54 responses to Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question
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    Trish in Indiana
    Comment on Give me some time to think of a question, but in the meantime … (November 7th, 2014 at 05:04)

    Give me some time to think of a question, but in the meantime …

    … please enter me in the drawing for a copy! (I’m recovering from being sick all week, so I’m afraid if I don’t leave a short post now I’ll forget all about it.)

    Best wishes with the book!

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      Trish in Indiana
      Comment on Now for my question! (be patient; I babbled a bit) (November 8th, 2014 at 00:32)

      Now for my question! (be patient; I babbled a bit)

      I am practically a neighbor of yours (I’ve probably passed your buggy near Goshen a time or two!), and having grown up in Amish country, I am pretty comfortable around Amish people, though there are none I have known at a personal level. I know the Amish are just people, like anyone, doing their best to live as they think right. I have been a bit uncomfortable when I’ve had out-of-town visitors who wanted to “see the Amish” as if your community were a tourist attraction. (I know, in a sense, it is.) Sometimes, I wonder what it must be like to be so “visible” to the community around you, and to know that there are tourists who actually travel from miles around to see Amish people.

      Once I saw an Amishman at a McDonald’s that was providing very poor service that night. As anyone might, he looked frustrated with the long wait for his order, yet I could see in his face that he was “struggling” to control his irritation. I found myself wondering if it was because he was simply trying to turn the other cheek (not always easily done), or if part of the struggle was knowing that everyone in the restaurant could see that he was Amish, and if he were to speak sharply to the clerk, they might think ill of all Amish. I know, of course, you can’t read the mind of that one particular man, but can you tell me if you believe many Amish feel a “burden” of responsibility at being so identifiable to the public?

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    Bill Rushby
    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 05:57)

    What don’t you like about being Old Order Amish? (Please forgive the impertinent question!)

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    Comment on I don't want the book but I'd like to ask (November 7th, 2014 at 06:20)

    I don't want the book but I'd like to ask

    I don’t want to win a copy of the book, but I would like to ask a question anyway.

    We’ve read through different Amish America posts that the farm life is not as lucrative as it once was for many Amish (and non-Amish alike) and that many Amish people seek out careers outside of the home / farm, for instance the biographical information provided for your book states that you are both a school teacher and an auctioneer in addition to author and columnist. Acknowledging that, have you ever found resistance among your community toward your career paths as perceived to be immodest, very much unconventional or against community rules, or perhaps just against the personal opinions of other people?

    Best of luck with the book!

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 06:38)

    Two questions:
    How many Amish auctioneers are there in the U.S.?

    Are there other training schools (like Reppert Auction school) for
    other occupations that are OK with Amish districts for Amish men and women to attend?

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    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 07:33)

    How do you (and any of your Old Order Amish friends you want to speak for) feel about the interest/curiosity/fascination of the rest of us into your way of life?

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    Kim Shinn
    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 07:37)

    This sounds like a very unique book to be written by an Old Order Amish gentleman…can’t wait to partake in the humor! I am interested in knowing what percentage of the teachers are male, as Loren is, compared to the customary young females that are teachers. Thanks!

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    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 07:43)

    Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question

    As a school teacher, are you concerned with the federal government interfering with what and how you teach?

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    Theresa H.
    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 07:59)

    We have Amish friends in New York and one of their boys wants to be an Auctioneer when he grows up. Is their any books that we could get for him to read about Auctioneering?

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    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 08:00)

    I would love to read your book. Seeing you are a bachelor I was wondering if there was a certain age that Amish men and women are expected to be married by? Are there many Amish who remain single all their life? If you were too marry, could you retain your job as a teacher or would you have to get another occupation?

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    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 08:02)

    Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question

    I was wondering how far you travel for auctions, and is this your first book?
    Thanks for sharing parts of you and your communities life.


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    mb welch
    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 08:20)

    I work in an elementary school also. I am curious about how you think Amish scholars and “Englisch” students are the same and how they are different. I was just talking with some 8th graders about how non-fiction doesn’t hae to be boring…this could be a great start for them!

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    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 08:23)

    What made you decide to write a book?

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    Patsy H.
    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 08:45)

    Is Loren the oldest in his family? How old is he now?

