99 responses to Mary Ann Kinsinger on an Amish upbringing + Life with Lily 3-book giveaway
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    Maxie Anderson
    Life with Lily contest (September 27th, 2012 at 16:52)

    Life with Lily contest

    I enjoyed this interview so much. Will sure be a fan of Mary Ann’s and already love Suzanne’s books. I would love to try to be one of the 3 winner’s of this book. I will read it and have several grands who will love it too! I’m sorry that the movie misrepresented the Amish. Thanks! Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

  • Greatly enjoy reading Mary Ann’s blog, as well as Suzanne’s books. Good luck to everyone!

  • lily contest Hope it’s not to late I just got this

  • sounds like a great giveaway. My grandchildren would love a Lily 3-book giveaway!

  • I’d love to read the book. Love the cover.

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    Jane Foard Thompson
    Lily book (September 27th, 2012 at 18:52)

    Lily book

    From research I’ve done, I believe my great-grandmother was an Anabaptist, who left Switzerland for the U.S. with my German great-grandfather. The more I read, the more of my grandmother I find, so I’m fascinated with all things Amish.
    Plus, I have a granddaughter who would love the Lily books. Guess if I don’t win I’ll have to buy it!

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    Maria Thomas
    Lily (September 27th, 2012 at 19:09)


    I would love to read the book. Great interview!

  • Love to read these books to my grandchildren!

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    SueAnn Dolinsky
    interview (September 27th, 2012 at 19:32)


    I missed the interview, unfortunately, but would so love to read these books. I bought so many recently that my husband is ready to make me work a 2nd job to pay for them (not really – LOL). Would be so awesome to win these!!

  • Loved reading about Mary Ann Kinsinger moved from NY to Somerset. Ironically, I was a freshair girl from NYC to Somerset area and stayed with Beachy Amish-Mennonites out of the Mt. View congregation. I had a very dearfriend who made me a beautiful quilt for my 21 birthday, she was Old Order from the Niverton congregation. I know many from Niverton and Summit Mills congregations, were you from any of those? I still return on my own and have brought my nieces and nephews and now I have started bringing my great nieces and nephews. I visit with one of the girls whom I grew up with as a child, I enjoy all my visits and many of the folks always tell me about my nixnutsie ventures.
    I will be getting your books as the girls are all so interested especially since they know people who are Old Order Amish. Thanks for the good work too!

    • Sandy, I’m so glad you got to stay in Somerset County for a while. No I didn’t belong to Niverton or Summit Mills. I was part of the Pocahontas district but had a lot of friends in the rest of the Somerset church districts as well. There are seven of them.

      • I am acquainted with the Pochantas area, going up from Salisbury is the route I remember. I am looking for your book and I have found it at Christain book club. Can’t wait to have a copy, to read to my nieces and great niece.
        Thanks for replying too.

  • want to read Lily but can't find at library so would like to win so I can read

    WANT TO WIN BOOKS SO I can read since I can’t find in the library. please give me a chance. thank your Karen S at khsmith97217@yahoo.com

  • I would love to get her book myself!

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    O Norman
    Loved the interview (September 27th, 2012 at 21:32)

    Loved the interview

    Always something new to learn about the Amish. Great interview!

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    Juan Carlos Villanueva
    WOULD LOVE TO READ IT TO MY 4 KIDS (September 27th, 2012 at 22:43)


    Thanks for offering another opportunity to win good books. We have 4 children and I’m sure this would be a great wholesome read for them.

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    Life with Lily (September 27th, 2012 at 22:51)

    Life with Lily

    The book sounds fantastic. With Suzanne the book would be a hit, but probably even better since there is an actual is real “ex” Amish writing with her, so you know even the facts would be correct. I read every thing concerning the Amish I can get my hands on, fictional, factual, or otherwise. I just enjoy reading them, even the kiddie books. I can’t wait to read these books. Keep up the good work both of you, and I look forward to other series you guys come out with!

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    Jeff FRame
    Perfect (September 27th, 2012 at 23:59)


    I’ve been subscribing to the Family Life and children magazine for my grand daughter for several months. She devours them. She would really love these books.

  • Enjoyed Mary Ann’s blog very much, she has such great stories to tell about her childhood. Can’t wait to read her new book.

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    sharon cawley
    can not wait! (September 28th, 2012 at 05:42)

    can not wait!

    I can not wait for the series! I will get them (if I do not win them) for my grandduaghters…they will receive them AFTER I read them…!

  • Been reading Mary Ann’s blog for over a year and looking forward to reading Life with Lily with my 12 year old daughter.

  • Very interesting interview! Looking forward to reading these books ans sharing them with my children :)

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    Linda Laws
    Contest: Life With Lily!! (September 28th, 2012 at 07:47)

    Contest: Life With Lily!!

    Awesome, you were raised at Somerset, I was from Uniontown, Pa.


  • Thank you for the great interview.
    Please enter me in the giveaway.

