Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World
“I promise: you will be transported,” says Bill Moyers of this memoir. Part Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, part Growing Up Amish, and part Little House on the Prairie, this book evokes a lost time, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, when a sheltered little girl with big dreams entered a family and church caught up in the midst of the cultural changes of the 1950’s and...more
Throughout this captivating — and oftentimes hilarious — recount of the author's adventures and her desire to live large, I thought of Shirley as a giant redwood. Whil ...more
And so it is that we journey with her into a way of life few of us will ever experience. I read the book with the interest of one who grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I was familiar with Mennonite women wearing prayer caps; women ...more
I loved this book so much I purchased 3 copies, 2 to share and my own to read aloud to my husband.
I blush to admit that I also felt (feel) some envy...partly because Ms Showalter does have a lot of 'communit ...more
From the start, we get the feeling that standing out from the community, yet still belonging, is what Shirley wants more than anything.
Shirley grew up in a very loving family and has admiration for her mother from a young age. This desire for a mother and her daughter to not be plain starts when Shirley is given the same name as actress Shirley Temple. Her mother even per ...more
this is a good book to read
it is about the author Shirley Hershey Showalter. she grew up in a plain Mennonite home. this memoir tells the story of a Mennonite girl who might have left the church but found another way
As she introduces us to her ancestors, with a detailed p ...more
From this perspective, Blush was very fine read for a city girl (me) who knew little about the inner workings of a Mennonite farming community. I so ...more
Shirley (a distant relative of the Chocolate conglomerate founder) tells charming stories of milking cows and roaming the woods and farms near her home. She also tells of attending pub ...more
She also tells the story of her parents when they grew up; her mother had her own unfulfilled dreams of being an actress and a writ ...more
Journey with Shirley Hershey Showalter as she remembers her life as a young Mennonite farmgirl outside Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Showalter's writing is lyrical and fluid, and draws you into her story; begging you to feel each moment right along with her. Her love for her Church and her family come across beautifully in every page, sharing with the reader the joy and peace she's ...more
The author is a successful, accomplished woman who comes from a tradition that had caused me to wonder whether that would be possible. I love the story of her upbringing, where she came from, where she is going.
I was able to learn a lot about the Mennonite world, of which I must admit, I knew just shy of nothing.
The only bad thing I can say about this book is that ...more
I recommend this memoir to absolutely everyone for within is a message to all of us. I found myself completely riveted with Shirley's prose and the underlying current of empathy for mankind. I’ve been in and around religions my entire life and have never witnessed such kindness and compassion for mankind as a whole. I'm left with a desire to reconnect with others again for there is truly goodness in the world.
Thank you Shirley fo ...more
If you substituted the word 'Amish' for 'Mennonite', I could have written this statement. It was written by a kindred spirit, Shirley Hershey Showalter, whose first memoir, Blush: A Mennonite Girls Meets a Glittering World, was launched in September. Rich in sensory details, this is a memoir of a happy childhood, with two responsible parents who were farmers i ...more
Honestly? I thought it was a little boring. I thought it would be a coming-of-age story about growing up in Mennonite culture and how she essentially found her own way, but it's not. The story stops just when she gets out and, I assume, finds her own way.
I also thought it may be a bit more about how modern Mennonites live. I've always been fascinated by groups (religious or otherwise) who live differently. This book didn't really explain th ...more
Shirley Hershey Showalter grew up on a family dairy farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and went on to become the president of Goshen College and a foundation executive at The Fetzer Institute.
The word “pioneer” best describes Shirley Hershey Showalter’s career. She was the first person on either side of her family to atte ...more