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Step into the world of plain cooking and simple living with Amish Wisdom, and your Host Sherry Gore. It's doesn't take an airplane ticket--or even a buggy ride--to experience the hometown taste, smells, and sounds of a traditional Amish meal; to meet the colorful people living with Sherry in the Pinecraft, Florida PLAIN community; or to understand the joys of simple living from the Authors, educators, and media personalities making Amish culture more accessible than ever before:  just close out the modern world and take a step into a different life, a Plain and joyful life, with Sherry as your guide.  

Sherry Gore was not born Amish; she committed to an Amish way of living after finding a true Christian faith.  And as she once learned the secret of Plain living from her community, you will learn those secrets from her.  Also an accomplished cook and card-carrying foodie, Sherry takes Amish Wisdom into kitchens throughout the United States in order to deepen her personal relationship with food (and hopefully provide a few pointers along the way).

A fun and thought-provoking quest into the lives of good people, the mysteries of good food, and, of course, pie:  it's Amish Wisdom.  You've earned a little vacation, so why not visit Florida in your mind, right now, with your Host Sherry Gore.  

Tune into "Amish Wisdom." Thursdays, 5-6pm Eastern.   

About the host:

Sherry Gore is editor-in-chief of Cooking & Such magazine, a weekly scribe for the national edition of the 120-year-old Amish newspaper The Budget, and the author of Simply Delicious Amish Cooking. Sherry is a year-round resident of Sarasota, Florida, the vacation paradise of the Plain People. Sherry’s culinary adventures have been featured on the Today Show, NBC Daytime, and National Geographic Channel’s documentary Amish: Out of Order. She has three children and is a member of a Beachy Amish Mennonite church. She’s a caregiver to her twenty-three-year-old daughter, a Sunday school teacher, a cooking show host, and an official pie contest judge.

Have a question for Sherry or one of her guests? Call the show at 1-877-864-4869.

To learn more please visit Sherry's web site and for the latest news, her blog!

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This week on Amish Wisdom | Cozy Christmas Reads with Vannetta Chapman and Murray Pura

This week on Amish Wisdom we'll be taking a look at the lastest Christmas releases for Vannetta Chapman and Murray Pura. First Vannetta will be on to talk about her book, The Christmas Quilt. Then Murray will join me for the second half of the show to chat about An Amish Family Christmas. And ... of course we'll find out their favorite Christmas foods and what sweet treats they're most looking forward to this holiday. 

Leave a comment below for a chance to win either a copy of The Christmas Quilt or An Amish Family Christmas. Winner will be notified via email next week.

More about Vannetta: Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

Find out more about Vannetta at her website,

More about The Christmas Quilt:

Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

More about Murray:

Murray Pura earned his Master of Divinity degree from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and his ThM degree in theology and interdisciplinary studies from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more than 25 years, in addition to his writing, he has pastored churches in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, and Alberta. Murray’s writings have been shortlisted for the Dartmouth Book Award, the John Spencer Hill Literary Award, the Paraclete Fiction Award, and Toronto's Kobzar Literary Award. His novels for Harvest House include Face of Heaven, The Wings of Morning, and Ashton Park. Murray pastors and writes in southern Alberta near the Rocky Mountains. He and his wife, Linda, have a son and a daughter.

Connect with Murray on Facebook.

More about An Amish Family Christmas:

After tragedy strikes the family of young Naomi Miller, her friend Rebecca Bachman does all she can to help. But things get complicated when Rebecca’s brother, Micah, returns from a combat tour in Afghanistan. For one thing, he chose to serve in the military even though he served as a medic and never picked up a gun. For another, he is under the Meidung—the shunning— because of that and none of the Amish are permitted to speak to him or eat with him. And finally, he is not only Rebecca's brother, he is Naomi's husband! But how can Naomi pick up where their marriage left off after he turned away from her and his people to enlist in the army? How can Naomi and Micah even begin the process of healing their relationship when he will not repent of what he has done and the Amish will not forgive him for what he has done? Naomi despairs of ever again having a happy married life with her husband.

But God has a way of working on the hearts of His people—especially at Christmas time. When an unexpected turn of events sets things right, miracles happen to the Amish community, to the Miller family, and to Naomi and Micah, miracles that transform everyone.

Here is warm and tender story of faithfulness, love, and reconciliation at the most wonderful time of the year.

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  1. Raina says: These are fresh exciting stories. I would love to win.

