Amish Front Porch Stories: 18 Short Tales of Simple Faith and Wisdom

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Come and sit awhile as you enjoy 18 fictional short stories of love, joy, and the peace found in Amish country.

Amish Country is known for an atmosphere of peace and quiet, perfect for front-porch sitting with a good book. Join New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, her daughter-in-law, and granddaughter, as they share 18 heartwarming stories from Amish Country. These fictional short stories include journeys we can all relate to as we seek how to live led by love, joy, peace, patience, and other Fruits of the Spirit. Meet Anna, who struggles to show love to a cantankerous neighbor; Laura, who endures infertility; Nora, whose pride threatens to consume her life; and other women who walk in their faith each day.

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ISBN-13: 9781643521916
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 22,152
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written more than 100 books translated in four languages. With over 11 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nation's most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at 
Jean Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish when she first went to Pennsylvania to visit her father-in-law’s family. Since that time, Jean has become friends with several Amish families and enjoys writing about their way of life. She also likes to put some of the simple practices followed by the Amish into her daily routine. Jean lives in Washington State with her husband, Richard Jr. and their three children, but takes every opportunity to visit Amish communities in several states.  In addition to writing, Jean enjoys boating, gardening, and spending time on the beach. Visit Jean's website at  
Richelle Brunstetter lives in the Pacific Northwest and developed a desire to write when she took creative writing in high school. After enrolling in college classes, her overall experience enticed her to become a writer, and she wants to implement what she’s learned into her stories. Just starting her writing career, her first published story appears in The Beloved Christmas Quilt beside her grandmother, Wanda E. Brunstetter, and her mother, Jean. Richelle enjoys traveling to different places, her favorite being Kauai, Hawaii.

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* * *

by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Berlin, Ohio

The tip of Anna Hostettler's pencil broke when she picked it up to write in her journal. She set it aside and grabbed another one. An ink pen would have worked better, but Anna preferred a pencil with an eraser. It gave her the freedom to delete anything she'd written or changed her mind about.

Like so many other days this past week, today has not been good. The temperature outside is soaring, and the humidity has become so thick I can barely breathe. While I was downstairs doing the laundry this morning, one of the cats got into the house and ate the bowl of cereal I'd left on the table. Then on the buggy ride home from the grocery store, my horse threw a shoe, and now I have a headache.

Anna lifted her pencil from the page and reread the words she'd written. Not a very positive journal entry.

She quickly erased every one of her sentences. I need to focus on something positive. Anna tapped her pencil against her chin. Let's see now. ... What good things have happened in my life today? Anna began writing again:

The whole-wheat bread I made this morning turned out nice and fluffy. When I went shopping after lunch, I saw my friend Margaret, and we had a nice talk. We decided to meet for lunch one day next week. I am certainly looking forward to that.

Anna kept adding to the list of good things that had happened until a knock on the door interrupted her journaling.

Rising from her chair, she went to answer it and found her widowed English neighbor, Lucy Perkins, standing on the porch, wearing a dour expression.

"Good afternoon, Lucy." Anna smiled. "How are you doing today?"

"I'd be fine if your cats would quit coming into my yard." A vein in the elderly woman's forehead protruded. "They've been digging around in my flower beds again, and I'm tired of it."

"I'm sorry, Lucy, but our cats are free to roam outside or in the barn. They help to keep the mice population down."

Lucy's steel-blue eyes narrowed. "Can't ya keep 'em in the house?"

"My husband, Amos, has an allergy to cat hair, and he'd never stand for them being in the house all the time." Anna thought about the incident this morning when their calico cat had snuck in. It was a good thing Amos wasn't home at the time.

"Humph!" Lucy's pointy chin jutted out.

"Have the cats damaged your plants or flowers?"

"Well, no, but they could." Lucy's face tightened as she crossed her skinny arms. "And another thing ... That noisy rooster of yours woke me up at the crack of dawn this morning with his boisterous cock-a-doodle-doing."

"I'm sorry, but it's normal for roosters to crow when the sun comes up." Anna shifted her weight, leaning against the doorjamb. I should probably invite her in, but I'm not in the mood to listen to any more of her complaints.

