Meet Lily and win a book!

Please enjoy this guest post from Suzanne Woods Fisher and enter to win a copy of Life with Lily! I have three to give away.

“Put the swing where the children want it. The grass will grow back.” Amish proverb

I’ve often heard that there is no better childhood than an Amish one. Mary Ann Kinsinger had such a childhood. She was raised in a happy Old Order Amish home in western Pennsylvania. A born storyteller, Mary Ann started a blog, A Joyful Chaos, as a way to capture the joy of her childhood.

A Joyful Chaos quickly gained a following among those who want to know more about the Amish. Here was a blog of a woman who had recently left the Amish church, but without bitterness or rancor. Just the opposite. Mary Ann’s blog captures what readers are looking for in Amish fiction books: charming family memories, a caring community, a collection of fun, quirky characters, all cast in a rural setting. And yet it’s real! All true.

One day, I e-mailed to ask if she was thinking of writing a book. “No,” she wrote back, “but I might be interested in collaborating.”

Fast forward a year or two. My friendship with Mary Ann continued to grow. So did her blog’s presence: A Joyful Chaos was receiving over 30,000 hits a month. It caught a mention in The New York Times. Mary Ann started a Facebook page. Remember, this was a woman who had stopped her formal schooling at eighth grade! But her education never stopped.

The time seemed right. We submitted a fiction series proposal for children, ages 8-12, to my publisher, Revell Books, inspired by Mary Ann’s childhood. Revell said “Yes!”

The Lily books are more than just another good children’s series—they’re a little slice of America, a peek into the world of a happy Amish family, fun and foibles. I have a hunch that children of all ages, 5-95, will quickly grow attached to Lily. But do you know what has surprised me the most about writing these books? Lily’s parents, Rachel and Daniel Lapp. Based on Mary Ann’s own parents, this young couple is the quintessence of wisdom and maturity. In Book 1, you’ll read a nail biting story when a difficult neighbor insists the property lines are incorrect and aims a shotgun at Lily’s father. Papa responds by…oh…I won’t spoil it. I’ll let you find out for yourself.

Life with Lily, book 1 in ‘The Adventures of Lily Lapp’ series, releases on October 1st and will be available wherever books are sold. Lily has a website,, that will be interactive for children: coloring pages can be downloaded, ask Lily a question, get recipes from her family, information about Lily’s parents and brothers and friends.

Mary Ann Kinsinger can be found at her blog: She lives in the country in western Pennsylvania, not far from where she grew up. And she loves to hear from readers!

Suzanne Woods Fisher is a writer of bestselling fiction and non-fiction. She is the host of Amish Wisdom, a weekly radio program on, and writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post, called “Plain Talk about the Amish.” Suzanne enjoys connecting with readers and can be found on-line at

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  1. Karen S
    Sep 29, 2012

    Want more then anything to win an be able to have. thank you for the chance to do this an grad to the one that does.
    thank you Karen [email protected]

  2. Jody Rigle
    Sep 29, 2012

    I would love to win a copy of Life with Lily. My two granddaughters (Kayla Elizabeth 4 and Gracie Lynn 3) are always asking Nana about all her books with ladies with hats, lol. I am continually explaining about the amish. I would be thrilled to be able to read a book to them, that was meant just for them <3
    Thank you and God Bless!

  3. Suzanne Woods Fisher
    Sep 29, 2012

    Thanks so much, Leslie! You’re the best! Just the best.

  4. Rachel Gingrich
    Sep 29, 2012

    I would love to win a book! Thanks for your kindness!

  5. Dorothy Fritz
    Sep 29, 2012

    I would really be happy to win a copy of Life With Lilly. I really love reading about the Amish and this one sounds really interesting. Thank you for a chance to win. Really enjoy your books.

  6. Angela S
    Sep 29, 2012

    I must say I LOVE Suzanne Woods Fisher’s books! I stumbled upon her works this summer and spent many hours captivated by her writing! I’ve always held a special place in my heart for the Amish, and I really enjoy watching “Breaking Amish” on TLC as well. I would love to win this book and follow Lily Lapp’s story!

  7. Mags
    Sep 29, 2012

    I would so love to win a book. Life with Lilly sounds amazing! full of the richness of real experience. Thank you very much for the chance to win one.

  8. Kim
    Sep 29, 2012

    I would love a chance to win!!

  9. Holly
    Sep 29, 2012

    Ohhh My daughter and me would love to read this ! How exciting !!

  10. Mandy Bentley
    Sep 29, 2012

    OOOOHHHH, I would love to win! If it is written by Suzanne, it is for me. I am also looking forward to sharing this book with my niece, Maggie.

  11. Linda
    Sep 29, 2012

    Yaaaaay, another chance to win ‘Life with Lily’. Thanks!

  12. Carol
    Sep 29, 2012

    I adore Suzanne’s books. They make for a couple of evenings or more of wholesome, enjoyable reading. I love to read about the ways the Amish deal with life. Thank you for offering a possibility of winning “Life With Lily.” I can’t wait until I can finally read it—and hopefully others after it. Blessings, Carol
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  13. Leslie Gould
    Sep 29, 2012

    Thank you for all of these comments! I agree–Suzanne is the best. I love her books. I can’t wait to read “Life with Lily” too.

  14. Debra Bearden
    Sep 29, 2012

    I would love to win Life with Lily. I am a hugh fan of Suzannne’s.

  15. Juanita Cook
    Sep 30, 2012

    Would love to win this book read it and pass it on to my little Grand Daughter. Would love to introduce her to the wonderful world of reading Amish Fiction.

  16. Chris Meyer
    Oct 2, 2012

    I can’t wait to get a copy of this book! Winning it would be extra nice! I think my Niece would love it after I get done reading it!

  17. Colleen Bartell
    Oct 2, 2012

    Have been following Mary Ann’s blog for a long time. Can’t wait to read this. [email protected]

  18. Jalynn Patterson
    Oct 2, 2012

    Looks like a delightful book. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  19. Linda Jones
    Oct 4, 2012

    I know that I would enjoy reading this book and it would be even better winning a free copy.