Author of The Quieting
Can you briefly describe your new novel?
The Quieting continues the life of the Stoltzfus family—a quirky, loving Amish family that tries so hard to fit into the church of Stoney Ridge and ends up turning it upside down. This novel opens with the arrival of Abigail, David’s eccentric niece, who is in town to track down genealogical information for a client. Abigail’s unexpected discovery heats up the conflict between her minister uncle and the bishop to a rolling boil . . . and sparks a flame in the client.
And thus The Quieting begins.
What is the main theme in The Quieting?
Life is never trouble-free, but it can be God-filled.
Can you explain what a Quieting involves?
It’s an unusual event meant to remove a minister or bishop from ordained leadership and restore him to the status of church member. A Quieting happens rarely and causes great sadness within a church.
Years ago, my own (Protestant) church had to ask a minister to resign because of serious, profound, no-doubt-about-it unrepentant sin in his life. It was heartbreaking—a wound to the entire church. Sometimes it seems God must allow a wound before he can bring healing.
I kept my church’s experience in mind as I wrote The Quieting. While not Amish, I think it evoked some of the same sorrow felt by a church that has lost a leader.
What is the overriding lesson that you would like readers to learn from The Quieting?
The sovereignty of God infuses all of life, like a tea bag in hot water. Such belief changes everything. Everything.
You have deep connections with the Amish community. Can you please tell us about this?
My grandfather was raised Plain (German Baptist, or Dunkard) and gave me an appreciation for Anabaptist values shared by the Amish. Of course, there’s the emphasis on simple living, but it goes deeper than that. Forgiveness as a habit, for example. It’s easy to get distracted by buggies and bonnets and beards—but there’s so much more.
What other projects are you working on now?
I’m in the homestretch of a novel called The Newcomer, set in Philadelphia in 1737. It’s book 2 in the Amish Beginnings series, following the story of Anna and Bairn as they head into the wilderness to start an Amish settlement. Lots of twists and turns coming!
How can readers connect with you online?
Connect with me at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor. I love to hear from readers!