German Sweet Rolls (From 99 Favorite Amish Breads, Rolls, and Muffins)

We have a little something sweet for you from Georgia Varozza’s new cookbook! Earlier this week we asked our Facebook fans to vote for a recipe they’d like to try from this list:

  1. Lemon Tea Bread
  2. German Sweet Rolls
  3. Jam Muffins

And the winner is…German Sweet Rolls!

You’ll find the recipe below. And if your mouth is watering for something tart and lemony or something sweet and moist, you can find the other two recipes (and more!) in 99 Favorite Amish Breads, Rolls, and Muffins.

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Georgia Varozza enjoys teaching people how to prepare and preserve healthy foods, live simply, and get the most from what they have. Visit her blog to learn more.


Amish Oatmeal Cookies—A Recipe from Sarah’s Orphans

The holidays are the perfect time of year for trying out a new dessert recipe! This one comes from Sarah’s Orphans by Vannetta Chapman (the book includes a selection of recipes at the end!).

Earlier this week we asked our Facebook fans to vote for a recipe they’d like to try from the book:

  1. Maple Cream Pie
  2. Amish Oatmeal Cookies
  3. Twelve-Egg Pound Cake

And the winner is…Amish Oatmeal Cookies!

You’ll find the recipe below. And if you’re longing to try one of the other recipes (and enjoy a moving story), don’t miss Sarah’s Orphans!


Book Preview: Sarah’s Orphans by Vannetta Chapman

In this excerpt from Sarah’s Orphans (the third book in the Plain & Simple Miracles collection by Vannetta Chapman), Sarah Yoder and her neighbor, Paul Byler, enjoy a sweet and simple moment in the barn with a little girl Sarah is caring for…

Enjoy the preview!


They had reached the back wall, and Paul stopped in front of the last stall. Inside was one of Joshua’s buggy mares, and across from them was the other. The mare nudged Paul’s hand, looking for a treat, and he produced a cube of sugar.

“Do you always carry sweets in your pockets?” Sarah asked.

“Comes in handy more often than you’d think.”

He handed another cube to Mia, and they walked to the other mare so she could feed it to the horse. Mia started to put it into her mouth.

“No, honey. Give it to the horse.”

“Why?” Mia puckered her lips and tried to feed the sugar cube to Paul.

In spite of herself, Sarah burst out laughing. It was such a funny sight—the small Hispanic girl, large Amish man, and a horse poking her head in the middle of the two. Eventually, Mia relented and fed the mare. Then she insisted on being let down and made a game of running from one side of the aisle to the other, touching the wall each time and saying “horse” when she did.

Paul spied a wooden crate and turned it over so Sarah could sit on it.

“Take a load off. You barely sat at all this morning. You ate in record time, and then you popped up to help with the dishes.”

Had Paul Byler been watching her? The thought embarrassed Sarah, so she changed the subject, but she did sit on the crate. Her feet were actually tired from the long morning of church and serving.

“All right, but we need to keep an eye on little Mia. She’s turned disappearing into an art form.”

Paul sat beside her on the ground. “Still hiding?”

“Every chance she gets.”

Paul started laughing. Mia turned to look at him, and the smile that spread across her face once again melted Sarah’s heart.

“You’re beautiful, you know.” Paul’s voice had turned husky. “When you smile like that, when you stop worrying about things…you’re beautiful inside and out, Sarah Yoder.”

She didn’t know what to say. She stammered, she blushed, and she forced herself to look away from Paul’s warm brown eyes and playful smile.


Excerpted from Sarah’s Orphans by Vannetta Chapman

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Q&A with Vannetta Chapman (Sarah’s Orphans)

We’re celebrating the release of Sarah’s Orphans (#PlainMiracles) here at this month! Today, enjoy a deeper look at the story in this interview with Vannetta Chapman.

(And don’t miss the giveaway for a chance to win 1 of 5 copies of Sarah’s Orphans! To get your name in the drawing, fill out the form HERE or at the end of the post.*)

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Q&A with Vannetta Chapman

AmishReader: Tell us about the message of Sarah’s Orphans and how it ties in with the theme of the Plain & Simple Miracles series as a whole.

