51 responses to My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts
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    Janina
    Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 10th, 2013 at 04:15)

    I can’t wait to read it and to learn the answers to the questions above. Hopefully it’ll also be shipped to Belgium? :-)

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      Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 10th, 2013 at 08:10)

      Yes, it will be internationally shippable :) Also will be available in the most shippable form of all, electronic form.

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        Janina
        Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 10th, 2013 at 08:20)

        I’m old-fashioned when it comes to books, I like a paper version. :-) Especially if I can get a copy in Belgium, so glad to hear it’s shippable! Can’t wait to read it.

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    Margaret
    Comment on Kindle format (September 10th, 2013 at 05:08)

    Kindle format

    Please don’t forget us Kindle users! I would love a Kindle copy! I’m trying to be more environmentally friendly…

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    Peggy M
    Comment on New Book (September 10th, 2013 at 05:12)

    New Book

    Sounds like a great read. I look forward to getting more details.

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    Robert Gschwind
    Comment on Book (September 10th, 2013 at 05:23)

    Book

    I will be looking forward to getting my copy. Even the Kindle copy would be nice. Another research tool in my box.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Book (September 10th, 2013 at 06:45)

    Book

    Greetings!!

    Erik, I cannot wait for your new book. Sounds very interesting! And coming from you, I know it will be accurate.

    Congratulations and best wishes on your new book!!

    Blessings, Alice

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      Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 10th, 2013 at 11:06)

      Thank you Alice and everyone :) The book is divided into 12 sections–Church, Schooling, Signs & Symbols, Crossing Cultures, etc.

      In it I try to address lesser-known facts about the Amish–and also the things that may seem to have a simple answer on the surface…but looking a little deeper shows otherwise.

      Sometimes the answers aren’t immediately as we think they are–for instance the common response to the beard question is “after marriage” but that is definitely not the case everywhere.

      Or, consider the various situations in which Amish adopt–sometimes even internationally. Or the cases where Amish, contrary to their well-known stance of separation, have actually accepted state assistance.

      Writing this book has strengthened my sense that Amish life is not always so simple, with some fascinating nuances the closer you look.

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    New York State of Mind
    Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 10th, 2013 at 06:45)

    I can’t wait until your book comes out so I read it.

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    Bethrusso
    Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 10th, 2013 at 06:45)

    Sounds great – can’t wait!

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    Slightly-Handled-Order-Man
    Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 10th, 2013 at 08:56)

    Cool.
    I might go to my local library and ask them to find me a copy of Success Made Simple, even if they have to go out of town to get it. I mean, there is a branch that I visited that has a number of Amish fiction books, but I can’t find SMS anywhere, I even tried a book store’s computer system and I couldn’t find it. I am bound and determined that I am going to read it now in some way in print form.

    Much success on your new book!!

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    Lattice
    Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 10th, 2013 at 09:39)

    Congratulations, Erik!

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    Andrea green
    Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 10th, 2013 at 11:56)

    Looking forward to some great reading :-)

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    Kathy Rowe
    Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 10th, 2013 at 15:06)

    Congratulations on the upcoming new book. Cannot wait to get it. I know it will be one of those “can’t put down books.”
    Always enjoy your blogs!

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      Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 11th, 2013 at 09:52)

      I hope so Kathy. In the book I weave in observations and personal stories in the introductions to each section (the 50 facts are divided into 12 sections). So it’s a little “bloggy” in that way :)

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    Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 10th, 2013 at 15:41)

    So if an Amish man becomes a widower, does he shave the beard so it is obvious (to the English and Amish from other settlements) that he is “available”?

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    Jamie
    Comment on My New Book:Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 10th, 2013 at 15:48)

    My New Book:Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts

    Congratulations on the upcoming book. Will be anxious to read it! Thank you for all you do to keep us well informed on all things Amish. There was something I was wondering yesterday…I looked at my Amish Courting Candle which I purchased in Lancaster County and wondered do the Amish still use the Courting Candle??

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      Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 11th, 2013 at 00:25)

      Well the courting candle is not something in this book…I’m not really familiar with if and how much this might fit in the Amish tradition. Possible it’s something attached to the Amish from the outside? What first came to mind is the old style wick lamp which you still see even in more modern Amish homes with gas lighting. When I lived with Amish friends in PA they would sometimes leave one burning on the kitchen table if they knew I’d be home late. Although I wasn’t up to any courting then :-)

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        Jamie
        Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 11th, 2013 at 16:50)

        Well Eric I did a little research.
        Apparently, this is not used today but the story of the courting candle still lives on due to reproductions of it.
        In the late 1800’s when a suitor came calling, the father would light the candle. When the candle burned down to the metal courting time was over. However, if the young man was rich or showed some promise the father would raise the candle to give him more time. If he was a shady character the father would lower the candle to cut the time in half.
        The courting candle was made from wrought iron & resembles a loosely coiled spring. A piece of wood with a small peg sits inside the coiled spring and the candle sits on top of that and can then be lowered or raised. Just thought you’d like to know.

