interviewing Cindy Woodsmall about her new book, Christmas in Apple Ridge.
Monday 3rd of December 2012
I'll be welcoming Mary Ellis back to Amish Wisdom. Mary will be talking about her new series, The New Beginning series, and filling us in on what's new in her life. Then during the second half of the show, we'll meet author Jenny Miller. Jenny is a mother of three children with the same genetic disorder. She shares her story in her book, Life is a Gift, and other lessons I’m learning from my daughters. Jenny's gentle spirit and peace is evident as she shares how joy and sorrow have been like train tracks in her life. "They run together. Life is a combination of both".
Thursday 29th of November 2012
Two authors, new to the sub-genre, have written novels that take a look at coming and going in the Amish culture. In the first half of the show, Olivia Newport discusses "Amish Accidentally" (Barbour), the first in a three part series. Alice J. Wisler takes the guest seat in the second half of the show. She is the author of "Still Life in Shadows"(River North).
Monday 12th of November 2012
Beth Wiseman catches us up on her latest release, which her editor called her most personal and heartfelt book. She also gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse about the plot of this particular story.
Thursday 8th of November 2012
Not Quite Amish Living is a lifestyle blog created by Tricia Goyer. Most of the contributors come on the show today to discuss how to simplify the holidays and celebrate the season.
Thursday 1st of November 2012
Sherry Gore is back on the show to fill us in on her new cookbook (Zondervan, April 2013) and talk about what it's been like to live with a TV crew underfoot for the past week. Big things in the works for Sherry.
Thursday 25th of October 2012
Two established authors, new to the Amish genre, are today's guests: Adina Senft (Faith Words) and Beth Shriver (Realms). Adina Senft was raised in a Plain home in Canada. She is the author of "The Wounded Heart" and "The Hidden Life." Beth Shriver, author of "Annie's Truth," the first in the 'Touch of Grace' series.
Thursday 18th of October 2012
Amish fiction authors Amy Lillard and Anna Schmidt, both new to the sub-genre, are interviewed in today's show. Amy Lillard first release is "Saving Gideon" (B&H). Anna Schmidt writes about the Mennonite in "A Sister's Forgiveness" (Barbour).
Thursday 11th of October 2012
Guest host Virginia Smith steps in to interview these two authors about their newest releases: Martha Bolton's "Josiah for President" (Zondervan) and Kelly Irvin's "A Heart Made New" (Harvest House).
Thursday 4th of October 2012
I'm so excited about this week's show. I've invited the great Judy Christie to play "host" and interview me and ex-Amish blogger, Mary Ann Kinsinger, about our new children's book Life with Lily. Such a fun show ahead.
Thursday 27th of September 2012
The bestselling, Christy Award winning team of Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould are guests today to talk about their newest release, "The Amish Bride" (Harvest House) and Leslie's soon-to-release book, "Courting Cate" (Bethany House).
Thursday 20th of September 2012
This week we'll have three guests on the show. The first half hour will feature guest host Rhonda Schrock who will be interviewing author and illustrator, Ingrid Hess. Ingrid has a delightful new book out called An Amish Alphabet. Then during the second half of the show I'll be sitting down with Christa Black, author of God Loves Ugly. She'll be sharing her inspiring message and personal story.
Thursday 13th of September 2012
This week on Amish Wisdom I'll be welcoming Joe Mackall to the show. We'll talk about his experiences among the Amish which he's captured in his book, Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish. Joe's writing has appeared in a variety of venues, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”
Thursday 6th of September 2012
Fascinating show today with Ira Wagler, NYT bestselling author of "Growing Up Amish" (Tyndale) and Murray Pura, author of "The Face of Heaven" (Harvest House). These knowledgeable men share the history of the Anabaptists, how they affected the Reformation history, and the growth of the movement. A painless lesson about a critically important time of church history.
Thursday 30th of August 2012
Erik Wesner of AmishAmerica, Hutterite Linda Maendel, and former Old Order Mennonite Osiah Hoorst join in for a lively discussion of the differences between the different Anabaptist groups. *We're disappointed to discover heavy static on this recording. We plan to re-schedule our guests and re-record it, but thought we'd leave it up for you. Our apologies!
