I hope this group will become active. So I thought to post a little about myself. Much is on my profile, so I won't repeat it all.
I do not believe I have a single Beverly Lewis book on my physical shelf any longer. But I will admit, she impacted my life in an interesting way. Curious about the Amish I read her books. They were Christian published, clean. and I learned a little about the Amish. But it wasn't enough for me... I went deeper to learn what the Amish believe and why. I had a hard time, not knowing any personally. Well, after much turmoil about one particular issue, I finally discussed this with the only Anabaptist I knew. A Mennonite. He is not the most conservative, but he directed me to an online group that discussed all the issues of the Anabaptist faith.
Well... we dug into Scripture. We found some should be taken literally and sought new fellowship. Living in a large city, this was not to be found. We moved to join our current church. Our church is not Amish, but holds to many of the traditions. Lordwilling, they will remain. We have the freedom to use or not use the computer. This is why you see me here. ;)
Many people are enthralled with the Amish and read all the fiction. Nothing wrong with this, but I wonder if it gives a distorted view. Most Amish Are happy in their faith. Their numbers double about every 20 years. The children MUST choose if they want to join the church, or not. It is not forced upon them. Their Anabaptist roots demand this. Faith is not put on them as infants with baptism. They must come to the Lord on their own and then be baptized.
I see the group has not been active in some time. What is your desire for this group? To discuss "Amish romance" only. I am not sure I would stay around for that. I do enjoy talking about the faith I did not grow up with, but moved into. And yes, it did start with Beverly Lewis... (OK, it started with God! He just happened to use the paperback book to start us on this journey and I give HIM all the praise and honor)
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