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          Slightly-Handled-Order-Man
          Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 11th, 2013 at 20:57)

          Jamie,
          I have a courting candle and that is roughly the explanation I was given for its usage.

          When I bought mine it was probably geared to an audience who re-enacted historical events between the end of the French and Indian Wars (the 1760s) and roughly the end of the North American chapter of the Napoleonic Wars (1814).

          I think it is a good idea, the courting candle and other measures formerly used to keep young people honest and respectable, though, as Erik noted, I’m not sure how much the Amish used it, or continue to use it.

          On a side note, had anyone watched the “Amish Deception” videos, although its about sexual abuse, there are some insights into [Swartz.] Amish courtship, rather or not entirely factual or based on the experience of family initiated sexual assault victims,I’m not sure, what is your opinion?

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            Jamie
            Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 11th, 2013 at 22:00)

            Slightly-Handled-Order-Man,

            I appreciate your response. Thank you for the info. Somehow I don’t see the courting candle as being a big hit with todays youth…it’s a different world.

            I haven’t seen the videos Amish Deception but I would be interested in doing so!

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          OldKat
          Comment on Yep (September 12th, 2013 at 00:09)

          Yep

          Yep, I’ve heard that EXACT story before, except that it wasn’t labeled as an “Amish” thing. The way I heard it was that it was just something that fathers in general were apt to do under those circumstances.

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          Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 12th, 2013 at 12:33)

          Thanks Jamie, very interesting. I saw some images of this online–don’t recall ever seeing one in an Amish home, but I really like the design.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on At long last! (September 10th, 2013 at 15:56)

    At long last!

    That’s terrific, Erik! I’m looking forward to it in both paper and eBook format. I have a Sony & a Kindle, so I’ll definitely put it on one of those to carry around…I never know when my family & friends (who know I love all things Amish) come up with questions I need quick answers to, relating to the Amish. (And as others have said, the info in YOUR book is definitely trustworthy!)

    Good luck with sales, promotions, etc. (If you’re ever in my area, my library would gladly offer use of our community room for a book signing! 😉 ) I’m looking forward to reading it and will send the info along to the person here who orders adult non-fiction.

    Alice Mary

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    SharonR
    Comment on New Book (September 10th, 2013 at 16:52)

    New Book

    Anxiously awaiting it being published!! I’m sure it will be a wonderful book.
    SharonR

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    Paula
    Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 10th, 2013 at 17:08)

    Congratulations and….looking forward!!

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    Julie Turner
    Comment on New Book (September 10th, 2013 at 17:12)

    New Book

    Will we have to wait long Eric?
    I look forward to reading it too.
    Julie Australia

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    Rich and Polly Stevick
    Comment on Sign us up! (September 10th, 2013 at 18:09)

    Sign us up!

    In fact, we can sign you up for a book signing at our house. We will invite all of our friends and friendschaft. What a great idea for a book, Erik. We’re looking forward to it. R & P

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    Dali Castillo
    Comment on Awesome! (September 10th, 2013 at 18:28)

    Awesome!

    This is awesome, Erik! I can’t wait! And glad to hear it will also be available electronically. Good luck with the rest of the process. I’ll be looking forward to information when it comes out so I can request for our library to get it.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 10th, 2013 at 21:07)

    Glad to hear the book will soon be available. I’m already interested in new things I’ll learn from the book.

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    Brad of the Brethren
    Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 10th, 2013 at 23:52)

    Congratulations Erik ! Really looking forward to reading it, I’m sure it will be a smash ! Keep us posted. Any chance on some signed copies for your faithful readers ??!!

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    Tracy
    Comment on New Book (September 11th, 2013 at 08:07)

    New Book

    VERY exciting about your new book, Erik! And I’m glad it wail be available electronically too, as I LOVE reading, but purchase fewer hard copy books now–using my Kindle app much more! I discovered your wonderful site a little while ago, and have been greatly enjoying reading all the back posts and articles! I’m originally from York County PA, just a stones throw from beautiful Lancaster County & “Amish country”. I’m now living in Northern Europe, in Norway. But my husband & I get home to York/Lancaster twice a year. It wouldn’t be a trip home without stops in Lancaster! I sew & quilt, and have soft spot for Amish quilts. For so long I’ve been inspired by the way of living and devotion of the Amish. Your site gives us Englisch a nice bridge between the worlds. Thank you! :o) Looking forward to reading your book soon-ish!

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      Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 11th, 2013 at 09:38)

      So kind of you Tracy. Really neat to hear you are in Norway but keeping in touch with back home. Reminds me a little of what I do when I’m in Poland. I think your winters must be worse though.

