Illustrator Phil Smouse came up with the idea for The Wisdom of Solomon Lapp (Barbour Books) while walking his dog in Lancaster County. But, he says, “I felt we needed someone who really knew the Amish intimately to do the book properly.”

Enter Wanda E. Brunstetter. “I’d seen Wanda’s name here and there, but never realized we worked with the same publisher.” With Smouse illustrating, Brunstetter wrote the stories, chronicling the misadventures of the title character and teaching children lessons about Proverbs against the backdrop of Amish culture in Lancaster County. “One thing I love about the Amish is that their outward lives reflect their inward decision to follow Christ and live out their convictions,” Smouse says. “That’s a valuable lesson for any believer.”

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About The Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards. Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs. When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.