I listened to an Amish Romance novel on Audible ~ Dominic Noble


Uhh…Still better than Fifty Shades of Grey. :dancing music: :calm music: Hello my Beautiful Watchers and welcome to
an episode that seemed like a good idea at the time. Ok for the dozen or so people who don’t
know, the Amish are a particularly devout offshoot of American Christians, mostly the
descendants of German speaking Swiss colonists. Their interpretation of the Bible tends to
favour a pretty heavy adherence to humility and simplicity so as a result they intentionally
limit the technology they use in day to day life, mostly working in farming communities,
living in homes without electricity, and using horse buggies as their primary mode of transport. They’re also famous for adhering to a pretty
strict old fashioned dress code and are stereotyped for being fanatically hard workers when it
comes to manual labour. Because of this rather extreme and hard to
relate to choice of lifestyle they tend to be the subject of ridicule when depicted in
American pop culture. This description only really applies to what’s
known as the Old Amish. There’s dozens of other offshoots of the Amish faith who lead
radically different lives but the book I’m about to discuss pretty much exclusively concerns
the Old Amish so assume that’s who I’m talking about when I say Amish. My first reaction when I discovered that Amish
romance or bonnet rippers as they are humorously nicknamed is a massively successful sub genre
was something akin to outright confusion exacerbated no end when I also learned that they sell
really well in audiobook form. I mean… Who the hell is listening to them?
The Amish certainly aren’t following the unique link Audible.com forward slash the Dom to
get a free audiobook and two free audible originals with their 20 day free trial. But I quickly discovered that the ACTUALLY
Amish have literally nothing to do with Amish romance novels and in fact find the fetishsation
of their lifestyle and love liVes baffling and insulting. No the Amish romance subgenre is entirely
created by and for non-Amish evangelical Christians who want to read about a romance that’s
exotic to them but still 100% Christian and American so it doesn’t challenge their beliefs
in any way and apparently the Amish fill that niche. The particular audiobook I listened to is
called An Amish Harvest. It’s a collection of 4 short stories by 4 different authors. Unlike most Americans, the Amish are apparently
bilingual as their first language is a dialect known as Pennsylvania Dutch which is a bit
weird considering it’s actually a form of German and has nothing to do with the Dutch
of the Netherlands. The name apparently came about over time because people kept mispronouncing
Deitsch which is the German word for German. The reason I mention this is because a lot
of words in this book are switched out with this other language. Kinna instead of kids,
frau instead of wife, vadder instead of father. If this sounds weirdly familiar to you then
you watched my latest episode of Lost in Adaptation. YEAH I didn’t expect this book to have anything
in common with A Clockwork Orange either but here we are. The Amish allegedly refer to the rest of America
as the English because of this first language difference so if you’ve ever seen a parody
of an Amish person saying “Pardon me, English,” they’re basically saying “HELLO NOT AMISH
PERSON.” Anyway that’s probably enough introduction,
let’s get down to the biscuits. Book One: Under the Harvest Moon by Beth Wiseman. A story largely about recovering from domestic
violence. Wouldn’t have been my first choice for the setting of a love story but let’s
see where this goes. Synopsis: A young Amish woman named Naomi finds herself
abruptly free of her abusive husband when he dies in a horse and carriage accident,
leaving her with two young daughters and four months pregnant. It’s Amish custom, at least in this book
to immediately remarry after a bereavement but Naomi is too traumatized from the beatings
she received from her last husband to ever truly love again… That is until her father
hires a long time friend of his #NotAllMen good guy Brock to help with her harvest. Naomi and #NotAllMen good guy Brock hit it
off and her kids instantly adore him. They go to a carnival and have a pleasant game
night and at the end Brock decides to become Amish so they can get married. If you’re feeling charitable there’s what
you could call a subplot about a elderly lady who’s possibly a wicken scamming Naomi out
of her money by selling her overpriced charms that supposedly protect against miscarriages
but her involvement in the plot just kind of just fizzles out at the end when #NotAllMen
good guy Brock tells her to back off and she does. I have to say I was impressed with this particular
book because it shows a good understanding of the nonsexual fantasies of single moms. I’ve had several single mother friends throughout