Thursday 23rd of August 2012
Gooseberry Patch cookbook founders share the story of how their business began over a backyard fence in 1984 and grew into a hugely successful business. Over 200 titles and 9 million copies of cookbooks! Amazing story..and they still hold on to the values that they started with: valuing each customer and providing what people want.
Thursday 16th of August 2012
Bestselling author Vannetta Chapman catches us up on her latest back-to-back releases, romance "A Promise for Miriam" (Harvest House) and "Material Witness" (Zondervan).
Thursday 2nd of August 2012
Today's show is all about knitting! Lisa Bogart, author of "Knit with Love" (Revell), shares a deeper purpose of knitting and what it means to her. In the second half of the show, Karen Anna Vogel, author of "Knit Together" (Helping Hands Press), talks about her new Amish fiction serials.
Thursday 19th of July 2012
Zondervan author Amy Clipston catches us up on her latest release, "A Season for Love," and fills us in on her work-in-progress, including a memoir.
Monday 9th of July 2012
Suspense writers are the story on Amish Wisdom today! Amanda Flower is the author of "A Plain Death" (B&H) and Nancy Mehl writes about the Mennonites in "Inescapable" (Bethany House).
Thursday 28th of June 2012
Sherry Gore is a favorite returning guest. Her life has taken quite a turn since her last interview--she's launched a magazine, "Cooking & Such: Adventures in Plain Living," and participated in a documentary series on National Geographic, called "Amish: Out of Order." Always fun to catch up with Sherry! Columnist Rhonda Schrock pops in to talk about her editing role with Sherry's magazine.
Thursday 14th of June 2012
Former Hutterite Mary-Ann Kirkby returned to the show with hot-off-the-press news: the National Geographic series, "American Colony: Meet the Hutterites," has raised the ire of the bishops. They have issued a press release expressing their outrage and disappointment in the series.
Thursday 31st of May 2012
Two authors new to the genre describe how they found themselves writing about the Amish, what they've learned about the Amish, and share the backstories of their novels.
Thursday 24th of May 2012
Margot Starbuck, author of "Small Things with Great Love" (Intervarsity), talks about meeting the needs of others. Then Dan Walsh, author of "The Discovery" (Revell), shares about a personal revival in his life that brought him to a deeper relationship with God.
Thursday 17th of May 2012
Tricia Goyer catches us up on her busy life and her newest release, "Beyond Hope's Valley" (Broadman & Holman). She shares her insights about the Amish in Montana and how they differ from Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Thursday 10th of May 2012
Two new authors to the sub-genre are interviewed: Jennifer Beckstrand, author of "Kate's Song" (Summerside Press) and Amy Wallace, who wrote "Hiding in Plain Sight" (Harvest House).
Thursday 3rd of May 2012
Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith team up to write a series of a western adventure with an Amish twist. "The Heart's Frontier" (Harvest House) just released. The authors talk about how they collaborate as a writing team, and the research that went into studying cattle drives of 1880 Kansas.
Monday 23rd of April 2012
This week I'll be talking to two devotional authors about making room for God in our busy lives. The first half hour I'll chat with Shirley Brosius about her new devotional, "Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides" (Westbow Press). During the second half, Carey Bailey, the creator of "Cravings-The Devotional in a Cupcake," joins me. "Cravings" is a series of devotionals on the Psalms, written to help mothers make God time easier.
Monday 16th of April 2012
Don't miss this week's Amish Wisdom! I'm excited to announce that Nancy Sleeth will be returning to the show. You may remember that she was on in February talking about her new book, "Almost Amish." This week we’ll be focusing on Earth Day, Creation Care and the nonprofit she and her family run called Blessed Earth: Serving God, Saving the Planet.
Tuesday 3rd of April 2012
Crystal Paine, author of the "Money Saving Mom's Budget," shares her story and tips for others to have financial solvency. Crystal's plan for a healthy budget are very sustainable and extend into many areas of life.
