37 responses to Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1)
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    Alex Knisely
    Comment on What prompts a church district to use local public schools? (November 17th, 2014 at 04:35)

    What prompts a church district to use local public schools?

    Old Order friends in Jay County (Indiana) send their children to local public schools. In that cluster of settlements, I believe that Amish schools are the exception rather than the rule. Do you have an opinion on this arrangement, other than that it might, if adopted where you live, do you out of a job?

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    Allison
    Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 07:16)

    Wow very interesting questions and answers. Before this article I never heard of male teachers in the Amish communities. I think its good that they are allowed to teach in certain communities. Thanks for the interesting article!

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      Mark – Holmes Co.
      Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 08:25)

      In our community there are a lot of men & boys teaching. One year there were close to thirty male teachers. In Lancaster Co. PA it is very rare, but in central PA (Big Valley & Juniata) we have several men teacher friends.
      The last few years I taught I was getting wages much like I could have gotten in any other job.

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      Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 10:17)

      Here in Holmes County, male teachers are around, but a minority. The biggest issue is probably the school being able to pay a competitive wage. That said, I know of one school that has an older ordained minister as their teacher. They love it (and he loves it too!)! They get the spiritual input and the unspoken “authority” that a man represents in the classroom, a classroom that always includes boys who are tempted to act goofy and girls who like to whisper and chatter.
      I remember sitting outside the school one day (waiting on one of the parents I had driven there) and listening to those children heartily sing hymns. It made tears come to my eyes for the beauty of it. “This is what school is supposed to be like,” I told myself.

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    Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 07:16)

    From the sounds of Loren’s responses, I think his story would be a very witty one. Would love a chance to read this book.

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    Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 07:38)

    Sounds like a fabulous read!

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      Comment on book (November 19th, 2014 at 17:38)

      book

      Sounds like I need to add this to my reading list!

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    Jennifer Walters
    Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 07:53)

    Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1)

    I would love to read this book-sounds very interesting!

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    Osiah Horst
    Comment on Male Amish Teachers (November 17th, 2014 at 08:00)

    Male Amish Teachers

    I believe in most old order communities male teachers are encouraged and appreciated, at least verbally. Financial appreciation is a little harder to come by. In our communities I think that is beginning to change so that a married young man might be paid almost double what a single woman with the same age and experience might receive. We don’t want to pay our teachers so well “that they teach for the money”. We have several young married men in our communities that have spent some time in mission work and are now teaching school. Teaching in a Christian school is often more than a job, it is also being a servant to the church and community, more so than an auctioneer or a carpenter.

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    Lisa Cregan
    Comment on Reading your book (November 17th, 2014 at 08:53)

    Reading your book

    After reading your answers to the questions asked I am looking forward to reading your book. I have gained a good bit of knowledge from your responses and hopefully your book will give me a better realistic glimpse into the Amish culture.

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    lincolnlady1121
    Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 08:58)

    Thank you for answering my questions. Where in New York does Loren Auction? I just wonder if I have been to any of his auctions.

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    Carol
    Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 09:03)

    Sound like a great read!

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    Judy C.
    Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (November 17th, 2014 at 09:45)

    Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions

    Will you please have your publishers add your book as an e-book at Amazon. Thanks, I rarely buy paperbooks.

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    George Moore
    Comment on Question for Loren! (November 17th, 2014 at 10:22)

    Question for Loren!

    I saw in the questions you answered above that your 27 years old. I just wanted to say congrats on getting a book published. I also would like to ask if you know of any way for an English person like myself could learn your language and some day become Amish.

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    Tamara
    Comment on New community (November 17th, 2014 at 10:54)

    New community

    We have a relatively new Amish community here in upstate NY. I really admire them for a lot of reasons. One family has a disabled child. And my first thought upon hearing this, was the parents of this child is never going to have to worry about what might become of him after they’re gone. Who will take care of him and treat him right. Because of the values they have, they can be comforted with the knowledge that he will ALWAYS be taken care of and looked after by his family. I know that not all of the English are blessed with that comfort and knowledge. Can you say anything about this type of situation with the Amish? I would love to read this book, Most of the Amish I know have a great sense of humor. Surprises me when others are surprised by that.

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      Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 18:30)

      Tamara that is something I admire too. I don’t want to speak for Loren but I don’t think it’s uncommon. Disabled individuals are incorporated in the community in different ways.

      You might like to know about a business in the Holmes County settlement called Care N Share, which sells products made by physically disabled Amish people: http://www.amishcountryvirtualtours.com/care_n_share_map_amish_quilts.html

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    malisa wright
    Comment on Lovely! (November 17th, 2014 at 11:44)

    Lovely!

    Really enjoy the Q-andA. Looking forward to reading Loren’s book.

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    Susan F
    Comment on Thanks (November 17th, 2014 at 11:49)

    Thanks

    Thanks Erik, for your wonderful site and congratulations Loren, on your first publication! I am looking forward to reading your book.

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      Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 18:20)

      Thanks for stopping by the site Susan. I’ve enjoyed Loren’s answers. If anyone’s wondering Loren faxes these to a mutual friend who passes them along to me by email. Some Amish folks use a fax-to-email service which comes in pretty handy. And a minority just uses email 🙂 I’ll plan to send these comments along to Loren as I think he’ll enjoy your feedback.

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    Debbie Rhoades
    Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 13:15)

    i will be checking at my local Christian bookstore for your book, Loren. Does your family have any Englisch friends, and, if so, does your community ever talk to you about distancing yourselves from them? Your book sounds wonderful.