my life and I’m confident in saying that the idea of meeting a man that they like and
their children instantly approve of, are emotionally ready for them to date and have a great rapport
with is so super appealing to them. In fact the wee Amish girls are REALLY into
#NotAllMen good guy Brock to an almost comical level. Oh hello there, you must be Brock. Yes, it’s nice to meet you. Yay! New daddy! This guy’s awesome! You should kiss him
and make a baby! I’ve seen stories about abuse handled much
worse than this ranging from downplaying its damage to straight up romanticizing it. You
know what books I’m talking about there. #NotAllMen good guy Brock making Naomi realise
that she’s not to blame is a good thing. Throughout most of the story she’s plagued
with the ridiculous notion that she somehow made an otherwise really good man violent
by being a sub par wife. However, I’m really super keen on the story
implying that the love of the right person can heal the PTSD she very clearly has because
it’s just not that simple in real life and I can’t help but fear that in a small way
it contributes to the stigma that pushes people away from the decision to get the therapy
they so desperately need. I know that in this particular case it’s
virtually impossible for Naomi. I mean, even if Amish therapists were a thing this book
makes it pretty clear there’s no way she could afford it but like I said it’s not the Amish
people listening to these books, it’s people with potential access to needed therapy. That’s right, Dom Noble, formerly known
as The Dom, thoroughly endorses getting therapy. It is a very very good thing and more people
should do it. The uh anti witchcraft message was a bit weird.
I don’t know if the author intended to make the villain sympathetic but I sure as fuck
felt bad for her. I mean yes she was overcharging a vulnerable
pregnant woman for her charms but you find out that she’s not only in extremely poor
health but also she’s been ostracized from her Christian community her whole life for
daring to believe in healing crystals. You know I personally used to be like really
impatient with that sort of thing but I swear to goodness in 2019 there is so much worse
shit going on. It seems so harmless to me now, you know just fine yeah, you get your
amethyst. I hope it sorts your love life or whatever. The Amish word for her, again just according
to this book, is apparently powwower which appears to be an appropriation of a Native
American word for their spiritual gatherings so uh fuck. #NotAllMen good guy Brock thinks that she
probably did some background research on Naomi and found out that she had a miscarrage the
year before so knew exactly how to scam her but he presents no evidence towards this aside
from his logic that ooh you know witchy women just do this sort of thing. So yeah depending on how you look at this
it’s either a noble gentleman protecting his vulnerable friend or a large man using
his size to intimidate a desperate old woman because he doesn’t approve of her beliefs. Very confusing thing. After this story ended
there’s these uh… Questions. It starts with the narrator asking if the
reader has ever suffered abuse like Naomi so I thought perhaps it was going to be like
a shout out to a victim helpline, but then she goes on to ask if the reader thinks the
big age gap between the leads is going to be a problem and a bunch of other things so
I dunno it’s like it’s got a built in request for a book report. I was mighty befuddled because this was the
only book of the four in this collection that does this, but I mean maybe it made more sense
when this book was published just as a short story. It might also be something that the
author just does, like includes discussion questions at the end of her work? I dunno. Book Two: Love and Buggy Rides, by Amy Clipston In my opinion, this book was a notable dip
in quality from the first one, both in the corniness of the plot and the writing in general,
which ironically actually made it my personal favorite as it manages to get close to being
so bad it’s good level. Synopsis An Amish girl named Janie witnesses a teenage
driver texting on his phone crash into the back of a Amish buggy, injuring several people.
The reckless car driver blames the carriage’s driver, Jonathan for the accident and tries
to sue him. Janie is forbidden to give her account of
the incident to the police by her father who claims that the Amish custom is to never get
involved in legal matters but she falls in love with Jonathan so disobeys her dad to
get him off the hook. The rest of the story is…. A tad silly shall
you could say? Wow Janie, the way you stopped withholding
evidence from the police has made me love you. Not so fast! As her curmudgeonly father I’m
mad she disobeyed me. So I won’t give you my blessing. Oh, if only there was a convenient way for
