Suzanne Woods Fisher and a Giveaway

New Amish Christian fiction and a giveaway!

Today I’m happy to have Suzanne Woods Fisher stopping by.  She just released The Calling which is the second book in The Inn at Eagle Hill series.  If you haven’t had your daily devotional yet today, you’ll be blessed by her words!  Oh, and thanks to Suzanne and her publisher (thanks, Revell!) we have 3 copies of The Calling to give away today!  All of the scoop is at the bottom of the post so see you there in a minute!


Can One Person Make a Difference?

 “Don’t worry what you could do if you lived your life over; get busy with what’s left.” Amish proverb

Suzanne FisherCan one person make a difference? Even a woman who might be, say, considered a wee bit elderly?

Consider Victoria Williams of Richmond, California. Eleven years ago, when Victoria was 77 (did you catch that? She was seventy-seven years old!), she saw a need in her community for a weekly soup kitchen. She knew she was a good cook, but she would need some qualifications to serve others. So she took the required courses for food safety and preparation and got to work.

On Thursday mornings, Victoria—known in her community as Mother Williams—prepares food in her church’s kitchen that she has gathered from the local Food Bank and from donations. On Fridays, she serves lunch.

“For a very long time, Mother Williams worked in the soup kitchen alone,” volunteer Becky Blakey said. “She had a creative system. First she would use her cane to prop open the door, then she would pull the boxes of food into the kitchen with her cane.”

After a video was made about Mother Williams, it was shown at my church. Mother Williams was in attendance that morning and received a standing ovation from the congregation. Becky Blakey went up to meet Mother Williams to ask if she could come and help prep food on Thursdays. Of course! Mother Williams told her.

Becky started to volunteer regularly. Soon, her friends joined her. “Mother Williams has a couple of rules,” Becky said. “She wants those who come for lunch to be served so they don’t stand in a cafeteria-like line. They have a place to sit at a table and are served a plate of food. And before everyone eats, she insists they hear a word from the Lord. ‘Jesus gave you this day,’ she says. ‘He didn’t have to do that, but He did. So now we are going to hear His words.’ And then she’ll read a few verses of Scripture.”

Currently, at age 88 (!), Mother Williams and her team of volunteers serve over one hundred lunches every Friday.

The Calling, book 2 in the ‘Inn at Eagle Hill’ series (Revell), was inspired by Mother Williams. In the novel, though, it took five Amish sisters to do the work of one Mother Williams. It’s a story about a young woman, Bethany Schrock, who feels lost and derailed and not at all sure she wants to remain Amish. Those five sisters scoop her under their wing and get her busy in the soup kitchen. Reluctant at first, Bethany starts to discover that amazing mystery: we find ourselves by losing ourselves.

Can one person make a difference? Yes.

At any age? Absolutely!


Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award-winning author of ‘The Stoney Ridge Seasons’ series and ‘The Lancaster County Secrets’ series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She has a free downloadable app, Amish Wisdom, that delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone. Suzanne lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area but can be found on-line at She loves to connect with readers!

If you live in Florida, Georgia or South Carolina you can meet Suzanne on her book tour next week! Here are her three LifeWay signings and a link to more info on the tour:

January 17 – Sarasota LifeWay with special guest Sherry Gore

January 18 – Orlando LifeWay with special guest Dan Walsh

January 20 – Warner Robbins LifeWay

CallingBook Giveaway!
For your chance to be win a copy of The Calling, leave your name in the comments section of today’s post.  Just for fun, tell us about a way that you or your family likes to serve others.  Is it by making cookies for a neighbor?  Writing notes of encouragement?  Visiting those in the hospital?  I look forward to hearing from you all!

You have until midnight tonight (Thursday,  January 16) to enter.  We’ll announce our three winners on Friday.


By entering today’s giveaway, you affirm and acknowledge LifeWay Christian Resources’ official promotion rules here.

Today’s giveaway starts at the posting time of this blog and ends Thursday (1/15/14) at 11:59 p.m. central time.  You must be 18 years old to enter and you may only enter once.  The winner will be selected at random.  For questions about the rules and regulations of this giveaway, please contact Rachel McRae  at One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234.

  • Myra Atchison

    I am blessed to be able to write notes & send cards of encouragement to those who need it. I feel like this is a ministry that God calls me to do. And it is a plus that I love doing it. I also enjoy serving on our church hostess committee with 3 other wonderful christian ladies. This is also a gift from God that I love doing.

