Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World


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$15.99  $14.87
Herald Press (VA)
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5.51 X 8.47 X 0.66 inches | 0.84 pounds

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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.


"Not since Kathleen Norris's Dakota: A Spiritual Geography have I read a more beautifully written or movingly told story, one whose minute particulars become a portal into universal significance. I promise: you will be transported."

--Bill Moyers "Reviews"

"Recalled with fairness and wit, this tale of growing up after World War II shows how Mennonite life in Dutch Country--and all of America--changed."

--Julia Spicher Kasdorf "Reviews"

"Shirley Showalter tells a compelling story of spiritual and cultural formation. Hers is a delicate dance between the tug of the outside world and the restraints of her birthright community."

--Donald B. Kraybill "Reviews"

"Whether she is wearing her new letter jacket or biting a worm in two on a dare from her father, the young Shirley will win your affection."

--Ann Hostetler "Reviews"

"Shirley Showalter is both a thoughtful historian and a balanced, inner journalist. She affirms--with detail, honesty, and humility--the need to break our own trail while honoring tradition."

--Mark Nepo "Reviews"

"Showalter's portrait of this extraordinary little girl who wants to be 'big' will captivate and enchant readers of all generations."

--Hildi Froese Tiessen "Reviews"

"This memoir provides an authentic rendition of a plain Mennonite girlhood, so rich in sensory details that it magically transports us into that world."

--Saloma Miller Furlong "Reviews"

"Shirley's stories resonate powerfully with the tension we all live with--between our own aspirations and the expectations of others. You must read this book, and when you do, hang onto your hats and prayer coverings!"

--Tom Beech "Reviews"

"She's a smart, sweetly blushing, baseball-loving, convertible-driving, taking-on-the-bishop kind of girl who delights and inspires."

--Dora Dueck "Reviews"

"Blush is a collection of memories by a woman born with a knack for flirting with boundaries."

--Suzanne Woods Fisher "Reviews"

"With spunk, candor, authentic color, and page-turning style, Shirley Showalter takes us into a girl's experience of the threshold between tradition and cultural shift."

--John L. Ruth "Reviews"

"Like a blush, Showalter's engaging story deepens and intensifies as we discover that there is no such thing as a small life."

--Joanne V. Gabbin "Reviews"

"Shirley Showalter drew me in with the very first lines of her introduction--an audacious confession that sounds the depth of her endeavor."

--Ervin R. Stutzman "Reviews"

"Reading Blush is like eating the most delicious hot apple pie served with something tart, fresh, and zingy. Read it to be inspired by a brave woman willing to find her own voice."

--Jennifer Louden "Reviews"

"To read Shirley Showalter's beautifully written memoir is like stepping into a childhood as far from mine as the moon. Her story is one I longed for my whole life."

--Darrelyn Saloom "Reviews"

"The author-memoirist describes growing up Mennonite; her story affords glimpses into this religion's traditions and rituals. This memoir will interest readers who want to learn about growing up Mennonite."

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