him to earn my vadder’s approval. Ha! This is a stick up! Gimme all your money! Not on my lack of watch! AMISH PUNCH! Hey, thanks for saving my daughter. I guess
you can have my blessing after all. Yay! A sentence at the start of this actually made
me laugh out loud. When Janie first sees Jonathan she’s immediately breath taken because “She’d
never seen eyes that reminded her of the honey that she buys at the farmer’s market before.” It’s just so hilariously specific. Later she
says that she looks into her sister’s chocolate colored eyes and I was like, “Well, wait
a second, are we talking Cadburys…or like the stuff you get from Walmart, help me out
here.” I don’t have much else to say about this
one to be completely honest. Shockingly the tension of “Will this adult woman blindly
obey her father or do the super obvious right thing?” failed to keep me super invested
in the story and the before-mentioned convenience of the conflict at the end was unmissable. Book Three: A Quiet Love, by Kathleen Fuller This one’s a little awkward. Synopsis. An Amish antisocial introverted poetry fanatic
with a very bad speech impediment named Dinah is sent to her aunt’s farm for a week to
stay with her, her new husband and his autistic son Amos. Just before she arrives her Uncle badly injures
himself with a scythe and can’t finish harvesting the fields so it’s up to her and Amos to
get the job done. Dinah finds Amos’ earnest attitude and lack
of judgment towards her stutter so relaxing she finds she’s able to talk to him without
her speech impediment when it’s just the two of them. They start to develop feelings for each other
and she quickly becomes frustrated at the way that his family patronises him to the
point of treating him like a child most of the time. They eventually decide to get married which
completely shocks his family, partly because they’re concerned that he might not be able
to make an informed decision like this and partly because they’ve only known each other
for two frickin’ weeks. But they get married anyway, the end. The intent here I would like to think was
good. It was supposed to show that while everyone was kind to Amos, Dinah was the only one who
genuinely saw him as an adult and an equal. The problem is she comes off as a bit hypocritical
to me. She’s annoyed at Amos’ family for infantising him but what initially endeared
him to her was the fact that his severe autism made him less threatening to her and her insecurities
and quite frankly she was a tad patronising to him herself sometimes. Like I said probably good intention but imperfect
execution. I mean, I’ve not heard of many romance stories that directly involve someone
on the spectrum so representation I guess? It transpires that Amos is illiterate and
I thought for a brief second that this was going to be an acknowledgement that an Amish
lifestyle isn’t ideal for someone who requires special needs education. Growing up heavily dyslexic I don’t think
that I personally would have survived low tech schooling. But no, this turns out to be nothing more
than the set up for another romantic gesture as Dinah offers to help him learn and has
more success than his teachers because looove. Book Four: Mischief in the Autumn Air This is the only story in the book in which
the plot is more important than the romance and the plot is…. basically National Treasure
but Amish. Synopsis Martha, a bookkeeper at an Amish auction house
and her boss Eli get suspicious when a young man overbids on pieces of furniture that were
all made by a specific gentleman. They investigate and discover different sections
of a map caved into the undersides along with hints and clues and references to a treasure. They confront the teenager and he confesses
that… Err sorry this particular story is a little hard to explain…so bear with me. His father knew about this map because he
used to work with the guy who’s selling the furniture. They discovered the complete
map together carved onto a wardrobe and it came with like some weird hint saying You’ll
know you’ll find the true treasure of our town if you follow this map. But the other
guy didn’t want to follow it so they had this big falling out and he ended up obsessing
it about his whole life and tasked his son with solving the mystery on his deathbed.
Meanwhile the other guy decided to split the map up and carve it onto eight other pieces
of furniture for reasons and…. You know what, this doesn’t really matter, all three
of them team up to follow the clues and find the treasure, that’s the important bit. The hunt leads them all around their town
and forces them to re-learn its reach history and eventually they do find the treasure and,
you know, it’s not terrible, it’s like some 400 year old letters and a very old Amish
Bible and stuff, you know, some museum quality things, but the story still wraps up on a
