“Do unto others as if you were the other.” Amish proverb
Today I’m privilege to share a Guest Post & GIVEAWAY from bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher!
From Suzanne . . . When you were young and someone asked what you wanted to be when you grew up, what did you say? I dreamed of becoming a writer, but for you maybe it was a magician or musician, a farmer or a flautist. Or maybe you weren’t sure. Maybe you still aren’t sure.
The heroine in my latest novel, Bethany Schrock, is at that very crossroads in her life. Her hopes and dreams for the future have shattered like a broken teacup. In The Calling, we find Bethany depressed, frustrated and trying to figure out what she was put on this Earth to do.
Enter five old Amish sisters who run a soup kitchen for the down-and-outers of Stoney Ridge. They scoop Bethany into their big-hearted efforts, convinced she’d make a fine addition to the sisterhood. Reluctant at first, Bethany warms to the work as she feels the stirrings of happiness come to life. Little by little, through serving others, Bethany finds her calling.
Those old Amish sisters know a secret: You Can Find Yourself by Losing Yourself. In the novel, as Bethany cares for others, she spends less time dwelling on her troubles. Here’s an excerpt from Bethany’s story . . .
“It was easy for Bethany to ladle up the chili soup for these down-and-outers, feeling something warm like kindness or goodness fill her chest. At least, she did feel a pleasant glow until the teens from the Group Home, filled with bravado, pushing and jabbing each other, came in knots of two and three.
Bethany followed Geena’s lead and spoke to each one as she brought out the bowls of chili soup on a tray. ‘Good afternoon’ and ‘How are you?’ and ‘Would you like chili?’ Most didn’t answer and kept their eyes down, but the angry red haired girl met her eyes, almost in a hostile challenge — Do you see me?
I’m trying, Bethany thought. But you make it so difficult.
In that moment, she realized she hadn’t thought about her problems all day long. It was happening each time she helped at the sisters’ soup kitchen. She forgot all that troubled her, for a little while, anyway.
She turned to serve the next girl, a round girl with acne and thick glasses, who smiled at her.
This felt . . . good. Really good.”
January is the time of year for new starts. If you’re struggling to find your calling, consider volunteering, in some way, for those less fortunate.
To borrow an Amish proverb, “The real secret of happiness is not what you give or what you receive. It’s what you share.”
Whether you’ve already found your calling or you’re still searching for purpose and fulfillment, I’m thankful you’ve brought Bethany and me along for the ride.
Have a blessed New Year! Suzanne Woods Fisher
GIVEAWAY: Suzanne has graciously offered to give away a copy of The Calling to one of you! Enter below . . .
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About the Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such Magazine. Her book The Waiting is a finalist for a 2011 Christy Award. Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs were both finalists for the ECPA Book of the Year (2010, 2011).
Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain. Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. When Suzanne isn’t writing or bragging to her friends about her grandbabies, she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne’s way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth.
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