25 responses to Saloma Miller Furlong on Bonnet Strings (Giveaway)
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    Comment on Saloma Miller Furlong on Bonnet Strings (Giveaway) (March 20th, 2014 at 16:38)

    Leanna, I’m glad you found my first book thought-provoking… I suppose that could be in a good way or challenging way, but I’m hoping it was good. Good luck with the giveaway, and I hope you get a chance to read the book.

    One thing I should have mentioned earlier, anyone can ask for my books at your local library, and they will likely get it for you, even if they need to buy it.

    Wish you all the best,

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    Comment on Bonnet Strings (March 20th, 2014 at 20:58)

    Bonnet Strings

    My family find the Amish so very interesting! Just finished reading The Choice which we both read & enjoyed it! Hopefully we can read another Amish book soon! Thank you for reading this entry!

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    Comment on Saloma Miller Furlong on Bonnet Strings (Giveaway) (March 20th, 2014 at 21:07)

    Hi Sherri,

    Thank you for your interest in my book. I hope you get a chance to read it.



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    Comment on Saloma Miller Furlong on Bonnet Strings (Giveaway) (March 21st, 2014 at 19:52)

    Very informative! Thank you!

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    Comment on Bonnet Strings (March 21st, 2014 at 23:44)

    Bonnet Strings

    Looking forward to reading your books.

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    Comment on Saloma Miller Furlong on Bonnet Strings (Giveaway) (March 22nd, 2014 at 09:12)

    I enjoyed reading your first book Saloma.. Not that I enjoyed the hard times you went thru in your young life, but you have a great knack for writing and it was hard to put it down when I had to.

    Im looking forward to reading this book as well..

    Thank you for inviting us into your private life & sharing a part of life that many people dont want to share about their own lives.

    I think there are more incidences of familial abuses in all of our homes than we wish to believe.. We need to stand up, stand together & see to it that it doesnt happen in our own lives and that of our families any longer. We need to care & step in when its warranted.

    Wishing you the Best & Highest in Spirit.. Always!

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      Comment on Saloma Miller Furlong on Bonnet Strings (Giveaway) (March 22nd, 2014 at 10:00)

      Hello Kim,

      Thank you for your comments. I’m glad you found meaning in my first book. I think you’ll find the second book a pleasure… it’s about that time in my young life when I was discovering I had the power to change my situation… it’s a book about empowerment.

      About abuse… I agree that there is more of it happening than we are willing to believe. I think for many people, their minds cannot go there. But all children need advocates, most especially when they are being abused. I love the idea of everyone being willing to become an advocate, should that happen in their families. Breaking the silence that shrouds abuse is usually half the battle.

      Many blessings of peace and joy to you.


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    william carter
    Comment on Review (March 23rd, 2014 at 14:37)


    I have Amish friends and their Ordnung is progressive.They have solar panels, cell phones, and self propelled farm equipmemt. I enjoy your writings.

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      Comment on Saloma Miller Furlong on Bonnet Strings (Giveaway) (March 23rd, 2014 at 18:12)

      Hello William,

      Your Amish friends live in a more progressive area. I’m guessing Holmes County or Indiana?

      Glad to know you like my writing. Thank you for letting me know. And thank you for reading!


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    Comment on Bonnet Strings (March 23rd, 2014 at 16:17)

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    I loved your other book you wrote and enjoyed reading about your life. I would love to have this other book of yours. I hope I am picked to get a copy.

    I have Amish friends and Mennonite friends across the country.

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    Comment on Saloma Miller Furlong on Bonnet Strings (Giveaway) (March 23rd, 2014 at 18:18)

    Hello LeeAnn,

    Thank you for letting me know that you liked my book. Good luck in the drawing.

    Take care,

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    Karen G
    Comment on Saloma Miller Furlong on Bonnet Strings (Giveaway) (March 23rd, 2014 at 18:35)

    Would love a chance to win this book. My library does not have the funds to purchase a lot of books so I know this would not make it to the shelves. I have asked for a lot of Amish type books and have not had any luck getting them because they are not available. I used to travel to many libraries (some 2 hrs away) to get books that I could not request online but could in person. Wish I could still do that and maybe find a library with your books, but I have stopped traveling when the price of gas went up years ago. Also, I wish you could have a book signing around the Albany or Saratoga NY area during the afternoon and I would stop by. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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      Comment on Saloma Miller Furlong on Bonnet Strings (Giveaway) (March 23rd, 2014 at 22:10)

      Hello Karen,

      I hope you get a chance to read my books, one way or another. I don’t have any plans to do a talk in your area, but if you can suggest someone, please let me know.

