Small groups like the Mennonites and Amish, which only surface in most people’s awareness when the national media pay attention, can confuse people.
Especially when both these small groups contain a myriad of varieties.
So it’s not surprising that MennoMedia’s Third-Way Cafe has become the go-to place online for people who ask: What’s the difference between Mennonites and Amish?
Another way to answer that question is to look at individual stories.
Saloma Miller Furlong, the author of Why I Left the Amish: A Memoir
and the soon-to-be-released Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman’s Ties to Two Worlds, has reviewed my memoir Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. She stresses the importance of authentic individual voices and lived experience when trying to explain the values of a group.
So hurry to this link for her blog About Amish if you want to be entered in her contest. She will select a lucky comment after Sunday, Oct. 27. The winner will receive a copy of Blush.
Saloma and I have become friends, having engaged in many lively conversations about writing, community, faith, simplicity, and questions both of us get from readers.
Some day we would like to give book talks together.
What would make our talks valuable to you? What could we offer that you would most like to know? Inspiration through honest dialogue, stories of struggle and stories of grace, would be the goal.