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  2. Rachel Lepree says: would love to win one of these books.

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  5. Deborah (one of the angels) says: God bless your endeavours.

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 10:50 am EST
  6. Juidy Burgi says: Would love to win a copy of An Amish Family Christmas. I have already read The Christmas Quilt. It was a great read!! Blessings!

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 10:58 am EST
  7. Dianne Plourde says: Have discovered during these past few years just how much it brings peace to my soul to read the gentle stories about the Amish, especially in the evenings. Am very glad to have found your blog, as the Beachy-Amish have interested me of late ... and the Anabaptist expression of Christianity, in general. Thank you!

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  9. Donna B says: Both of these books sound like they would be great to read. I love to discover new authors too. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 11:26 am EST
  10. Rose M. says: I really love the covers for the Quilts of Love series. Thanks for having the giveaway. harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 11:50 am EST
  11. Cindi Altman says: I hope I win. The only problem is, if I do, which book to choose. Both look great and I love Vannetta and Murray. cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 1:16 pm EST
  12. Jackie McNutt says: Love books by both authors. Thank you mcnuttj(at)rocketmail(dot)com

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 1:47 pm EST
  13. Loretta says: Either book would be lovely! Surprise me! Thanks for this opportunity. :) eveningstar888 at aol dot com

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 2:01 pm EST
  14. Linda says: Love Christmas books! Would love to add either one in my collection.

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 2:02 pm EST
  15. Melissa says: Looking foward to reading it. Love Christmas stories

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 2:10 pm EST
  16. Melissa says: Sorry got so excited forgot to leave email

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  17. Theresa L. says: Look forward to reading both of these books. Would love to win one of them.

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  18. NameMaryann says: CommentI would love to read these books marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  23. Lisa Stifler says: I would love a chance to win a copy of these wonderful books! Thank you for this chance.

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  24. says: Thank you for the opportunity to win The Amish Quilt or Amish Christmas. Martha Staton

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 2:43 pm EST
  25. Vicky S says: Christmas Quilts, What a lovely idea!

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 2:53 pm EST
  26. Angela Chesnut says: Would love to win.

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  27. Ruth Swartz says: Would love to win your new book,thank

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  28. Linda Finn says: Would love Murrays book, have Vannettas. Linda Finn

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 3:10 pm EST
  29. Tammy Howell says: I love Amish fiction. Good clean books to read. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 3:12 pm EST
  30. NamDonna Moore Forker says: A Good Book Is A Ray Of Light To The Spirit! Love Too Win One Of The Holiday Books! DonnaForker1@Comcast.Net

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 3:29 pm EST
  31. Barbara says: Please enter me in your book drawing. Reading is my favorite pastime.

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 3:35 pm EST
  32. Debbie Rhoades says: Love to read both of these authors -- God blessed them with talent just oozing out of their pores :o))) Debbie Rhoades

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 3:45 pm EST
  33. Carolyn Jefferson says: Would like to win An Amish Family Christmas. Carolyn J.

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 4:55 pm EST
  34. mary cunningham says: I would love to curl up up with the two books you are offering.

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 5:24 pm EST
  35. Shelia Wade says: I read An Amish Family Christmas, and I loved it. I have read several Christmas books this season and I will tell you that this is the BEST Christmas Novel I have read this year.

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 5:35 pm EST
  36. joan says: Loved The Christmas Quilt and would love to read An Amish Family Christmas.

    Posted on: 12-19-2013 @ 5:36 pm EST
  37. Lisa Rumley says: I need to read these!

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  38. Nancy Dinecola says: I would so love to read these books

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  39. BJ Searcy says: I do not read much, but these look so interesting. May change my reading habits.

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  43. Bobbe says: What a honor it would be to receive these either of these books. Thank you for being so kind as to share your talents.

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  45. susan fletcher says: I would love to win one of these books! Thanks for the chance!

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  48. NameTeresa Duncan says: I love reading stories about the amish. They inspire me to try and be a better steward for Christ. God Bless.

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  49. Emma says: The Christmas Quilt and An Amish Family Christmas sounds wonderful. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.I enjoy reading your books.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

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  50. Stevie Jo Stump says: Oh, how I would LOVE to win The Christmas Quilt or An Amish Family Christmas!!! I enjoy reading Amish fiction SO much! Very inspiring and heart-warming!

