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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Book: The Amish Menorah By: The Men of Amish Fiction --- on tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book:  The Amish Menorah

Author: The Men of Amish Fiction

Genre: Amish Fiction

Release Date: May 13, 2020

Come sit and enjoy!

Six short stories by the men of Amish fiction to entertain and educate you. You’ll journey with an Amish man and the Jewish woman whose life he saves, agonize with an Amish girl in love with an Englische man, fret with two sisters both in love with the same man, pray with the family whose child is injured in a fall, work with the Amish sheriff in a western town, and laugh at the girl forced to be Amish for the summer.


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About the Authors

To know Wil, one would probably not think of him as an author. He is a husband, a father, a Christian, a veteran, a business owner, and a servant. He has led a life of bold and diverse experiences that immediately capture one’s attention.  Wil has an unexpected artistic and creative side—something that might be considered uncommon, given his life’s works. Wil’s greatest inner strength is his expression and creativity. His life’s works give a credit to his writing that few other fiction authors possess. This generates a vivid degree of realism above and beyond other works of fiction.




Amazon bestselling author Patrick E. Craig is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful music career to become a pastor in 1986. In 2007 he retired to concentrate on writing and publishing fiction books. In 2013, Harvest House Publishers published his first Amish series, Apple Creek Dreams.  Patrick and his wife, Judy, live in Idaho. They have two daughters and Five grandchildren. Patrick is represented by the Steve Laube Agency









Jerry Eicher was born to Amish parents, and raised in an Amish settlement in Honduras, Central America. The family returned stateside in the late seventies, when Jerry was sixteen. He spent his youth with a beloved Amish youth group in Belle Center, Ohio, and was married in 1983 to Tina Schmucker, whose parents had moved to the community from Nappanee, Indiana. Jerry and Tina left the Amish to join the Mennonites after the birth of their second son. He wrote his first work in the early twenties, a fictionalized version of his childhood in Central America. His second title was an Amish love story— Sarah. Since then Jerry has published over thirty fiction titles and sold nearly a million books.




Thomas Nye writes novels about Amish life, with a touch of romance, and a foundation of faith in Christ. He and his wife, Shari, live on her family farm where they raised five children. They have seven grandchildren and a team of draft horses. Thomas walks a mail route for the US Postal Service. It keeps him close to nature and a affords many quiet hours in which to dream up novels. “Over three decades of friendships with Amish neighbors has revealed a simple wisdom that inspires my writing.” To find out more about Thomas Nye and his books, visit:





Murray Pura has over twenty-four novels to his credit and, in addition, has published dozens of short stories, novellas,,and poems along with numerous books of non-fiction. He has worked with Baker, Barbour, Zondervan, Harvest House, MillerWords, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Harper One and Elk Lake Publishing. His fiction has won or been short listed for a number of literary prizes. Pura has lived in the UK, the Middle East, the USA and Canada. He now makes his home in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta.






Amos Wyse was born in the Midwest. Spending a great deal of his youth around good, hard-working farmers, those who lived near them and worked with them. When writing, he keeps those people and the life lessons they taught close by.








More from The Men of Amish

The Amish Menorah and Other Stories was born out of a happy meeting between Patrick E. Craig and Thomas Nye at an Amish writers and readers event put on by Connie Spradling Lynch in Shipshewana, Indiana in 2019. Most of these readers did not know that there were several men who wrote Amish fiction. So Patrick and Tom decided to do something about that. After the conference, invitations went out to Murray Pura, Willard Carpenter, Jerry Eicher and Amos Wyse. Deb Haggerty at Elk Lake Publishers signed on and The Amish Menorah came to be.

Patrick E. Craig

As always, the six of us male authors of Amish fiction, have the goal of writing interesting and inspiring stories about Amish life. Collectively, our purpose in putting together The Amish Menorah, was to offer a sampling of Amish novellas written by men. There are only a few of us guys and dozens of women writing Amish novels. This book is an opportunity for readers of Amish fiction to sample six of our writing styles in one setting.


The Biblical description of a Menorah is a seven-flame lampstand. We like to think of our six stories in the Amish Menorah as six flames, each shining a unique light on Amish life. Our prayer is that you, our readers, will become that seventh flame as you join us by reading The Amish Menorah.

Thomas Nye

My Thoughts

I love reading Amish Fiction books -and I never knew there were so many men that wrote Amish Fiction. In this book, these talented authors have compiled a journey through Amish History. I learned so much reading this book!

The Amish Menorah - Patrick Craig. This book is set in 1936. Sometimes you forget how far back the Amish history goes. This one focuses on the last Amish community in Europe. This one tripped me up a bit with the German phrases - but I loved the story line and the history that this story is enriched with. This book focuses on a Jewish girl trying to escape the Nazis and the Amish man that she is thrown together with. This was a great story to start the collection off with. 

A Cloudy Day - Willard Carpenter is the second book in the collection. This story takes place in in Honey Brook, PA. I enjoyed this modern day novella that focuses on what the Amish believe in. While I have read a lot of Amish fiction, I feel that I was able to get a deep understanding of their faith. This book was well researched and the story flowed nicely. 

When Hearts Break - Jerry Eicher is a two chapter teaser for when the full length book will be released by Elk Publishing. The author's note states that it will deal with abuse in the Amish Community. I look forward to reading this when it comes out. 

The Silo - Thomas Nye. This is the only author of this group that I have read anything prior on. This story touches on child abuse. This one involves a neighbor who feels that the Amish family is abusing their children. She feels this way because she does not seem to fully understand the culture. I love the theme of how the Amish forgiveness is with this book. Even though the family is accused of child abuse - they showed God's love to the accuser. 

Lone Star -- Murray Pura. This story reminded me of Amish meet wild west. This book is set in Kansas in the 1800's. I felt the book was well researched and gave us a historically accurate view of what the Amish of this time period may have dealt with. Saul, an Amish man becomes sheriff in this rough, wild west town. He does not carry a gun - how can he keep law and order? 

Amish for the Summer - Amos Wyse. This one had me chuckling a few times. Set in more modern day, DeeDee who has a choice in her punishment through the court. She can report to the Beiler Farm or Clover Junction Women’s Prison. Dee Dee was caught vandalizing a property and is unprepared when they can't just make it go away. I loved the characters in this one. 

All of the stories in this collection were wonderful reads. They were novella length, easy to read, and were broken down to where you could understand what was going on. I hope this gang of Amish Fiction men write another collection together. They did a great job. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging program - all thoughts are my own. 

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To celebrate their tour, The Men of Amish Fiction are giving away the grand prize package of copy of The Amish Menorah and Other Stories, a copy of Samson and Amish Delilah (by Thomas Nye), and an Amish coloring book designed for Amish children and sold in Amish stores!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed the review, and now want to read the book! Thanks!