"Well, I can see that I'm not getting anywhere with you." Before Anna could respond, Lucy whirled around and stomped off the porch. As her neighbor strode out of the yard, Anna heard her mumble something about a barking dog, and that if people were going to have animals they should keep them under control. Surely she couldn't have meant their mixed-breed terrier. Little Trixie didn't bark that much — only when there was something to bark about — like the intrusion of an unwanted neighbor trying to ruin someone's day.

Now that Anna thought about it, Trixie, who'd been lying under the shade of the maple tree, hadn't even budged when Lucy came into the yard, much less done any barking.

Anna's skin tingled as perspiration formed on her upper lip. Why are some people so difficult to deal with? She'd often wondered why her finicky neighbor had chosen to live in the country if she didn't like farm animals and all of their noises. Sometimes, like now, Anna wished Lucy would sell her home and move somewhere else. If that time ever came, Anna's days would certainly be more peaceful.

* * * "How did your day go?" Amos asked when he returned home from his job at Keim Lumber in the village of Charm.

"It was busy." Anna frowned. "And somewhat frustrating."

"In what way?" Amos placed his lunch box on the kitchen counter.

"I was in the middle of writing a journal entry when our neighbor Lucy Perkins showed up." Anna opened her husband's lunch box and took out his empty Thermos. "And she didn't come over for a friendly visit."

"Uh-oh. Don't tell me. ... She came over to complain."

Anna nodded.

"What was it this time?"

She rinsed out the Thermos before responding. "Let's see now. ... Lucy's first complaint was about our cats."

"What about them?" Amos pulled out a chair and took a seat at the table.

"They were in her flower bed, and she was worried they might do some damage to her plants."

"How did you respond?"

Anna dried her hands and joined him at the table. "I said they are outdoor cats and we can't keep them inside because of your allergies."

"Did Lucy accept that explanation?"

"Not really. She also grumbled about our rooster crowing. Said his crowing woke her up at the crack of dawn."

Amos smiled. "Roosters do tend to crow when the sun comes up."

"I told her that, but it didn't get me anywhere. When Lucy left the yard, she was mumbling something about a dog barking and said if people were going to have animals they should keep them under control." Anna heaved a sigh. "I think Lucy enjoys fault-finding."

"Unfortunately, some folks are like that. Guess all we can do is pray for our neighbor, because she's obviously not a happy person."

"I suppose." Anna made no mention that she'd been hoping and even praying that her neighbor would move. It wasn't right to feel that way, but she couldn't seem to help herself.

Feeling the need to find a different topic, Anna asked Amos what he would like to have for supper.

"You know, I was thinking about asking if you'd like to go out for our evening meal." Amos reached over and placed his hand on her arm. "You work hard all week, and I think you deserve a night off from cooking."

Anna smiled. "Danki, Amos, it's thoughtful of you. Did you have a specific restaurant in mind?"

"How about the Farmstead restaurant? Since it's just a few miles from here, it won't take us long to get there."

"That sounds good to me. I'll go change into a clean dress, and then I'll be ready to go."

"And I need to take a shower." Amos sniffed his shirtsleeve. "Jah, after working all day, I definitely need to clean up."

* * *

Anna picked up a plate at the buffet station and was about to start down the line when she felt a nudge. She turned and was surprised to see her friend Katie behind her. "Guder owed. I didn't know you were going to be here tonight."

Katie smiled. "Good evening. I had no idea you'd be here either."

"Amos decided I should have a night off from cooking." Anna pointed at the table where her husband sat. "He ordered something from the menu, but I prefer to sample a few choices from the buffet."

Her friend chuckled. "Same here." She looked across the room. "Andrew's sitting with our little ones while I get my food, and when I return to the table it'll be his turn. We chose something from the menu that we know the kinner will eat."

Anna envied Katie and Andrew. They'd been married only four years and had been blessed with two children. Anna and Amos had been married five years and still had no children. She had miscarried twice and had come to accept the fact that they may never have any babies.