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  54. Cheri Brown says: I would love to win these books, I enjoy reading and learning about the Amish. We have an Amish community nearby us here living in Southern Maryland.Comment

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  55. Kristie D. says: I love Christmas books and Amish fiction is my favorite. I have never read these two authors but would love to give them a try. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you!

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This week on Amish Wisdom | Blush; a Mennonite Memoir

Join me in welcoming Shirley Showalter to Amish Wisdom this week. Born into a plain-dressing, plain-speaking Mennonite farm family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Shirley Showalter was named for Shirley Temple, a movie star she was forbidden to watch. She grew up with her nose pressed to the window of the glittering world, “protected from its supposed evils by parents and preachers and kind ladies with hankies in their pockets.” That sheltered farm girl went on to become a college president, as Showalter tells in her new memoir, Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World by Shirley Showalter (Herald Press, $15.99 paperback, September 13, 2013). I especially like that the book contains some Mennonite recipes and vintage photos.

Leave a comment here for a chance to win a copy of the book. Winner will be notified next week via email.

More about Shirley: Shirley Hershey Showalter grew up on a Mennonite family farm near Lititz, Pennsylvania. The first person in her family to go to college, she eventually became the first woman president of Goshen College in Indiana, a national liberal arts college noted for its commitment to peace and international service learning. She joined the Fetzer Institute in 2004, a private operating foundation with this mission: "to foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the emerging global community." In 2010 she became a full-time writer living in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She has won awards for excellence in each of the fields she entered: teaching, higher education, leadership, and writing. 

Find out more at Shirley's website,

More about Blush: “I promise: you will be transported,” says Bill Moyers of this memoir. Part Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, part Growing Up Amish, and part Little House on the Prairie, this book evokes a lost time, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, when a sheltered little girl with big dreams entered a family and church caught up in the midst of the cultural changes of the 1950’s and ‘60’s. With gentle humor and clear-eyed affection the author, who grew up to become a college president, tells the story of her first encounters with the “glittering world” and her desire for “fancy” forbidden things she could see but not touch.

The reader enters a plain Mennonite Church building, walks through the meadow, makes sweet and sour feasts in the kitchen and watches the little girl grow up. Along the way, five other children enter the family, one baby sister dies, the family moves to the “home place.” The major decisions, whether to join the church, and whether to leave home and become the first person in her family to attend college, will have the reader rooting for the girl to break a new path. In the tradition of Jill Ker Conway’s The Road to Coorain, this book details the formation of a future leader who does not yet know she’s being prepared to stand up to power and to find her own voice.

The book contains many illustrations and resources, including recipes, a map, and an epilogue about why the author is still Mennonite. Topics covered include the death of a child, Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, the role of bishops in the Mennonite church, the paradoxes of plain life (including fancy cars and the practice of growing tobacco). The drama of passing on the family farm and Mennonite romance and courtship, as the author prepares to leave home for college, create the final challenges of the book.

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  1. Namealice says: Would love to win

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  2. Sandra Stiles says: Sounds like an excellent way to learn more about the Mennonite.

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  3. Jackie McNutt says: Thank you mcnuttj(at)rocketmail(dot)com

    Posted on: 12-11-2013 @ 9:16 am EST
  4. Beth R. says: I would love to read this book and win a copy. Sbams5(at)

    Posted on: 12-11-2013 @ 9:36 am EST
  5. Cindi Altman says: Sounds like a wonderful story. Please enter me in the drawing to win a copy.

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  6. Loretta Shumpert says: I REALLY want to read this, I love memoirs. Thank you for an opportunity to win it :) eveningstar888 at aol dot com

    Posted on: 12-11-2013 @ 11:17 am EST
  7. erica says: Would appreciate the chance to read this book, sounds interesting, particularly rising to the level of college president.

    Posted on: 12-11-2013 @ 11:19 am EST
  8. Debbie Rhoades says: I would love to read this book! Thank you for the chance to win it! Debbie Rhoades

    Posted on: 12-11-2013 @ 3:23 pm EST
  9. Martha Staton says: Martha Staton or I would very much enjoy reading "Blush" by Shirley Hershey Showter. This novel sounds fascinating and written by an author I have never read. Thank You. Blessings!

    Posted on: 12-11-2013 @ 7:00 pm EST
  10. Rhonda Gayle Nash-Hall says: This sounds like a nice book.