“You know what, it doesn’t matter, the true treasure was the romance we found along
the way” sort of message as Martha and Eli are totes in love now, you know shocking plot
twist there. This story has a subplot about Martha trying
to get along with her unnecessarily grumpy aunt, the casually mentioned in the epilogue
off page resolution being that she found out she was an undiagnosed diabetic who cheered
up no end once she started getting treatment. The forced relocation of Native Americans
and the seizure of their lands came up a lot in the history that the Amish scooby gang
learn in their adventure and I briefly thought that this was building to something deep,
you know like the treasure they found would make these Amish people have to confront the
role their people played in this rather nasty historical act. Apparently this sort of historical
self honesty is not unheard of amongst the Amish. But no the Native American connection is just
treated as an interesting tidbit and the treasure just reinforces what a long and rich history
the Amish have. So yeah this final book was a huge leap forward
in convoluted writing but lord help me I was just so pleased to see an actual plot at last
and the writing is pretty good in this one, it almost tricked me into being invested at
one point which was uh unique for this particular reading experience. Now this is a Christian book so as you might
expect the characters talk about what they pray for constantly, they give God credit
for their achievements, attribute every nice thing that happens to his love and all the
bad things to his divine plan. A consistent message throughout this entire
collection is “You do not have to try to find love.” All four of these romances happened because
someone new entered these people’s lives by pure chance and instantly formed an overwhelmingly
powerful connection with them so uh yeah, I guess just keep living your life and doing
your job and God will bring your soulmate to you. There’s no need to work for it,
just relax and wait for the big guy upstairs will find you a husband or wife. Jesus swipes right so you don’t have to. Another consistent message is “Oh age is
just a number.” In the first story a woman in her 20s marries a 40 year old, in the second
a 30 year old guy gets with a 20 year old girl, in the 4th one I’m think the ages
were 30 to 50. It’s brought up in the first and 2nd stories
but very quickly dismissed as not a deal breaker for anyone involved. The authors almost seemed
a bit… defensive on the matter to me. I don’t know if I’m imagining that. A third constant is the complete lack of stakes
in any of these stories. Every hurdle to the happy ever after is comedically tiny and instantly
overcome with little to no effort. We can’t be together because you’re not
Amish. I’ll convert. Oh, okay. We can’t be together because you live really
far away. I’ll move closer. Sweet. We can’t be together because we’ve only
known each other for two weeks. Let’s just get married anyway. Good idea! This I believe is not a romance novel trope
that’s unique to stories centered around the Amish but still. As you might have noticed I (apparently foolishly)
thought that several things in this were building up to a character admitting even just to themselves
that there are some drawbacks to eschewing the advantages of modern society but I was
wrong every time. These authors are evidently pretty committed
to romanticising the Amish way of life and that apparently involves avoiding anything
that could be perceived as a negative reflection on it. So all in all: eh, with the possible exception
of the second story this book really isn’t bad enough to be in so bad it’s good territory
and it’s really not shocking that it doesn’t entertain me, it was never intended for me,
I am neither Christian nor particularly interested in romance novels. You might be wondering why the heck I chose
to subject myself to it if that’s the case and I guess it’s about time I came clean,
I do have an ulterior motive…. It’s because I’m rather fond of the narrator of the audiobook
Heather Wynne, you might know her as Calluna from Calluna Reviews. So yes, this entire thing was a disguised
plug for my significant other’s voice acting career. Sorry! I would really like to see Calluna get some
more books to narrate which will be much more likely if this one sees good sales and gets
good reviews in regards to its narrator so this is a unique opportunity for you to do
us both a favor in one fell swoop. If you already have an Audible account and
just happen to have a free credit, you know, could be a good use for it. If you don’t
you can use my unique link and you’ll get a free credit when you sign up. You can get
this book, give it a good review, and you do not have to continue with the twenty day
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100 thoughts on “I listened to an Amish Romance novel on Audible ~ Dominic Noble

