Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World

Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World

by Shirley Showalter
Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World

Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World

by Shirley Showalter

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"I promise: you will be transported," says Bill Moyers of this memoir. Part Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, part Growing Up Amish, and part Little House on the Prairie, this book evokes a lost time, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, when a sheltered little girl named after Shirley Temple entered a family and church caught up in the midst of the cultural changes of the 1950's and ‘60's. With gentle humor and clear-eyed affection the author, who grew up to become a college president, tells the story of her first encounters with the "glittering world" and her desire for "fancy" forbidden things she could see but not touch. The reader enters a plain Mennonite Church building, walks through the meadow, makes sweet and sour feasts in the kitchen and watches the little girl grow up. Along the way, five other children enter the family, one baby sister dies, the family moves to the "home place." The major decisions, whether to join the church, and whether to leave home and become the first person in her family to attend college, will have the reader rooting for the girl to break a new path. In the tradition of Jill Ker Conway's The Road to Coorain, this book details the formation of a future leader who does not yet know she's being prepared to stand up to power and to find her own voice. The book contains many illustrations and resources, including recipes, a map, and an epilogue about why the author is still Mennonite. Topics covered include the death of a child, Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, the role of bishops in the Mennonite church, the paradoxes of plain life (including fancy cars and the practice of growing tobacco). The drama of passing on the family farm and Mennonite romance and courtship, as the author prepares to leave home for college, create the final challenges of the book.272 Pages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780836196269
Publisher: MennoMedia
Publication date: 09/19/2013
Edition description: First edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Shirley Hershey Showalter grew up in a Mennonite farm family and went on to become the president of Goshen (Indiana) College and a foundation executive at The Fetzer Institute. She is now a writer, speaker, blogger, and consultant living in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Foreword Parker J. Palmer 9

Introduction 13

Map 16

Family Tree 17

Act I

Chapter 1 Mother's Dream 19

Chapter 2 Daddy's Dream 31

Chapter 3 A Twinkle in Their Eyes 37

Chapter 4 A Magical Childhood 45

Chapter 5 Fresh Air 61

Act II

Chapter 6 From Magic to Mystery: Entering School 71

Chapter 7 A Scream in the Night 77

Chapter 8 Seven Sweets and Seven Sours 83

Chapter 9 Mennonite Cooking in the Betty Crocker Era 93

Chapter 10 Feeling Small in School 103

Chapter 11 Getting Saved 119

Chapter 12 Magic in Manheim 131


Chapter 13 Rosy Cheeks 141

Chapter 14 The Home Place 147

Chapter 15 Dueling with Daddy 159

Chapter 16 Mennonite in a Little Black Convertible 175

Chapter 17 Standing Up to the Bishop 187

Chapter 18 Courtship and the Farmer's Daughter 211

Chapter 19 Leaving Home 233

Epilogue: After the Glitter, the Gold 247

Acknowledgments 251

Glossary 255

Recipes 261

Why I Am (Still!) a Mennonite 269

The Author 271

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