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  11. mary cunningham says: Comment

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  12. NameTheresa Nauman says: CWould love to win her book Enjoy reading about the Amish But, I never win a thing. Thanksomment

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  13. Judy B says: I would love to read this book and learn more about Shirley Showalter..fascinating!Blessings! Judy B judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Posted on: 12-12-2013 @ 2:00 pm EST
  14. Lisa D says: I am so fascinated and respectful of Amish and Mennonite cultures and would love to read this book!

    Posted on: 12-12-2013 @ 2:58 pm EST
  15. NameAngela Chesnut says: Commentwould love to win.

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  16. sharon says: sounds like a book I would love to read

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  17. Vickie Walker ( says: I would love to win your book, as I am a reader I am repeating this message as the first one I submit showed an error.. hope this goes thru

    Posted on: 12-12-2013 @ 3:32 pm EST
  18. TAMMY HUDSON says: This sounds great. I love books with recipes. HUBTIVOLI1@YAHOO.COM

    Posted on: 12-12-2013 @ 3:58 pm EST
  19. Christine J. says: Sounds like something I would love. Hope I can win!! libgirl2 at yahoo dot com

    Posted on: 12-12-2013 @ 4:21 pm EST
  20. Karen Gervais says: Would love a chance to win this book. Sounds very interesting. kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

    Posted on: 12-12-2013 @ 6:47 pm EST
  21. Donna B. says: This book looks like one I would enjoy reading! Please enter me in this drawing. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

    Posted on: 12-14-2013 @ 12:53 pm EST
  22. Mona Greer says: Sounds like a great book, I would love to win a copy..

    Posted on: 12-14-2013 @ 4:38 pm EST
  23. Jennifer B. says: Sounds like a great book!! Would love to win!!

    Posted on: 12-15-2013 @ 12:45 am EST
  24. Kay from NY says: Sounds like a great book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. msbookwormlady(at)aol(dot)com

    Posted on: 12-15-2013 @ 6:57 pm EST
  25. Kevlin says: I really, really want to read this book! Hope my library orders it. Thanks. prettyinpurplerose(at)aol(dot)com

    Posted on: 12-17-2013 @ 10:19 am EST

This week on Amish Wisdom | TV Personality Lee Ann Miller


This week on Amish Wisdom we're welcoming back the lovely and vivacious Lee Ann Miller. We'll hear all about how Lee Ann is embracing being the mom of a college student, what God has been teaching her about courage, her Hallmark Channel appearance, and of course FOOD! Don't miss Thursday's show, tune in at 5pm Eastern.

I'm giving away a surprise pack of Amish books. Leave a comment HERE on THE AMISH WISDOM PAGE for a chance to win it. Winner will be notified next week via email.

More about Leeann: Lee Ann Miller met, dated and married a young Amish man within 28 days! That was over twenty years ago. Daryl and Lee Ann live in scenic Holmes County, Ohio in the middle of Amish Country. They are happy parents of two teenager sons. The Millers own and operate a nine room bed & breakfast in Walnut Creek called The Miller Haus. Through a guest at their B&B in 2005 Lee Ann began doing television work on local FOX & ABC affiliates. Lee Ann loves baking, babies, fresh ground coffee and her favorite season in Ohio is Spring. Lee Ann hopes and tries to live out her faith in the most messy, beautiful way possible! To find out more about Lee Ann and The Miller Haus Bed & Breakfast check them out on Facebook.

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  1. Jean Smith says: Please enter me in the drawing, thanks.

    Posted on: 12-04-2013 @ 2:09 pm EST
  2. Emma Jenkins says: Enter me in the drawing, Thanks!

    Posted on: 12-04-2013 @ 4:31 pm EST
  3. Patsy Houston says: I really enjoy reading. Would love to win! plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 9:19 am EST
  4. Debra Berden says: Sherry, I would love to win the Amish books.

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 9:37 am EST
  5. Jackie McNutt says: Thank you for the drawing.

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 9:42 am EST
  6. Eric says: Would be great to win this gift bag, certainly would have something to share at christmas. Thanks babyfacezxzx(at)aol(DOT) com

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 9:59 am EST
  7. Kathi Crouse says: I so enjoy reading Amish books and would love to win! Thank you for the chance to win!

