39 responses to Family Life, The Budget, and Raber’s Bookstore- addresses and ordering info
  • I have at least two Amish relatives that run successful publications.

    My aunt compiles a magazine called Ladies Journal and has 2,000 subscribers and growing. She accepts contributions from non-Amish writers. Believe it or not there is a Facebook page for the magazine. She accepts credit card payments via a credit card terminal that is powered by a solar panel on the roof of her house. 🙂

    My cousin’s husband is the publisher of Plain Communities Business Exchange, a business-oriented newspaper that has around 6,000 subscribers.

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      Heinrich Schmitt
      Comment on Frage: (January 5th, 2012 at 15:03)


      Wie kann ich die Deutsche Druckschrift bekommen?

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      Donna Heaney
      Comment on Ladies Journal (September 5th, 2013 at 08:26)

      Ladies Journal


      I would like to get a subscription to the Ladies Journal. Can someone put me in touch with the lady who publishes it?

      Thank you,

  • Mike, thanks for reminding me about Plain Communities Business Exchange, should have added it to the list. Great publication.

    Had not heard of Ladies Journal, but just checked out Facebook. Nice! Very “non-Amish” cover logo 😉

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    Ann Whitaker
    Comment on Family Life, The Budget, and Raber’s Bookstore- addresses and ordering info (September 6th, 2010 at 17:06)

    Hello Erik on this Labor Day. Do you also know about the magazine “Keepers at Home”? I have subscribed for a couple of years.
    Here’s info:

    Keepers at Home
    2673 Township Road 421
    Sugarcreek, OH 44681

    Best to you, Erik. 🙂

  • Hey Ann, hope you are not laboring too much today yourself!

    Thank you for posting the info for Keepers at Home. I am familiar with it and know that it is popular in some Amish households but haven’t had a chance to read it much myself.

    For that matter if anyone else has subscriber/contact info for any publication I’ve missed here, please post!

  • Five years ago I subscibed to the Budget. I expected more information about the Amish Community, but was disappointed.
    I am an ‘Outsider’ but respect the Amish life style and am very interested in the Amish.

    At times I wished I lived next to them.

    I did buy some DVDs about the Amish which was very informative.

    I also purchased some Amish photos from Bill Coleman.

    I am always interested in photos of the Amish, especially children.

    If any of you you have some additional information about the Amish let me know.

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    Comment on Books and resources on the Amish (September 7th, 2010 at 08:16)

    Books and resources on the Amish

    The Budget is not really a guide to the Amish but rather a communication tool used by Amish. It allows them (and other Plain People) to exchange information and follow events occurring in other communities.

    So maybe that is why you found it lacking George. It’s a bit like tapping into a wide conversation, where the main topics are local events, the weather, etc.

    For more info on Amish culture, religion, and society, there are a lot of great books out there. Here’s a short list: http://amishamerica.com/recommended-amish-resources/

    Or have a look through this website, particularly the Amish Online Encyclopedia, which currently has 75 articles on Amish life: http://amishamerica.com/amish-online-encyclopedia/

  • Erik, you would have the address to die Botschaft?

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    Terry Berger
    Comment on Family Life, The Budget, and Raber’s Bookstore- addresses and ordering info (October 5th, 2010 at 18:21)

    Don’t forget Die Botschaft
    420 Weaver Road
    Millersburg, PA 17061

    Editor: Elam Lapp

    Phone: 717.433.4417

  • Erik, looks like Terry stepped up here! Thanks Terry 😉

    there are some others I might add here when I can dig the addresses up: Plain Interests, the Fishwrapper, and there is another interesting one out of Indiana I read while in PA recently: The Connection. Features Amish columnists from different communities in KY, IN, PA

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    Heidi Muell
    Comment on Family Life, The Budget, and Raber’s Bookstore- addresses and ordering info (October 14th, 2010 at 03:19)

    I am a German woman of 46 years and would like to get a contact to an Amish woman who would like to write letters to me and whom I can write to?
    My address is
    Heidi Muell
    Ziegelfeld 22a
    D – 85419 Mauern
    Thank you very much! I see forward to a letter!

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      Bonnie Ann Miller-DeMasi
      Comment on Seeking Pen Pal (August 24th, 2012 at 22:03)

      Seeking Pen Pal

      I am a 48 year old married woman. I have two daughters. I am seeking an Amish Female Pen Pal.

      Bonnie Ann Miller-DeMasi
      1527 Caroline Street
      Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania 15065

      I hope it is God’s will to make a long distance friend!