Vannetta: Sarah’s Orphans is the story of a young Amish woman who finds herself raising her younger brothers when she literally stumbles across two orphans. Though she is struggling with her own family, Sarah opens up her heart and her home to Mateo and Mia. That sort of compassion and kindness is a miracle and one of the foundations of our faith. James wrote that “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (1:27). I loved the idea of ending this series with such a powerful call to ministering to those around us.

AmishReader: Sarah Yoder was first introduced to us in Joshua’s Mission. What made you decide to feature her as the main character of Sarah’s Orphans?

Vannetta: When we meet Sarah in Joshua’s Mission she is a young woman with problems that have at times overwhelmed her—she suffers from an eating disorder, her family life is less than ideal, and she’s questioning her place in their community. Working on the mission project in Texas clarifies many things in Sarah’s mind, and it ultimately gives her the confidence and compassion that allows her to care for others. I grew to really love this character and enjoyed continuing her story.

AmishReader: What about the hero of Sarah’s Orphans, Paul Byler? What was your inspiration for his character, and what makes him so relatable?

Vannetta: Paul is that guy we all know who seems perfectly happy being a bachelor. He likes that his life is uncomplicated. He was never that comfortable around women, and now that he’s thirty years old, women seem to kind of look through him. Which is fine. It saves him the embarrassment of not knowing what to say. But then he moves to Oklahoma to help his brother, and he buys a farm, which just happens to be next door to Sarah Yoder. The course of his life changes in that moment, because God had a plan all along for Paul and it included Sarah. I think this character is relatable because he’s a “good guy” but he is clueless as far as women are concerned.

AmishReader: Who is your favorite character in this book—and what’s your favorite line from the story?

Vannetta: I love the children, ALL of the children, and I also adore Sarah’s grandmother who comes to live with them and help with the children. She offers far more than help with dishes and laundry. She offers a lifetime of experience, Godly wisdom, and a true love for the family. Mammi tells Paul, “We all need something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for.” I think that’s a good word that we all could stand to hear. We need each other in our lives. God designed us to be in community with one another.

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AmishReader: Since Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away, could you share something that made you extra thankful while working on this book?

Vannetta: Writing this story made me very thankful for the upbringing I had, for two parents who worked hard and were able to show how much they cared for us. They weren’t perfect parents, but they were very good parents. I realize more and more that not all children have that. And it helps me to understand that I need to be that for our own children and also for children that I come across in our community. We can all offer a kind word, thumbs up, pat on the back, and prayer can make a big difference in a child’s life.

AmishReader: Just for Fun: What’s one of your favorite Thanksgiving memories?

Vannetta: The way my dad carved the turkey! You would think he’d been trained by a master chef in the one precise way to carve a turkey. Every year he would insist I watch and “help him,” which basically consisted of scooping up what he’d carved and placing it on a plate. He also had a special way with mashed potatoes. I’m telling you, it was a work of art. Those are special memories, and I’m grateful to have had that time with him.

AmishReader: Thanks so much for sharing with us today, Vannetta!

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About Sarah’s Orphans

Orphaned…But Never Abandoned by God

Sarah Yoder belongs to a Plain community in Oklahoma, but her days are far from simple. Life suddenly gets complicated when a series of tragic events unfold, leaving her in charge of the household.

Alone with her younger siblings, Sarah is exhausted but finally at peace. Then she nearly runs over a small Hispanic boy with her buggy…and somehow finds herself sheltering two more orphans.

Paul Byler moved to Cody’s Creek to help his brother in a time of need. But now that Joseph has recovered from his heart attack, Paul’s ready for a quiet place of his own. The only problem? His new property lands him next door to the orphaned Yoder family—and a calling from God he can’t seem to ignore.

A story of extraordinary grace and love in the face of desperate need, Sarah’s Orphans is the third standalone novel in the Plain and Simple Miracles collection by Vannetta Chapman.

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Book Preview: Until I Love Again by Jerry Eicher

In this excerpt from Until I Love Again (the second book in the St. Lawrence County Amish series by Jerry Eicher), Susanna Miller is on an outing with Englisha Joey Macalister, against the wishes (and knowledge) of her parents…

Enjoy the preview!

