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Beverly Lewis
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Rose Kauffman is engaged to Silas Good, a well-liked Amish fellow, so why does she still pine for Nick Franco, the former foster son of the bishop? Especially now that Nick has left the Amish community under a cloud of suspicion after the death of the bishop's biological son? Will Rose marry Silas, even while struggling with romantic feelings for Nick?

Meanwhile, Rose's older sister, Hen, has returned to live at her parents' farm with her young daughter. Hen and her modern husband, Brandon, are separated by mutual agreement, although he is threatening to sue for custody of their daughter if Hen does not return soon. Will the judge rule in Brandon's favor? Is there any way Hen can reestablish her place among the People without sacrificing her marriage?

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Beverly LewisBeverly Lewis has written over 90 books for children, youth, and adults, many of which have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today and The New York Times.  The Brethren won a 2007 Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Beverly Lewis' series include Seasons of Grace Series, The Courtship of Nellie Fisher Series, The Annie's People Series, Abram's Daughters Series, The Heritage of Lancaster County, several "stand-alone" novels, and her newest adult series, Rose Trilogy. Her children's series include Holly's Heart Series, SummerHill Secrets Vols. 1 & 2, Girls Only! Series, and the highly acclaimed, Cul-de-Sac Kids Series.

Favorite Verse:(NIV) Matthew 5:16 - "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."



 Our Interview with Beverly Lewis


How did you become involved in the Old Order Amish Community?

I was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and grew up near Amish farmland. My father was a local pastor (non-Amish) and had many friends among the Old Order Amish community. He was a spiritual magnet for “seeker” Amish, especially, and I remember sitting around the long table in their farmhouses as a little girl, hearing my father impart the plan of salvation as well as discuss the fruit of the Spirit to their hungry hearts. Also, due to my mother’s Old Mennonite heritage, the doors were always wide open to Plain folk in the Lancaster area—Dunkards, Brethren, Amish, and Mennonites. My father was highly respected in the community of the Plain.

My maternal grandmother was shunned at the age of eighteen when she received Christ and married a Bible college student, who’d also left the Mennonite faith.

Later, after Dave and I were married, we lived with two different Amish families in Lancaster County, during two separate summers, while I conducted the research for my first Amish-related novels for teen girls, THE SUMMERHILL SECRETS series, and later, The Shunning (THE HERITAGE OF LANCASTER COUNTY series) for adults.

How did you come up with the concept for The Judgment?

For several years, I’ve wanted to write a series involving two Amish sisters—diametrically opposed to each other, yet best friends. Rose and Hen are close sisters, but one is staunchly in the Amish church, while the other is married to a worldly outsider.

Do you have a favorite character in The Judgment ? Why?

The sisters, Rose and Hen, intrigue me. Rose, because she is the epitome of caring unconditionally for someone considered unlovely or an outsider. She demonstrates God’s love for the lost. And Hen, because she is so like the prodigal—each of us—before we fully embrace the remarkable grace and mercy of God.

How much research did The Judgment require?
The research for this book/series is a result of having lived around the Amish and learned to understand their sometimes misunderstood ways, their perceptions, their all-consuming approach to the dimensions of Gelassenheit—submission (yielding) to the community and the chain of command—as well as all of the nuances of their cloistered culture and thought processes, for the first seventeen years of my life, and ongoing.

For this particular novel, and its prequel, The Thorn, I spent time visiting Amish friends, as well as walking the back roads southeast of Quarryville, and especially Salem Road and the surrounding setting for THE ROSE TRIOLOGY, in late October 2009, and then the following January 2010, in the dead of winter. In April 2010, I took one of my editors, as well as my fiction marketing manager, on a tour of the entire area, gleaning even more regional/setting information. We also made new friends among the Amish in both Paradise and Quarryville at that latter time.


What is the most interesting fact you learned while researching and writing The Judgment?

The aspect of (and reasons for) the “silencing” of an Amish preacher or bishop, which involves removing a highly respected “man of God” who was appointed by the Lord, by the drawing of lots, from his ministerial duties.

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

The greatest challenges come from living in my own skin. I have the tendency to want to outdo myself with each new book. I’m a perfectionist, a constant re-writer. I compete wholeheartedly with myself.
Many times, it’s hard for me to let go of the manuscript and send it off to my editors. I’m still learning to trust my God-given instincts (and my editors) regarding that!

I also believe that we, as Christians, must strive to be the best at whatever we’re doing for God, whether writing a book, leading worship at church, or doing street evangelism … whatever the Lord has called us to do.

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy most?

I have great passion for creating fictional characters. It’s like giving birth, in some larger sense.
It is also incredibly heartening to hear from readers that something in my story has radically changed their way of thinking, spiritually, or that they’ve been greatly encouraged in their walk with Christ.

What clubs or organizations are you involved with that help in your writing?

The National League of American Pen Women
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Also, for many years, I belonged to various critique groups associated with the Colorado Christian Writers (one of which I started), as well as a professional critique group associated with the NLAPW here locally.

What new projects are on the horizon?

My nonfiction book Amish Prayers releases in early April 2011 along with The Judgment (April 5).
The movie edition (book release) of The Shunning (coming early April), with beautiful stills from the movie Beverly Lewis’s The Shunning (on the Hallmark Channel, airing April 16)
Book Three of THE ROSE TRILOGY releases on September 7.
A new four-book series set in Lancaster County Amish country, coming spring 2012.

What message would you like your readers to take from reading The Judgment?

THE ROSE TRILOGY prompts several important life-questions: When we make unwise choices, how do we make amends? How do we cling to what we believe is right when our family or spouse disagrees? And how do we embrace Christ’s command to “love our enemies” in a daily and practical way?

I pray that my readers will find a wellspring of inspiration as well as wholesome entertainment in THE ROSE TRILOGY and encouragement to embrace the goodness and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. No matter what struggles they may face or what sins have been committed, the Lord promises to forgive and restore. Our heavenly Father sees, cares, and understands!


What was your favorite book as a child?

Only one???
I was such a book worm as a girl, and still am, it is hard to decide. Perhaps it was The Yearling, by Marjorie Rawlings.

What is your greatest achievement?

Making a loving home for our three adopted children, two of which have special needs, including autism.

What do you do to get away from it all?

Play a Mozart piano concerto, take long walks with my husband, write a love poem, hike a mountain, shoot hoops with our kids and grandkids, read memoirs and biographies of well-known authors, cook an Amish feast, write longhand letters to my friends and family, visit the Oregon coast, New England, or the Colorado high country, take the family to the ocean, and make family “memory books.”

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Updates for my new book releases and tour/speaking schedules can be found at my Web site, where readers can sign up for the free newsletter. There are also delicious Amish recipes, as well as book excerpts and news of my upcoming spring book tour, April (8–17). I will be visiting bookstores in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas, and I look forward to meeting many of my readers!
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