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    La vonne De Bois – Amish Heartland tours
    Comment on Family Life, The Budget, and Raber’s Bookstore- addresses and ordering info (November 7th, 2010 at 19:38)

    Often with my group tours of Holmes county, I take them to “The Budget” in Sugarcreek. In a way, it is like “facebook” in print. I especially draw attention to Page 19. There is a section called, “Shower Section.” It highlights the special needs of the Amish in reference to medical and financial hardships. Example ~ “Let’s have a thinking of you and money shower for Dan Miller. He had an accident at work and will be out of work for 8 weeks. God loves a cheerful giver.
    Then if follows with who submitted the request and gives the recipients address.

  • Since I just happened to stumble across this I’ll give you info for The Fishwrapper.
    234 East Rosebud Road
    Myerstown, PA 17067
    (717) 933-8091
    (717) 933-8017 fax

    Also be sure to check out our new book release – “Grand Ole Fishwrapper Stories – Volume 1” This is some of the best stories from 1999-2003.

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    Clint Tabor
    Comment on Family Life, The Budget, and Raber’s Bookstore- addresses and ordering info (December 4th, 2010 at 21:25)

    Hello Erik,

    I have a farm for sale in Ky that I would like to advertise to the Amish, what would be the best way, newspaper if so which one?

  • Hi Clint, the Budget is one of the most widely read papers and may be a good bet. If no Amish live in your area already, it may be a challenge to sell to Amish, unless there is other land available where other families could settle as well and create a church.

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    Clint Tabor
    Comment on Family Life, The Budget, and Raber’s Bookstore- addresses and ordering info (December 4th, 2010 at 23:06)

    Erik, thanks for the info, I did put an ad in the Budget sometime ago but wasnt sure if that was the best place, and yes their is plenty of room here thousands of acres for sale including mine, some of the closest families are 15 miles from here. Please feel free to pass this info on to anyone looking for land I can be reached at my e-mail taborfarm@ymail.com and I will check this fourm.

    Thanks, Clint Tabor

  • I just happen to have my Plain Interests here. Subscription costs $16.00 a year in the U.S. or $25.00 a year in Canada. Their address is:
    Plain Interests
    420 Weaver Road
    Millersburg, Pa.17061
    They do not accept credit cards-a check or money order is what they take. I just noticed my subscription expired so I better send them in a check.

  • I would like to become pen-pals with others who enjoy learning about the Amish. I have a great respect for the Amish and Mennonite’s. If anyone would be interested in becoming pen-pals please write me at Aletha Lee 1909 Heckle St Augusta Ga 30904.

  • I also subscribe to the LADIES JOURNAL and it is a nice magazine….lots of reading it it.

    May subscribe to the Florida paper or buy the book, can someone tell me a little about both?

    I think the Budget is a bit too expensive…..is there a way to get a complimentary copy, before subscribing…That’s why I subscribe to the Ladies Journal….I called and asked if I could get one and they sent me one…… then I subscribed…..

    And does anyone know anything about “The Fishwrapper” paper ? Very interesting name !!!

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      Dee Wilson
      Comment on Ladies Journal (November 20th, 2012 at 01:39)

      Ladies Journal

      Do you have more information about the Ladies Journal? I could not find it on Facebook, and I also couldn’t find an address. Thanks!

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        Comment on Ladies Journal Amish magazine subscriber info (November 20th, 2012 at 14:28)

        Ladies Journal Amish magazine subscriber info

        Dee here is subscription info taken from the most recent copy of Ladies Journal I have (July/August 2012):

        1 year: $30, 2 years: $56. (Published 6 times per year).
        Canada and Foreign: 1 year: $42. 2 years $78 (US funds).
        Credit cards accepted. Make checks payable to Ladies Journal.


        Ladies Journal
        P.O. Box 138
        Loysville, PA 17047

        Phone: 717-789-3288

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          Maria Andersson
          Comment on About ladies Journal (August 25th, 2013 at 02:46)

          About ladies Journal

          I am fr.o.m. Sweden and very interested in all amish. Since I was brought up in a baptist home I am interested in our history, which is the same. Since I now saw that a LOT of the plain reda ladies journal I got very curious. Is it polisbilen to get one number sent to me, of course I pay for it?

          Thanx for a useful site
          Maria, Sweden

  • Thanks for the info. The Plain folk are so very honest when it comes to business. It was a pleasure to run upon your site.

