74 responses to Who reads Amish fiction?
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    Reading Amish Fiction (March 26th, 2013 at 15:38)

    Reading Amish Fiction

    We wish we COULD ask some Amish folks about their lifestyles/traditions/religions — but here in Florida, there is not any settlements close by! (at least for me, it’s a 3 hour drive to Pinecraft)…..Also, some authors that are out there, do spend time doing their research and try to get things correct and not just “fabricate” stories just to make a “sale”….living in this great USA, we are blessed in having “choices” in what we read. It is up to US, to decide which author is most dedicated to their work, and choose wisely. As far as the “covers”, I don’t pay much attention to them, but read the book, plus read about the author themselves, usually on the last pages of one of their books.
    Historical romance, fiction, novels, or whatever one wants to refer to them, they are still good books to read, and if they brighten one’s day, then no harm done!

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    Amish Fiction very well-written and (March 26th, 2013 at 16:17)

    Amish Fiction very well-written and

    I read these books-not all of them, but a lot of them. To me, thy are a way to escape, especially if I am tired after a long day at work. The well-written books are addictive-as enjoyable as chocolate chip cookies or potato chips. Since my ancestors were Amish, I try to imagine them in the same scenario. It is clear that some authors spend more time on research than others. My favorite book so far is the one where the English family’s car gets wrecked while they are on their way to spend Christmas, and instead live for a week with an Amish family while their car is being repaired. Improbable? Yes, but very well-written and the English family includes 2 kids who are aghast at the thought that people actually live without cell phones, ipods, or other modern technology I have heard these books called “bonnet and buggy” or a bit more sarcastically, “bonnet rippers”. Of course, this genre leads to the inevitable satire as well (“Operation Bonnet”) anyone?

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    Positive attitude to former Amish (March 26th, 2013 at 18:50)

    Positive attitude to former Amish

    I have read some of the Amish fictional books and have noticed that the story is more geared to show the kids leaving the Amish as not being successful in their attempt to connect with the ” English ” world.
    I am a former Amish of many years and know all about the difficult times we go thru in adapting to a new lifestyle as well as the said and ” unsaid” statements from our aquaintances and relatives.
    I would like to see more stories giving us a more positive review to the outside world.
    There are many positive stories out there.
    I do feel the more that the subject of the Amish is discussed, the better it will be.
    I would like to hear some response on subject. Thank you.

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      Interested (April 13th, 2013 at 23:13)


      RE: Loyd


      I’m an author of Amish fiction and I’d be very interested in hearing your story/opinions. I realize, unlike some uneducated readers, that Amish communities can vary WIDELY.

      In my book Amish by Accident (available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.), I strove to represent the Amish as honestly as possible. Being in California though, I have to rely primarily on the internet and books I read (which have been many.)

      I do have Conservative Mennonite friends, some which have come from PA, that dress similarly to the Amish and keep many of the Plain traditions. I am blessed to attend their ‘hymn sings’ once in a while.

      If you are willing to participate in my research, it would be greatly appreciated! You may contact me at jebspredemann@gmail.com.

      Thank you :)

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    Fr. John
    Who Reads Amish Fiction? (March 27th, 2013 at 09:22)

    Who Reads Amish Fiction?

    Well, I most certainly read Amish Fiction, and love it!! From my rather deep PA Deitsch (albeit not Anabaptist) roots this genre keeps me in touch with the live of my forebearers. In response to the posited question about my preference for male authors of this genre, I find it to be exactly the opposite.

    The character development and “story telling” abilities of the male authors I’ve read are considerably weaker than those of the ladies. It strikes me that this is largely true of all fiction genres, and does not seem to be related strictly to Amish/Mennonite novellas.

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    Mona, Kentucky Lady 717
    Who reads Amish fiction? (March 27th, 2013 at 18:35)

    I read them also…there are some good books out there….Beth Wiseman writes great books, so does Suzanne Woods Fisher, Beverly Lewis, Murray Pura ….just to name a few……check them out if you have not read any of their books…there are many good authors, just can’t think of others right now……

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      Comment on who reads Amish fiction? (March 27th, 2013 at 20:13)

      Comment on who reads Amish fiction?

      Thank you both for your replies. The books I read were by Beverly Lewis. It has been a couple years so I don’t recall too much , but the Amish who dated the English was shown as not being able to have a lasting relationship with the “Englisher”. I guess we each came away with different opinions.

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    Donna Williams
    Dale Cramer (April 2nd, 2013 at 07:37)

    Dale Cramer

    I’m on Dale Cramer’s third book about the daughters of Caleb Bender. I have enjoyed these three books and it’s hard to put them down. I highly recommend Paradise Valley, The Captive Heart, and Though Mountains Fall, in that order. Great reading! Mr. Cramer’s father was Amish and he writes from a personal perspective.

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    Who reads Amish fiction? (April 14th, 2013 at 11:53)

    I just finished Dale Cramer’s Though Mountains Fall last nite love his books. Also Murray Pura’s book. I have read many Amish books and have more in my TBR stash. Patti in VA

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