Join me for a Bethany House Book Banter

Bethany House Publishers is hosting me tomorrow (Tuesday, December 18, 6-8 pm CST, 4-6 for those of us on Pacific Time) for a Book Banter on Courting Cate. Have you joined in one of these before? They are a lot of fun! If you have the time, I think you’ll enjoy it.

Get all the details here. Tomorrow go here for the party. As usual Bethany House will be giving away lots of books. If you are able to participate in the event, come back to my blog on Wednesday to see if you won a copy of Courting Cate.


  1. Donna Harmon
    Dec 18, 2012

    So enjoyed the Banter. Looking forward to reading more of your books and receiving your newsletter. Merry Christmas & God bless!

    • Leslie Gould
      Dec 19, 2012

      Thank you so much for participating in the Book Banter, Donna! It was a lot of fun! Merry Christmas and God’s best to you, too.

  2. Molly R. Moody
    Dec 18, 2012

    I posted two questions on the chat and neither were answered that I could see so I’m asking them here.
    How do the Amish handle finances since they live such a simple life?
    How do the Amish celebrate Christmas?

    Thanks for answering.

    • Leslie Gould
      Dec 19, 2012

      Hi, Molly,
      It was so nice to “see” you last night! Thank you for posting your questions here–I really appreciate it.
      I’ll answer these two questions based on what I’ve learned from my research. As far as finances, Amish people do take out mortgages for homes and farms but avoid consumer credit (although some use credit cards for convenience but the general philosophy is to pay them off each month). Their simple lifestyle keeps expenses lower than those of average Americans (no cars to buy, maintain, gas up, and insure, no electronics to constantly update, no college to pay for, etc.), plus they carefully evaluate what they do purchase.
      Christmas is celebrated in their schools, often with a program. The children and teacher might draw names and exchange gifts. At home, many Amish people send Christmas cards and bake cookies and make candy. My understanding is that they don’t trim trees. (If anyone knows of any Amish groups that do, would you let me know?!) Family members exchange simple gifts and gather for a big meal.
      Many groups have “second Christmas,” the day after Christmas when they visit friends and family they didn’t see the day before.
      Let me know if you have more specific questions.
      Have a wonderful Christmas, Molly!
      God Bless you,

  3. Juanita Cook
    Dec 19, 2012

    I missed the banter because we had company at that time. Have you ever stayed in an Amish home? I think it would be really nice to have some Amish friends and really get to know them

    • Leslie Gould
      Dec 19, 2012

      Hi, Juanita!
      I’ve spent time with several Plain families in their homes and have also corresponded with them. I’ve heard, in some areas, that there are Plain families that will rent a room for a night or more, but I haven’t done that. In other areas, Englisch B&B owners have contacts with Amish families and can arrange for you to have dinner in a home.
      Thank you for the question!