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    Paramesh Goswami
    Comment on Family Life, The Budget, and Raber’s Bookstore- addresses and ordering info (February 28th, 2011 at 09:03)

    I’m Indian. I shall visit the US from 5th April to 30th June this year. I want to live in an amish community for some time. Kindly arrange to provide me information so that my dream is fulfilled!

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    Suan Zimmerman
    Comment on Family Life (April 6th, 2012 at 08:29)

    Family Life

    Is there any way I can get just 1 issue of Family Life to try before I subscribe?

    Thanks, Susan


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    Comment on Request for direction w/ad placement (June 4th, 2012 at 20:16)

    Request for direction w/ad placement

    We have an immediate opening for a ranch hand/wrangler position on our ranch that we would like to offer to the Montana Amish Communities. We are searching for a specific contact to the Montana Community, or a means to place our ad for this position before them. Please advise? Thank you.

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      Comment on Finding Amish ranch help in Montana (June 5th, 2012 at 06:52)

      Finding Amish ranch help in Montana

      Sharron, as for this venue, you might leave a similar notice on one of the Montana Amish pages–I don’t know that many Amish would see it but perhaps someone else who knows Amish in Montana might:



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    Janine Vogel
    Comment on Subscriptions (November 6th, 2012 at 06:11)


    Am I able to subscribe to some Amish magazines if I love in Australia if so how do I do this please? Would there be any Amish women that would like to be pen pals with an Australian women that’s approx 39 years of age?

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      Comment on International shipping of Amish publications (November 6th, 2012 at 09:55)

      International shipping of Amish publications

      Janine your best bet might be to give, say, the Budget a ring to see about international rates (330)852-4634. I know some, probably most of these mail issues to Canada, but not sure about further afield.

      Another good Amish magazine I’d recommend is The Connection, out of Indiana. Their contact info is:

      Phone: (260) 593-3999 * Toll Free: (888) 333-2119 * Fax: (260) 356-2874

      and you’ll find more about them at these links:



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    Kim Trivett
    Comment on Thank You (March 9th, 2013 at 05:13)

    Thank You

    I wanted to say thank you for providing this website it is very helpful. And I would also like to say that me and my family visit Berlin, Ohio and surrounding areas atleast 3 times a year. It is my favorite place to get a way and relax the atmosphere is just so peaceful there and when we visit I just feel so relaxed and peaceful and can forget about my problems for awhile. Also when I visit I never want to leave. God Bless.

  • I am not sure how to say this so I suppose I will just say it. I am not sure those publications (especially family life and Keepers at home) are mwant for nonplain or non like minded people. I am not sure it is a good idea to put them on here. Sometimes people love the “charm” of plain life but the way we dicipline our children is different, the advice given about how wives should relate to husbands is different. The way we go about giving birth to babies is different. I get those publications and have for years. I appreciate their advice but a pperson who is not like minded is likely to absolutely throw a fit about Biblical submission or spanking of children or children giving their wages to their parents when it has been a part of this community for years. I can just see these publications getting into the wrong person’s hands and causing a huge huff.

    • Stephanie I appreciate your concern but I don’t think there is any need to try to “hide” these publications, nor could we if we wanted (info is online elsewhere). People who are like-minded are the ones who will order these, and they’ll get good upbuilding resources for their homes. Those that aren’t simply won’t “get” them, literally and figuratively.

      What I’ve noticed is that people can get in a huff about nearly anything nowadays, and let them if they want…though I don’t think there is anything objectionable here–just ideas that have been around a long time and content coming from those of a traditional Christian mindset.

  • I totally agree Eric. Most people who will order these would be like minded. I certainly do not want to hide these publications as some of them have been a great help to me. I guess I was speaking og those few who want to “glimpse into the lives of the Amish” by buying these. When they see things like birthing questions or natural remedies for children or advice to spand they *do* get in a huff. I had one lady (upon receiving Family life) tell me she thought Anabaptists were nonresistant. Then why do we “beat” our children ugggh.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on 2014 The Budget Update (February 22nd, 2014 at 19:42)

    2014 The Budget Update

    In the Feb. 12 edition of The Budget, the editor wrote a report on 2 about The Budget scribe (local writers) annual gathering at Pinecraft, Florida. Very interesting report which gave names of attendees from at least 14 states and several locations in Canada. The report also stated that there are now over 900 scribes, and average number of letters processed per week is 565. Seems like The Budget is doing fine!

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