Thursday 29th of March 2012
In the first half of the show, bestselling author Mary Ellis brings us up-to-date with her fourth in the series, "An Amish Family Reunion." The second half hour introduces Kelly Irvin, new to the sub-genre with "To Love and to Cherish." Kelly's interest in the Amish developed when she observed their ability to forgive after the Nickel Mines' tragedy.
Thursday 22nd of March 2012
NYTimes bestselling author Ira Wagler and speaker, educator and author Saloma Furlong share their stories of growing up in an Old Order Amish home. By the time they reached their late teens, they left their communities. Though Ira and Saloma have very different backgrounds, they do share a few things: a desire for education and a curiosity about the larger world.
Thursday 15th of March 2012
I'm excited to welcome our guest this week. Holley, incourage.me founder and award winning author has written a book of encouragement and foundational truth. Every woman can relate to the feeling of instant inadequacy after walking into a room crowded with other women, comparing themselves to everyone else in the room. We’re transported back to the seventh grade lunch room, and our quest for acceptance and perfection seems never ending. But what if there was a way to quiet our insecurities and to embrace our differences to live the life God designed specifically for us. So don't miss this week's show.
Friday 9th of March 2012
Erik Wesner of AmishAmerica joins us for this special anniversary show. Two years ago, Erik was the first guest on Amish Wisdom. On today's show, he catches us up on his current projects, and fields some interesting questions about the Amish.
Monday 27th of February 2012
Both of this week's guests made extreme lifestyle changes to get rid of excess and live more meaningful lives. First, we’ll hear from Jen Hatmaker, the author of 7:An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. Jen will be sharing about how she and her family tackled 7 areas of their lives to pair down, cut back and let go of what was isolating them from each other. We'll also hear how God transformed them in the process. Then during the second half of the show we’ll hear from author Nancy Sleeth. Nancy’s book, Almost Amish, details one family’s quest for a slower, simpler life. Nancy and her husband discovered the joys and benefits of being “Almost Amish” by incorporating the best of Amish principles into ten areas of their modern lives - they discovered stronger, deeper relationships with family, friends, and God.
Thursday 23rd of February 2012
Bestselling author Dale Cramer returns to the show to discuss his newest release, "The Captive Heart." Dale discusses writing historical fiction about a conservative sect of the Old Order Amish.
Thursday 16th of February 2012
On Thursday's show I'll be interviewing columnist and blogger Rhonda Schrock. My good friend Sherry Gore introduced us ... and I'm grateful she did. You're going to love Rhonda. Sherry and Rhonda both write for Cooking & Such. Rhonda was raised in a Mennonite community and today is a wife and mom to four (YES 4!) boys and has a wonderful blog, The Natives are Getting Restless. She also writes a column for The Goshen News called "Grounds for Insanity."
Thursday 9th of February 2012
The tables are turned today as Judy Christie brushes off her crackerjack reporter skills and interviews the host, Suzanne Woods Fisher, about her latest release, "The Keeper."
Thursday 2nd of February 2012
Lorilee Craker wrote "Money Secrets from the Amish" (Thomas Nelson) and shares what she learned from them: frugality, re-purposing, recycling. She also describes the benefits of living within one's means.
Thursday 26th of January 2012
Judy Walter was raised in a Hutterite Colony in Alberta, Canada. She shares about her heritage, upbringing, and talent for cooking. Judy's cookbook, "At Home in the Kitchen: Mennonite, Hutterite and Amish-Style Cooking," is filled with favorite recipes and beautiful photography.
Thursday 19th of January 2012
We're celebrating National Organizing Month with two experts: organizing expert Kathryn Bechen, author of "Small Space Organizing," (Revell). And in the second hour, we'll be speaking to Cindi Ferrini, author of "Balancing the Active Life" (Tate). A very practical, helpful, nurturing hour.
Thursday 12th of January 2012
Two knowledgeable guests share insights to conquer fears. Deborah Pegues, a behavioral specialist, is the author of "30 Days to Tame Your Fears" (Harvest House). She provides practical steps to address fears. In the second half of the program, Saundra Dalton-Smith, a practicing physician, shares how she has found a way to help her patients face lies that impact their lives. Saundra is the author of "Set Free to Live Free" (Revell).
