by Shirley Showalter

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780836196269
Publisher: MennoMedia
Publication date: 09/19/2013
Edition description: First edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 860,526
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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Blush 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
socraticparenting More than 1 year ago
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.