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Initial post: Dec 19, 2007 8:45:02 PM PST
Merasyph says:
I currently am fascinated with the Amish and own all of Wanda Brunstetter's, Beverly Lewis's, and Cindy Woodsmall's books. I would like to find other Amish books to read - both fiction and non.

Can anyone recommend any other books or authors??

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2008 1:46:23 PM PST
Cara L. Day says:
For a nonfiction book about the Amish try "The Amish of Illinois' Heartland" by Rebecca Mabry <ISBN 9780979842016> published by The News-Gazette.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2008 3:45:54 PM PST
Also search for two ex-Amish authors:

Anna Dee Olson
Ruth Irene Garrett

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2008 12:30:30 PM PDT
Jerry Eicher says:
Try books by Jerry Eicher, Sarah, Sarah's Son, Hannah's Dream.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2008 7:19:11 AM PDT
Merasyph says:
Jerry - I've seen your books on, but couldn't tell if they were children's books or for adults.


In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2008 8:55:58 AM PDT
S. Brower says:
Look for an exciting new voice in Amish fiction next Spring! Amy Clipston's first book in the Kaufmann Amish Bakery series will release 4/3/09.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2008 5:23:38 PM PDT
My top three for information on the Amish would be John A. Hostetler's Amish Society; Donald B. Kraybill's The Riddle of Amish Culture; and David L. Weaver Zercher's The Amish in the American Imagination. These are scholarly books, but they are the best from an information stand point. If you want something a bit more basic, Kraybill's The Puzzles of Amish Life; The Amish: Why they Enchant Us; and The Amish of Lancaster County are great. Randy-Michael Testa's After the Fire and In the Valley of the Shadow are also excellent.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2008 12:25:03 PM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2008 3:44:31 PM PDT
These 3 books are not part of a series. Unlike other authors of Amish writings, Mr. Eicher gives you a beautiful story, designed for both men and women, but with a sense of a man's voice. His accounts of Amish life are not colored to make the Amish community seem "perfect", but rather, as a writer, born Amish, he gives you a very accurate account of Amish life, one that surprises some, because they are so use to books that make Amish life appear simple, reverent and untouchable, which in some regards it is, But, they are only human and personal experience with Amish communities teaches me that the Amish aren't the Perfectly Holy many view them to be. I would highly recommend Mr. Eichers' books. I anxiously await his next publication.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2008 5:28:29 PM PDT
Thank you for the info

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2008 3:18:02 PM PDT
zencat says:
Have a look at a book outside the usual genre of Amish romanticism, "Grandpa's Notebooks; the Evolution of an Amish Soul."
Written by the son of an abusive Amish preacher; it reveals aspects generally not known about Amish brain washing and repression of the children.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2008 8:14:28 AM PDT
Beth Wiseman says:
I have a 3-book series coming out. The first book, PLAIN PERFECT, releases Sept. 9 2008. If interested, check out my web site at

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2008 2:36:47 PM PDT
My novel, Death Takes a Buggy Ride, has become a strong fiction and mystery book club selection in Pennsylvania and California. Here's a synopsis:

Death Takes A Buggy Ride
On a cold, rainy night in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, an Amish man named Jacob Stoltzfus drives his horse and buggy along a two-lane road when a car full of kids viciously rams the buggy. When he pulls off the road to inspect the damage, a man in a pickup truck pulls over and demands Jacob give him the bag he is carrying. When the bandana obscuring the man's face slips off, the thief shoots Jacob.

Pennsylvania State Trooper John Lapp, who left the Amish faith fifteen years earlier, is called to the crime scene. He grew up with Jacob Stoltzfus and was once in love with the victim's widow, Sallie. The Amish, a religious sect that shuns modern life, do not seek revenge and will not assist in finding Jacob's killer. That is, until Jacob's slightly retarded brother, Amos, is charged with the murder.

While Lapp struggles with the disappointments in his own life, his investigation puts him in constant contact with Sallie. He finds himself frequently wondering if he could return to farming and accept the restraints of Amish life or if Sallie would even have him.