  • Kelly

    I like to bake or cook for someone.

  • Belinda

    I like to donate clothes annd books I have read to a thrift store that funds a domestic violence center.

  • Mary Dorsey

    We volunteer at the USO Center.

  • Christina

    I like to send get well and encouragement cards when friends and family are feeling down. We also donate items to our local food pantry and school back pack programs when we can.

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  • cynthia fernstaedt

    We bake cookies and leave them at doors of people we know who are going through difficult times, are alone, just need cheering up, etc. We also will leave notes, poems, etc.

  • Keisha C.

    Our family likes to send cards and notes of encouragement. We also like to participate in the Operation Christmas Child program.

  • Debbie Wheeler

    We make gifts for the people who volunteer to help the homeless and less fortunate at food banks and fod pantry to say thank you for all they do because people take for granted that these people do this at no cost to them but in truth some are no better off than the people they volunteer to help

  • Marlette H.

    I send card and notes of encouragement. At our Church I am involved in different acctivities such as cooking for the sportsman’s banquet, donate to the food pantry during the holidays, donate food to the homeless shelter through our church.

  • Jean Smith

    I like to bake cookies for others.

  • http://NA Janice Taylor

    I would like to enter the contest to get a copy of ” The Calling”
    I have enjoyed all of the books by you that I have read.

  • Barbara Hopkins

    Well I do a few different things, I donate food to the local pantry, clothes to the homeless shelter, and during holidays I cook breads, candies, and we deliver them throughout the neighborhood. Those are some things I do, oh I also have started a “Pay It Forward” project with a few others I know, we pick 5 people and some time throughout this coming year, they will receive a gift from me of some kind. Just a way to say Thank you… B

  • Nat

    Usually bring by a couple servings of homemade turkey/chicken noodle soup and fresh bread.

  • Connie Price

    I help a young couple,by watching their young son,while he attended college and worked and she works part-time. Gives me the “baby” time and helps them out!

  • HillaryM

    My favorite way to be a blessing is to give/leave random anonymous gifts. We also help family members with cleaning, etc. – especially those with physical difficulties.

  • Judy B

    My husband and I decided a few years back that we would take 10% of any overtime money that he made and put it in an envelope marked God’s money. Then we talked about what we would do with it. We decided that we would surprise waitresses or waiters with a little extra something around Christmas time. We took Christmas cards, wrote a scripture verse inside, signed it simply to say that this was a gift from God, please give thanks to him. We’ve done this for years. We don’t always do it at Christmas time. We once gave a waitress a hefty tip and she stood at our table and cried, thanking us. We asked her simply to thank God for this gift. We’ve given out gas cards, etc. I’m sure you get the picture. We were able to give generously to 3 waitresses at Christmas this year. We never sign our names!

    Judy B

  • Sharon Timmer

    We like to find out about a need, and then try to meet it without the person knowing that we were the ones that did it :)

  • Martha Franks

    I drive people to church and doctor’s appointment and make hospital visits and calls and cards to homebound

  • Wilani Wahl

    I try to send a note or card. With facebook I am able to send notes quicker and easier. Sometimes a little gift is also given. I love trying to be an encouragement to others.

  • Patty

    I volunteer as a mentor in a program for at risk youth.

  • Tina Harris

    My passion is working with kids, mainly 3-5 yrs. in our Awana program and Junior church. I also like to make meals for when people need them during hospital stays etc.

  • Rhonda Lovell

    Yes One person can make a difference. Making a difference by prayer. My mother hasn’t been able to do things like she used to and wants so badly to help others. I told Mom you can make a difference by being that prayer warrior that others need. Prayer helps more than a person will ever know. That is how we make a difference.

    Thank you.

  • Alice B

    I help deliver Meals on Wheels and also volunteer with the blood drive. Our small town has a unique ministry that I participate in every morning after soybeans are harvested. This lasts several months. Trucks have to wait in line and drivers can’t leave their trucks for long periods of time because they have to keep moving up. We open the church building for them to have coffee and cookies and we have biscuits for them every morning. They are most appreciative of the use of the restroom facilities.

  • Bonnie Roof

    I have numerous way of serving others, but one that pertains to books, is the online encouragement of Christian fiction authors – which I felt led, by God, to start several months ago. I have also purchased copies of one of my favorite author’s books, secured signed bookplates for them – and am donating them to the women’s prison ministry at our church.

