Has anyone else noticed the trend in Amish books in the Christian fiction world? They’re everywhere. Why is that, do you suppose?
I wonder if it’s a reaction to the state of the world today? Faced with a constant barrage of information, (most of it disappointing, frightening, confusing, or downright disgusting), the idea of leaving the constant emails, phone calls, updates, interruptions—even my beloved Twitters—behind for a simpler life does have some appeal. I daresay the thought of a closed community has some of the charm for modern Christian women that the cloister did for our medieval sisters.
Or is it that we can’t imagine finding a godly man whose moral standards line up with scripture in ‘regular’ society? (Lord knows they seem to be few and far between.) Therefore we’re forced to look outside our peer group to find a believable hero.
I don’t have anything against Amish fiction, you understand. I’ve read several and enjoyed them. (Particularly Colleen Coble’s Anathema—but then, anything by Colleen is well worth reading.) I just wonder what their popularity says about us.
Or maybe it’s just good escapist reading about an interesting group of people and I’m thinking about this way too hard.
P.S. Personally, I don’t think I could handle the Amish lifestyle–I’m way too fond of my stand mixer. Sad, but true.