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    SueAnn Dolinsky
    Comment on nice (November 17th, 2014 at 13:24)

    nice

    I loved ready the questions and answers. Very interesting. I find the Amush life both admirable and interesting. I respect their lifestyle when I’ve visited. I love reading more and more about their way of life

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    Sharon Ohler
    Comment on Typical School Day (November 17th, 2014 at 13:35)

    Typical School Day

    As a public school middle school teacher, I would love to know what a typical school day schedule looks like for you. What subjects are covered, how much time is devoted to each, do older students or more accomplished students work with struggling students, are special education students part of your student body? Thanks!

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    Debbie H
    Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 13:45)

    I look forward to reading your book. My question this week is: Why are so few Amish in Florida. Farming is very good and productive. Is it the land prices?

    Thank you

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    Linda H
    Comment on Interesting! (November 17th, 2014 at 14:14)

    Interesting!

    This sounds like a very interesting book! Most “Amish Books” are written by and from an Amish woman’s point of view. Can’t wait to hear from a male perspective! Thank you!

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    Mary Miller
    Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 14:26)

    Loren, I would love to read your book! Especially since I have met you, and have been to several auctions that you conducted. In fact, you conducted my parents’ estate sale about 3 1/2 years ago. (Alvin Beachy, in Honeyville)Blessings!

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    Jean Junkin
    Comment on Comment (November 17th, 2014 at 15:22)

    Comment

    I am almost through reading all my Amish books, I sure would like the one offered above.

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    Rosalie Bullard
    Comment on Chasing the Amish Dream (November 17th, 2014 at 17:42)

    Chasing the Amish Dream

    Would love to win a copy.

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    Roylyn Miknyocki
    Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 18:21)

    Loren,you mentioned you have at one tim or another hired a driver to get from point A to B. What is the going rate for these folks that are drivers for the Amish communities?

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      Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 18:32)

      Roylyn we’ve actually been having a good discussion on the Amish driver topic the past few days, with comments from a few Amish taxi drivers, which you might enjoy. Here is the post, you might also ask there: http://amishamerica.com/debbie-the-amish-taxi-driver/

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 19:06)

    After reading these comments and praises, I want to read it even more! The cover is eye catching & intriguing.

    Just wondering—is that YOU on the front cover, or a “stand-in”?

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 20:16)

      That hand over the face probably wasn’t an accident. I suspect that young bachelor is Generic Joe Yoder. An Amish man writing a book with himself on the cover would probably be as likely as a Presidential Inauguration without any President. 🙂

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      Comment on Is that Loren on the cover? (November 18th, 2014 at 15:19)

      Is that Loren on the cover?

      Merrill Miller, the designer who created the Chasing the Amish Dream cover, wrote a couple of interesting posts at mennobytes.com revealing how this cover (and covers in general) came to be. It’s really an interesting look at the behind-the-scenes of how cover design evolves:

      http://mennobytes.com/how-to-design-a-book-cover-in-3-or-more-easy-steps-by-merrill-miller/

      http://mennobytes.com/how-to-design-a-book-cover-in-3-easy-steps-part-2-by-merrill-miller/

      An excerpt from Merrill’s account:

      The author sent us some of his own clothes and a straw hat to use for the photo shoot. I then began carefully looking for the perfect model. Mostly, they had to fit in the clothes and be willing to act like they were running as fast as they could. Also, we needed to compose the model in such a way to obscure his face, since most Amish groups do not appreciate having their photo taken. No, we didn’t hire a highly paid model. I leaned on a willing fellow staffer here at MennoMedia. Now you know.

      We got some great options from the shoot and I combined them with a background scene and a buggy. I presented the third round of mock-ups to the committee. The overall imagery was well received but when shared with the author, we discovered that the buggy was an Ohio buggy, not an Indiana buggy.

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    RALPH BECKER
    Comment on BEAUTIFUL MUSIC BY THE AMISH, voices given by GOD to honor HIM. (November 17th, 2014 at 19:58)

    BEAUTIFUL MUSIC BY THE AMISH, voices given by GOD to honor HIM.

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=amish+singing+gott+ist+die+liebe

    THROUGH OUT THE BIBLE SINGING MUSIC INSTRUMENTS ARE MENTIONED. I BELIEVE ALL THINGS SHOULD BE DONE IN A ORDERLY MANNER. WE MUST NOT HAVE CHURCH AS A PLACE OF ENTERTAINMENT, BUT A PLACE TO HONOR, WORSHIP, GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD FOR WHAT HE DID FOR US.JESUS LAST REQUEST WAS” THIS DO REMEMBER ME” .

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    Gayle Scheel
    Comment on I'm so intrigued with the Amish! (November 17th, 2014 at 20:10)

    I'm so intrigued with the Amish!

    I’m not sure exactly WHY I am intrigued with the Amish, but I am. I will be sure to read your book even if I don’t win the contest. I think perhaps the most drawing quality of amish life is the importance of the things that matter most, God and family. Thank you for publishing! May God Bless your future 🙂

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    mary ellen ashenfelder
    Comment on Love reading about the Amish. (November 17th, 2014 at 20:33)

    Love reading about the Amish.

    I enjoy reading everything and anything about the Amish and their way of life. We visit Lancaster, PA several times a year and this past summer, I finally got to visit Holmes County, Ohio. I would be thrilled to win a copy of this book. Thank you.

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    Marilyn from MI
    Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 21:26)

    Loren’s book looks like a fun read from the cover and I hope to enjoy it soon.

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    Sharon Delph
    Comment on Loren Beachy Answers Your Questions (Part 1) (November 17th, 2014 at 22:22)

    Looking forward to reading Loren’s book. I am so interested in the Amish and their beliefs and customs and how they differ from each region. Thanks for answering these questions.

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