"Have you had a nice day?" Katie asked as they moved down the line and put food on their plates.

"For the most part it went well — at least till our persnickety neighbor came over to complain."

Katie tipped her head. "What was she unhappy about?"

Anna told her friend everything her neighbor had said, as well as her responses. Then she leaned closer to Katie and whispered, "It upsets me when Lucy complains like that, and I really wish she would move."

Katie opened her mouth as if she was going to say something, but instead she hurried along, putting chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans on her plate. "I'd better head over to my table now, Anna. I don't want to keep Andrew and the kinner waiting. I'll talk to you again soon."

"Oh, of course." Anna stepped aside so Katie could pass her and get through the rest of the line quicker.

I hope Katie didn't think I was gossiping, Anna thought. It just felt good to express my feelings about Lucy, and what I said was the truth, so how can that be gossip?

* * *

That night, before Anna got ready for bed, she went to the kitchen and took out her journal, prepared to write down a few things that had taken place during the remainder of her day.

"What are you doing?" Amos tapped her on the shoulder. "I thought we were going to read from the Bible, like we normally do before going to sleep."

"Oh yes. I didn't forget. Just wanted to write down a few more events of the day before I forgot what they were." Anna snickered. "I'm not getting any younger, you know."

"Jah, right. You're just an old lady of twenty-six years." Amos rolled his eyes. "I'll go get the Biewel now."

While her husband went to the living room to get his Bible, Anna scrawled a few things down in her journal:

Amos and I ate supper at the Farmstead restaurant this evening. I saw Katie and told her about Lucy coming over to see me today. I bet she's glad she doesn't have a neighbor who complains about everything.

Anna set her pencil aside a few seconds before Amos returned to the kitchen. "I'm finished writing in my journal, so you can go ahead and read a passage of scripture if you'd like." She smiled up at him.

Amos pulled out a chair next to her and opened the Bible. "I'll be reading from Proverbs chapter 11 tonight."

Anna listened as he read the first twelve verses. When he came to verse 13, Anna's conscience pricked her. "'A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.'"

The words Amos quoted about being a talebearer stuck with Anna, even as he read all the way to the end of the chapter. Did he choose this particular passage to read because he suspected I was being a gossip this evening?

When Amos closed the Bible and bowed his head, Anna did the same. At the restaurant, she had talked to Katie about her neighbor, which was gossiping, even though the things she had said were true.

Maybe that's why Katie didn't say much in response to what I told her. Quite likely she thought I was wrong for talking about my neighbor behind her back. I need to get control of my tongue, Anna told herself. Lord, help me to remember not to gossip about Lucy anymore. From now on, I'll just try to ignore my cranky neighbor.

She opened her eyes. In fact, I'll do my best to avoid talking to her at all. If Lucy comes over to the house, it might be best if I don't open the door.

* * *

The following day, while Anna was baking a batch of cookies, she looked out the window and saw Lucy out in her yard. From what Anna could tell, her neighbor seemed to be chasing something, as she ran about the yard, alternating between shaking her finger and clapping her hands.

I'll bet one of our katze is in her yard and she's trying to get it out. Anna rolled some ginger-spiced dough into a ball and placed it on a greased cookie sheet. Think I'll go outside for a closer look.

Anna placed the baking sheet in the oven, set the timer, and went out the back door. It shouldn't take long to find out what was going on in her neighbor's yard, so she ought to be back in the house in plenty of time to get the cookies out.

So as not to look obvious, Anna picked up the garden hose and began watering her tomato plants. This area of the vegetable garden was closest to the fence and gave her the best vantage into her neighbor's backyard.

"Out with you! Get out of my yard, you pesky cats!" Lucy hollered. The sound of the elderly woman's clapping could be heard all the way into Anna's yard.

Anna cringed. They had to be her cats, because she saw no sign of them in her own yard. For that matter, Anna hadn't seen any cats in the barn when she'd gone there this morning to tell Amos that breakfast was ready.

