Mariah asks…

Have you ever read the Amish books by Beverly Lewis? If so, is any of it correctly portrayed? I have become very fond of the Amish people from reading her books. Also, how would one learn the language of the Amish? Thank you for your time and God bless!

I have read some of the Amish fiction novels of Beverly Lewis. Personally, I do not care for Amish fiction because I think it gives people a false picture of the Amish.

The best way to learn our language is immersion, that is, to be around to hear it spoken all the time. Eventually you would be able to understand some of our language. Our language is not a written language and has many variations depending on what part of the country you are in.

Marlaine asks…

My daughter-in-law’s grandmother always served chicken and dumplings on Easter. She never served pork or beef for the Easter meal.¬† I think it is a family custom; my daughter-in-law thinks it has something to do with do Amish rules.¬† Do the Amish prohibit meat or any food on Easter?

We are not prohibited by the church to eat meat or any other food at any time, holiday or not. Chicken and dumplings sound like a delicious Easter tradition!

Marissa asks…

I have seen Amish people in some stores and they are buying sour cream and other not-so-healthy things. What if an Amish man or woman has a food intolerance or has like, celiac disease? Then what do they eat?

We Amish do buy things from stores. Some of it is not so healthy foods. If someone Amish had a food intolerance or allergy they would follow the diet their doctor/nutritionist prescribed.

Debbie asks…

I have heard that there are parts of the Bible that the Amish are not supposed to read and am wondering if that’s true because I have also heard that they take the bible literally?

The Amish believe that the entire Bible is the inspired word of God. To ignore any part of it is to ignore part of God’s message. We are allowed to read the entire Bible; in fact we are much encouraged to do so.