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Saturday, May 9

Spring Reads: The Heart of the Amish


The Heart of the Amish
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publisher: Revell
Pub. Date: May 5, 2015
ISBN: 978-0800722036
Pages: 192
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

I grew up reading mostly horror and mystery novels, but I eventaully started reading Amish fiction titles. I had joined a mystery book club, where I got several books for 99 cents. When the books finally arrived, I was accidently sent one wrong book, which happend to be a Beverly Lewis title. I read the book and fell in love with the genre. Since then, I've been have the previlage of reading many great Amish titles by wonderful authors, including Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Released this week is her newest book The Heart of the Amish, which isn't a fiction tale. The author has interviewed several Amish men & women and has featured their stories within the 192 page book. Most of the stories have the theme of "forgiveness."

In my humble opinion, the Amish community has gotten a bad rap with a few unreleasitc reality series over the last few years. Suzanne Woods Fisher has crafted together several heartwarming stories about how the Amish are able to release their pain and live in peace with others. Most of the chapters end with a short "Plain Truth" paragraph, which gives a litte history or facts about the Amish. Overall, The Heart of the Amish is well-written book that I enjoyed reading. 



*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.



About the Author:

In no particular order, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wife, mother, writer, lifelong student of the Bible, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener and a cook...the latter two with sporadic results.

Suzanne has loved to write since she was a young teen. After college, she started to write for magazines and became a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine. Her family moved to Hong Kong for four years, just as the internet was developing, and she continued to write articles in a 44-story high-rise apartment, sending manuscripts 7,000 miles away with a click of a key.

After returning from Hong Kong, Suzanne decided to give her first novel a try. For four and a half months, she worked on an antediluvian computer in a cramped laundry room. She didn't even tell her husband what she was up to. When the novel was completed, she told her family at dinner one night that she had written a book. "That's why there's no food in this house!" said her slightly insensitive sons.

Undaunted...Suzanne found a small royalty publisher for that book and wrote three more (all earned multiple awards). With help from an agent, she went on to sign contracts with Revell Books for twenty plus books.

Writing, for Suzanne, is a way to express a love of God and His word. With every book or article, she hopes readers get a sense of what faith really looks like in the daily grind. She hopes they realize that life can be hard, but God is good, and never to confuse the two.

Suzanne can be found on-line at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

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