Should I go over to Lucy's and see if it's our cats she's chasing, or just let it go? Anna bit the inside of her cheek. If I go over there, Lucy will start complaining again. No, I'd better leave well enough alone. If she keeps hollering at the katze, they'll eventually come home.

Anna felt something cold and damp. When she looked down she realized she'd been watering her foot instead of the tomato plants. Guess that's what I get for being a nosy neighbor.

Anna pointed the nozzle at the plants and stood there until they were good and soaked. She was about to turn off the hose when Lucy shouted from across the fence: "Okay, you mangy cats, now get out of my yard!" Anna chose to ignore the outburst and didn't even look her neighbor's way. Instead, she turned off the hose and went back inside.

When she entered the kitchen, Anna smelled smoke. "Ach, my kichlin!" She grabbed a potholder and pulled open the oven door. Every one of her ginger cookies was burned to a crisp.

She glanced at the timer and saw right away that it had already gone off. How long ago, she couldn't be sure. But one thing was certain — this batch of cookies was ruined. They weren't even fit to feed the hogs.

"Guess that's what I get for going outside to spy on the neighbor," Anna muttered. "Well, at least the first two batches of cookies I made this morning turned out okay. At least I'll have some to give Amos when he gets home from helping his brother put a new roof on his house."

Anna turned off the oven and set the burned cookies on a rack until they were cool enough to throw in the garbage can. Then she glanced out the window and spotted two of their cats leaping over the fence and into the yard. She bit back a chuckle. "Guess they got tired of Lucy shouting at them. I wish she understood that cats like to roam and there's nothing I can really do to keep them here."

* * *

"How'd it go at your brother's place today?" Anna asked when Amos arrived home in time for supper.

"It went well, but I'm tired and hungry." He sniffed the air. "What's that good smell?"

"I made your favorite — fried chicken." She motioned to the stove. "Since I wasn't sure what time you'd get here, I put the chicken in the oven to stay warm."

"Yum." Amos smacked his lips as he took a seat. "And what's the plan for dessert?"

Anna dropped her gaze. "I baked some ginger cookies today, but lost an entire dozen when they burned."

"I'm surprised. It's not like you to burn anything you're cooking or baking."

"Well, I did today."

"What happened?"

Anna explained, frowning as she finished telling him about the incident with the hose while watching the neighbor chase after the cats.

Wearing a thoughtful expression, Amos stroked his beard. "If it happens again, I'll go over there and ask if the cats have done any damage to her property and offer to pay for it if they have."

Anna shrugged her shoulders. "It's up to you, but when I talked to Lucy the other day, she said none of her plants had been damaged. I think she's not satisfied unless she finds something to complain about." Anna rose from her chair. "Why don't you clean up while I get a vegetable cooking to go with the chicken? By the time you're done, supper should be ready."

"Okay, sounds good." Amos got up and came around the table to give her a kiss. "I can hardly wait to sink my teeth into that chicken."

* * *

"There's such a difference in the weather today." Amos pointed out the front of their open buggy at the clear blue sky. "The temperature's mild compared to a few days ago, and there's hardly any humidity at all."

"Jah, it's a pleasant change. It'll make it a lot easier to sit through three hours of church today too." Anna fiddled with the ties of her outer bonnet, making sure they hadn't come loose. One time when they were traveling in their open buggy, the horse had decided to go faster than usual, and her bonnet had fallen off.

"Daniel Schrock's woodshop has good ventilation. I'm sure we'll all be comfortable."

"I hope so. Remember two weeks ago when Aaron Troyer fell asleep and almost fell off the wooden bench he sat upon?"

Amos smiled. "If his brother, Melvin, hadn't caught hold of his arm, poor Aaron likely would have hit the floor."

"If he had, I bet our bishop would have kept right on preaching."

Amos chuckled. "You could be right."

They rode along quietly for a while, until Daniel's place came into view. While Amos got the horse unhitched from the buggy, Anna went to visit some of the women who had gathered outside the woodshop. The first person she spotted was her friend Katie.

After greeting the other women there with a handshake, Anna turned to greet Katie in the same way. This was a common practice before their church service, with the men greeting the men, and the women welcoming the other women in attendance.

