I ran across this series on Youtube a while ago. It is very factual. Of course, the Amish, and Mennonites, portrayed in this series are not the most conservative of the Amish gamays. No. These are more liberal Amish, but you will see first hand how the Amish live.
I think you will also notice some of the differences in the Amish and Mennonite way of life. It might give you better insight into the situation between Hannah and Elam. Both are Christian. Both are trying to live their lives as best they can in God's love.
I have recently come across a series of "Life with the Amish" videos on Youtube.com which I wanted to share with you. I've found them very enlightening. Several British youths come to visit and live with various Amish families for a little time. Each family is treated in a different video. In this way, you can see that the Amish lead very different lives according to their particular gmay and the ordnung that the community espouses. In this section, the British youth visit the Mennonites. In this way, you can visually see the difference between Amish and Mennonite and perhaps understand the background that went into the story of Hannah and Elam.
I particularly loved seeing the black British girl dressed in Amish plain clothing. I know there is a Mennonite family near me who has adopted several black children. I know that I also have black readers. This truly shows the love of God does not see color. We are all God's children! Comment below, or on my Facebook page. What do you think of my incorporating a black character into the next book, either as an adoptive child or as a love interest?
It's official: Trump has the Republican nomination. His running mate, Pence is a solid conservative Christian, but Trump certainly doesn't seem like the sort of candidate that the Amish would support....or is he?
An Ex-Amish Ben King is campaigning for Trump among the Amish. Can he get the Amish to actually vote for him? It is true that some Amish voted for Bush, but that was because he went to them and campaigned in a calm quiet way. Donald Trump seems to be the antithesis of Amish. He is brash and prideful. And yet, in the wake of the number of government interferences in Amish farming perhaps Trump will receive a welcome, even if it is not a warm one.
Any who have read my books, or tried to buy farmland, knows that land is terribly expensive. With land being bought up in the Lancaster area for everything but farming, it has pushed many Amish farmers to Ohio or Indiana, but simply owning the land....or the cows....is not enough.
In 2012 a battle began telling a farming co-op which included the whole gmay, that shared raw milk that their "sharing" within all of the members of the gmay, who owned the cows cooperatively, was in the government's eyes racketeering and a way to slip past government regulations for dairy farmers, and a way to avoid the fees involved.... The ruling was that this same farm co-op was told the milk from THEIR OWN COWS was not their milk! (I found this information when researching the Simon and Sarah books.) If you think it is amazing that the court could rule that even though it was clear they owned the COWS together, they did NOT OWN THE MILK, you are not alone.
The Amish may believe that they should stay separate from the world, but the world, in the form of the US government certainly is not advocating staying separate from the Amish.
In other various lawsuits over the last 5-7 years, the selling of produce, especially organic produce has attracted the attention of the US government. Various regulations have been sited and the Amish, who generally go to court without a lawyer if they go at all, tend to lose the lawsuits. Unfortunately, armed with "truth" is not always enough. Let's remember what they did to Jesus, who IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The Amish have not fared well with our US legal system. They may find an advocate in Donald Trump.
One Amish farmer who re-built his barn after it burned, was charged with not having the proper permits to sell his fruits and vegetables even though he had sold them at a curbside stand for years. Since he decided to sell "inside his barn" he now had to have industrial/retail permits due to the fact that his "barn" was zoned "agricultural". He was fined and told he could not sell his vegetables without obtaining a retail license, and because his barn was zoned agricultural, he could not get a retail license for this property. It was simply refused. This sort of unfair practice by the US government may bring out the Amish vote, since they would like less government interference in their lives.
My love Affair with Kindle Unlimited
One benefit of using Kindle Unlimited is that it contains lots of free e-books to download and read on your Kindle device. Aside from my own Arwilda Allshouse Amish Romance books, there are many public domain books available for free at the digital store which you can download instantly on your device. The free books section contains one of the most historical bestsellers from authors like Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, Jane Austen and several others. You will find the plethora of free e-books at Kindle store if you know how and where to search for them. You can also get the Bible on your Kindle. There are several compendiums if you want someone to explain the Scripture to you. If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can download the app and read all of this on your computer or your phone.
What’s not to like? I know many of you have asked for paperback books, and during the summer that is especially understandable, but paper is expensive. It costs nearly $10 to print a book. The ones you buy on clearance sale at Walmart or on the remainder shelf at your local bookstore are not paying the author a living wage. Even at full price, the author is making a piddling 0.20-0.25 per book. The book you read, even if it is short, is a lot of work for twenty cents.
Why not Kindle? You worry about taking your kindle to the beach, but really, will you leave your phone behind too? You can keep that in your pocket. If you turn the phone sideways, it automatically makes the print larger without even changing the font. It’s a lot easier to carry than a paperback.
I for one am a great advocate of inspirational books. I love having many of them on my Kindle. I have quite a collection. I have read pretty much all of them and some of them several times over. They are full of yellow highlights and notes now. Yes, you can highlight on Kindle! I like outlining thoughts which mean a lot to me. These books have seen me through some upsetting times, giving me inspiration and have helped me meet challenges head on. They can help you get to grips with your most provoking of problems, too, Books can help you improve your relationships, work on your problematic love life & business, keep you on track and fully focussed, motivate, challenge you to do better things, help you move out of comfort zones, instruct you how not to procrastinate, help you deal with stress, certain illnesses, teen angst, anger management, body language, confidence... and the list goes on. Is there anything that we won’t ask for God’s help with? Someone, somewhere has pulled together the Scripture that will interest you. And if you are not ready to deal with the problems, escape them with a good novel.
Electronic Books (Ebooks)
With modern technology, the Ebook has become probably one of the most popular methods of marketing and publishing books. Self publishing has never been easier. On the other hand, finding and buying a book has never been a more difficult task. The easiest thing to do is to type a keyword in the address bar and see what comes up. Do you want Christian Romance? Sweet and clean romance? Amish books?
The Ebook comes in different guises and is designed to be read in different ways. With the advent of the 'Tablet' and 'Kindle' as we all know them, locating and reading an Ebook is now incredibly simple... and quite inexpensive too. I personally love that I can collect a dozen or so “read free on Kindle Unlimited books” before heading out to the local pool. Then if I start one book and decide I want to read a different one, it is right there beside me. If I finish a book, I can move on to the next.
Sure, sometimes it becomes quite a headache comparing and choosing. With the freedom of Kindle, there are authors who probably should have a good editor working with them, but personally, I’d rather have to overlock a few misspellings than miss out on the book altogether. I have learned that sometimes, albeit only occasionally, I have to close a book and move on without reading it. Sometimes the book is just too terrible or too filled with grammatical mistakes, but does that mean I would like to go back to having a publisher be the gatekeeper for all of the great books and great new authors out there? Absolutely not. At times technology stymies me, but all in all, I love the freedom of Kindle. If you don’t have a Kindle yet, why not?
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