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Top Five Amish Research Adventures

(This blog was originally published in Fresh Fiction on November 10, 2020) After the huge success of Amish Christmas Miracles, Jennifer Spredemann, Rachel J. Good, and I decided we wanted to do another collection. More Amish Christmas Miracles, ten heartwarming Christmas stories from ten of your favorite Amish fiction authors, comes out November 9! You are going to love it. You can preorder it...
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Charity Seeketh Not Her Own

This year, I am exploring the different aspects of charity as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13. I would love to know any experiences or insights you have as we go throughout the year. This month, we are studying "Charity seeketh not her own." (As a side note, I like that charity is referred to with the feminine pronoun.) I've already been thinking a lot about this, trying to find deep and layered...
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How Does Pride Keep Us From Having Charity?

At the beginning of the year, I decided I wanted to spend 2021 learning more about and living charity. I am using the aspects of charity found in 1 Corinthians 13 to guide my study. This month, I have been concentrating on "Charity is not puffed up." There is a beautiful story of an event that takes places during the Last Supper. Jesus tells his disciples that one of them will betray him (Matthew...
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The Amish Quiltmaker Throws Apricots

The following is an interview I did about writing, faith, and The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby for American Christian Fiction Writer for their March 2021 edition. You can buy The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby at Walmart, on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Walmart. Interview by: Patti Shene Intro… Jennifer initiated her writing endeavors after the birth of her fourth child. Two...
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Charity Is Not Puffed Up

This month in our "Year of Charity," we are going to explore, ponder, and live "Charity is not puffed up." Now, I don't know about you, but when I think about not being puffed up, I immediately think of pride. E.T. Benson said, "Pride is the universal sin." Do you agree with that? I do. There are some things that I am very proud about: I like to be right. I have a hard time admitting when I'm...
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The Opposite of Envy

This year, I have been studying the different aspects of charity mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. This month's topic is "Charity envieth not." The definition of envy is: a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc. I think it's interesting that the word "covet" is included in the definition of envy. As we know, "Thou shalt not covet" is...
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All the Quilts from Amish Quiltmaker Book 1

I love quilts. It's one of the reasons I made my heroine in my latest series an Amish quiltmaker. I had so much fun writing about Esther Zook's quilts. Esther always has a quilt on her frames in her front room so that she can take a few stitches whenever she has time. The quilts I wrote about in the book are all quilts I have seen somewhere, quilts I own, or quilts I have actually made. Here is a...
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Happy Pi Day!

I love pie, and I LOVE math, so of course, one of my favorite days of the year is Pi Day, which is March 14 because it's 3.14. In honor of Pi Day and my son-in-law's birthday, we had an all-pie dinner at my house. Here is what our table looked like: I printed out Pi to several digits, and that was all the decoration I did. Very easy, cheap, and fun. We had seven different kinds of pies, some...
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The Amish Quiltmaker Breaks Her Seam Ripper

The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby is now available! Do you have your copy yet? You can buy The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby at Walmart, or online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Walmart. Esther Zook is looking to start a new life in Byler, a southwest Colorado Amish community, but her plans are upended when her sister leaves a baby in her care. Levi Kiem is willing to help, but...
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Charity Does Not Envy

This month in our "Year of Charity," we are going to explore, ponder, and live "Charity envieth not." Envy means jealousy, specifically being jealous and prideful about what someone else has that you do not. I looked in the dictionary of opposites and discovered that the opposite of envy is generosity. I had never really thought of that before, but it makes perfect sense. How does generosity...
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