    I would love to read The Calling – thanks for the opportunity to win a copy, Rachel, and Suzanne!

  • Emma

    I like to give books to friends and family. To the library and to thrift stores. make calls and cards and give books to people that are home bound.The Calling sounds wonderful. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.I enjoy reading your books.

  • pat davis

    i volunteer at the local thrift store and food pantry. you can not believe all the blessings it has given back to me . pat in collinsville,OK

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  • Diane.Liggett

    I love to send cards of encouragement to the ladies of our church…so I asked a teen in our church if she would like to help me and she said yes!!! We meet once a month and both of us write in a card to send to all the ladies!!! We have had a wonderful time doing this!! She picked out the Christmas cards to send!!!

  • Marsha C

    I like to give “just because” or “thinking of you” cards. I also like to surprise people in a drive thru and pay for their purchase.
    Thanks for doing this give away.

  • Jennifer Essad

    I help my neighbors when they’re little ones can’t go to school or day care-they can call me anytime. We help our neighbors and our church

  • Bonnie

    My granddaughter gave coats to the Boys and Girls club and sent notes and holiday cards to wounded soldiers. We also donate to the Help Center in our community.

  • Wendy Depalo

    I feed and cloth homeless people in my area.

    I am so honored to be able to meet you tonight and God Willing tomorrow.

    You are an amazing author and I cherish the opprtunity to read ” The Calling”.

    Enjoy your book tour!

  • Maryann

    I have a card ministry for those who are sick at church. We give to our local mission – food, school supplies, christmas gifts. We love doing operation chrismas child shoeboxes. We have also given clothes to those with mental illness. I also do vacation bible school. Wish I could do more but I am limited physically.

  • Janice Clark

    I like to spend time with older people that cannot get out very often.. It brightens their day..

  • Robin in NC

    Praying for them, calling, visiting, sending notes, giving little gifts…

  • Linda Marie Finn

    Donate and giveaway things to others that they need. clothing, food, funds when available.
    Linda Finn

  • Jan

    I have been blest with the opportunity to take care of my 90 year old aunt. I have had the opportunity to provide healing, comforting words (not mine but from God) to countless patients at a hospice center and hope to be able to provide time to the elderly at a care center sometime very soon.

  • http://google Carolyn Jefferson

    I like to send cards for any occasions .Also like to take people where they need to go when they can’t drive.
    Carolyn J.

  • Ola Norman

    I like to do things anonymously for hurting folks.

  • Genny Wynn

    We serve at our church and at my sons’ school and wherever needed.

  • http://ChristmasFictionLifeway Maxie Anderson

    I am on a group of ladies from my church who visit shut-ins from our church to cheer them up and let them know they are not forgotten. We gift them with small gifts on Holidays and send or take birthday cards. I’ve been sick a lot for sometime, but feeling much better and need to get busy again. Also my Sunday school group of ladies buys Christmas gifts for a family , and our church people buy backpacks and school supplies , then fill them and give to neighborhood kids who need the help. It’s grown into a big project, plus we have a food pantry. I love Suzanne and would love to win her new book. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  • Lisa Cowell

    I volunteer for various local nonprofits, and also work in the church office one day a week. I used to do a lot of visitation of shut-ins for my church until my husband got very ill and I couldn’t leave him alone. After he died, I was never able to return to doing it because I had a young daughter that I took with me, and for some reason, the dogs would chase her and try to bite her!

  • Lynn Kavanagh

    Since we live in a state that gets extremely cold during the winter, my husband & daughter & I go through all our winter wear, our coats, hats, scarves, , gloves, etc. Anything we are no longer using we donate to a local shelter . We also donate religiously to the Salvation Army when the collect outside the stores during the holiday . Our precious daughter has Down Syndrome & she can not pas one of those kettles by, so if we don’t have any cash in our pocket (my husband or I) she will pull out her wallet & make a donation. She is 32 & has done this now for at least 10 years, so I imagine we’ve made a significant donation over the years.

  • MS Barb

    I like to send birthday cards w/ $2.00 bills in them to far away friends & family…I carry dog treats in my coat pocket for friends’ dogs…(how do the dogs know that there are treats in my pocket?)

  • Veronica Sandberg

    take care of others in need