Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Jumping into the Meme: Letter C

I've decided to jump into Patty Wysong's meme, a 2 z: Take 2. The meme works like this: we post a topic that begins with C and then link back to our posts at Patty's place. If you'd like to join in, feel free!

I have the perfect word for the letter C this week: Contract! I signed my Contract with Kregel Publishers this past weekend! Kregel signed me to write a three book Amish fiction series. I am very excited, but I have to admit, I'm a bit scared, too.

The responsibility of writing well, and on time, is a Challenge, but I know I can rely on the Lord to aid me. What a Comfort to know He will guide me and provide me with all I need to accomplish the goals. Psalm 37:5 says this:

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.

So...for the next three years, I will have projects to work on, standards to meet, and deadlines to reach. I'm up for the Challenge and looking forward to fulfilling the terms of the Contract. And even more than that, I'm praying my books will reach hearts and inspire prayers for the Amish.

I'm holding on to God's coat tails as He takes me on this adventurous journey! Can't wait to get started!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We Have a Winner for A Basketful of Broken Dishes Book Giveaway!

We have a winner for A Basketful of Broken Dishes! Congratulations, Amber! Enjoy the book! Naomi graciously signed it on the inside page, too.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the book giveaway. If you want to purchase a copy of this wonderful book, just click on this link!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book Giveaway: Naomi Stutzman's A Basketful of Broken Dishes

If you'd like an inside look at how the Amish react when one of their own leaves the Amish community, this book will give that to you. Naomi includes powerful insights into her account of her parents' life as Amish and what happened to them after they left.

About "A Basketful of Broken Dishes" (Published by AMBASSADOR INTERNATIONAL):

This true story demonstrates God's faithfulness to an Amish couple. Simon's refusal to submit to the Amish rules stresses their marriage. The bishops demand that Susan, his wife, must obey the rules she promised to keep and to shun her rebel husband. Who was she to obey, God or man? Together they become a perfect team to set their family free from the bondage of "religion". The story is told ...by their daughter, Naomi, born to them after they leave this close-knit community. These heartbreaking and joyous stories are life-changing and proclaim the mighty truth that God continues to care for and work in the lives of the simple, the wounded, and the brokenhearted. Naomi shares how she came to see the rich, deep, powerful beauty and value in the "silent years" of her mother's life, who courageously lived a broken life for the sake of her divine inheritance, hidden in her earthly inheritance, a basket full of broken dishes.

About Naomi Stutzman:

Growing up with an Amish background, Naomi experienced "shunning" first-hand and saw the devastating effects of leaving this close-knit community. After sharing her powerful story at speaking engagements for over 16 years, Naomi finally responds to the ongoing pleas to write a book. Naomi and her husband of 40 years live in Twinsburg, Ohio. They have four children and ten grandchildren.

Want to contact Naomi? She can be reached here:

Email NaomiMulletStutzman@gmail.com
Website: Naomi Stutzman

To be in the running to win a copy of A Basketful of Broken Dishes, be sure leave a comment on this post. I'll draw a name from the comments next Tuesday, January 10th (which happens to be my birthday, too!). You will truly enjoy this book and will learn much about the Amish and their relationships with those who have left the Amish community.