Book Review and Giveaway: Running Around

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The book, Running Around, gives the reader a look into Amish life from the perspective of young Lizzie Glick.  Lizzie feels like she doesn’t fit in like her sisters Emma and Mandy.  Emma seems to always want to do what her mother and father ask of her, while Lizzie rebels and wants to do things her own way.  As Lizzie gets older and needs to work outside the home, she experiences new and puzzling feelings.

Author, Linda Byler, grew up in the Amish community and is an active member of the Amish church today.  As a columnist for a weekly Amish newspaper, Linda is well known in central Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband, children and grandchildren.

For anyone who has felt different, or less than perfect, you will relate to Lizzie and her story. I think this would be an excellent read for young girls who may compare themselves to their peers and feel lacking.  Lizzie’s emotions are something that we all have felt, one time or another, while growing up.

Linda Byler included a glossary of words that may be unfamiliar to non-Amish readers and seven recipes at the end of the book.  The main character, Lizzie, struggles with limiting her calories (like most of us!) and Linda included seven mouth-watering recipes for Lizzie’s favorite dishes.  Creamsticks, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Molasses Cookies and more!

A lucky reader will get their own copy of Running Around!

Main entry

1. Do you know very much about the Amish community?

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Leave one comment for each entry. Contest ends September 24th at midnight CST. Two winners will be chosen by and notified by email to the email address provided in the winning comments. The winners must respond within 48 hours of the notification email, or another winner will be chosen. See my Giveaway Rules page for further information. Sorry, this contest is open to US residents only.

Disclosure: Thank you to Julie H. at FSB Associates for a copy of Running Around to review and one to give away!


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    I don’t know a lot about the Amish community, but I’m trying to do more reading to learn.
    Thank you,

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    I am a follower. +1

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    I’ve visited Amish Country in 1990 and read a lot of Beverly Lewis books. That the sum total of my knowledge.

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    Steve Capell says:

    I have read one other Amish book and really enjoyed it. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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    Not as much as I’d like to. I only know from what I was told in school and seen visiting the Lancaster, PA area.

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    We live close enough that I know some–enough to know that I’m NOT Amish. We were vacationing once and the couple next to us, hearing we were from a small town in Pa, wanted to know if we were Amish!

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    Tbh, I actually don’t know anything about it. :$


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    Subscribed to the blog by GFC.


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    I don’t know much, but I have ready some really g
    ood books lately

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    Thank you for the contest!!

    i don’t know that much but i enjoy reading books about the amish.

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

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    I would love to learn more. I know very little.

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    Email subscriber

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    I know quite a bit and actually admire most of their lifestyle. My son and I spent a wonderful week’s vacation in Lancaster, PA.

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    Facebook fan – Kristen CE

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    I only know from TV and movies and from visiting Lancaster as a child.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    I am a GFC follower

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    I dont know to much, only from what I’ve read or seen on tv. I find it fascinating and would like to learn more though.

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    I have visited nearby Amish communities mainly for the food :)

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    new GFC blog follower

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    kisah jackson says:

    not very much….only the no-electricity thing and that they make awesome furniture & quilts…

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    I don’t know that much about the Amish community.

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    I’m a follower.

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    I know quite a bit since I go to a Mennonite college. :)


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    I’m a new GFC follower.

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    I know that they are very community oriented and work together for the greater good of the people. Their lifestyle intrigues me!

    emblosey at hotmail dot com

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    When driving home to see the parents we drive through a place that has a sign for an Amish market, and I have always wanted to stop there! I am also a fan on facebook!

    emblosey at hotmail dot com

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    Kristina Barnes says:

    1. No, I don’t know much about the Amish community other than the rare times we learn about the Amish in class.


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    I know some things about the amish community. Some things about them are good, some things are bad.

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    I am a email subscriber.

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    I am a gfc follower.

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    My sister actually lives near several amish families, I love to see the kids playing and boy can they cook.
    ozzykelley1 at yahoo dot com

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    I am a follower via GFC
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    I’ve visited an amana colony but don’t all that much – interesting culture though
    thanks for the great giveaway

    msboatgal at

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    I’m a facebook fan

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    I don’t know much about the Amish, but I have always been fascinated by them.

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    Everything I know about the Amish community, I learned in the Harrison Ford movie Witness. :)

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    I know a little bit about them but not a lot.

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    I subscribe via e-mail.

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    I follow on google.

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    I am a facebook fan.

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    I don’t know much about the Amish community.

