Thursday on Amish Wisdom I'll be introducing two more Amish fiction authors, Adina Senft and Beth Shriver. The first half hour we'll hear about Adina's Amish Quilt series. Then during the second half of the show, Beth will give us the behind the scenes scoop on her new book, Annie's Truth.
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More about Adina: Adina Senft grew up in a plain house church, where she was often asked by outsiders if she wasAmish (the answer was no), she made her own clothes, and she perfected the art of the French braid. She holds an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches as adjunct faculty.
Writing as Shelley Bates, she was the winner of RWA’s RITA Award for Best Inspirational Novel in 2005, a finalist for that award in 2006, and, writing as Shelley Adina, was a Christy Award finalist in 2009. Three of her books have shortlisted for the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award for book of the year. Of her fiction, publisher and industry blogger W. Terry Whalin has said, “Readers will be lost in the vivid world that [she] paints with incredible detail and masterful storytelling.”
A transplanted Canadian, Adina returns there annually to have her accent calibrated. Between books, she enjoys traveling with her husband, playing the piano and Celtic harp, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens. These days, she makes period costumes and only puts up her hair for historical events and fun. For more about Adina, visit her website at www.adinasenft.com.
More about The Wounded Heart: “With this quaint, gentle read, Senft’s promising series is off to a good start andwill make a nice alternative for Jerry S. Eicher readers who want to try a new author.” —Library Journal
A widow with two small children, Amelia Beiler is struggling to make ends meet. She is running her late husband’s business, but it’s not what she was raised to do, which is run a home. When she gets an offer for the business from Eli Fischer, she’s only too relieved to consider it--especially when it looks like Eli’s interest might include more than just the shop.
But when she begins to experience strange physical symptoms and is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it’s difficult not to question God’s will. If she pursues the treatment she believes in, she risks going under the bann. But how can she allow Eli to court her when she can’t promise him a future?
More about The Hidden Life: Emma Stolzfus has never been courted or kissed, and now that she’s 30, it has become her place as the unmarried daughter to look after her elderly mother. But in the dark hours when her mother is asleep, Emma writes letters and essays to Amish periodicals, short stories, and even a novel she’s been working on for the last five years.
When a New York literary agent, Tyler West, takes an interest in her work, Emma secretly goes to meet him. When she returns, something about her is different—and the men of her Amish community take notice. But how can she settle for second best when her heart made its choice years ago—to a man she can never have? Only her friends, Amelia and Carrie, know the truth in her heart as they work together on their quilt ... and only they understand when an old tragedy comes to light that will either hurt or heal ... and reveal Emma’s hidden life.
More about Beth: Childhood memories of her grandfather's ranch came alive as Beth wrote her first Amish story. Herparents grew up in the country, so she appreciates pastoral life and respects those who make a living off the land. She visits a nearby Amish community just south of Fort-Worth for an occasional church service or brunch with the bishop and his wife. Beth received a degree in social work and worked as a caseworker before starting a family. Beth and her husband, two children, along with two cats, a beagle, live in Texas after moving from their first home in Colorado. She freelances for the local papers in her area and writes columns, devotionals for magazines, and novels in a variety of genres in both fiction and nonfiction. For more about Beth, visit her website at www.bethshriverwriter.com.
More about Annie's Truth: Annie Beiler seems to have it all—a loving family in a tight-knit Amish community and the affections of an attractive and respected young man. But when she learns that she was adopted after being found as an abandoned newborn, she sets out on a journey to find out who she is.
After learning the truth about who she really is, can this prodigal daughter be accepted back into the safety and security of home?Return to the Amish Wisdom Show Page
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