More Memorable Meetings
Besides being an author, Emma is an amazing young woman with a lot of courage that I greatly admire. There are a number of other Amish themed books available, many in series, available everywhere. They have lovely romantic covers usually with a sweet young Amish woman. The stories and the covers offer the vision of peace and harmony, bucolic farmland, the ideal of a simpler life style that most of us, at some time or another, wish we had. Looking from the outside in, we .....
Emma tells her story from the inside looking out, as only an Amish could do. As painful as her story is, she shares it well and writes with courage. Even her cover, in black and white, shows us a less romantic view of being Amish. Whether Amish or English, we can only guess what goes on in other people’s homes, in other communities. When we learn their stories, their truths, we’re usually surprised. And we’ve no right to judge.
I’ve often written in this blog of some of the surprises I discovered about people when I learned more about them. Lesson learned? You might judge books by their covers, but don’t even try to judge people by their covers! Every person I’ve met on my book selling journey has shown me a hidden uniqueness that has little to do with outward appearance. I’ve learned to look forward to those discoveries, their stories, whenever I meet new folks. It’s one of the joys of selling books.
Emma moves like a ballerina with the focus and intensity of an athlete. Quiet, graceful, ex-Amish, dreaming of education and self-development she pursues at great personal cost. Dreams are costly. Emma has followed several dreams, the most recent to become a writer, an author. How much are you investing in your dream? If you need inspiration, read Emma’s book, Runaway Amish Girl: the Great Escape. (Progressive Rising Phoenix Press)