"How are things going with you and your neighbor?" Katie asked.


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Table of Contents

Simple Actions by Wanda E. Brunstetter,
Love Isn't Painless by Richelle Brunstetter,
Cardinal at the Window by Wanda E. Brunstetter,
Unexpected Joy by Wanda E. Brunstetter,
Nina's Struggle by Richelle Brunstetter,
Tranquility by Wanda E. Brunstetter,
Miriam's Care by Jean Brunstetter,
Laura's Choice by Wanda E. Brunstetter,
A Change of Heart by Wanda E. Brunstetter,
Kari's Joy by Jean Brunstetter,
Taunted by Wanda E. Brunstetter,
Pam's Friend by Jean Brunstetter,
Hiding Place by Wanda E. Brunstetter,
Betty's Dog by Jean Brunstetter,
Receive with Meekness by Richelle Brunstetter,
The Beautiful Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter,
Breaking Down by Richelle Brunstetter,
Tempted by Wanda E. Brunstetter,

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Amish Front Porch Stories: 18 Short Tales of Simple Faith and Wisdom 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Virginiaw 19 hours ago
Everyone of these 18 short stories was fantastic. They each taught a good lesson in just a few pages. Some of these stories made me cry and some made me laugh. I did not want to put the book down because I loved each story and all the characters. These are very inspirational. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
ksucindy 1 days ago
Don't have time to read a full length novel? Grab a copy of Amish Front Porch Stories and enjoy these 18 short stories at your own pace. Each story is heartfelt and can be identified with at some point in our lives. A beautiful lesson on developing the Fruits of the Spirit in our lives that doesn't feel like a lesson. Just fun and enjoyable. You'll be cheering for the Amish women in these stories as they face their life challenges and wish you could stay a little longer to share a cup of tea on the front porch with them. All three Brunstetters have done an excellent job with these stories. I have a favorite one, perhaps you will too. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
ksucindy 1 days ago
Don't have time to read a full length novel? Grab a copy of Amish Front Porch Stories and enjoy these 18 short stories at your own pace. Each story is heartfelt and can be identified with at some point in our lives. A beautiful lesson on developing the Fruits of the Spirit in our lives that doesn't feel like a lesson. Just fun and enjoyable. You'll be cheering for the Amish women in these stories as they face their life challenges and wish you could stay a little longer to share a cup of tea on the front porch with them. All three Brunstetters have done an excellent job with these stories. I have a favorite one, perhaps you will too. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Wanda_M 1 days ago
Great plot lines! Amazing characters! Ready to travel to another place? Another time? Meet new interesting people? Welcome into your heart these interesting stories, AMISH FRONT PORCH STORIES, by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, and Richelle Brunstetter. These wonderful stories kept my mind busy as I read all 18 of them. And at the end of each of these stories you will also find an amazing verse from the bible that goes right along with these great stories of faith and wisdom. It was like I was there, sitting on that front porch with these characters as they told their stories. Each story opened in fascination, and as my interest grew, so did the intrigue. Some stories had deeper problems than others, but they were all exciting to read. And the characters were all easy to like; especially when it came to meekness, in the story titled, "The Beautiful Quilt."That one showed so much sadness and disappointment. A wonderful collection of stories that will not only touch your heart and make you feel all warm inside, but will take you on special journeys and fulfill your day. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Mama_Cat 1 days ago
This is a thoughtful, encouraging collection of eighteen short stories of Amish people living in various states. Each is a standalone story. There are two stories for each fruit of the Spirit that present characters re-learning about the fruit in a gentle, manner. I found each to be compelling even if at times convicting! They are also the perfect length to read during a lunch break or time of devotions and include at least one corresponding scripture. The families in each story are facing different circumstances that are part of many people’s lives. Whether or not I was in that specific situation, I could have empathy with the primary character even while seeing myself and my behaviors. From mothers overwhelmed with children, to a wife grieving her childless state, one grieving the death of her husband, to a teen in her “running around” years, I enjoyed not only seeing more of Amish life and faith. My personal favorite is Betty’s Dog, a reminder of my own experience when an indoor cat got out and was gone for weeks. One that especially spoke to me was Breaking Down, about the root of a controlling mindset and what Proverbs says about having lack of self-control. While it was convicting, it is also a blessing to see that it can be changed through the Lord’s help. As in most short stories, resolutions