Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World
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"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."-- "Reviews"