If you watched the video above, you'll see me - Kevin Williams - editor and creator of the syndicated Amish Cook column (penned by Lovina Eicher) along with various scenes from Amish settlements I've visted through the years. I hope you enjoy the photo montage, I think the pictures really capture the pastoral simplicity found in many Amish communities.
The Amish Appeal is a combination romance and legal novel, which I would also like to turn into a film. The story centers on the experiences of Abe Schwartz, a 24-year-old Amish man who is still sorting through his beliefs and goals in life. The Amish Appeal follows what happens when Abe encounters 27-year-old Paige Roberts, a vivacious, beautiful and brainy attorney from Chicago who stumbles upon his farm.
The Amish Appeal follows Abe's journey as he finds himself caught between the deeply held beliefs of his faith and the more ambiguous rules of the rest of the world. During this journey Abe is forced to choose between pacifism and practicality, between the strict rules of religion and the gray areas of compromise. Adding to the complications are the desires of the heart as Abe finds himself increasingly attracted to Paige who lives in a very different world. Abe attempts to find a common ground between the two.
The Amish Appeal is my first attempt at fiction. As the editor and creator of The Amish Cook column I am always seeking new platforms to share my knowledge about plain culture. I thought a fiction book would be a fun way to do this. I'd like to raise enough money to shepherd this novel through the publishing process either with a traditional publishing house or by self-publishing. Either route requires some up-front expense, and laying the ground work for a film is even more costly. If we go above and beyond the pledged goal that simply strengthens The Amish Cook column and brand.
The column is celebrating its 20th year in July, one of the few independent syndicated columns left in a business that is almost unrecognizable from when it began. The weekly newspaper column, which can be read at www.amishcookonline.com is a needed dose of simplicity in an increasingly crazy world. Thanks in advance for your enthusiasm for The Amish Appeal.
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