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    Osiah Horst
    Comment on The (Hill billy) Auctioneer (November 7th, 2014 at 08:47)

    The (Hill billy) Auctioneer

    Is it just coincidence that your name is also Leroy? Have you ever been compared to Leroy Van Dyke?
    I am assuming you are more than twenty two or twenty three, which in our old order Mennonite society is the “right” age for men to marry. Do your mother, aunts or sisters ever ask you when you are going to “grow up, settle down and get married”? Or do they just assume that no girl would want a “character like Leroy”?
    I am sorry if my questions are too personal; perhaps you have a girlfriend and are secretly planning marriage this winter.
    As a teacher, does your book also get into some of the more serious aspects of plain life, or is this basically a recreational read?

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    Osiah Horst
    Comment on More Auctioneer Questions (November 7th, 2014 at 08:52)

    More Auctioneer Questions

    How do you manage to do justice to all of these occupations and interests? My father, 4 of my sisters and three of my daughters have taught old order school and they seemed to find school teaching alone to be enough of a challenge although most of them have at one time or another done some writing as well.

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    Tomorrow (Sat), Readers can ask Loren in person at Gospel Bookstore in Berlin, OH!

    . . . at a book signing event with multiple authors. Loren’s book is a witty, fun, and well-written read–I recommend it to all. (I will be at another signing in Hollidaysburg, PA, but my wife, Pauline, will be sitting in for me–with her own book, Beyond the Plain & Simple. Sorry I’ll miss you, Loren.Stop by and say Hey/Hay to Pauline & sign my copy which I’m sending with her 🙂

    My question: Loren, How often, if ever, have you seen a N IND rumspringa boy with a tattoo? How about an ear ring or two? Just curious. Rich

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    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 09:05)

    This is a delightful, lighthearted glimpse of Amish life, with laugh out loud moments sprinkled in. I especially enjoyed it, because it was written by someone who is Amish. I wish you well with this new book, Loren.

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    Comment on Anabaptist History (November 7th, 2014 at 09:22)

    Anabaptist History

    My question for you Loren is when you are teaching history at school for your scholars are they learning your Anabaptist history or basic history you would find in public school or a little of both. I didn’t know if Anabaptist history was taught mostly at home. This looks likes a very interesting read. Thank you for the question and answer and opportunity to win a copy.

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    Osiah Horst
    Comment on Sorry, Loren (November 7th, 2014 at 09:23)

    Sorry, Loren

    I guess my reading comprehension or memory work is not the best – sorry I got your name wrong.

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    Mark – Holmes Co.
    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 09:44)

    No question, but I did get a copy of the book just yesterday and here it is on Amish America today. 🙂 I read the first 5 chapters & enjoyed it. Good luck answering all the questions, Loren, it might take book #2 to answer them all! 😉

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    Comment on The Connection (November 7th, 2014 at 09:47)

    The Connection

    Just one more thought Loren have you ever thought of writing for the Connection magazine?

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    Brenda Baker
    Comment on Purchasing (November 7th, 2014 at 10:11)


    Will your book be available in a Family Christian Book Store? There is one in Battle Creek, MI where I do my shopping. Sounds like a book I would enjoy.

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      Comment on Available on amazon (November 9th, 2014 at 16:16)

      Available on amazon

      I just bought a copy from amazon.com

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    Comment on Becoming a teacher (November 7th, 2014 at 10:29)

    Becoming a teacher

    Would you share with us how you decided to become a teacher? Who encouraged you to take this path? What sorts of books do you like to read for your own personal edification? Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us!

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    Derek J
    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 11:28)

    How many auctions a year do you do? Who pays for your efforts? and are you limited to a certain geographical area or can English drive you to more distant events? I’m thrilled to have a chance at this book. Thanks!

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    John Amey
    Comment on New Hampshire has no Amish (November 7th, 2014 at 11:36)

    New Hampshire has no Amish

    Having been a resident of this state for nearly 65 years and having never been away from home for more than 10 days at a time and only two times, at that, I have a sense of place here in Northern New Hampshire. Also having visited communities in Pennsylvania, new York and Michigan where the Amish thrive, I have yet to ask an Amishman this question; Why do you think there are Amish all around my state but no communities here?

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      Bill Rushby
      Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 14:47)

      “Why do you think there are Amish all around my state but no communities here?” [in New Hampshire]

      No Amish in Vermont, although a few families gave it a try in the mid-70s. Since a settlement is starting between Whitehall and Granville NY, they are getting awfully close to Vermont.

      Perhaps New Hampshire will have to settle for Amish-looking Hasidic Jews! Bethlehem NH http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethlehem,_New_Hampshire

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    Wolfgang Drude
    Comment on Dutch or Deutsch? (November 7th, 2014 at 11:48)

    Dutch or Deutsch?