(P.S. Want a glimpse at the first book in the series, A Heart Once Broken? You can read an excerpt HERE!)


Joey smiled and took her hand. “Come,” he said. “Let’s walk by the river and find a nice spot to sit and eat away from the others.”

“I couldn’t agree more,” Susanna said with a quick glance over her shoulder. Henry had backed off and joined the others. It was right that she should spend what could be the last evening of her rumspringa with Joey, Susanna told herself. She already knew the others disapproved, so what greater damage could she do?

The tinkle of the flowing water filled Susanna’s ears as they walked along the bank. Her hand grew warm in Joey’s tender grasp. She smiled up into his face and leaned against his shoulder. Was he more than a friend? Maybe he could be someday, if only their relationship would be allowed to continue and grow. But that could never be.

“How about here?” Joey asked. He didn’t wait for an answer before he lowered himself onto the grass.

Susanna smoothed her dress before she followed Joey’s example. A desire to pull off her shoes and run her feet through the spring grass came over her. But did she dare? Yah, she would. With a quick motion, Susanna set her sandwich on the bank and slipped off her shoes. The socks came next. Susanna didn’t look up at Joey as she moved her feet through the grass. When she dared glance at his face, his smile was all the answer she needed.

“We used to do that in the summertime when we were kids,” Joey said. “But we got away from the practice. Looks like you hung on.”

“It’s not something to let go of,” Susanna said. “That’s what our people believe.”

“For once I like an Amish custom.” Joey grinned. “Nice feet.”

Susanna reddened and tucked both of them under her dress. “You shouldn’t say things like that.”

“What? Complimenting your feet? Come on, Susanna. Is that so wrong?”

“I guess not,” Susanna managed. “Thanks for caring enough to find me tonight. I was hoping you would.”

“Well, we missed you at the house last weekend, so we were beginning to wonder. Is something going on I should know about?”

“I…” Susanna began but then stopped. “Let’s not talk about it, please. Let’s enjoy the evening and this moment.”

“Then there is something going on.” Joey studied her face. “Please tell me, Susanna. I would hate to think you won’t come by the house as often…or any more at all. Is it something we’ve said or done? Do your parents object? Would it help if I spoke to them?”

Susanna shook her head. That was the exact wrong approach. But how could she explain? Susanna began again. “I…really can’t tell you. Not now. Not at this moment.”

“Well then, will you promise me you won’t disappear without a trace?”

“You know where I live.” Susanna forced a laugh. “You can always stop by.” There, she had said the words despite her misgivings, but she simply couldn’t help herself. She didn’t want this to end. Not tonight. Not ever.


Excerpted from Until I Love Again by Jerry Eicher

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Book Preview: My Sister’s Prayer by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould

In this excerpt from My Sister’s Prayer (the second book in the Cousins of the Dove series by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould), Celeste Talbot, from a family of Huguenots, finds herself in a desperate situation on a voyage to America…

Enjoy the preview! And if you’d like to learn more about the similarities and differences between the Amish and the Huguenots, be sure to check out Leslie’s article.


Deep in steerage on the Royal Mary, Celeste Talbot pressed her palm against the ruby ring tucked inside her skirt, launching a new wave of guilt. For the hundredth time she wondered how Maman and Papa had reacted to her note about leaving for the New World. She wondered if they realized when they read it that their other daughter, Berta, was gone too. And the ring. How long before they discovered that it was also missing?

The bunk she shared with her sister creaked with the rocking of the ship, which was now more like the gentle rocking of a cradle than the fury they had endured for the last week. Berta groaned, and Celeste put her hand to the girl’s forehead.

The fever had returned. Celeste dropped to the filthy floor, knowing her sister desperately needed to see the doctor.

But how would they ever pay for it? Besides Berta and the ring, all Celeste had left was a simple porcelain brooch from Jonathan that wasn’t worth anything, a pittance of money, and one wool blanket. Everything else had been stolen several days into the voyage by some fellow passenger. Celeste had been trying to be a Good Samaritan, tending to those who were sick as best she could, when she realized one of the sickest—a young woman tucked away in a bunk on the far side of steerage—was her own sister. In her shock and the rearranging that followed, Celeste had neglected her belongings and someone had snatched them.