seem to come quickly compared to the misbehavior, so I missed seeing each person’s growth over time. Each story, however, includes all the necessary elements to show how prayer, studying and meditating on scripture, and help from our loved ones can lead us toward our goal of allowing the fruit of the Spirit to be seen in our lives. Wanda Brunstetter, her daughter-in-law, and granddaughter write the stories in this collection. They include Amish faith and heritage in their unique styles, with delightful characters who have the same flaws every Christian does. We learn more about the Amish and how their faith in the Lord directs their daily lives and lifestyles. These short stories are well worth reading and re-reading and sharing with others. I highly recommend this to fans of the author and of Amish Christian writings, those who like short stories of encouragement and faith, and anyone who has challenges with reflecting the fruit of the Spirit in daily lives. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
KayeBee 1 days ago
I have just read these eighteen delightful short stories by the lovely Brunstetter ladies. Based on the Fruits of the Spirit, the narratives involve both Amish and Englisch. Some people exemplify the good character traits, whereas others have difficult lessons to learn about behavior and attitudes. I like the variety of sixteen different towns in eight different states, in diverse family situations, and the inclusion of appropriate scripture verses. Having a book of intriguing short stories is especially useful when a reader has short periods of time to read. I highly recommend Amish Front Porch Stories by Wanda E., Jean, and Richelle Brunstetter. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
vics49548 3 days ago
A compilation of 18 short stories, the characters go through everyday struggles, some more difficult than others. But through it all we are reminded that God loves us and walks with us. The fruits of the spirit, found in the book of Galatians, are the topics for each section in the book. Remember that these are short stories, not even novella length so the authors don’t go into deep detail. But it’s a great book to pick up if you only have a few minutes to read. With scripture threaded throughout each story, you’ll come away with much to contemplate. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
Janet55 4 days ago
In my best southern accent, oh my goodness yall this is the sweetest book with stories that will deeply touch your heart and soul. Each story deals with a different Amish lady from different commumities and their families. Surrounding themselves with what we as English people see as quiet and serene the reader will learn that Amish folk have the same issues we have from being lonely to depression, sadness to happiness. We learn how to deal with a neighbor who is overbearing, having a house full of children and not enough hours in the day to get done all the things we feel we need to do, to having a meek personality. This wonderful book deals with the Fruits of the Spirit beautifully. Scripture verses are abundant and will give the reader a resource to turn to when we face these same situations. Definitely have a pen and a notebook close by because you will want to jot down and look up the bible verses and remember them. True to her writing style Wanda along with her daughter Jean and granddaughter Richelle have written a treasure trove of all that is good and right in this world. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
Anonymous 7 days ago
I feel this book was well named Amish Front Page Stories, because this book is perfect for doing just that-sitting on the porch, relaxing taking some time out. Easy to put down and no real need to hurry back to see what's next. Although the stories all do tell a tale and are interesting to read. I felt some of the stories were more fill-ins then plots, however some were written by Wanda's kin so to speak and will in time become authors who will be able to make the stories come to life without such long details, such as many sentences to discribe making a cup of tea. They deal with the Bible's fruits of the spirit, all nine of them, taking them one at a time. The stories show how the people in the plot were lacking and how they should get it back through prayer and Bible reading. I did enjoy that as we all could use more prayer and reading the Bible daily is to me a must. I was pleased to get a chance to read this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
knit4snow 7 days ago
This book did not disappoint. Each story has a lesson on how to deal with life and certain situations thru the Fruits of the Spirit. Nice quick read. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
DebbieCossey1 7 days ago
This is a book with 18 short stories filled with, love, faith, joy, peace, patience and other Fruits of the Spirit. Each one strengthening and encouraging us as we go through our days. I enjoyed the book very much and I recommend it to all. I received a complementary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review
SusanS 8 days ago