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    Victoria Zumbrum says:

    I don’t know much about the amish community only from what I have seen on television. Please enter me in contest.

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    I know very little about Amish country

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    I know a little about the Amish community – I have read a few academic books on the topic. I would love to know more, so I hope I win this book. Thank you for offering it.

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    I am a follower with GFC.

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    I am a new subscriber as well. Thank you for this contest!

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    I know a bit about the Amish community. I enjoy reading Amish books as well. Please include me in the giveaway. Thanks!

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    Just stopping by for blogfest!

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    I don’t know very much at all. i’ve read two books about the Amish, so what I learned in those is about all I know.

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    I lived in Indiana for several years and there is a large Amish community there. They are very interesting people.

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    I don’t know too much, but have read a couple of historical fiction books about it.

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    I follow on GFC

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    Sounds like a great book. Unfortunately, my knowledge of the Amish is limited to Harrison Ford films. I would love the opportunity to learn more.

    (formerly 38Traci)

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    I follow via GFC.


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    I dont know much except i love their food and their furniture.

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    Maddie McPhail says:

    I do not know a lot about the Amish community, only that they are religious and don’t have a lot of contact with technology.

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    I know quite a few Amish, since my dad is friends with some. They are wonderful people, no matter what books make them out to be *coughcoughBeverlyLewiscoughcough*.

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    Raonaid Luckwell says:

    Really don’t know that much. When I lived in Ohio we generally seen a good deal of them

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    Elizabeth Hoskins says:

    no i dont, but i would like to learn more!

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    Like a lot of others, I feel that I do not know as much as I would like to about the amish. Please enter me into this contest.
    jlynettes at hotmail dot com

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    I don’t know very much, but I think it’s very interesting.

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    Susan Byerly says:

    I don’t know a lot about the Amish but do know they are great quilters.
    Susan B

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    jennifer mathis says:

    i don’t know alot. I know I used to live near some once and they drove their buggies around and they make alot of things

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    I really don’t know a lot!

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    I don’t but I love the idea of the simplicity of their lives!

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    I know more than most I believe. I live a couple of miles from one of their communities and our neighbors are Mennonites. We are decent acquaintances with several from each community.

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    I don’t know much about the Amish, but I have read a few books about Amish girls. They make great furniture, great food, and are really nice people! Thanks for the chance to win! seescootread[at]gmail[dot]com

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    I don’t know much about the Amish.

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    I’d love to enter! I do not know very much about the Amish community, but I would love to learn! This book sounds great!

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    I really don’t have much of an idea of the Amish. However, I took a field trip in grade school and we stopped by and bought stuff sold by Amish. Their houses are so traditional..I kinda understand how I would enjoy a lifestyle like their’s.


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    some things but not as much as i would like thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

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    I actually know a lot about the Amish. My grandparents were Amish-Mennonite. I still have family members who are amish. It is a very neat lifesyle…hard…but neat.

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    I don’t know much about the Amish community except I think they live without using modern technology.

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    I follow with GFC.

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    I know a little but I would love to learn more.

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    I only know a little bit about the Amish community, from what I’ve read and from visiting Amish country in Pennsylvania.

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    I know a bit about the Amish since I live in Pennsylvania about 3 hours north of Lancaster.


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    I don’t know very much about Amish life, just what I learned in school. It sounds interesting, though, and this book seems like something that would be very eye-opening.

    silverfalcon42 at gmail dot com

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    I don’t know a lot, but I love to read books about the lifestyle and learning more!

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    I know nothing about the community. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    I have seen a few shows on Amish living on the discovery channel and I have also seen a few movies (lifetime, etc).

    Thanks for the chance to win, this book sounds really good!


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    Julie Swaney says:

    I came for the BlogFest 2010 event

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    Not very much at all except for what has been shown on television and who knows whether that is an accurate portrayal of Amish life or not!

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    email subscriber

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    Donna Warrington says:

    I don’t know much about the Amish Community but I do know that they seem very peaceful….I only live an hour from Lancaster, PA, I love going up there.


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    Donna Warrington says:

    I follow your blog


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    I know a little bit about it from books that I have read.

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    Heather Henderson says:

    I don’t know much about the amish community and this would be a great resource (insight).

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    Vicki Wurgler says:

    I know nothing about the Amish community

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    I do not know much about the amish country, but I know people who live there.

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    I don’t know anything about the Amish community and that’s why I’d love to win this book, Running Around :-)

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    I visited the Amish in PA once and saw the movie Witness(great movie) but that’s about it. Very interesting culture tho.

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