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Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice and The Waiting. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is the host of the popular internet radio show Amish Wisdom and lives in California.
Suzanne Woods Fisher: Driven to Distraction

Suzanne Woods Fisher: Driven to Distraction

(April 2013)
Christa A. Banister
As far as Suzanne Woods Fisher is concerned, what you instantly think of when you hear the phrase “Amish fiction” is ultimately a distraction.

“Those buggies and the bonnets and the beards—they distract us,” says Amish fiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher. “There’s so much more to learn from the Plain people than how to dress or drive.”

Her latest novel is The Lesson (Revell Books), the third book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series. Drawing from personal family experience—her grandfather was raised Old Order German Baptist (German Baptists are cousins to the Amish)—what strikes her about the Old Order Amish is their intentional forgiveness. “We just don’t emphasize that enough in our modern churches,” Suzanne shares. “To the Amish, it’s a daily attitude of ‘letting things go, big and small.’”

She says they place great importance on forgiving others because of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:15: But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. “It gives one pause for thought,” she says.

What Suzanne loves about writing Amish titles like The Lesson is that it’s a quiet way to point people toward a better life by using Amish characters as the illustration. “The Amish are the first to say they aren’t perfect, and I try not to over-glamourize them, but at their best, they are close to the heart of Christ,” she says. “They make choices that are counterintuitive to human nature (turning the other cheek even if you run out of cheeks, for example). It’s challenging and inspiring to take those moments of decision, common to all of us, and turn them into a story.”


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