Now it was time to sell the ruby. There were plenty of first-class passengers who might be interested in such a purchase, and she could use some of the money to obtain food and another consultation with the surgeon.

Berta shifted in the bunk, and Celeste raised her eyes to meet Spenser Rawling’s. He was a kind young man who had stayed near their sides since Celeste first discovered her sister. He’d jumped in to help right away, carrying the ailing Berta over to Celeste’s bunk, and then soon after when Celeste realized that in all the confusion she’d been robbed.

Since then, Spenser’s cheekbones had grown as hollow as hers and Berta’s, but his square jaw helped give the impression that he wasn’t as famished. And his confidence that they would all survive had given her an inkling of hope even as her internal storms, as powerful as the gales that had threatened to tear the Royal Mary apart, battered her soul.

When Celeste had decided to sneak away from home and sail to America on the Royal Mary, she’d had no idea nearly two hundred humans would be packed in worse than cattle, with little sanitation, water, or food, and rarely any fresh air. Though her family could have well afforded a first-class ticket, she hadn’t much money of her own and had been forced to sign an indentured servant contract in exchange for a place in steerage. At least she’d had Spenser’s help, thanks be to God. He wasn’t the sort of person she would have given a second thought to back home, but she was grateful for him now.

Spenser stood, pulling his brown hair back in a leather tie. “I’ll go get water.” He’d had to steal it from the first deck the last few times. Perhaps the storm had filled the barrels—though whether he would be allowed access to them or not was another matter.

“Thank you,” Celeste said. “When you get back, I’ll buy food.” There were rumors of passengers on the upper decks who would sell some of their leftovers to the starving wretches below.

Spenser raised his brows, and his hazel eyes questioned her. He knew she was nearly out of money. She’d been holding on to the little she had left for when they docked, to provide for her and Berta until they reached Jonathan. But if she could find a first-class passenger to give her at least a portion of what the ruby ring was worth, she’d have more than enough for food and medical care.

As Spenser headed toward the ladder, carrying the water bucket they shared between the three of them, Celeste leaned closer to her sister and whispered, “Berta, I’ll get you the help you need. I promise.”


Excerpted from My Sister’s Prayer by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould

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Tricia Goyer Offers {FREE} Amish Paper Dolls

We’re so excited about Tricia Goyer’s fun freebie for her readers! In her own words…

Last month, I had a new novel release: Sewn with Joy! It’s a story about an Amish woman who was asked to sew for a new Amish TV show, but before she knows it they’re asking her to get in front of the camera, too!

Even though I took two years of home ec, I’m not much of a seamstress, but one thing I do love is paper dolls. Recently my daughter Alyssa was enjoying Little House on the Prairie paper dolls, and I thought it would be fun to create some Amish ones for my readers!

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We invite you to head over to Tricia’s blog to get a glimpse at the dolls (designed by Osoconalas) and download an entire Amish family set for free! Just click HERE or the image below…


Creating Community: The Common Threads in Mindy Starns Clark’s Books (Plus a Giveaway!)

Some writers will pick a single genre and stick with it their entire careers, while others tend to produce a wider variety of works. Looking at my own oeuvre, it’s easy to see I fall into the latter category. Over the past 20 years, I have written plenty of Amish fiction and nonfiction, but I’ve also written mystery novels, dual-timeline novels, and even a how-to book on housekeeping!

That’s a lot of variety, something the creative side of me needs in order to flourish. I love to explore, creatively speaking. In fact, if I’d had to write the same types of stories in the same genre for every single book I’d ever done, I’d have gotten incredibly bored. Like I said, variety.

Or is it?

Upon closer inspection, despite having penned such a wide rage of works, I find that some common themes do tend to resurface across almost all of my fiction, such as:

  • characters who are somehow isolated but come to find connection and community through the course of the story
  • strong female protagonists who are smart in life but clueless in love
  • long-hidden family secrets, unusual settings, unique professions, and more

My Brother's CrownMost of these elements are included with intention, but the truth is that common threads can appear across an author’s entire body of work, creating connections that he or she never consciously intended. This is exactly what happened to me with regard to what’s known as “displaced people groups.”