    Just curious,
    Being an immigrant myself as my name suggests, I’ve always wondered where the term “Pennsylvania Dutch” comes from when Dutch are the last thing these people are? Just like on the Amish show on TV, they claim to speak “Dutch”. What? If that were the case, I wouldn’t be able to understand what’s being said, but I do for the most part. After several hundred years of being in America, what’s spoken by the Amish now is a bastardized form of German, a farmer’s German if you will, but certainly not Dutch, which is spoken in Holland. Even a bible which was displayed by one of the Amish on that show was written in German, not Dutch. I believe the term came from English speaking Americans. When a German immigrant was asked by them what he was, he’d answer, Ich bin Deutsch, or I am Deutsch, the German word for German. Americans not knowing the difference between Deutsch and Dutch and having difficulty pronouncing the “sch”, opted to settle for the word Dutch because it was easier for them to pronounce. In other words, it was close enough for them, not realizing that the 2 represent 2 different countries. The Old Dutchman mine is another such case. He too was German, not Dutch.
    Best regards,
    Wolfgang Drude

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      Don Curtis
      Comment on Pennsylvania Dutch (November 7th, 2014 at 14:04)

      Pennsylvania Dutch

      I read your posting to my son, Mark, who joined the Amish. He said that you are absolutely correct in how Pennsylvania Dutch came to be called Dutch. The Amish speak a dialect of German. Mark says that when he was in Germany, an elderly gentleman told him that the way Mark was speaking was so much like the dialect spoken by his grandfather who was an old farmer in the Rhineland Pfaltz region of Germany. He said that Mark’s accent and many of the German idioms Mark uses are Pfalzich Deutsch. I hope that’s how you spell Pfaltz.

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    Andrea Woodard
    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 11:50)

    Is it hard to teach in a one room school house? How do you keep up with the different grades and students?

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    Debbie H
    Comment on Already Asked (November 7th, 2014 at 11:51)

    Already Asked

    I had two questions but they have been asked. I would still like to win a copy of your book so please enter me in the drawing.

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    Andrea Woodard
    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 11:51)

    I would love to win a copy of this book.

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    Emily J
    Comment on Scholars in Amish schools vs. public schools (November 7th, 2014 at 12:12)

    Scholars in Amish schools vs. public schools

    During the short time I was in the Elkhart/LaGrange area, I had the chance to observe students (both English and Amish) at some public schools in the area. I am assuming you teach at a private Amish school. What do you think makes parents choose one sort of school or the other for their children, and do they generally stick with that choice for all their children? Here, I am specifically wondering about children with special needs who might be the fourth or fifth child–if the previous children had all gone to Amish school, might the parents consider sending the child with special needs to public school, or does that usually not happen?

    I am looking forward to finding and reading a copy of your book, whether or not I win. Anyone writing about breakfast burritos (a favorite food of mine) must be a brilliant writer. 🙂

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    MaryAnn Pepe
    Comment on Pranks (November 7th, 2014 at 14:48)


    I’d like to know what the prank is involving pink duct tape and black pepper? I happen to be a prankster myself!

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    Comment on hello...... (November 7th, 2014 at 14:55)


    Hi I’d like to learn about being amish, I was wondering if you could tell me some cool things you like about. I have 23 animals total goats, chickens, cats dogs,…….. And I find the Amish fascinating. Thanks.

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    Debbie Rhoades
    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 15:33)

    How many young ladies want to court you right now, and how do you know that they are interested in doing so?

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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 16:21)

    As a teacher how do you keep up with all the different ages & grade levels in a one room school house. I think it would be very difficult to teach from grade one through grade eight?

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 18:50)

    I truly hadn’t heard of an auction school before. I thought it was more of a “craft” handed down from father to son (or are there any female auctioneers? Would a female be allowed to attend auction school? Just curious, as I know several women whose voices are loud and carry quite a ways! 😉 !

    Loren, your book sounds like a hoot! I’d sure love to read it, whether I win a copy or not! I read the publishers info earlier this week in an email from a library journal publication I subscribe to…how hard was it to be permitted to publish your book, being Old Order Amish?

    I wish you success in all aspects of your life!

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on Auctions (November 7th, 2014 at 19:36)


    I love Amish Produce Auctions.. Do you ever call at any of them?
    I’d love to know also if you have a listing of Produce Auctions in Ohio… Or anywhere else for that matter.

