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.
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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
Family Tree 17
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
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
Why I Am (Still!) a Mennonite 269
The Author 271
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Out of a tradition created and controlled by HIStory, Shirley Showalter tells us HERstory—a personal and spiritual memoir of growing up Mennonite in a rural area outside Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It’s an authentic story of Showalter’s formative years and personal journey to discover the value of education, the beauty of language, the unifying strength in song, and the power of love. A gifted storyteller, Showalter carefully selects the unique events in her life that most resonate with universal coming-of-age experiences, balancing the joys and sorrows with wisdom and humor. Showalter was one of my favorite professors at Goshen College before she went on to become the first (and so far only) woman president of Goshen College. After finishing Blush this morning, I had the great fortune of hearing Showalter deliver an inspiring address in a packed auditorium at my alma mater this afternoon (and getting my copy of the book signed). Hearing her read from the book made me wish that Herald Press would release an audiobook of Blush, read by the author.