This book is a collection of short stories by the Brunstetters. Each story is about the length of a short chapter of a novel, but the stories are unrelated. Wanda E Brunstetter is one of my favorite authors, so when I received the book I jumped right in to the first page of the first story. The story was ok, but I didn’t feel it was as developed as I am used to for something written by a Brunstetter. So I read the next story. Also ok, but I had expected better. I determined right then this book would get no more than three stars. The next day as I prepared to write my review I realized I had made several mistakes. First I was judging these stories by the same criteria as I would use for a full length book. These are stories, not a book, not a novella, but stories. The title clearly states they are stories. Front porch stories won’t take hours to tell. When sitting on the front porch of our family in Georgia, we heard plenty of stories. Most stories took anywhere from five to fifteen minutes to tell. Second, I had not taken time to look at any of the pages before the first story, or I would have seen a table of contents breaking the stories into categories such as love, gentleness and temperance. These stories came with a message. Looking at the book with new eyes, I am changing my rating to a four. There are times when I desperately need to read but only have a short time available. This book fits exactly for that purpose. Sometimes I need something short to read at a bedside of a loved one. This works perfectly. Whatever the reason, this book is exactly what the title suggests, short stories you might share with a friend written by authors you can trust. I recommend this book for those reasons. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
TerriMcNabb 8 days ago
There's something about winter and short stories that just "gets me". And when it's a Brunstetter book, it's a double win! 18 of these timeless beauties will certainly keep you entertained. Charming stories of faith and wisdom to carry you through the season. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I know you all will to! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
RGNHALL 9 days ago
5 Stars: 5/5 stars If you're looking for a book you can read in short spurts, this one is perfect! Or of course, you can just read it all in one sitting, if you have time and just can't put it down. The book is filled with lots of heartwarming Amish stories sure to give you a warm, fuzzy feeling as you read. Readers won't be disappointed! I received a digital version of this book from netgalley and Shiloh Run Press in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
annelr 9 days ago
Amish Front Porch Stories is a collection of charming stories written by three generations of Brunstetters, Wanda, her daughter-in-law, Jean, and Wanda's granddaughter, Richelle. These 18 short stories are centered around the Fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians in the Bible. There are 2 stories for each of the characteristics, including meekness, joy, faith, and peace and five others. Readers meet characters who are struggling with pride, depression, anger, challenges for a care-giver, cranky neighbors, and pesky animals such as lost dogs, escape artist horses and mischievous goats. Each of the stories has relatable and realistic situations that resonate well with the reader. Amish Front Porch Stories is a book that readers who love quick reads, Amish stories and Christian fiction will not want to miss. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions are my own.
Sbargo 11 days ago
Amish Front Porch Stories by Wanda, Jean, and Richelle Brunstetter What a delightful book! Eighteen faith-based stories highlighting the fruits of the Spirit. Will Anna learn to get along with her neighbor? Will Charles the widower find true love? What will happen to Esther, the mother of seven children, or Susanna, the grieving daughter? These stories, along with many more, are filled with life lessons demonstrated by our Amish friends. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and “I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”
BookReviewerTG 11 days ago
Front porches are known to be a place where people, especially women, sit and visit. Front porches are known to be places where one can rest and catch a breath from a weary day. Amish people seem to have huge and lovely front porches with those lovely rocking chairs just waiting for people to sit and let the weary world revolve around them. Wanda Brunstetter, her daughter-in-law and her granddaughter have combined their writing skills and have written 18 lovely and heart warming stories about Amish life. These stories are short and can be read in a short time, one story at a time. Great for those of us who don't have time to read a novel but like to read a story with an ending. The stories revolve around Anna, Laura and Nora and tells their stories. With other women involved and telling their stories. A fantastic book which also makes a great gift for the reader on your list. *This book wa provided for review by The Clippity Clop Club*
sgreene01 12 days ago