    I know is one in West Salem Oh and there was one in Homerville too. Do you know if the Homerville Auction closed?
    I’ve heard all sorts of rumors, both that they’re both operating and then that only one is. I’d love to know if you or anyone else knows.

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    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 7th, 2014 at 20:35)

    Would love to read your book. Please enter my name in the pool.

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    Comment on Questions for Loren (November 8th, 2014 at 01:55)

    Questions for Loren


    This book sounds interesting, so I’d love to win, but if not I’ll watch for when and where I can purchase it 🙂
    On to my questions:

    1. Forgive me, but I was not aware Amishmen were school teachers. Is this normal for Amish? Or unique to your situation or group of people?

    2. If you’re a bachelor, how old are you? Just curious, if you’re still young and plan to marry or are (most likely) a lifetime bachelor?

    3. Is becoming an auctioneer and attending the classes for it usual among the Amish or is it frowned on in some communities as being higher education?

    Thanks so much for writing this book. I almost don’t like to say it, as I’m not a “gawker,” but I’m very intrigued and fascinated by the Amish lifestyle and love learning about the culture and the individuals as well.

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    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 8th, 2014 at 05:36)

    This book sounds very entertaining & educational as well! I would love to ask Leroy: What is the one part of Amish life that you feel is most beneficial to building strong character in your children (or those you teach)?

    Thanks very much

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    Comment on Question (November 8th, 2014 at 09:05)


    What do you think is the overriding advantage/benefit of the Amish lifestyle?

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    Tom Geist
    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 8th, 2014 at 16:06)

    Hi Loren,

    I applaud anyone that has a good sense of humor. Life has plenty of solemn moments to it but most things are not as serious as people make them out to be. Humor lifts us up, changes our moods from dire to delightful.

    Question: Do you take much heat from others in your community for being a celebrity of sorts?

    Tom in Lincoln

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    David Grear
    Comment on East Tennessee Amish... (November 8th, 2014 at 22:02)

    East Tennessee Amish...

    Loren you need to Check out the Amish in Athens and Delano,Tennessee… I got to know some of them when doing business with them… Nice people… DANKE SHOEN…

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    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 9th, 2014 at 00:02)

    Everyone has asked such good questions! Will look forward to the answers! As I don’t want to repeat, I am entering my name, thank you.

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    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 9th, 2014 at 08:23)

    I’d love a copy of the book, so will have to come up with a question. . . .Hmmmmm.

    If you could visit any foreign country for a week (on someone else’s dime) where would you go, and why?



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    Terry Berger
    Comment on A question for Loren (November 9th, 2014 at 11:23)

    A question for Loren

    What do you think your biggest hurdles were in attaining your dream? Is life different for you as an Old Order bachelor than it would be otherwise? I”ve known only a handful of single people over the age of thirty and so am wondering how life is different for you?


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    Gayle Grabowski
    Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (November 9th, 2014 at 23:54)

    Thank you, Loren, for sharing an insight into your culture. Who is your favorite author? What has been your inspiration for writing?

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    Andy White
    Comment on How is your relationship with Jesus? (November 10th, 2014 at 10:41)

    How is your relationship with Jesus?

    How do you relate personally to Jesus?

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    Comment on Chasing the Amish Dream (December 9th, 2014 at 14:35)

    Chasing the Amish Dream

    Dear Loren,
    Congratulations on your recent book “Chasing the Amish Dream, My Life as a Young Amish Bachelor”. It caught my attention as a prime example of the type of book we value highly for our collection at the Pacific Northwest Mennonite Historical Society where I volunteer. 
    Our 2600+ volume library collection of books and pamphlets authored by Mennonites and about Mennonite issues and history is dependent on the generous donations of the members and friends of Pacific Northwest Mennonite Historical Society and authors of the books we value.
    If you are interested and able to donate a copy of this book for our collection, it would be highly valued and much appreciated. Thank you,
    ~John Gingerich [PNMHS Volunteer]
    Pacific Northwest Mennonite Historical Society
    6030 South Whiskey Hill Road
    Hubbard, OR 97032-9406

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    Comment on Married Amish Women (September 3rd, 2017 at 23:10)

    Married Amish Women

    What happens if an Amish Woman who is married is having Fertility Issues and isn’t having any children . What does she do ?

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      Comment on Ask Amish Writer Loren Beachy a Question (September 4th, 2017 at 08:40)

      She and her husband would either accept it as God’s will and/or potentially consider adopting. Amish do adopt both from within the community, but more often, from outside the community.

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