The United Nations defines this as “the forced movement of people from their locality or environment and occupational activities. It is a form of social change caused by a number of factors, the most common being armed conflict. Natural disasters, famine, development and economic changes may also be a cause of displacement.”

Apparently, there is something about this phenomenon that stirs my creative interest enough to shape entire novels around it—yet it took my husband to point this out to me. It happened a few years ago, when I first told him of a new series that Leslie Gould and I wanted to write, about a family of Huguenots forced to flee from France under the threat of religious persecution.

“Great idea,” he said. “So it’ll be another one of your displaced people group stories.”

“My what?”

“Displaced people group stories.” When he saw the blank look I gave him, he added, “You write about them all the time. Did you not realize that?”

In that moment, it struck me how right he was.

My fascination with this phenomenon started back in 2008 with a standalone mystery I wrote called Whispers of the Bayou. Though that story takes place in the modern day, much of its mystery surrounds the history of the Acadians, who were forcibly removed from their homes in Nova Scotia back in the mid 1700s and scattered to the four winds. A large group of them eventually ended up in southern Louisiana, where they reestablished community and slowly became known as the “Cajuns.”

My Sister's PrayerThe Amish were also victims of displacement, forced to leave their beloved homelands in Europe and head to America in search of religious freedom. Many of my Amish books have dealt with this very topic, weaving their tragic history in and among their stories.

Then there were the Huguenots of France, who were protected for a time under a royal decree that allowed them to worship as Protestants rather than adhering to the state religion of Catholicism. But when that freedom was later revoked, the Huguenots were forced to convert to Catholicism or face punishment, imprisonment, or even death. As many as 400,000 Huguenots fled France, relocating to Protestant countries in Europe, South Africa, and North America.

Our first novel in this series, My Brother’s Crown, is set in 1685 and focuses on the Gillet and Talbot families of Lyon, France, who are part of this great diaspora and end up in England. The second book in the series, My Sister’s Prayer, picks up their story with the next generation, as they emigrate from England to the New World. In both books, the characters are forced to leave behind all that they know and start life anew elsewhere.

So why am I drawn to stories like these—tales involving people groups that have been forcibly displaced?

If I had to guess, I’d say it ties back into my most common recurring theme, that of isolation and longing for community. I can imagine no greater isolation than that of those who’ve been sent from their homes and towns and lives and everything they’ve ever known only to resettle somewhere foreign and strange and new.

I can also imagine the incredible sense of connection and community as small clusters of these people groups clung together to establish new homes, new towns, and start over again.

My Daughter's LegacyWe all have “people groups” to which we belong, from small (“I’m a member of a book club”) to large (“I’m an American”) to everywhere in between (“I’m a Shih Tzu lover,” “I’m a Southerner,” “I’m a Broadway aficionado,” and so on). You have them too. Even the fact that you’re here right now, reading this article, makes you part of a people group. You’re a lover of Amish fiction or, even more specifically, you’re a part of the family. Participating in this wonderful place, discussing your enjoyment of a specific genre with like-minded people, hearing from familiar authors who share your enthusiasm—these are things that create community.

And community is something that we all need, whether we have to find it anew after being forcibly removed from our homelands or we simply have to seek it out in the stable, safe environments in which we have always lived. Either way, God designed us to need others, and in seeking community we acknowledge that need. In finding community, we begin to fulfill it—and that’s the stuff that novels are made of.

Or at least my novels, apparently.

Considering the vast number of displaced people groups throughout history still left to explore, I’m sure this is a topic I’ll be revisiting again—though perhaps with a bit more intention next time.

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Author Mindy Starns ClarkMindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction, with over a million copies sold. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania. Visit her online at

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Q&A with Tricia Goyer (Sewn with Joy)

We’re celebrating the release of Sewn with Joy (#PieShopBooks) here at! This week we’re featuring a series of fun interviews with author Tricia Goyer.

