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January 17, 2014

Amish author visiting library

VALDOSTA — Valdosta-Lowndes County Library hosts famed author of Amish fiction and non-fiction Suzanne Woods Fisher this weekend.

Fisher’s Amish interest stems from her grandfather being raised in the Amish country of Pennsylvania’s Franklin County. She regularly travels to the region for research and to visit.

“Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world,” according to her website, “She has an underlying belief in her books — you don’t have to ‘go Amish’ to incorporate many of their principles into your life: simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily, trusting in God.”

Her fiction books include the “Stoney Ridge Seasons” series, the “Lancaster County” series, the “Lilly Lapp” series, the “Eagle Hill” series. Non-fiction books include “Amish Proverbs,” “Amish Values for Your Family,” “Amish Peace.”

“My relatives on my mother’s side are Old Order German Baptist Brethren, also known as Dunkards,” she writes. “That’s where my interest in Anabaptist traditions began. My grandfather was born into a family of 11 children, started his career as a teacher in a one-room school house in Franklin County, Penn., and ended it as one of the very first publishers of Christianity Today. We called him ‘Deardad’ even though he was a very stern fellow. Still, Deardad’s life inspired me to write. I remember one time, in college, I was in the library and found old CT magazines with my grandfather’s name on the masthead. It gave me goosebumps … to see how the written word endured.”

In addition to books, Fisher writes for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines.

The Valdosta stop is part of Fisher’s on-going book tour.

Author Suzanne Woods Fisher will speak and sign books, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, Valdosta-Lowndes County Library, 300 Woodrow Wilson Drive. Admission: Free. More information: Call (229) 333-0086.

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