Spring Scavenger Hunt Stop #28

Meet Suzanne Woods Fisher

Finding Yourself through Losing Yourself

“Do unto others as if you were the other.” Amish proverb


Suzanne Woods Fisher The Calling coverWhen you were young and someone asked what you wanted to be when you grew up, what did you say? I dreamed of becoming a writer, but for you maybe it was a magician or musician, a farmer or a flautist. Or maybe you weren’t sure. Maybe you still aren’t sure.

Bethany Schrock is at that very crossroads in her life. Her hopes and dreams for the future have shattered like a broken teacup. In The Calling, we find Bethany depressed, frustrated and trying to figure out what she was put on this Earth to do.

Enter five old Amish sisters who run a soup kitchen for the down-and-outers of Stoney Ridge. They scoop Bethany into their big-hearted efforts, convinced she’d make a fine addition to the sisterhood. Reluctant at first, Bethany warms to the work as she feels the stirrings of happiness come to life. Little by little, through serving others, Bethany found her calling.

Those old Amish sisters knew a secret: you can find yourself by losing yourself. As Bethany cared for others, she spent less time dwelling on her troubles.

It was easy for Bethany to ladle up the chili soup for these down-and-outers, feeling something warm like kindness or goodness fill her chest. At least, she did feel a pleasant glow until the teens from the Group Home, filled with bravado, pushing and jabbing each other, came in knots of two and three. Bethany followed Geena’s lead and spoke to each one as she brought out the bowls of chili soup on a tray. “Good afternoon” and “How are you?” and “Would you like chili?” Most didn’t answer and kept their eyes down, but the angry red haired girl met her eyes, almost in a hostile challenge — Do you see me?

I’m trying, Bethany thought. But you make it so difficult.

In that moment, she realized she hadn’t thought about her problems all day long. It was happening each time she helped at the sisters’ soup kitchen — she forgot all that troubled her, for a little while, anyway. She turned to serve the next girl, a round girl with acne and thick glasses, who smiled at her. This felt . . . good. Really good.

If you’re struggling to find your calling, consider volunteering, in some way, for those less fortunate. To borrow an Amish proverb, “The real secret of happiness is not what you give or what you receive, it’s what you share.”

Whether you’ve already found your calling or you’re still searching for purpose and fulfillment, I’m thankful you’ve brought Bethany and me along for the ride.

About Suzanne Woods Fisher:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of Amish fiction and suzanne-woods-fisher-author-working-240x300non-fiction. The Waiting was a finalist for a 2011 Christy Award, The Search won a 2012 Carol Award, The Choice was a finalist for a 2011 Carol Award. Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World and Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life were both finalists for the ECPA Book of the Year (2010, 2011). Find out more at her website (http://suzannewoodsfisher.com/) or connect with her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor), Twitter (https://twitter.com/suzannewfisher), and Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/suzannewfisher/).

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41 Responses to Spring Scavenger Hunt Stop #28

  1. Joyce says:

    It as been great to learn about all of these unknown to me authors before.

  2. Shirley says:

    Thank you both so much for taking part in the scavenger hunt and for the post.

  3. Megan Wilson says:

    I signed up for your newsletter! 😀

  4. nat says:

    Thanks for being part of the “Hunt” process…what fun! 🙂

  5. D Stevens says:

    i signed up for your newsletter. would love to read your books! 🙂

  6. Rachael says:

    I signed up as well! Excited to read some of your books!

  7. JoEllen McNeil says:

    Signed up for your newsletter and look forward to reading your books. Thanks for the scavenger hunt fun!

  8. Becky Lewis says:

    Just read and reviewed A Heart’s Rebellion thru TBCN. Loved the way a young girl’s problems then aren’t really much different than today!

  9. Sierra Faith says:

    I signed up for your newsletter! Would love to read your books!

  10. Emma says:

    I signed up for your newsletter!Thank you for taking part in the scavenger hunt.

  11. Mallori says:

    I signed up for your newsletter. I have not yet read any of your books, but the covers are all so beautiful that I am eagerly looking forward to reading them!

  12. sharon miller says:

    I enjoy your books and just received one (A Heart’s Rebellion) to review for TBCN, Thanks for the Scavenger hunt. I subscribe to your newsletter and like you on FB.

  13. Lis K says:

    I just subscribed to your newsletter, thanks for the giveaway!

  14. That looks like a really great book. Thanks for sharing it! Thanks also for being a part of the scavenger hunt. I love online scavenger hunts – totally brings out the kid in me!

    I don’t know if you ever participate in linky parties, but if you are ever so inclined, I’d love for you to join our book-loving community at Booknificent Thursdays on Mommynificent.com. We gather every Thursday and share posts about books we’ve been reading or writing and how books are impacting our lives. We’d love to have you join us anytime!


  15. Kelsey P. says:

    I subscribed! 🙂

  16. Mippy/Sabrina says:

    Hello Ruth!

    I am excited to read novels by you. I also signed up for the newsletter! HAPPY WEEKEND! 😀

  17. Lora Doncea says:

    I would love to read your books–they sound wonderful!

  18. Celita says:

    Thank you!! Fun stuff!! I am excited! 🙂

  19. Leslie Davis says:

    I signed up for the news letter thanks. 🙂

  20. Patty says:

    Thanks for taking part in the hunt! I signed up for your newsletter. I’ve read and enjoyed several of your earlier releases, but not the last one or two.

  21. Lisa Medeiros says:

    I signed up for your newsletter… I love your books! 🙂 Have a great Saturday!!!

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    I subscribed to your blog! Your books looks so good!!

  23. Debra Kay Neiman says:

    New follower. Loving this hunt. Getting to meet many new authors and some good books for my reading list. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  24. Barbara Thompson says:

    I signed up for your newsletter and looking forward to reading it. Thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt and for the opportunity of the giveaway.

  25. Ruth,
    I read about your books first on BookFun.org. Now that I am subscribed to your newsletter I will be able to follow you better.
    Thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt.
    Do you create discussion guides for book clubs for your books? Our women’s ministry is doing a Summer Reading Club.

    • Ruth says:

      Hi Amanda, Thanks for signing up for my newsletter. Most of my books do have discussion questions at the end. Hope you enjoy them!

  26. Thank you so much for participating in this scavenger hunt! Been great! I signed up for your newsletter!

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    I have subscribed to your newsletter. It will be great getting to know you better through your newsletter.

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    I signed up for your newsletter! Thanks for the great scavenger hunt, its been great.

  31. darci says:

    I already get your newsletter!

  32. I enjoy your work Ms. Axtell. Looking forward to reading Moonlight Masquerade on my kindle. Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt.

  33. sparksofember says:

    Pretty sure I was already signed up but I tried again just to make sure!

  34. Kristen says:

    Hi Ruth! Thanks so much for the chance to your books in this scav hunt! I loved Moonlight Masquerade and I cannot wait to get my hands on A Heart’s Rebellion! I signed up for your newsletter! God bless!
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  35. Marianne says:

    Thank you Ruth for being a part of this hunt. i signed up, and hope to win!

  36. Becky I. says:

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  37. Cris-Annette says:

    Thanks… I signed up for your newsletter. 🙂

  38. Rachelle says:

    I subscribed to your newsletter…thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

    I just saw your Moonlight Masquerade cover somewhere…it looks wonderful!

    It seems like I’ve read some of your work before…this looks good also…added to my TBR pile!

    I would love to be a reviewer/influencer for both of you if you have such a program. I write Christian Fiction book reviews on my website.

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