Thursday 5th of January 2012
Popular guest host Judy Christie steps in today and interview Lisa Wingate about her newest book, Blue Moon Bay. Their discussion focuses on 12 steps to make your life matter in 2012.
Friday 23rd of December 2011
Georgia Varozza is the author of "The Homestyle Amish Kitchen Cookbook"(Harvest House). She is a certified Master Food Preserver and teaches others how to safely preserve their family's foods.
Thursday 15th of December 2011
Amish fiction author Amy Clipston talks about her recent release, "Naomi's Gift" (Zondervan), discusses her writing process, and gives a hint about what's to come in 2012. She also shares about the experience of donating a kidney to someone in need so that her husband could receive one.
Thursday 1st of December 2011
In the first half hour, Noah Coleman, son of photographer Bill Coleman, gives us an update on his dad: updating the website, how his dad is doing since his stroke, what's on the horizon for amishphoto.com. In the second half of the hour, author Judy Christie gives us tips on how to have a calmer, less stressful Christmas.
Thursday 17th of November 2011
Tricia Goyer pops in to catch us up on her latest release and her recent book signing trip through Amish country. In the second half, Joanne Kraft talks about the year her family took a "radical sabbatical."
Tuesday 8th of November 2011
LeeAnn Miller is a popular TV host, runs the Miller Haus B&B in Ohio, and is a field editor for "Taste of Home" magazine. She is also married to a wonderful man who was raised in the Old Order Amish church and has a close relationship with her in-laws. In this interview, LeeAnn catches us up on her exciting life and shares some thoughts about how the Amish handle conflict in relationships
Thursday 27th of October 2011
Guest host Judy Christie steps in today to interview prolific, award-winning author Janice Hanna Thompson about the role of humor in writing.
Thursday 13th of October 2011
Danny Kofke, a special needs teacher in Georgia, is the author of "A Simple Book of Financial Wisdom: Teach Yourself (and Your Kids) How to Live Wealthy with Little Money." Danny shares his story of raising a family...and thriving...on a teacher's salary.
Wednesday 5th of October 2011
A rare opportunity to hear from someone who is inside the Amish church--and even more rare because Marlene Miller converted to the Amish. Marlene wrote her memoirs in a book called "Grace Leads You Home." During this interview, she shares her story and her insights about the Amish.
Thursday 29th of September 2011
Vannetta Chapman and Glynnis Whitwer | Amish Mystery Author and Organization with Proverbs 31 Ministries
Vannetta Chapman discusses her Amish mystery, "Falling to Pieces" (Zondervan), in the first half-hour and updates us about her new projects. In the second half of the show, Glynnis Whitwer shares her thoughts about prioritizing life after motherhood, based on her book "I Used to Be So Organized."
Friday 23rd of September 2011
Sherry Gore fills in this week as the consummate guest host! She interviews Kevin Williams of "The Amish Cook" and gets us up-to-date with the latest in her busy and productive life.
Thursday 15th of September 2011
First up is Mary Ellis, author of "A Marriage for Meghan" (Harvest House), which releases October 1st. Mary talks about the characters in this intriguing story. In the second part of the hour, Bob Hostetler, co-author with Josh McDowell of "Don't Check Your Brains at the Door," discusses how to keep kids in the church.
Thursday 8th of September 2011
Keith and Laura James operate the on-line business of Amish Workshops as a kind of Amish catch-all site: recipes, products, stories, including an "Ask Viola" column written by an Amish woman, where readers can submit their questions to be answered.
Thursday 1st of September 2011
Both guests today have powerful and inspiring stories to share. The first half of this show features Becki Reiser, a mom whose 17-year-old daughter was abducted and murdered. Becki and her husband offered forgiveness to the person who took their daughter's life. From the moment they found out what happened, they asked God to use their story to bring glory to His name. The second half of the show features Janet Holm McHenry, author of the re-released "PrayerWalk." Janet beat serious depression through daily walks, conversing with God.
Thursday 25th of August 2011
Deb Coty's latest release, "Too Blessed to be Stressed" (Barbour), is packed with inspiration, insights, and humor. You'll get a taste of Deb's quirky and heart-felt encouragement in this hour.
