Life with Lily, a 5-Star Read

by Trish


Meet Lily Lapp, a sweet and energetic little girl growing up in a small Amish community in upstate New York. Her Papa and Mama have just welcomed a new baby brother, making her a big sister for the second time, and she loves playing with her cousins and spending time with her Grandma and Grandpa who live nearby. It seems every day holds a new adventure, as Lily helps around the house and farm, goes to school, makes friends, and even occasionally gets into a bit of trouble. And, even as Lily is exploring and having fun, she is also learning from her parents’ example what it means to be Amish.

Life with Lily is the first of four books in The Adventures of Lily Lapp series from Revell. The books are written by Mary Ann Kinsinger, who grew up Old Order Amish, and Suzanne Woods Fisher, who has written both fiction and non-fiction books related to the Amish.

In many (good) ways, Life with Lily reminded me of The Little House on the Prairie, as it gives a glimpse of a lifestyle that is foreign to most of us, through the eyes of a charming but lively young girl. There are, of course, significant differences between the stories. To name a couple, this book takes place in modern times (although Lily helps to churn butter and hand wash laundry every week, her favorite candies are Smarties and Snickers bars!), and Amish principles such as pacificism and service to others shine through in every situation.

I so thoroughly enjoyed this book that I am including it as one of our 5-Star Reads. I’m sure I will be reading it again and sharing it with as many young readers as I can. You and your young readers can learn more about Lily and her family, ask questions about the book, and even play games at the Adventures of Lily Lapp website. This delightful trailer gives a nice feel for the book as well:

I’m so excited to say that we have THREE (3) copies of Life with Lily to give away! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post, and the winners will be announced in our October 24 giveaway column. This giveaway is open to US and Canada addresses. This giveaway is now closed.

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1 Mozi Esmes Mom October 10, 2012 at 1:41 am

This looks like a sweet book to add to my daughter’s library!

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2 Lani October 10, 2012 at 8:20 am

This sounds like the kind of book my neice would love.


3 diane October 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

What a wonderful book. Thanks for this giveaway.


4 nannypanpan October 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm

thanks for the chance


5 Amy October 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm

We live fairly close to an Old Order Amish community, Sonia sure my girls would be interested in this story. Thanks for the chance to win!
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6 Tammy Gordon October 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Looks like a good book!


7 Trish October 23, 2012 at 11:01 am

Congratulations – you are one of our winners. Please reply to this email with your address, and we’ll have your copy of Life with Lily sent out!
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8 Sandra Stiles October 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Looking Forward to reading this book and eventually putting it on my school shelves. I have many students who love to read Christian books and so I keep them on my shelves as well. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.
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9 Chris October 11, 2012 at 12:57 am

My nieces love the Little House books and would love these as well.


10 Cindy Brooks October 11, 2012 at 2:10 am

I’d love to read this and then pass it on!
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11 Tiffiany October 11, 2012 at 7:32 am

Would love to win this for my daughter! I love reading Amish fiction & would like to get her started enjoyibg it too. I love the many messsages of faith in the books


12 Trish October 23, 2012 at 10:59 am

You have won one of the copies of Life with Lily. Please reply to this email with your mailing address so we can send it out. Thanks!
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13 Barb: 1SentenceDiary October 11, 2012 at 11:27 am

Sounds like a great book for my daughter and I to share.


14 Linda Cadose October 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm

My favorite part of this book is that it introduces readers to a different culture. That is very important in teaching tolerance to our children. Thanks for the review!
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15 Sheila K. October 12, 2012 at 11:47 am

I would love to be able to gift this to my niece—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!


16 Staci A October 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

It sounds like an interesting book!


17 Annemieke October 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

My daughter would love this series!


18 Trish October 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

You are the winner of one of the copies of Life with Lily. If you can please reply to this email with your address, we will be happy to get it out to you!
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19 Clair October 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I am always looking for books to read. This one looks like I could read and then pass on to my 9 year old niece.


20 Wendy M October 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

I am always interested in Amish books. This one looks like a great one to add to either our own library or to share with my nieces.


21 amy c October 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm

My daughter would love this.


22 Linda Kish October 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

This looks like a wonderful book.

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23 Linda M October 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Would love to win this book! Thanks for the offer!


24 Angela E. October 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Such a great sounding book.


25 Don October 17, 2012 at 11:46 am

Would like to read this one.


26 Frankie October 19, 2012 at 7:21 am

Would love to win this for my granddaughter


27 Julia Reffner October 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Think my daughter would enjoy this one.


28 Beth C October 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm

What a beautiful cover! I really enjoy Amish books and would love this!


29 Melissa October 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

My daughter would love to read this!


30 Monica V October 21, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I LOVE Amish fiction, and Fisher is one of my favorite writers. I hope I win a copy! Thanks for the generous giveaway.


31 Loretta October 22, 2012 at 5:54 am

I have two small granddaughters that I would love for both of them to have a copy. Hoping that I can win one of them :)


32 alice October 22, 2012 at 5:58 am



33 Megan Parsons October 22, 2012 at 6:57 am

I can’t wait to read this book! I love all of her books, so I know this one will be awesome too!


34 Laura Wilson October 22, 2012 at 7:57 am

I would love to win this book. I’m sure my daughter will really enjoy reading this book together as well.


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