Beyond romance novels: Amish and Mennonite women tell their own stories in Homespun

July 31, 2018

Beyond romance novels:
Amish and Mennonite women tell their own stories in Homespun

HARRISONBURG, Va.— Ever wish you could visit with a group of Amish or Mennonite women over a cup of coffee? In the pages of Homespun: Amish and Mennonite Women In Their Own Words (August 2018), edited by Lorilee Craker. Amish and Plain Mennonite women swap stories and spin yarns. Craker, bestselling author of Money Secrets of the Amish, collected these personal writings about hospitality, home, grief, joy, and walks with God.

“These essays enthused my soul, and I came away feeling as if I had just been to church,” writes Craker. “There is something wonderfully elemental and childlike about the devotion expressed here, devotion even amid doubt. These pieces drew me closer to the One who calls all his daughters ‘beloved.’”

Chapters include stories such as a woman who struggles with feeling inferior to her sister; a woman longing for a baby; and a hilarious tale of a woman who accidentally bought stretchy material to sew her husband’s pants. Each woman’s story unveils a hidden side of a community many are curious about. Writers include Linda Byler, Sherry Gore, Lovina Eicher, Lucinda Miller and dozens more.

Behind Amish romance novels and tourist spots and television shows stand real people, with longings and loves just like the rest of us. In Homespun, readers no longer have to wonder what life is like for Amish and Mennonite women. They can read real stories from real lives.

Editor Lorilee Craker is the author of thirteen books, including Money Secrets of the Amish; Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me; My Journey to Heaven with Marv Besteman; and the New York Times bestseller Through the Story with Lynne Spears. Connect with her at LorileeCraker.com.

Homespun is available from Herald Press for $15.99 (paperback) and $12.99 (ebook) at 800-245-7894 or at www.HeraldPress.com, Amazon, and other online sources. Canadian customers can order from CommonWord (877-846-1593), Parasource (800-263-2664), and elsewhere.

To schedule an interview with Lorilee Craker, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540-908-3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.

Plain Mennonite reveals her life as Anything but Simple

News release

July 12, 2017
Plain Mennonite reveals her life as Anything but Simple
Educator offers first-hand account in new memoir

HARRISONBURG, Va.—What is it really like to be a single, plain Mennonite woman in today’s society? It may seem like the simple life, but Lucinda J. Miller would tell you it is more complicated than it looks. The young schoolteacher gives a first-hand account of her “Plain” life in a new memoir Anything but Simple: My Life as a Mennonite (Herald Press, July 25 2017).

Lucinda J. Miller wears long dresses and a prayer covering, like her grandmother, and she knows a lot about cooking and making do with what you’ve got. But she uses a cellphone and posts status updates on Facebook. Miller details her struggle between the two worlds, plain and modern, with honesty, revealing a world few outsiders will ever see.

“If not a completely simple world, ours is at least a safe one,” Miller says. “It is only when I step outside my safe Mennonite world and into larger American culture that life gets screwy and confusing.”

With a saucy tongue and a roving curiosity about the world, Miller details her rich church tradition, lively family life, inner struggles, and longings for a meaningful future within her Mennonite faith. The book includes “A Day in the Life of the Author” and “FAQ about the Amish and Mennonites”.

“In a charming, folksy style, Lucinda Miller strips away the layers of gloss that have been applied to conservative Mennonites and Amish in unrealistic romance novels and paints an accurate word picture of real Mennonite life,” says author Romaine Stauffer.

Lorilee Craker, New York Times bestselling author of Money Secrets of the Amish writes, “Lucinda J. Miller is the kind of writer readers dream of: engaging, literary, and openhearted.”

Anything but Simple is book 5 in the Herald Press Plainspoken series, launched in light of Amish novels and television shows which offer their own accounts of Amish and Mennonite life. Some of these messages are sensitive and accurate, but many are flat-out wrong. Through Plainspoken, readers can learn what Amish, Mennonite, and Hutterite life looks and feels like—from the inside out.

Lucinda J. Miller is a writer, teacher, blogger, and member of a conservative Mennonite community in Wisconsin. She teaches elementary school at the Sheldon Mennonite Church, and her writing has appeared in Daughters of Promise and Red Cedar Literary Journal. Her children’s book, The Arrowhead, is forthcoming from Christian Light Publications. Connect with her at www.lucindajmiller.com.

To schedule an interview with Lucinda Miller, contact LeAnn Hamby at (540) 908-3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org. To watch a video of Lucinda telling about writing this book, check: https://youtu.be/-QOky2ln074

To order the book, find it online at various retailers, your local bookstore, and at the Herald Press store or by calling 800-245-7894.