  • I love Suzanne’s books and have two daughters that I tell about Amish fiction books all the time. Mary Ann’s books might just be the ticket to helping them to love Amish fiction as much as I do!! Thanks for the opportunity to win her books!!

  • I try to remember… I think the only ‘Amish fiction’ I ever read was a book from Josy Picoult. They even made a film about it : the only truth, or something like that. It was in french, because it’s the only amish fictionnal book available in french :)
    Entering the world of children in Old Order communities could be very interesting to my wife and I…

    Thanks Suzanne, Mary Ann and Eric and for this interview !

    Have a nice week-end !

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    Love to win them! (September 28th, 2012 at 12:06)

    Love to win them!

    I’d love to win this book series. Not only am I doing reasearch to write an Amish romance novel but I have three grandchildren to pass the books down to.

  • If I win, I will read them first then share them with my granddaughters! Thank everyone who has a hand in the giveaway.

  • I have two 10 year-old granddaughters who know nothing about the Amish and the Amish way of life. They live in a very modern world, where living plain and simple is a completely foreign concept. Not only would they benefit from reading these books, but I would encourage them to take the books to school to share with their classmates, who also live in a very materialistic world. This is a lifestyle I have long wanted to educate them about. They (the girls) are at a very open and accepting age, and this would be the perfect time to introduce them to the Amish.

    This is my first knowledge of books written about Amish children, in a children’s dialogue. Very exciting!

    Thanks for the info, Erik.

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    I'm thrilled these are out (September 29th, 2012 at 12:52)

    I'm thrilled these are out

    I wasn’t going to enter the contest as so many here have children the right age and grandchildren. But my co-worker is just getting interested in Amish and has her 3 small grandchildren often and I believe these books would be so beneficial to them that I’d like to try as well, could open up a door of learning Godly values.
    I’m very excited that these books came out for children.

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    Marilyn from MI
    Life With Lily (September 29th, 2012 at 16:04)

    Life With Lily

    I have been a fan of Suzanne’s for a long time. I’m sure I will also be a fan of Mary Ann’s. I can’t wait to start reading her blog. My 8 year old granddaughter is an avid reader and she is also interested in all things “Amish”, so I am sure she would enjoy these books.

  • Please enter me in the giveaway. Would love to read this. I enjoy reading Amish books of all kinds. Thank you

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    Loretta T
    Comment on Mary Ann Kinsinger on an Amish upbringing (September 30th, 2012 at 20:09)

    Comment on Mary Ann Kinsinger on an Amish upbringing

    One comment only: I was so glad to read Mary Ann’s thought on “Breaking Amish”. If anyone is farmilier with the Amish it is easily recognized as a ‘fake’ show.
    I am so disappointed the world is getting such a sorry imitation of Amish life.

  • May I jump on the buggy to be included in the Life with Lily giveaway? Suzanne and Mary Ann and Erik make a great team!

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    I'm intriqued (October 1st, 2012 at 13:54)

    I'm intriqued

    My husband and I have met the founders of a new Colorado Amish community. It has grown in a few years from 2 families to several hundred members.

    They were kind enough to invite us to their beautiful home nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. They seem to have a special, yet simple life.

  • What a neat concept these books are! I was wondering recently what Amish families do in the evenings after work and chores are done?

    Thank you so much for sharing with us!

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    Terry Berger
    Is it too late? (October 2nd, 2012 at 05:45)

    Is it too late?

    Hey Erik,
    Is it too late to be included in the book give-away. It would make a nice addition to my grandchildren’s library.


  • I would like get this series for my daughter, she is nine. Looks like an interesting series… think I will read it myself.

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    life with lily (October 2nd, 2012 at 15:17)

    life with lily

    Would love to share this series with my granddaughters!

  • If I’m not to late, I’d love a copy of Mary Ann’s book…I follow her blog!

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    Sharon Henning
    Breaking Amish IS fake. I want it off the air. (October 8th, 2012 at 21:13)

    Breaking Amish IS fake. I want it off the air.

    I want these books so badly!! My 81 yo mother and I read them and pass them around. I will be getting these even if I don’t win. AND I WANT TLC TO TAKE BREAKING FAKE AMISH OFF THE AIR…. The Amish are bothered enough by the Englisch without this show…RIDICULOUS…just venting here.. ;)Thanks!!

  • Hoping to win this book. Have a wonderful grand daughter that I want to introduce to the Amish fiction books. So it will go to her if I should win after I read it too.

  • I realize the above contest is closed.

    Another way to win a free book, for those of you who like to write captions, is to enter Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Photo Caption Contest. The weekly winner will receive a copy of the book, LIFE WITH LILY. To participate, go to http://suzannewoodsfisher.com/blog/ until Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. You may need to scroll down.

    Also, until Dec. 4, 2012, a giveaway is going on at http://hutt-writevoice.blogspot.com/2012/11/life-with-lily-mary-ann.html

    It will not work to enter here on Amish America; you have to leave this site and go to the others if you are interested.

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