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Author Spotlight: Beverly Lewis -- Teaching Us About the Amish People

Updated on March 9, 2015

Beverly Lewis Is Prolific

Beverly Lewis is one of the most beloved authors of Christian fiction today. With ninety books on her roster and no signs of slowing down, this petite former school teacher knows how to deliver one knock-out story after another and people just can't get enough.

Lewis grew up in the heart of Amish country: Lancaster, PA, and she writes about this people group almost exclusively. Her stories of the Plain people have struck a chord with readers world-wide, with translations into ten different languages.

Her accomplishments are impressive. In 2007, her book, "The Brethern" won the Christy Prize for contemporary fiction. The Christy Prize is the like the Oscar of Christian fiction writing. Two of her books have been adapted into movies: "The Shunning" and "The Redemption of Sarah Cain." She has also won many other awards and her books have sold over 10 million copies.


"The Shunning" Trailer

Movies from Beverly Lewis Books

Beverly Lewis' the Shunning
Beverly Lewis' the Shunning

This is a recent release by Sony Entertainment. A young girl struggles to keep the old ways when her heart is pulled in different directions.

 

Reasons for Her Success

Beverly Lewis credits her strong work ethic and discipline for her ability to write as much as she does. In this charming interview from TitleTrakk.com, Lewis says that she has a strict schedule and she sticks to it. Her writing career did not start out full time and she juggled a full-time music studio with part-time writing on the side while home-schooling her three special needs children.

And she did not come out of her mother's womb a best-selling novelist. Lewis did show early signs of great talent (dictating her first poem to her mother at age six) but she has still had to work hard to learn the craft. In the TitleTrakk interview, Lewis talks about the path she had to take to become the writer she is today. She started out writing magazine articles, reading books on writing and generally learning in any way she could. She sums it up as "being teachable."



Her "Plain" Connections

Beverly Lewis grew up in the heart of Amish country, Lancaster, PA and saw first hand the people she writes about so much. She has also spent time living with the Amish, doing research for one of her books. Beverley also has a family connection to the Plain lifestyle. Her grandmother, Ada Ranck Buchwalter, came directly from Old Mennonite brethern stock but left the group when she married an outsider.

On the official Beverly Lewis website, Beverly says that she has received good feedback from members of the Amish communities who are surprised that she is so knowledgeable about their lifestyle. Some of the people have even requested that she portray their community, a very strong sign of endorsement.


Interview With Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis
Beverly Lewis

Books By Beverly Lewis

According to an video interview done with the Heritage of Truth, Beverly Lewis now has ninety books to her name. Her are some of the series, given in the order that she recommends they be read.

1. The Heritage of Lancaster Series
2. Abram's Daughter Series
3. Annie's People Series
4. The Courtship of Nellie Fisher Series
5. The Seasons of Grace Series

Some stand alone books include The Redemption of Sarah Cain, which was made into a movie and The Postcard. Lewis recommends reading these stand alone books after the first series.



Two Amish Girls

Picture of two Amish girls. Many of the groups never allow their pictures to be taken.
Picture of two Amish girls. Many of the groups never allow their pictures to be taken. | Source

Series

The Shunning / The Confession / The Reckoning (The Heritage of Lancaster County)
The Shunning / The Confession / The Reckoning (The Heritage of Lancaster County)

This is the first Amish series and the fiction books give an excellent overview of the Plain lifestyle. Can be understood by both adults and young girls.

 

Amish Form of Transportation

Amish people drive in horse-drawn carriages.  They are, however, allowed to ride in cars if someone else is driving the vehicle.
Amish people drive in horse-drawn carriages. They are, however, allowed to ride in cars if someone else is driving the vehicle. | Source

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Renee, it's so nice to meet another fan of Beverly Lewis. Her books are so interesting. Have a wonderful day!

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      renee21 5 years ago

      Great hub! I love reading Beverly Lewis books. They are so interesting and beautiful!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      @Stephanie, that is so neat that you have such a connection with group. It's nice to talk to someone that has first-hand experience. Take care and thanks for the comment!

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      Stephanie Das 6 years ago from Miami, US

      I've seen this book all over the place. My dad grew up in Lancaster county. It is a really beautiful place, and the Amish have really made a name for themselves there.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Dee, thanks for the comment. I can understand your fascination with this culture. They seem to really show such humility and grace in their lives. Take care.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      @Esmeowl, it's nice to meet another fan of her work! She does give such a good view into this other culture. Thanks so much for commenting.

      @Wheelinallover, thank you so much for the comment. Wow, it does sound like you have very close ties to the Amish in so many ways. I appreciate your endorsement of the article. Take care!

      @Wannabwriter, it sounds like your knowledge of Beverly Lewis goes back a long ways. I am a fairly new fan and was amazed at how many books she has out. I have not seen the children's books but she seems so talented that I am not surprised that those books are great quality, too. Thanks so much for dropping by and for your interesting comment!

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      I guess you can call me a fan of the Amish. I will read almost anything that tell you about them, their culture and beliefs. I begin really taking a close look during the time I lived in Ohio and the murder of several children in a school happened. They have such simple, yet powerful beliefs. This was a great hub. Enjoyed reading it very much.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I am a great Beverly Lewis fan. I dont' have time now to watch the interviews and videos, but I will later. I started reading her books because I'm a book dealer and got an occasional sample. I got hooked. I started carrying many of her books and still have some of those which may be out of print as single volumes. Another company bought her publisher and I no longer get samples, so I haven't read many of the later books. She also wrote some fiction series for children and I still have many of those, also out of print now. They are not all about the Amish, but they've been very popular with the children who attended the school book fairs I used to do in Christian schools.

      Thanks for writing this.

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      Dennis Thorgesen 6 years ago from Central United States

      Loved living in Amish country, I spent 3 1/2 years about 20 miles south of Lancaster PA. Visited many times before that as my son lived 50 miles west. I have had a personal interest in their culture as my step father lived in a rural area of PA and had Amish neighbors. I grew up hearing stories about his neighbors and my values became similar. My neighbors were Amish also. The house I lived in had been an Amish house which had been Americanized. The Amish have a lot to teach us if we listen and learn. When I lived in PA Seeing, visiting, and buying from the Amish, Amish Mennonites, and Mennonites was a part of daily life.

      Great article voted up and useful. I could have kept writing but don't get paid for hubs in comments. LOL

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      Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      I have read several of Ms. Lewis's books over the years and have thoroughly enjoyed them. It is always interesting learning about other cultures. Thanks for the info.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      @HBNurse, I love hearing from you! Thank you so much for your kind words. I have just recently got into her books and I just love them. She shows a great deal of compassion for her characters, both Amish and non-Amish. I am glad you found this inspirational. I was very touched when I did the research and wrote about this remarkable woman.

      @Dah, thanks for stopping by. If you are interested in comparative religion, you would find these books interesting because they deal with so many theological questions within the confines of the novels. As a minister's daughter, Lewis is very familiar with doctrine but she never preaches, just tells the story. Thanks for the wonderful comment!

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I was unaware or this author. I am interested in the Amish because I am interested n comparative religion.They are much more prevalent now,at least in the Midwest.Voted up and interesting.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Great and inspirational hub. I've never read any of her books and did not see the movies but I'm going to make it a point to do both. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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