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 10:01 am EST
  8. loretta shumpert says: Have read elsewhere about LeeAnn and her husband. Hope to stay at their B

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 10:01 am EST
  9. Felicia Aaron says: I LOVE Lee Ann Miller, shes so fun!! I would love to win the books! Thanks for the

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 10:44 am EST
  10. Dorothy Stutzman says: I enjoy reading and would be nice to win the gift bag. Thank You.

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 11:42 am EST
  11. Ruth Swartz says: I have read a lots of Lee Ann Miller books she a great author and I would love to win the gift bag,thank Sherry

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 11:53 am EST
  12. NameJudy Burgi says: Comment I am looking forward to hearing more about LeeAnn Miller. She sounds fascinating! Thanks for the great giveaway! Blessings, judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 12:32 pm EST
  13. Martha Staton says: Some day I hope to visit her restraunt. Thank you for the Give Away! Martha Staton

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 1:10 pm EST
  14. Cindi Altman says: Not sure if I should enter here too. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 2:02 pm EST
  15. Shaun Paulsen says: Thanks for the giveaway. srpaulsen3(at)gmail(dot)com

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 3:42 pm EST
  16. Debbie Rhoades says: Thank you for the wonderful shows, and thank you for the chance!

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 4:00 pm EST
  17. Debbie Rhoades says: sorry, forgot my email address:

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 4:01 pm EST
  18. Charlene McDonnough says: I would love a chance to win.

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 6:42 pm EST
  19. Karen G says: Wish I could read about the show since I cannot hear it really well. Would love a chance to win the pack of Amish books. Thank you for the chance. kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 7:09 pm EST
  20. Marie Dorry says: Love this type of wholesome reading. Would love to win.

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 7:45 pm EST
  21. Donna B. says: I would love to read some more Amish books!! Thanks for this giveaway!! d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 8:10 pm EST
  22. lisa Edwards says: I so enjoy reading amish books sounds like a great giveaway. I would love to win it.

    Posted on: 12-05-2013 @ 11:09 pm EST
  23. Rhonda Nash-Hall says: love Amish books so surprise me!

    Posted on: 12-06-2013 @ 12:30 am EST
  24. Julie says: I would love to win.

    Posted on: 12-06-2013 @ 6:29 am EST
  25. Arlene says: Thanks for the opportunity to enter this give-away. I would love to be a winner.

    Posted on: 12-06-2013 @ 7:34 pm EST
  26. Kay from NY says: Wonderful show. Thank you for the chance to enter this giveaway. msbookwormlady(at)aol(dot)com

    Posted on: 12-07-2013 @ 2:15 pm EST

This week on Amish Wisdom | "Simplifying the Holidays" with Not Quite Amish Living

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year—and the most chaotic, too. On the show the week we'll learn how to keep the holidays simple with some of the lovely contributors from Not Quite Amish, a new simple lifestyle blog headed up by best-selling and Amish author Tricia Goyer. The Not Quite Amish ladies will share their tips to keep things uncomplicated during the holiday season—simple gifts, simple food, simple ways to carve out time, simple ideas for family time—so you can focus on the real reason we celebrate. Be sure to tune in Thursday at 5pm Eastern!

Leave a comment here for a chance to win a copy of Tricia Goyer's new devotional, The One Year® Book of Amish Peace! Winner will be notified via email.

More about today's Not Quite Amish guests:

Carey Bailey — This fun-loving mother of two also has a passion for helping fellow women discover ways to create a powerful relationship with Christ. She is the author of Cravings, an innovative forty-day devotional for busy moms that allows them to draw closer to the Lord in the midst of busyness.

Vannetta Chapman — She has published more than one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.

Tricia Goyer — Tricia is the author of more than 30 books and has published more than 500 articles for national publications such as Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman, and HomeLife Magazine. She is the host of Living Inspired and the founder of Not Quite Amish. Her most recent release is the first book in a new Amish series, The Memory Jar.

Amy Lillard — Amy Lillard is an award winning author who loves reading romance novels from Amish to contemporary. These two genres meet in her debut novel, Saving Gideon. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives in Oklahoma with her husband and their son.

Nancy Sleeth — She is the author of Almost Amish and Go Green, Save Green, the first-ever practical guide for going green from a faith perspective. Nancy specializes in leading workshops on the nuts and bolts of stewardship practices at home, work, school, and church and facilitating women’s retreats on Sabbath practices, simplicity, and sustainability.