Thursday 18th of August 2011
Valerie Weaver-Zercher is a Mennonite writer and editor who worked on the revised 30th anniversary edition of "Living More with Less" by Doris Janzen Longacre (Herald Press). Valerie discusses the motivations behind living a simpler life so that it transcends the "Green in In" trend.
Thursday 11th of August 2011
Erik Wesner catches us up on his book projects and shares some of the more controversial topics about the Amish that have been discussed on his blog.
Thursday 4th of August 2011
Jonas Beiler, discusses the different roles in his life: family counselor, co-founder of Auntie Anne's Pretzels and author of "Think No Evil." Jonas was raised Old Order Amish. Although he is no longer Amish, he admires many aspects of them, including their quick intent to forgive. In the second half of the show, Jonas talks in-depth about the Nickel Mine shootings.
Thursday 28th of July 2011
Guest host Judy Christie talks with MaryBeth Whalen about her new novel, "She Makes It Look Easy" (David Cook). They also chat about living within one's means, simplifying life, and being the person you're meant to be. MaryBeth is a mother of six, ages 6-19. Lots to talk about!
Thursday 21st of July 2011
The bestselling team of Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould discuss how they manage writing a manuscript when they live 2,000 miles apart. Their newest release, "The Amish Nanny," includes some fascinating historical information about the Anabaptists.
Thursday 14th of July 2011
Kevin Williams, co-author of "Amish Cook Baking Book"with Lovina Eicher, shares his story of starting a syndicated newspaper column. Guest hosting is Judy Christie, author of the wildly popular "Gone to Green" series (Abingdon Press).
Thursday 7th of July 2011
Kathleen Fuller writes bestselling Amish fiction for Thomas Nelson, and is currently battling thryoid cancer. She shares what she has learned as she journeys through this experience. Just a heads-up...the final segment is an excerpt from "Amish Values for Your Family," a new release from yours truly.
Thursday 30th of June 2011
Ira Wagler was raised Old Order Amish in Aylmer, Ontario. "Growing Up Amish" (Tyndale) is a memoir of Ira's childhood and young adulthood--and his back-and-forth struggle to figure out which world he belonged in.
Thursday 16th of June 2011
Shelley's had a big year! Nine books (9!), her youngest child just graduated from high school, she's been on NPR radio, featured in USA Today, and just returned from an Alaskan cruise. In this episode, Shelley shares her observations after attending an Old Order Amish wedding, and we discuss her soon-to-release book, "The Protector," book 2 in the Families of Honor series.
Thursday 9th of June 2011
Ann Gabhart shares information about the Shakers, a religious community that thrived in the 1700s and 1800s. Ann writes historical fiction about the Shakers and is very knowledgeable about this unique group.
Thursday 26th of May 2011
A few years ago, Dan Endy (non-Amish) and Amos Stoltzfus (Beachy Amish) met in Pennsylvania and forged a meaningful friendship. How have they influenced each other? What have they learned from each other? What kinds of activities do they share? You'll find answers to those questions and many more--while learning a lot about friendship.
Thursday 19th of May 2011
Fascinating show that explores the history of Anabaptists with four knowledgeable guests: Erik Wesner of Amish America, Mennonite cookbook author Sherry Gore, soon-to-be-author and former Old Order Amish Ira Wagler, and former Hutterite Mary Ann Kirkby. Each one shares some history and know-how about an aspect of their faith.
Thursday 5th of May 2011
Paul Gaus, writer of Amish fiction mysteries, describes how he segued from a chemistry professor at a university to a writer of murder mysteries. Paul shares what it takes to write a mystery novel.
Thursday 28th of April 2011
Debut novelist Ruth Reid talks about her book, "The Promise of an Angel," about an Amish settlement in Michigan.
Thursday 21st of April 2011
Beverly Lewis, New York Times bestselling author and the "gracious host" of the Amish fiction sub-genre, talks about the recent Hallmark film of "The Shunning," and about her recent release, "The Judgment." Beverly shares about how her childhood influenced her writing and imagination.
