If you’ve been anywhere near a bookstore in recent years, you’ve seen the popularity of Amish fiction. The genre, started by Beverly Lewis back in the late 1990s, took fire with readers across the nation and across the world. It’s left a lot of people scratching their heads and asking, “Why?”
In my Bible reading this morning, I came across Jeremiah 6:16 (New Living Translation):
This is what the Lord says:
“Stop at the crossroads and look around.
Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it.
Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.
But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’
Apparently some do want that road. At least, in their fiction reading.
I live in an Amish community, so many of my friends and neighbors are Amish. I admire much about them, particularly their attitudes toward and commitment to their families. As the family in our non-Amish culture continues to break down and fall apart, I wonder if this isn’t what draws readers to Amish fiction.
It’s like going back in time. It’s like walking that old, godly way. It’s like finding a path and having a wee bit of rest for your soul.
That’s not a bad reason to read.
~ Pegg Thomas – who laughing tells people how easy it is to find her house because, “It’s the first farm with a truck.”