  1. I live in Amish country and the reason they are ridiculed in our parts is because they whip out iPhones but can’t drive a car and weird and backwards stuff like hat

  2. Amish National Treasure & Amish Scooby gang are my takeaways from this video… and it explains a few of the videos in my list of YouTube's recommendations on the side.

  3. My cousins are Old German Baptist, basically Amish but a lot less strict and they read this kinda shit. I gotta admit some of it is not half bad 😂

  4. As an evangelical Christian who listens to a LOT of romance… yeah. I'm not super crazy about the Amish romance trend. It tends to be extremely forced and contrived and… awkward.

    I do normally like Beth Wiseman's stuff, at least her longer works. Her short stories aren't great, but romance novellas tend to be rather rushed anyway just by the nature of the medium.

    Not all Christian romances are bad, though.

    Pretty much anything by Elizabeth Camden is good. Not Amish, though. Mostly set in 19th-20th century America.

    The Smitten series by Colleen Coble, et al, was one of my more enjoyable reads, but then again… it wasn't Amish, either. It's actually a contemporary novella collection.

    If you like a little action in your romance (ok, a LOT of action) the Life After series by Julie Hall is my favorite, hands down. A Christian paranormal…ish… romance… YA…thriller… it's hard to pin that one down to any particular genre.

  5. So the Pow-wow thing is sorta correct/sorta not. My memory is a bit fuzzy since it's been a minute since I learned this but if I remember correctly the word pop-wow was appropriated from the local Algonquian language, though by New English missionaries (not the Amish or modern writer). The word was used by the missionaries to cover any alternative medicine/rituals/folk magic they observed by both local tribes and the Amish. The Amish themselves do use the word, but it's not an across the board adoption, as just as manyAmish use germanic terms instead.
    As for being outcasts that's outright incorrect, as Pow-wowers are valued as being important to the community for their folk magic and healing. (There's even an interesting criminal case in which an Amish man murdered his friend after the Pow-wower he sought help from told him he'd been cursed by his friend).

  6. THE CAT IN THE OUTTAKES 😭😭😭😭😭 GIVE THEM KISSES FROM ME AND TELL THEM I LOVE THEM

  7. You know….. it would be nice if you did a Lost in Adaptation for The Little White Horse and the Secret of Moonacre, even though I believe the movie is better. But the movie deserves more attention, PLEASE DO IT?!?!?! (Warning, the book is a bit boring) but please do it anyway!!!

  8. FYI, "pow wow" is a folk magic tradition practiced in the same general area as where the Amish live, ie, Middle Eastern UNited States like Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Whether the word is appropriative or not is, I guess, up to Native Americans, but almost nothing in the practice is. It's more closely akin to hoodoo or conjure than anything Native American.

  9. Click baited me into thinking this was a book review! I didnt realize it was just a "this book isnt progressive enough review"
    thnx Dom. I can't believe books based on an archaic religion wouldnt be progressive.

  10. I have no interest on any of those book, but I'll use one of my credits to help your significant other, just because that was the most romantic thing in the whole video 15:51 . Best of luck to both!

  11. Honestly I don't have a problem with people using "healing" crystals instead of seeking real medical attention, but as soon as you refuse medical attention for your children or any dependent in exchange for a useless rock, then I have a problem.

  12. Hmm….perhaps I can solve the vocation crisis if I write alot of stories that romanticize being a Catholic priest or a Catholic nun!

