My newest release, Sarah’s Orphans, is about a young Amish girl who is abandoned by her mother, left to raise her siblings, and then finds two homeless children. Today I thought I’d share the “story behind the story.”
- I started out with this question. As Christians, are we still responsible for caring for orphans? I mean there are a lot more government/charity programs than there were in Jesus’s day. Orphanages in the US are rare, and there are long waiting lists for parents seeking children to adopt.
- I spent a lot of time on the national and state websites for adoption. One thing I learned is that currently there are 400,000 children living in the U.S. without permanent families. Of those 100,000 are eligible for adoption.
- Of course we can’t all adopt a child right now, for various reasons–health, economics, etc. So how can we help?
- I also learned that the Amish have adopted in the past. Here is a great story of adoption within their faith, and here is another describing adoption outside of their religion in the past.
- Of course I visited Cody’s Creak (which is actually Chouteau, Oklahoma), and had a wonderful time talking to the Amish and taking pictures.
The children in this story really won my heart! Of course it’s not an easy path to blend two families together, but my goal was to show that God can use each of us in a special way, and we can all find a small way to minister to others.
Now it’s your turn. Do you have any questions about Sarah’s Orphans?
Announcements for this week:
- Anna’s Healing, the first full length book in the series and a Christy Award finalist, is still on sale for $2.99 at Amazon (ebook).
- Anna’s Healing will soon be available in large print. So if you prefer large print books, pass this along to your local library and ask them to purchase it.
- Deep Shadows is now available in print and ebook. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD. And the price has stayed below $9 for most vendors, so get your copy today! CBD is offering the print book for 47% off — only $7.99
- I will be at the Jewett Quilt show next weekend. If you’re in the Waco, Texas area, stop by and say hello. I’ll also have autographed copies of all of my newest releases for sale.
- Also, my Fall Rafflecopter giveaway will be live tomorrow, and I think you’re going to love this month’s Prize Package. Details and entry form will be on my main webpage tomorrow, so stop by and check us out!
Anna’s Healing is a story about a miracle. So I thought that today I would ask you, do you believe in miracles?
Some of us might have experienced miracles in our life. Some have prayed for miracles that never happened. And others aren’t sure about this whole idea of God reaching down and changing something important, just for us.
When I began writing Anna’s Healing (which is now available everywhere books are sold), I wanted to address this important topic. After all, we’re a highly advanced, technological society. But what about our faith? Do we still believe that God can heal? And if so, why are some people healed but other people aren’t? These are all tough questions. If you read Anna’s Healing, you’ll understand my beliefs on the topic, as a writer’s beliefs always come through.
But for today, I’m wondering about you.
Do you believe in miracles?
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I’m so excited to introduce you to the “people” in Anna’s Healing. This book will release on October 1. So who are these people? I’m glad you asked! Continue reading
Anna’s Healing and Project Linus
Wow! Anna’s Healing is shipping to a store near you and will be available everywhere by October 1. I’m pretty excited. But I’m even more excited to tell you about Project Linus, which greatly influenced the writing of this book. One of the PL coordinators, graciously offered to answer a few questions for me. Thank you, Melissa E. Later this month, we’ll be giving away some great PL stuff, and we’ll also provide a link where you can purchase Anna’s Healing and have a portion of the proceeds go to PL. Now for our interview:
Bicycling in Shipshe
Amish home, Middlebury, IN
Amish mom and child
Out and about
I’m so excited about the release of my new collection: Plain and Simple Miracles. These stories are very near and dear to me. Brian’s Choice (a novella) is already available, and Anna’s Healing (a full length novel) will begin shipping in a few weeks. So I thought now would be a good time to DEBUNK some of the myths surrounding the Amish.
My first Amish book released in 2010. I’ve visited communities in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma since then. I’ve walked through barns, shared meals, and visited schoolhouses. Here are a few of the myths I’ve learned are not true–at least not in the places I’ve been.
- Amish only walk or ride in buggies. Nope. I’ve seen Amish folk on bicycles and scooters. And of course they ride in cars when they’re traveling farther than a few miles.
- Amish quilt but they don’t do any other handiwork. Wrong! I’ve seen Amish women knit and crochet as well as do some embroidery work for wedding gifts.
- Amish homes are like a log cabin. I don’t know why I thought this! In fact, the homes I’ve been in look very similar to mine–minus carpet, curtains and electricity. Many now have modern bathrooms although the water flows slowly without an electric pump.
- Amish don’t read. Ha! The Amish men, women, and children I’ve met love to read. Many Amish visit their local library, and they love to receive books as gifts. It’s true they stop public school at the 8th grade, but they continue learning long after that.
- Amish are very serious, somber people. I’m sure some Amish are serious, but I’ve met many who were downright friendly, quite a few who like to tell jokes, and one or two who are real chatter-boxes.
That’s just a few of the myths I’ve found are not true. What about you? Do you have a question about the Amish? Or do you have a myth that you can bust? Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you.
I’m so excited to announce the release of Brian’s Choice and introduce you to the community of Cody’s Creek, Oklahoma.
I travelled to the Amish community of Chouteau before I began writing this series. It’s located 40 minutes to the east of Tulsa, a straight shot down US-412. Chateau was originally named Cody’s Creek.
One thing that makes this community unique is the fact that the Amish use tractors. You can read about that in more details here. It comes down to Continue reading