In his search for the real killer, Lapp sets up a chain of events that reveal the shocking truth behind Jacob's murder.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2008 1:51:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 23, 2009 7:34:20 AM PDT
Fay Risner says:
Hello Merasyph,
I've written an Amish love story that is selling on Amazon. If you take a look you will find my discussion about how I came to write the book and reviews by friends of mine that read the book. If you are still looking, give my book a try- Christmas Traditions a try. ISBN 0982459513
Levi Yoder permits Amish turned Englisher, Margaret Goodman, to visit his son, Luke, a week at Christmas each year. Stubborn, unbending Levi threatens to stop her visits if she gives Luke a journal on Christmas day from his mother. Levi doesn't want the boy to know he has lied about Luke's mother dying years ago. Only Margaret and Levi's father, Jeremiah know the truth. Fearing that Margaret will turn his son against him, Levi makes her visit miserable, hoping she will leave before Christmas day. Though Margaret hates the way Levi treats her, she holds onto a thread of hope that some day he might love her as he did years ago when they were young.
My Amish stories show the Amish rural lifestyle as well as tell a story.
Thanks, Fay Risner

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2008 12:20:07 PM PST
Shelley Shepard Gray has started a new series. I recently read "Hidden." She has another in the series coming out soon called "Wanted."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2008 7:10:08 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2008 7:50:33 AM PST
zencat says:
John, best wishes with your project.
Personally, i lived it, and survived it, i escaped the reign of terror my brutal Amish preacher father was waging in a farmstead home of 10 children.
Most "Amish" books i've seen are gross distortions of the fundamentalist religious cultism that is mostly buried, hidden, perverse and brutal; behind closed doors.
i escaped at age 18. i am now 60.
you can see the reviews of my book, "Grandpa's Notebooks; the Evolution of an Amish Soul" by Orva Schrock at

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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2009 9:37:01 AM PDT
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Fay Risner says:
Hi Merasyph,
My latest Amish book A Promise Is A Promise ISBN 0982459505 is now on Amazon. This is the book's description.
Home Health Nurse Hal Lindstrom is assigned Amish widower John Lapp. She offers to stay with his children while he is in the hospital. Fifteen year old Emma takes care of the household. Her two younger brothers handle the dairy operation. Hal soon realizes that Emma suffers from depression. Noah is withdrawn, and Daniel is so distrubed he sleepwalks outside, looking for his dead mother. Drawn to this needy family, Hal discovers they have a secret swept under their proverbial Amish rag rug. The more she tries to help them the deeper she is sucked into the family's problem. Finally, Emma makes Hal promise to stop trying to unravel the family's tragic secret before it's too late. Hal agrees. When her future happiness is at stake, she wishes she hadn't, but a promise is a promise.
This book and my other Amish book Christmas Traditions (An Amish Love Story) ISBN 0982459513 are getting great reviews from readers. I write about the Amish rural lifestyle as well as tell the stories. Check out both books on Amazon and find the reviews in the community discussions under the book.
Fay Risner

Posted on Aug 8, 2009 12:18:17 PM PDT
From Marta Perry: My new Amish romance series, Pleasant Valley, begins with Leah's Choice, coming from Berkley Books in November. It will be followed by Rachel's Garden in March and Anna's Return in June. My earlier Amish books from Steeple Hill include Restless Hearts and the romantic suspense series: Hide in Plain Sight, A Christmas to Die For, and Buried Sins. Best, Marta Perry

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2009 4:30:16 PM PDT
Well, not to be "tacky" but there is a book, written by someone, strangely with my same name :), about Elam Stoltzfus...he was born and raised Amish in Kirkwood, PA...very strict...and he struggled thru his teenage years with whether or not to commit to the Amish way of life for the rest of his life or not...He ended up leaving the Amish and went on the mission field to Guatemala in 1972 and had a very exciting life! I married his 2nd son and took on the task of writing out Elam's life story, then...It's called, "Jungle Breezes"... :)

Posted on Aug 13, 2009 5:41:31 PM PDT
CJ-MO says:
I have read the books listed by Marta Perry in another post (Hide in Plain Sight, A Christmas to Die For, and Buried Sins) and this is a great series.

I have also read both "Plain Perfect" as well as "Plain Pursuit" which I especially enjoyed by Beth Wiseman.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2009 5:37:34 AM PDT
Thanks so much, CJ. I'm glad you liked my series.

Marta Perry

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 7:36:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 9, 2009 2:36:44 PM PDT
C. Hall says:
I would definitely recommend the Daughters Of The Promise series by Beth Wiseman, the Riverhaven Years by B.J. Hoff,and the Sommerfeld Trilogy by Kim Vogel Sawyer.

For info I second the list posted by Jennifer R. Whicker and would add~House Calls and Hitching Posts by Dorcas Sharp Hoover.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2009 7:42:44 AM PDT
Cara L. Day says:
We recommend "The Amish of Illinois' Heartland" by Rebecca Mabry. It's beautifully written and illustrated. We think you will enjoy it.
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