  13. wrt the "not being able to afford therapy" bit: Amish communities usually do save up funds (via selling things like harvests, milk, crafts, baked goods etc) for the medical needs of ppl in their communities. idk how their culture is about cognitive therapy but theoretically if they thought someone needed it, they could afford it, and generally dont consider modern medical technology to be against their religion. so basically this is a longwinded way of saying the author totally couldve handled the PTSD thing better while still keeping with the theme.

  14. If you’re curious why the first story had random questions at the end, I have a strong suspicion. In websites where people post short stories online, especially fanfiction, this is really common. They’ll post a story, or just a chapter of their story, and then ask lots of engaging questions at the end. I find it very annoying, but I sort of understand why they do it. It can make the readers feel more involved, and therefore more likely to read the writer’s other works. It also makes the author seem like a sympathetic new writers just hoping for some validation, which makes it more likely for readers to leave nice comments and give upvotes (or the equivalent). I’m guessing that the writer of the first story is used to publishing stories online with no editing, so she’s used to leaving questions and comments at the end. Perhaps she even originally wrote it for an online free publishing site, and it was later added in this book.

  15. These books are basically 50 Shades for prudish evangelical Christian women. They all dream of running away and becoming Amish lol. It's a weird phenomenon.

  16. Pow wow practitioner is definitely the correct term for traditional healer here , my Grandma was one . Can't say that whatever that character is like, is actually a good example of a Pow-Wow healer. The term Pow wow can be used to denote the person and the practice and even kind of as a verb .. like ..to pow wow over a wort or sickness for its removal . These people must straddle the line between the religious community they're born into and the culturally handed down healing path . the practice had at some point , long ago incorporated bits of biblical aspects. (Example : Ive gone to court with the names of the apostles written on sage leaves in my shoe). In the old days these people were likely better accepted (if even on the fringe of society) as they were important to have . But as the decades moved on something like the "American christian views" type of mindset made it hard to accept them. Dogma won out over culture . Funny thing is Grandpas side is part native , so we also occasionally attend native pow – wows lol. And it seems people originally from here never really think its odd that they have the same name. I'd be willing to bet the Pa dutch term pow wow came from some very old term, just phonetically sounding close to pow wow …you know like todays word "goodbye" is supposed to be a shortened version of something like God be with you . Also The Pa dutch are linguistically odd in that Pa Dutch folks used to speak English, Pa dutch (that most speak ) some also spoke high dutch , and I believe all the Sunday services are spoken in a very old German .

  17. I was thinking about saying something about books and genre or something but anyways 19:00 KITTY!!! <3 <3 That is all.

  18. Pow-Wow is a type of Christian witchcraft found in Appalachia, which is also where the Amish tend to live. Check out the documentary Hex Hollow: Witchcraft and Murder in Pennsylvanian.

  19. LMAO my mother loves Amish romances. She's not Amish, just a prude.

    Also it seems a lot of Christian books include study guides at the end, I guess for church lady book clubs.

  20. Such a weird niche of novels. I grew up around the Amish and did a double take when I saw this type of book for the first time. Also, in this case a “Pow Wow” is a spiritual healer that developed inside of the Amish community. The name has nothing to do with Native Americans.

  21. 14:07
    I'm a non-theist, but for me that's how I approached romance, and it worked out far better for be than dating worked out for anyone I know. I've seen so many people try too hard and trick ether each other or themselves into bad relationships. Hell, I was even born of such.

    What I did was work on self-improvement, follow my intuition, and use hobbies as the medium by which to meet people. I met my bf completely by accident through trying to find a room to crash in at a convention. We hit it off and our relationship developed very very quickly. Had we been religious I'm sure we would have gotten married ages ago, we've simply had no reason to. Been living together for a pretty long time now. I think we average only two fights a year, we get along so well.

    I also met another man through videogames whom I might have had a life with if not for already being in a relationship. That was a case of seeing the person once and just having that feeling that I need to get to know this person. Great guy I'm grateful to have as a friend.

