As a genre Amish romance novels have flourished over the last decade and a half. Wanda Brunstetter, writer of Amish fiction, says, "When people read my books, it takes them to a simpler way of life. Hanging clothes on the line, cooking meals from scratch, turning off the television and mobile phones and just visiting. We've lost that way of life. I think my readers are craving that."
Some[who?] argue that the non-Amish authors fail to understand Amish theology and how it differs in key areas from mainstream Christianity. They thus present characters who may appear Amish but who maintain an evangelical Christian worldview. For example, a character might proclaim an assurance of salvation, rather than a "living hope" of such as the Amish do. Amish specific beliefs such as non-violence, non participation in government, and an unwillingness to proselytize may be glossed over or not mentioned. Evangelical themes, such as sexual purity, are substituted.
My grand daughter, jessie, got me started with the Amish Christian fiction; now i am an addict for sure! Get them from the library site online and son picks them up for me. Read ALL Beverly Lewis books and keep adding more and more authors to my list. My favorite type of book; keeps my mind cleaned out and more healthy and on things of the Lord; keeps my mind off my troubles and off my self pity. lol.
Julia Bradford thought the worst day of her life was the day her son witnesses a gang shooting, forcing them to enter witness protection. Living with Abraham King on his Amish farm is a huge change for Julia, but she finds herself drawn to their peaceful way of living. And to Abraham. The actual worst day of Julia's life is when her family gets tracked down by those that wish to harm them. Will they survive...together?
The genre has proven lucrative for publishers, many of which are Christian publishers, such as Bethany House, Thomas Nelson, and Zondervan. The first commercially successful Amish romance novel, according to writer Valerie Weaver-Zercher, was Beverly Lewis' The Shunning, published in 1997 by Bethany House. In addition, over 150 Amish fiction e-books were self-published between 2010 and 2013. The three most successful authors of Amish romance—Beverly Lewis, Cindy Woodsmall, and Wanda Brunstetter—have sold over 24 million books.