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        Tracy
        Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 12th, 2013 at 08:46)

        Hi, again, Erik! Yes, the winters here in Norway can be very cold and snow-rich… we live for the mild summers! My immediate family are still in the York/Lancaster PA are, and extended family too. We hope to go over soon for Christmas. We’ve not been to Poland… not yet, anyway…I’d love to see the city of Warszawa!

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    Melissa H
    Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 11th, 2013 at 09:37)

    Looking forward to the book, Erik!

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    OldKat
    Comment on My next "Amish" book (September 12th, 2013 at 00:58)

    My next "Amish" book

    For the past year to year and half I have been slowly working my way through the list of recommended books about the Amish that I created after Erik posted a thread about what books on the Amish the readers of this site would recommend reading.

    It so happens that I am finishing up my initial reading list right now with what has turned out to be one of my personal favorites … Growing Up Amish: The Teenage Years by Richard Stevick. In case any of you haven’t read it; you should do so while waiting for Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts to be published.

    I think I’ll take a little break from my readings on the Amish until “Fifty” comes out. I have about 6 or 7 non-Amish books that have just been collecting dust, so it is time to get to some of them.

    Congrats Erik on bringing this project to fruition. So as we use to say in the Southwestern Publishing Company book field … “Keep on bookin’ ” (It was a ’70’s thing!)

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      Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 12th, 2013 at 12:41)

      Thank you Oldkat, I have enjoyed booking it :) . I just got word that another group of readers have finished the latest review of the manuscript. Should be getting those in the mail soon.

      Rich’s Growing Up Amish is very good. I would also mention that there is an updated edition which will be coming out sometime soon, Rich could and hopefully will be telling us more on that.

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    Comment on Questions (September 14th, 2013 at 21:00)

    Questions

    Erik, so looking forward to your new book. I’m new to this site, and am reading everything I can about EVERYTHING Amish. Are there other books available out that you have written? I feel like I have been “left out” of the club. I am from Holmes County, Oh., so the Amish are not new to me. Matter of fact, my husband works for an Amish owned company. I have been reading Amish fiction for years, and still want to learn as much as I can about their way of life and their beliefs. Any info you have Will be deeply appreciated.
    @ OldKat, would you be willing to share the list of “must reads” recommended list, that you have gathered? I am feeling the need to play “catch-up”. LOL
    Thanks for all the interesting info!

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      Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 16th, 2013 at 13:15)

      Sandy, welcome, and thanks for joining us! There are some very good books out there.

      I have written two books on the Amish. The first is on Amish business (Success Made Simple) if you are interested in that aspect. The second will only work if you can read Polish (Kim sa Amisze?) :) This next one will be most geared to a general English speaking audience, so it may be worth waiting for that one.

      There are a lot of good nonfiction books–this is a partial list: http://amishamerica.com/recommended-amish-resources/ .

      The recently-released book The Amish by Kraybill, Johnson-Weiner, and Nolt is probably the best place to start if you want a general but thorough book about the Amish–covers them from pretty much every aspect and across many communities.

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    Kathy Rowe
    Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 15th, 2013 at 08:06)

    I’d be interested in getting that list too. Hopefully I have read some on the list already.
    Sandy, have you always lived in Holmes Co? I love going there. It’s my all time favorite place to visit. Will be there in early Dec and looking forward to it.

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      Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 15th, 2013 at 09:44)

      @ Kathy Rowe, no I previously lived in Wayne County,(all my life). We moved here about 2 years ago. I am a country girl and love living here. I know I feel so much more content and happy. Don’t know what I would do if HAD to live in the city. Glad that you enjoy our piece of heaven.

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        Kathy Rowe
        Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (September 15th, 2013 at 10:50)

        Sandy, you are lucky to have lived in that area all your life. Sure is peaceful there. If you have time sometime, email me at TNWF@aol.com. Thanks!

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    Comment on A new child is born (September 23rd, 2013 at 13:57)

    A new child is born

    Hello Eric,
    it seems Donald Kraybill’s new child is born !
    Congratulations for your new book; I’ll read it with a lot of interest.

    Many wishes of peace from Belgium,
    Bob.

    PS : I suggest you write about Ben Girod one day; it’s an untypical man, but with a very large heart.

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    Slightly-Handled-Order-Man
    Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (October 8th, 2013 at 12:58)

    Is everything going well with the new book, Erik, or are you a little overwhelmed? I wonder because the blog has, at least for now, become a once or twice a week thing, all good? I think some of us are getting worried.

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      Comment on My New Book: Fifty Fascinating Amish Facts (October 14th, 2013 at 10:29)

      Thanks Shom, I do appreciate it. I should have noted but I was in Lancaster Co for a week, and posts have been a little light due to non-blog work. Things are moving forward though on my projects including the book. We’ll be back to more frequent posting soon. I have had one eye on the site though while I’ve been gone and am catching up with comments today. Have missed it as well.

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