Thursday 14th of April 2011
Tricia Goyer's newest release, "Beside Still Waters" (B&H), is loosely based on the story of Ora Jay and Irene Esh's experience of moving from Indiana to a new Amish settlement in Montana.
Thursday 7th of April 2011
Kim Vogel Sawyer is a bestselling author of 15 novels and counting. Today, we are chatting about her Old Order Mennonite YA series and her new release, "Katy's Homecoming."
Thursday 31st of March 2011
Laura Hilton, known for her reviews, describes the debut of her first novel, "Patchwork Dreams," book 1 of the Seymour series (Whitaker). Laura is also a homeschooling mom to five, a pastor's wife, and a breast cancer survivor.
Thursday 24th of March 2011
Wanda tells about her newest series, 'Kentucky Brothers,' and shares her thoughts about "The Journey," book 1 in the series. She also answers questions from listeners and talks about her own background and hobbies.
Thursday 17th of March 2011
Gayle Roper, author of over 45 books, shares her love of writing, mentoring and teaching. "A Rose Revealed" (Harvest House) is the final book in Gayle's Amish Farm trilogy.
Thursday 10th of March 2011
In the first half hour, Eli Hochstetler shares his business ethic behind his thriving bookstore in Berlin, Ohio. Keith Rathbun, publisher of "The Budget," tells us about the history of the Amish newspaper, its purpose, and what it means to the Amish community.
Thursday 24th of February 2011
Leslie Gould shares what it's like to collaborate with Mindy Starns Clark on an Amish fiction series with Harvest House, and about the adoption of her youngest child from Vietnam.
Thursday 17th of February 2011
We're going behind the scenes with Sherry Gore to find out what she's got cooking! Sherry has another cookbook in the works, Amish Brides' Kitchen, as well as a sequel to her popular "Taste of Pinecraft." Hear about Sherry's experience as a caregiver to her 21-year-old daughter, and how God has provided the means for Sherry to work at home.
Thursday 10th of February 2011
Staci Frenes shares her beautiful music, and thoughts about her life journey toward a simpler life. She calls it "Making Room." Staci is also a World Vision artist.
Thursday 3rd of February 2011
New York Times bestselling author Cindy Woodsmall shares the story behind her stories...how she became a writer of Amish fiction and non-fiction, how she researches her stories, and about her unique friendship with Miriam, an Amish woman, that has resulted in writing "Plain Wisdom" (Waterbrook).
Thursday 27th of January 2011
We meet Annie Schar of Annie's Amish Baskets during the first half hour. Annie employs an Amish family to make baskets for her. She describes the process of basketmaking, and how she ended up working with an Amish family. In the second half, blogger MaryAnn Kinsinger and I have a conversation about "The Search." That half is a little static-y sounding. My apologies!
Thursday 20th of January 2011
Author Patricia Miller Mauro shares her amazing story: "Kidnapping, divorce, the loss of her Amish family and father, abandonment, extreme poverty." Patti broke the cycle of dysfunction and poverty and is now reconnected to her dad.
Thursday 13th of January 2011
Marta Perry, author of over 40 novels, discusses how she became a writer of suspense and mystery. A lover of Pennsylvania, Marta provides a mini-history lesson of William Penn's "Holy Experiment" and the background of the Amish.
Thursday 6th of January 2011
Kathleen Fuller shares her New Year's resolutions, updates us about her novels-in-progress, and discusses how she ended up writing Amish fiction.
Thursday 16th of December 2010
Amy Clipston is a bestselling author of the 'Kaufmann Amish Bakery' Series (Zondervan). She shares stories about her life...as a writer, a mom, and a wife to a man who has kidney disease.
Thursday 9th of December 2010
Lee Ann Miller, married to a man raised in an Old Order Amish family, is a television personality and columnist about life in Ohio Amish country. Lee Ann shares her observations about Amish holidays and traditions: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and weddings!
Thursday 2nd of December 2010
Mary Ellis shares the story behind the writing of "Sarah's Christmas Miracle" (Harvest House). Steve Ayers raised his three children without television and with an emphasis on good books. He owns four thousands books! Steve provides suggestions to modern families to reduce dependence on technology.