    On the other hand there are so many people more attractive than me that I've known who are constantly chasing after love and who have so many chasing after them and just can never form a healthy relationship and be satisfied. Sometimes working too hard and wanting too much is the problem. Just let love happen and work out your problems along the way.

  22. Yo! Dommy, Dommy! Attention PLEASE!!
    Ive been torturing myself for over a year trying to figure out how to write a better grade of Christian fiction. After this foray into "bonnet-rippers", have you and Calluna come away with any insights? The Evangelical Market seems radically under-seved, but how would one even TRY to write anything other than pablum?

    I've been TRYING, and I'm stumped.

  23. I have NO idea why this popped into my recommended but I am SO glad it did. Hello! I've been binging all of your videos. You've gained a new sub <3

  24. My church is working to purge the library of "Bonnet Rippers." They're such toxic books.

    God may know who you're going to marry but you still have to…ya know…take action. You have agency, you're not just a puppet. Say you have a test coming up. God knows you're going to pass, and it's even in his plan for you. But to pass you still have to study. Because you studied, you passed. If you hadn't, God might have just let natural consequences teach you. He uses these occurrences to help you grow, but you still have to take action.

  25. I don't scrutinize the amish because of their dress or general lifestyle… I do it because they have horrific rates of animal abuse and are fans of owning and operating puppy mills.😡 They legit don't care about animals as they are "for the use of man".🙄

  26. For something that you called an ulterior motive, this is one of the sweetest things I’ve seen where someone dedicates to their significant other!
    As for the audiobook… I was already hesitant with its whole concept, but I usually feel on edge when an allistic person writes an autisic (and other neurodevelopmentally disabled)
    character in a patronizing way.
    ( My apologies if the second part turned into a long ramble!)

  27. I was hired to ghostwrite a short story for a novelist who specializes in this particular subgenre of romance. It's basically the literary equivalent of Harvest Moon or Stardew Valley for Evangelicals who want a "simple humble life and romance" without actually full-hog committing to the chauvinistic lifestyle. Was really fun researching how they live without power, though! Quite a bit of ingenuity has to go into a life off the grid, no matter who's doing it.

  28. Have you considered doing a Lost in Adaptation for The Circle? By the way, I rather enjoy your personality and content. I have just subscribed and "hit the bell" and noticed they have made another step to subscribing and hitting the bell lol

  29. Most amish people are actually pretty rich and they do have some good doctors I'm not sure about therapists. (I live near a large quantities or amish and work over by them) they dont use electricity and alot or things so they dont spend money and make alot. They also buy everything in bulk.

  30. I really loved this episode! You should review obscure, bad books more often, bc this is really informative and very funny!

  31. wowww its super weird to me that this is a thing. I live in PA, my mom actually speaks some Pennsylvania Dutch, and have met a few Amish people and cant imagine how people could really fetishize that sort of lifestyle. Then again I'm pretty sure nun fetishes are a thing so like, I guess its not TOO out there. I think its a bit shitty to do though cause its not like Amish people can defend themselves or rebuke this sort of thing.

  32. Something about this cracks me up. If you haven't yet, I'd love a lost in adaptation of the Outlander series.

  33. All of those stories had a plot—the romance is the plot. The National Treasure one just had more threads. I mean, I get what you mean, but it’s still a plot! I’ll ask if Spousal Unit wants to use an Audible credit.

  34. I didn't know she did voice work. Currently I don't have an audible as I had to give it up to save money while at collage, but if I can restart my membership at some point I'll look into it.

  35. Aw, I think it's so sweet he listened to all the books even tho they don't really interest him because his gf narrated them <3

  36. Wonderful review! The many hilarious lines you made in the video could work perfectly as either t-shirt quotes or advertisements. XD

  37. Yeah cos that's what a good book should do: not challenge your beliefs.
    Oh no, wait… that would be a shit and pointless collection of words.

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