      All best,

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    Comment on Saloma Miller Furlong on Bonnet Strings (Giveaway) (March 23rd, 2014 at 21:25)

    I felt very humbled as I watched your segment in The Amish: Shunned in which you and your husband sheltered Anna. Even if she can’t personally write to thank you because of her return to her very strict community, I can thank you for her, for the gentle and motherly care you showed her.

    I am delighted that you have written this new book and look forward to reading it! And I’m glad to hear that it has helped bring you and your sister closer together.

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    Comment on Saloma Miller Furlong on Bonnet Strings (Giveaway) (March 23rd, 2014 at 22:29)

    Hello Gail,

    I am so touched by what you have written here. I often wonder how Anna feels about her time out and living with us. I so wish she and I could have a long conversation together.

    Thank you also for the thoughts about my sister and my relationship. I appreciate you kind and sympathetic words.

    Many blessings along the roads you travel.


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    Karen C.
    Comment on Admiration (March 24th, 2014 at 06:35)


    I admire Saloma’s strength and character. Her story is so inspiring.

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    Comment on Saloma Miller Furlong on Bonnet Strings (Giveaway) (March 24th, 2014 at 06:48)

    Finished Bonnet Strings in record time. I loved it when as I read, I become an invisible witness in every scene and lived in the scene right there alongside of you, Saloma. Reading takes on life when that happens for me. Thanks for bringing me along as you traversed your days and experiences.



  • I made it out to Saloma’s talk in Asheboro, NC last night. It was a nice event, have posted a couple of photos in an update above.

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      Gary Counterman
      Comment on Saloma Miller Furlong on Bonnet Strings (Giveaway) (March 28th, 2014 at 17:33)

      Hi Erik,

      I envy you the opportunity to hear Saloma and David talk about their book and their life experiences together. Ironically I finished reading Bonnet Strings yesterday evening and have had it on my mind since. It’s certainly an interesting and compelling story to read, it doesn’t disappoint and it entertains, it also inspires and shares difficult subjects like mental illness, emotional and physical abuse in families, childhood sexual abuse and incest, religious abuse. Notably Bonnet Strings is a story of remarkable courage, of commitment to live a good and worthwhile life with no guarantee that it might work out that way, and with full knowledge that it would be impossible to ever return to a life that was unfulfilling but at least familiar and predictable. Most beautifully it’s quite a love story, all people should be so fortunate to have what Solama and David have, genuine love and lives lived with purpose. Erik, thanks for featuring this story and others which teach us about each other through the wider world and the smaller world too, like that of the Amish.

      Always wishing you the best in all you do,


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      Comment on Saloma Miller Furlong on Bonnet Strings (Giveaway) (March 28th, 2014 at 21:14)

      Did they introduce you to the crowd, Erik?

      Vermont Public Radio has a 14-minute audio interview with Saloma, “How A Conflicted Amish Woman Found Love, Independence In Vermont,” along with a written transcription.


      • Thanks Gary, I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit and share this and glad you enjoyed the book. And Linda, no they did not, this was rightfully Saloma and David’s show 🙂 I did talk with a few nice folks afterwards about some Amish topics, and Saloma and I briefly addressed an Amish convert question.

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    Comment on Saloma Miller Furlong on Bonnet Strings (Giveaway) (May 24th, 2014 at 00:21)

    Wow! very informative 🙂

    I and my family had been thinking: Since most Amish are bound by lots of rules and tradition, for those that break away or leave the community as you did, do you or those that you know who left the community, are now part of an established religion?
    For example: Christian (evangelical) or other or do you (in general) become agnostic (“I believe in God but do not set foot in a church”), etc.
    We are interested in knowing because I personally know of ex JWs (Jehovah Witness’) who left the JWs and for a very long time did not want anything to do with “church” or “working out salvation”.
    Thank you for your response as I am sure others might have the same question and maybe, even possibly, make another movie or a book about this part of the “faith journey”.
    Would be glad to read, hear, see and even watch future updates regarding this important issue 😉

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