Thursday 18th of November 2010
Dale Cramer is the author of "Levi's Will," and is launching a new Amish fiction series this month! "The Daughters of Caleb Bender" (Bethany) is set in the 1920s, beginning in Ohio and ending in Paradise Valley, Mexico.
Thursday 11th of November 2010
"Beside Still Waters" is award winning author Tricia Goyer's newest series. It will be released April 1st by Broadman & Holman. The series begins with an Amish family who have moved to Montana from Indiana.
Thursday 4th of November 2010
Two guests this week! "The Silent Order" author Melanie Dobson is interviewed in the first half of the show. Melanie is one of those multi-talented persons and her writing career shows that! "The Silent Order" is a mafia/Amish suspense book, set in the 1920s. The second half of the show is Amish raised musician Will Stoltz. Listen to some of Will's country music during the show--he has a beautiful, rich, dynamic singing voice.
Thursday 28th of October 2010
The tables are turned on Suzanne today as Sherry Gore takes the helm as host!
Thursday 21st of October 2010
Mary-Ann Kirkby was raised as a Hutterite in Canada. Her family left the community when she was ten, and years later, she wrote a book, "I am Hutterite" about her experiences. A fascinating look at an unusual culture that is similar to the Amish in history and core beliefs, but the Hutterites share common property.
Thursday 14th of October 2010
Mindy Starns Clark is an author of fiction and non-fiction books, including "The Pocket Guide to Amish Life" and "Secrets of Harmony Grove." Listen to how Mindy got started as a writer--including a stint as a stand-up comedian.
Thursday 7th of October 2010
Vannetta Chapman is the author of "A Simple Amish Christmas" (Abingdon Press). She shares what an Amish Christmas is like and talks about her upcoming Amish murder mystery series with Zondervan.
Thursday 30th of September 2010
Award winning author Barbara Cameron shares her path to publication from teaching at a public high school, and how she got involved writing Amish fiction.
Thursday 23rd of September 2010
On the release date of "Seek Me with all your Heart," the first in the "Land of Canaan" series (Thomas Nelson), Beth Wiseman discusses writing fiction about the Amish, her travels to Colorado to gather research about a new settlement, and about her own adoption and finding her biological mother when she became an adult.
Thursday 16th of September 2010
Erik Wesner kindly steps in for me as I'm still with my new grandbaby! He talks to Kevin Williams, editor of "The Amish Cook" newspaper column with Amish cook Lovina Eicher.
Thursday 9th of September 2010
Erik Wesner of AmishAmerica.com steps in as guest host and interviews Lorilee Craker, author of the soon-to-be-released "Money Secrets of Amish: Sharing, Saving, and Shoo-fly Pie."
Thursday 2nd of September 2010
Kelly Long, author of the ECPA bestseller "Sarah's Garden," shares her journey to publication. Quilters will enjoy hearing Kelly's perspective about quilting as a form of literacy. Kelly has a strong interest in literacy and even taught literacy at a men's prison in New Hampshire. She grew up among Amish districts in a small coal mining town in Pennsylvania.
Thursday 19th of August 2010
While I'm away this week escorting my son to college (sniff, sniff) Judy Christie (you may remember her interview a few weeks ago) has graciously agreed to fill in for me as the host extraordinaire of Amish Wisdom. This week she'll be interviewing TV personality and columnist Lee Ann Miller.
Thursday 12th of August 2010
Four popular authors of Amish fiction come together to discuss their book, "An Amish Christmas" (Thomas Nelson).
Thursday 5th of August 2010
Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish and writes a wildly popular blog, A Joyful Chaos, about growing up Amish.
Thursday 29th of July 2010
Mary Ellis wrote "The Miller Family Series" (Harvest House), three novels about an Amish family in Ohio. Her latest book is "The Way to a Man's Heart." Wanda Brunstetter is a bestselling author of more than 50 books. Her recent release is "Lydia's Charm" (Barbour Publishing).
