The Decision to Go Amish

It would be a pretty big life-changing decision to become Amish, wouldn’t you think? Along with giving up electricity, that would mean giving up computers, telephones, TV, movies, cell phones, and the list just keeps going. On the other hand, there is something so alluring about the idea of living a plain and simple life, one that is dedicated to family, hard work, and God. How could that be so bad?

The idea of becoming Amish is one of the storylines in Suzanne Woods Fisher’s new book, The Search. It’s part of the Lancaster County Secrets series. Suzanne has also written The Choice and The Waiting.

I knew I was in for a treat with The Search and chose a night where I wouldn’t mind staying up late to read since I know I can’t stop once I start. I wasn’t disappointed.

The story is told from the point of view of multiple characters. My favorites were Bess, a 15 year old, who gains spunk and spark as the story progresses… and Lainey O’Toole, a twenty-something searching for some answers and trying to resolve a difficult past. Their growing friendship throughout the book, as well as the way each character evolves and changes is absolutely inspiring to read (I was going to say watch because it seemed so real I felt like I could see them!).

The story is about redemption, love (but not overly sappy), family, friends, and following the path you’ve been set to walk. As I finished the novel and set it aside, I decided that for my next birthday I want to go on an Amish retreat. I’m certainly not going to convert to being Amish, but I would love to spend a week experiencing the plain living that goes on in a traditional Amish home. This book is sensational, I only wish it were about 3 times longer so I could have kept reading!

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  • Suzanne

    Your review is going to be one of my favorites! LOVED IT! I felt as if I wanted to pick up the phone and have a cup of coffee with you! Thanks so much, Tas, for being a part of the blog tour for “The Search.” I would love it if you posted your review on Amazon/CBD. I’m so glad you wished the book didn’t end–that is just music to an author’s ears! I’m still grinning, Tas! Warmly, Suzanne

    • http://tasramar.com tasra

      Thanks for stopping by Suzanne! Keep up the great writing. If you’re ever in the ATL area, we’re on for a cup of coffee!

  • http://www.katrinawheeler.com/blog Katrina wheeler

    Interesting idea, to go amish… definitly intriguing! IS this a christian fiction book?

    • http://tasramar.com tasra

      Yes!

  • http://www.katrinawheeler.com/blog Katrina wheeler

    Interesting idea, to go amish… definitly intriguing! IS this a christian fiction book?

  • Jennkelly

    Hi,
    Have you figured out where you could go on retreat in an Amish Community? I”ve been searching around and I can’t find anything. Ideas? I want very much to go as well.
    jenn

    • http://tasramar.com tasra

      I haven’t yet, but I’ll keep looking. Let me know if you find anything!

      • Defelilo

        Have you been on your amish retreat? I too would like to spend some time in an amish village to try and get back to a happier state. I wouldn’t convert as I am hapy as a catholic, but i need help to get back to normal, and i think the amish way of life could help immensly. Let us know if you know where/what to go/do. thank you