Author Suzanne Woods Fisher is inviting readers to give back this holiday season. From now through December 31, Fisher will be donating one dollar for each verified pre-sale purchase of The Calling (Revell/January 14, 2014/ISBN: 9780800720940/ $14.99) to a San Francisco Bay Area soup kitchen.
The Calling, the second book in the ‘Inn at Eagle Hill’ series, was inspired by a remarkable woman called “Mother Williams.” At the age of 77, Mother Williams started a weekly soup kitchen in her community to feed the homeless. Eleven years later and she’s still going strong. Every Friday, Mother Williams serves more than 100 lunches.
“Talk about an inspiring individual!” Fisher said. “Mother Williams doesn’t plan on retiring. She says she wants to keep serving God ‘until the day is done’. Imagine if we all shared her convictions to serve God in any way we can, for as long as we can. The world would be a different place.”
Fisher is the bestselling and award-winning author of the ‘Inn at Eagle Hill’ series, ‘Lancaster County Secrets’ series, and the ‘Stoney Ridge Seasons’ series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children’s series, ‘The Adventures of Lily Lapp’. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
Fisher delivers her trademark twists, turns, and tender romance in her latest novel, The Calling, where readers meet the restless 20-year-old Bethany Schrock. Her love life has derailed and her faith hangs by a thread. She is spending the incredibly hot summer days wading through a lifetime’s accumulation of junk at the home of five elderly Amish sisters. About the only thing that holds her interest is the spirited and dangerously handsome Jimmy Fisher — and she’s been warned that he’s nothing but trouble. Or is he?
The wise old sisters and a guest at the Inn coax a reluctant Bethany to help run a soup kitchen. Unexpectedly, she discovers serving others to be deeply satisfying. Still, a gnawing emptiness about a childhood mystery continues to plague her. Encouraged by Jimmy Fisher, she seeks out the answers she craves — and uncovers a shocking secret that breaks her heart, heals it and points her to love.
Those who preorder through December 31st can purchase their books through online retailers by clicking here; Fisher will donate $1 per book to Mother Williams’ soup kitchen. A downloadable “coming soon!” gifting card that can be printed is available on Fisher’s website to provide gift givers with the delight of a Christmas present.