Thursday 22nd of July 2010
Judy Christie writes non-fiction books about simplifying your life, slowing down, and finding more joy in the day to day. The series is called "Hurry Less, Worry Less" by Abingdon Press. Just released is Judy's new fiction series, "Gone to Green," about a newspaper reporter who moves from the big city to a small town.
Thursday 15th of July 2010
Ann H. Gabhart writes popular historical fiction about the Shaker religion.
Thursday 8th of July 2010
Brad Igou runs Amish Experience in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, is the editor-in-chief of Amish Country News, and is the author of "The Amish in their Own Words" (Herald Press).
Thursday 1st of July 2010
Carol Steffey owns and runs a bed-and-breakfast called Garden Gate Get-A-Way in Millersburg, Ohio. She customizes visits to the Amish for her guests.
Thursday 24th of June 2010
Joel Kime shares a personal story that occurred when he was seventeen years old, growing up in Lancaster. He was driving to play football and sped up to pass a buggy, not realizing the buggy was turning left. The story doesn't end there--it keeps going, in a remarkable example of the forgiveness of God.
Friday 18th of June 2010
Both my son and daughter have recently graduated, one from college and one from high school. On to the next stage of life. :) So in the midst of all this crazy activity, Erik Wesner has (once again) agreed to guest host for me while I'm away. Be sure to tune in on Thursday as he interviews author, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner. She is a linguistics professor and studies Amish and Mennonite cultures and communities. Sounds like a FASCINATING woman!
Thursday 10th of June 2010
Join me on Thursday afternoon for an hour with authors Shelley Shepard Gray (fiction author) and Mary Ann Kirkby, author of "I Am Hutterite" - leave a comment to win a copy of their books.
Friday 4th of June 2010
Don't miss Amish Wisdom on Thursday at 4:00 PM Central! Blogger and author Erik Wesner will be expertly manning the hosting helm while interviewing fascinating ex-Amish blogger Ira Wagler. I'm excited to see what kind of mischief these two get into ...
Thursday 27th of May 2010
Thursday 20th of May 2010
A fun discussion about a classic Penn Dutch dessert with cookbook authors Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell.
Thursday 6th of May 2010
This week's guest is the fascinating Cheryl! She has lived among the Amish for many years. She has observed their way of life and will have much insight to share about living a simple life. I'm also looking forward to her gardening tips - I hear she has an amazing green thumb!
Thursday 29th of April 2010
Join me on Thursday as I interview my distinguished quest, Joe Wittmer, author of Gentle People: An Inside View Of Amish Life. Dr. Wittmer was raised Old Order Amish and although he is no longer Amish, he has chronicled the life and customs of the Amish accurately.
Thursday 22nd of April 2010
This week's guest will be fascinating as we get a behind the scenes look at the acclaimed and controversial UPN show from 2004, Amish in the City from the Emmy-winning television producer Jon Kroll. Not only does he have an impressive career (see below), but he's also had an interesting child hood. "I was raised in Northern California without television, telephone or electricity." Wow.
Friday 16th of April 2010
Friday 9th of April 2010
This Thursday's show should be fabulous. Pat Sloan has graciously agreed to fill in for me this week while I'm away doing a bit of research. Pat's guest is an extraordinary quilter, Joe Cunningham. In March Joe was the Artist-in-Residence at the MH de Young Museum in San Francisco.
Friday 2nd of April 2010
Thursday 25th of March 2010
The Comfort Quilt was taken by the Amish to Virginia Tech, after the tragic shootings that took place on April 16, 2007. Dr. Bryan Cloud, both of Virginia Tech, will be joining us on Thursday. The Cloud's only daughter, Austin, was killed in the shootings. Renee and Bryan Cloud have developed a strong bond with the Nickel Mines families and, says Dr. Dooley, the couple has inspired many with their demonstrations of Amish grace. Join me on Thursday as the Clouds share their story and show us how they turned a tragedy into a blessing through service.
Thursday 18th of March 2010
Thursday 11th of March 2010
Please join me on Thursday March 11th at 4:00 pm CST for the debut show with guest Erik Wesner, author of Erik the popular blog "Amish America"! We'll be chatting with Erik about all things Amish and about his new book coming out about Amish businesses.