Old Order author Darla Weaver details spending Tuesday’s with Mom and family in new book

September 11, 2018

Old Order author Darla Weaver details spending Tuesday’s with Mom and family in new book

To sign books at Buckeye (Wooster, Ohio) Book Fair Nov. 3.

HARRISONBURG, Va.— Once a week Darla Weaver loads her children into the carriage, hitches up her spirited mare, and drives six miles to the farm where she grew up. In summer they ride bikes. Year round she gathers with her four sisters and their children for a day with their mother and grandmother.

In Gathering of Sisters: A Year with My Old Order Mennonite Family, Weaver writes about her horse-and-buggy Mennonite family and the weekly gatherings that keep them connected.

On warm days, the children play, fish and, build houses with hay bales in the barn. In the winter, everyone stays close to the woodstove, with puzzles, games, crocheting and “stamping.” No matter the weather, the Tuesday get-togethers of this family keep them grounded and centered in their love for God and for each other, even when raising an occasional loving but knowing eyebrow at each other.

The rest of the week is full of laundry, errands, and work that never ends. But Tuesdays are about being sisters, daughters, and mothers.

Donald B. Kraybill, bestselling author and oft-consulted expert on Amish- and Mennonite-related topics, lauds Gathering of Sisters as a “wonderful book that throbs with joy, laughter, and love on every page. Story after story takes us inside her fascinating world on a backroad to heaven.”

The Buckeye Book Fair takes place from 9:30-4:00 Nov. 3 at the Fisher Auditorium at the Ohio Agricultural Research Center. More information at www.BuckeyeBookFair.com

Gathering of Sisters is the sixth book from Herald Press in the Plainspoken series of Amish and Mennonites writing about their daily lives. Weaver is a homemaker, gardener, writer, and Old Order Mennonite living in the hills of southern Ohio. She is the author of Water My Soul and Many Lighted Windows and has written for Family Life, Ladies’ Journal, Young Companion, and other magazines..

The book is now available from Herald Press (800-245-7894) for $14.99 (paperback) and 11.99 (ebook), favorite bookstores and online retailers. In Canada, order from CommonWord (877‑846‑1593), Parasource (800‑263‑2664), and elsewhere.

To schedule a phone interview with Darla Weaver, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540‑908‑3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.

Who are the Amish? Donald B. Kraybill answers common questions in Simply Amish

June 14, 2018
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Foremost expert on Amish life answers common questions in Simply Amish

HARRISONBURG, Va.— Where did the Amish come from? Why do they drive horses and buggies? How are they different from the Mennonites? People have many questions about the Amish. Well-known expert Donald B. Kraybill addresses many of these questions in Simply Amish: An Essential Guide from the Foremost Expert on Amish Life (Herald Press, June 2018). The hardcover gift book provides insights on Amish life, culture, and faith and includes rare photography of the Amish, their homes, and families.

Donald B. Kraybill has lived among, studied, written about, and befriended the Amish for many years, and Amish people read his books to learn more about themselves. Kraybill takes readers on a journey among a people known for their simplicity, rootedness in church and family, and commitment to peaceful living.

Kraybill explores why this 325-year-old group is growing rather than declining and separates facts from fiction perpetuated by television shows, novels, and movies. Simply Amish includes maps of where the Amish in North America live and sections on Amish clothing, work, family life, church services, technology, and spirituality.

“If quizzed about Amish life, most people might know that the Amish travel by horse and buggy and wear peculiar dress. But beyond the beards, bonnets, and buggies, many people know little,” writes Kraybill. “I have researched and written about the Amish for more than forty years, and my Amish friends have graciously helped me to both understand their way of life and ask questions about my own.”

Donald B. Kraybill is internationally recognized for his scholarship on Anabaptist groups. His books, research, and commentary have been featured in national and worldwide media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, NPR, CNN, and NBC. He is distinguished college professor and senior fellow emeritus at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College. Kraybill is the author, coauthor, or editor of many books, including Amish Grace, The Amish Way, Renegade Amish, and The Riddle of Amish Culture. He is also the author of the bestselling Herald Press book, Upside Down Kingdom.

Simply Amish is available from Herald Press for $10.99 (hardcover) via 800‑245‑7894 and at the Herald Press webstore, www.HeraldPress.com, Amazon, and other online sources. Canadian customers can order from CommonWord (877‑846‑1593), Parasource (800‑263‑2664), and elsewhere.

Higher resolution photos available.

To schedule an interview with Donald Kraybill, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540‑908‑3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.