Caitlin Wilson — Caitlin Wilson is the founder and editor of Re-Mix-Her, a personal-style and fashion blog. She works at Litfuse Publicity Group as the Chick of All Trades (social media coordinator and publicity assistant).

Elizabeth Byler Younts — She is the author of an Amish memoir titled Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl. Seasons is the story of her grandmother Lydia Lee Coblentz who grew up in an impoverished Amish family through the Great Depression. Seasons was released in August 2011 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller in three categories.

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  1. Karen K says: I cannot wait to listen to this show!

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  14. Name ruth ann heaton says: Comment anything amish. I have enjoyed always been interested in the amish and Mennonites. I have enjoyed reading about the todays society anything that shows simple, peaceful times is such a blessing. America needs this. God bless and thanks for the chance to win.

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  15. Susan Campbell says: I would love to win.

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  16. Name Lavina Hochstedler says: I come from the Amish in Kalona,Iowa.Have relatives in Pine Craft. Am sure your recipes are enormously delicious. Would love to try some. I LOVE to cook and bake.

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This week on Amish Wisdom | Amish Fiction with Beth Wiseman and Stephanie Reed

This week on the show authors Beth Wiseman and Stephanie Reed will be joining me to chat about their latest Amish fiction releases. During the first half of the show we'll meet Stephanie Reed. Stephanie's, The Bargain, released in September to rave reviews. Then Beth will join me for the second half hour to talk about her latest book, Plain Peace, the latest in her Daughters of the Promise series. And ... of course with the holidays right around the corner, we'll get a peek into the ladies' kitchens. Don't miss Amish Wisdom on Thursday at 5pm EST.

Leave a comment here for a chance to win a copy of either Plain Peace or The Bargain. Winner will be notified next week via email.

More about Stephanie: Stephanie Reed lives on the outskirts of Plain City, Ohio, site of a once-thriving Amish community. She gleans ideas for her novels from signs glimpsed along the byways of Ohio, as she did for her previous books, Across the Wide River and "he Light Across the River.

Learn more about Stephanie at her website,

More about The Bargain: Book one in the Plain City Peace series.

It’s 1971, and Betsie Troyer’s peaceful and predictable life is about to become anything but.

When their parents flee the Amish, nineteen-year-old Betsie and her seventeen-year-old sister Sadie are distraught. Under the dubious guidance of a doting aunt, the girls struggle to keep the secret, praying their parents will return before anyone learns the truth—a truth that may end all hopes of Betsie’s marriage to Charley Yoder.

More about Beth: Award-winning, best-selling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but her most recent novels, Need You Now and The House that Love Built, are contemporaries set in small Texas towns. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's highly-anticipated novel, The Promise,is inspired by a true story.

Learn more about Beth at her website,

More about Plain Peace: Anna loves the grandfather who raised her, but his strict adherence to the Ordnung is scaring away any boy who might be interested in her—except newcomer Jacob.

In normal circumstances Anna Byler would have her choice of any of the young men in her Amish community. But because of the strict rules enforced by her grandfather, the bishop, the available suitors are afraid to court her. Then handsome Jacob Hostetler moves to Paradise and decides Anna is worth the challenge.

Anna sees that the bishop’s legalism is dividing the community and risking the lives of its members—but her grandfather doesn’t. When she is forced to deception in order to pursue her dream of marriage and family with Jacob, Anna feels her own faith slipping. If only she could get her grandmother to help her stand up to the bishop. But Mammi is keeping secrets of her own.

Anna wants to honor her grandparents, the two most important people in her life, but her heart is  divided by the rules that guide their little Amish community and the growing love she has for Jacob. How can she be true to both?

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  35. Marie Dorry says: I have been reading this genre for many years. Even the mysteries are not violent. I visit Bird-In-Hand, PA. several times each year. Once I got my husband and brother to accompany me to Berlin, Ohio (12 hr drive) so I could see that part of the country after reading several books that had that area as the setting.

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  40. Roxanne S. says: Would love to find more authors like Beverly Lewis to get my fill of Amish fiction!!

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  46. Debbie Carney says: I love everything Amish, as a child and young adult I lived near PA. Dutch country and went there a lot. I love the people and their way of life. I miss going there (I live about 2500 miles away ) I would so love to win this book

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  51. roxie says: Thanks again Sherry for a great opportunity.

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  54. Linda Finn says: I would love to win Plain Peace or The Bargain, please enter me. Thank you Linda Finn

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