It’s good to be home

I just returned from researching the Amish and Old Order Mennonite communities of Kentucky. Although I live within an hour of the largest population of Amish in the country, a writer truly needs to visit the area, since there are so many regional differences. For instance, in Waldo County, Maine, the setting of Living in Harmony, the Old Order Amish allow no rumschpringe, no courting buggies, no youth socials (everyone is present for all get-togethers) and no working in the English world. However, their church services are in English, not Deutsch, to encourage “drop-ins” from the local community. And they built a meetinghouse to use for church, Sunday School (yes, they have it on “off” Sundays) weddings and fund-raising events, instead of meeting in each other’s homes. Just when you thought you had these fascinating people all figured out…
I hope you’ll look for Living in Harmony, the first of the New Beginnings series, and see how life truly is different in Maine. Drop by my website to sign up for my newsletter. I’m giving away 10 copies of Living in Harmony on August 15th. Happy summer Amish readers!

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2 Responses to “It’s good to be home”

  1. Mary, I’m in Kentucky! I wish I’d known – we could have gotten together. Where did you visit?


  2. My ancestry is Amish,and I just can’t get enough.


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