(And don’t miss the awesome giveaway for a chance to win a Whirley-Pop popcorn popper gift set, a $25 gift card, and two copies of Sewn with Joy! To get your name in the drawing, fill out the form HERE or at the end of the post.*)

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Interview with Tricia Goyer: Q&A

AmishReader: What makes Joy Miller and her story unique from the other sisters featured in the Pinecraft Pie Shop series?

Tricia: Joy Miller loves to sew and after moving to Pinecraft she started working at Pinecraft Fabric and Quilts. Joy is unique because for the last two years she’d been working for Elizabeth, a very wise elderly lady. Interacting daily with Elizabeth has grown Joy’s faith. It was a time of preparation for what God had in store for her when a television studio came to town. Joy’s story is unique because she feels God asking her to be involved with an Amish television show—not something her family is very happy with!

AmishReader: How much of your own personal experience went into the plot? What sort of research did you have to do?

Tricia: My story is similar to Alicia’s. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my past, and I’m so thankful for those who reached out to me to share Jesus. I had fun with the research, too. Sherry (Gore) was actually part of a television show, so she gave me insight. I also have producer friends Guy and Amber Lia who answered a lot of my questions. Also, a few years ago I was able to be on the set of Dancing with the Stars for a show and it was fascinating to see how things were done!

AmishReader: What has blessed you the most about writing Amish fiction and studying the Amish way of life?

Tricia: I love learning more about the simple faith and traditions that the Amish have. Their proverbs and interactions with each other really are inspiring. In a world where people don’t often interact with their neighbors, the Amish show me what living in a loving community is all about.

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About Sewn with Joy

Sometimes Dreams Come Together
One Piece at a Time

Sewn with JoyJoy Miller wanted nothing more than to be a wife and mother—especially now that her relationship with Matthew Slagel, the bishop’s son, was deepening. But when a television crew rolls into Pinecraft, Florida, to film a new show about the Amish, tension threatens to rip apart their relationship…and the entire Amish community.

Joy is initially hired to sew costumes for the show, but she soon finds herself becoming increasingly involved in the production—a fact that upsets Matthew and his father. Yet the more Joy befriends the Englischer production crew, the more she senses God working in their lives through her. Can she turn her back on this opportunity to share God’s love? Will she and Matthew somehow be able to stitch together their dreams for the future?

Experience love, heartbreak, and hope in this sweet story of two worlds uniting in unexpected ways.

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Tricia Goyer is a homeschooling mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. A USA Today bestselling author, Tricia has published over 55 books and is well-known for her Big Sky and Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Amish series.

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Tricia Goyer Shares Some Joyful Favorites (Sewn with Joy)

We’re celebrating the release of Sewn with Joy (#PieShopBooks) here at! This week we’re featuring a series of fun interviews with author Tricia Goyer.

(And don’t miss the awesome giveaway for a chance to win a Whirley-Pop popcorn popper gift set, a $25 gift card, and two copies of Sewn with Joy! To get your name in the drawing, fill out the form HERE or at the end of the post.*)

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Interview with Tricia Goyer: Favorites

  • Character in Sewn with Joy: Joy is my favorite. She has a tender place in her heart for listening to Jesus and seeking to share him with others.
  • Line in the story: I love the advice that Elizabeth gave Joy when Joy was questioning if she should go against others’ wishes to follow Jesus: “If you’ve gone to the Lord, and you believe you’re doing the right thing, then trust in that,” Elizabeth had said. “Sometimes it takes some people longer to come around, but if they’re open to God’s voice they eventually will.”
  • Recipe featured in the book: I made the Zucchini Casserole, and it was delicious!
  • Hobby: I love reading. Every day I read for myself, and I spend a few hours reading aloud to my kids in homeschooling and at bedtime. I’m always excited about what book to read next.
  • Bible verse on joy: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (James 1:2-3).

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Your turn! Who’s your favorite character in Sewn with Joy? What’s your favorite hobby and/or Bible verse on joy? Let us know in the comments, and join us on Friday for Part 3 of the interview!

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Tricia Goyer is a homeschooling mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. A USA Today bestselling author, Tricia has published over 55 books and is well-known for her Big Sky and Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Amish series.

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