I first heard about Dorcas Smucker on Facebook. I had been blogging since in my early 20’s and was fascinated to read the blog of someone other than my peers. Eventually I would hear others saying things like, “Did you read what Dorcas Smucker from Oregon wrote?” She was one famous Mennonite woman.
She grew up Amish and often describes stories about her past and culture that are interesting and for me, even though I didn’t grow up Amish, (originally Weaverland Conference Mennonite in Lancaster) I all to easily crack a knowing grin or chuckle at her stories because they pack so much familiarity to my upbringing.
Putting her past into written words invokes me as a fellow writer to want to discover more about my family ancestors and their individual stories that will go lost unless they are uncovered. Dorcas tells stories for the distant to the not so distant past and wraps each tale up enlightening truths, encouraging and inspiring us all.
Besides blogging she is the author of 5 other books and now her newest – Fragment Whiffs of Joy, which, like her style, is packed full of amusing short stories.
She’s a witty writer, unfolding the day-to-day in such a way that glues your eyeballs to the pages and in the end has you muttering, me too! or, I so get this! or, that’s how you put words to it!
My some of my favorite scenes in this book forever etched in my mind include:
- when her Amish grandma and aunt jumping off a moving train
- the bush she thought was dying outside her window
- and the episode of her two boys and a WD-40 can igniting in their bedroom
In this book, Dorcas shares simple wisdom and uncovers meaning in the ordinary that entices you to be watching for the humor and joy tucked into your day that you didn’t realize was there all along.
With this book, Dorcas is doing a blog tour and I happily joined the band wagon of bloggers!
And guess what?! I have an extra copy of Dorcas’s book, Fragrant Whiffs of Joy! My dear, Cali girl is excited to give her book to one lucky winner in a give-a-way!
Yes, my first ever give-a-way!!
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me what brings you joy here, on Facebook, Instagram, or e-mail by Friday.
Then, Saturday I’ll announce the winner!
Hurry and enter the drawing for your chance to win!!
Or, if you’d rather just purchase this book
you can here on Amazon (affiliate link)
order from Dorcas Smucker at
31148 Substation Drive, Harrisburg, OR 97446.
Books are $12 each plus $2 postage.
Checks or PayPal accepted.
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