This collection of 18 Amish stories, compiled by Wanda, Jean, and Richelle Brustetter, makes for great relaxing reading. Following the tradition of all Brunstetter books, each story relays a situation where the main character endures a situation making them realize they need to lean on God, family, their Amish traditions, and the learning of how the fruits of the spirit is to be applied to their life. I highly recommend this book for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time to invest in reading a long novel, but still enjoys the Amish genre. Each story is a quick read and very enjoyable. I received this book from Barbour Publishing and Netgalley and was under no obligation to submit a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Mar-J 12 days ago
Amish Front Porch Stories: 18 Short Tales of Simple Faith and Wisdom is a wonderful collection of short stories that are based upon the Fruit of the Spirit. Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter and Richelle Brunstetter teamed up to create this uplifting collection. Each story is filled with a mother or young girl that is struggling with an issue from lacking faith to being short tempered. The stories are easy to read with each character coming to realize they needed to trust, pray and let God take care of the issue. Couple of my favorites Cardinal by the Window where Esther found joy among the antics of her children and Betty’s Dog with 10 year old Betty’s faith. Each tale includes a scripture verse at the end that relates to the character, along with family, faith, love and community. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
amybooksy 12 days ago
Amish Front Porch Stories is a collection of 18 heartwarming tales. These tales are written by Wanda E Brunstetter, Richelle Brunstetter, and Jean Brunstetter. I loved every one of them. Each one is only 30-40 pages long and easy to follow and read. I am giving this inspiring collection five plus stars.
Soupersally 12 days ago
Amish Front Porch Stories is a perfect name for these 18 wonderful short tales by Wanda, Jean & Richelle Brunstetter. As I read each story I found wisdom as well as one of the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, long-suffering (patience), gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. Each of these headings had 2 stories. I wish I had a porch like the adorable book cover! This is a clean Amish book that deals with some serious issues such as infertility and pride. Also I found it to be spiritually uplifting from the biblical message without being forced. I've been a fan of Wanda Brunstetter from her start and now reading her daughter-in-law and granddaughter's writings I'm thoroughly enjoying all three! This book is perfect for taking a book wherever I go: to the store, medical appointments, anywhere!
Sandra0808 12 days ago
This collection of Amish short stories provides short bursts of inspiration, faith, friendship, and hope. Written by Wanda, Jean, and Richelle Brunstetter, each story offers relatable tales that deal with tough issues such as postpartum depression, the loss of a parent, loneliness, forgiveness etc. I enjoyed reading several stories each night to unwind after a long day at work. After each reading, I felt more calm, compassionate, and grateful. The details and descriptions about Amish life really breathe life into the writing and the authors provide a nice scripture to accompany each story. For the sheer enjoyability of these stories, I would rate it 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
SunnieReviews 13 days ago
I really enjoyed the peaceful and sweet stories by this writing trio. This book contains 18 stories which all seem to teach a life's lesson. The stories include different topics, including depression and overcoming. It talks about life's hardships, joys and sorrows. The stories were obviously short but all told a wonderful theme with life's various happy and not so happy moments. It seems that the other characters in the stories often share some good advice and help to others. I enjoyed these suggestions and ideas. Good book to make you think about things! I enjoyed this book and even the cover is pleasant and enjoyable to see on the bookshelf.. I recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a review.
sandralb 13 days ago
Wanda Brunstetter is my favorite Amish Story teller. I have read lots and lots of her stories. This collection to me was a bonus. It includes not only Wanda but Jean and Richelle Brunstetter. When you chose a Brunstetter book you know it will be a wholesome book with wonderful life lessons. Amish Front Porch Stories is a collection of 18 different situations and how the ladies involved dealt with them. If you need to be reminded of where our hope comes from, you can pick up this collection and read a story in less than an hour. My favorite part was reading one or two at the end of the day. I would recommend this collection to anyone who likes Amish stories. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
delsiek51 13 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the 18 Amish Front Porch short stories. I will admit that I enjoyed some stories more than others, but all taught a lesson in attitudes. I appreciated that the solution to every trial or problem was Jesus, making a difference in how life is lived. A decision was made to no longer live in selfishness, sorrow or wallowing in self pity and anger. Each story dealt with a fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. These were great learning moments as you became involved in each story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.