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Shirley Hershey Showalter grew up in a Mennonite farm family and went on to become the president of Goshen (Indiana) College and a foundation executive at The Fetzer Institute. She is now a writer, speaker, blogger, and consultant living in Harrisonburg, Virginia.


"The author-memoirist describes growing up Mennonite; her story affords glimpses into this religion's traditions and rituals. This memoir will interest readers who want to learn about growing up Mennonite." -- (09/01/2013) "To read Shirley Showalter's beautifully written memoir is like stepping into a childhood as far from mine as the moon. Her story is one I longed for my whole life." -- (08/04/2013) "Reading Blush is like eating the most delicious hot apple pie served with something tart, fresh, and zingy. Read it to be inspired by a brave woman willing to find her own voice." -- (08/04/2013) "Shirley Showalter drew me in with the very first lines of her introduction--an audacious confession that sounds the depth of her endeavor." -- (08/04/2013) "Like a blush, Showalter's engaging story deepens and intensifies as we discover that there is no such thing as a small life." -- (08/04/2013) "With spunk, candor, authentic color, and page-turning style, Shirley Showalter takes us into a girl's experience of the threshold between tradition and cultural shift." -- (08/04/2013) "Blush is a collection of memories by a woman born with a knack for flirting with boundaries." -- (08/04/2013) "She's a smart, sweetly blushing, baseball-loving, convertible-driving, taking-on-the-bishop kind of girl who delights and inspires." -- (08/04/2013) "Shirley's stories resonate powerfully with the tension we all live with--between our own aspirations and the expectations of others. You must read this book, and when you do, hang onto your hats and prayer coverings!" -- (08/04/2013) "This memoir provides an authentic rendition of a plain Mennonite girlhood, so rich in sensory details that it magically transports us into that world." -- (08/04/2013) "Showalter's portrait of this extraordinary little girl who wants to be 'big' will captivate and enchant readers of all generations." -- (08/04/2013) "Shirley Showalter is both a thoughtful historian and a balanced, inner journalist. She affirms--with detail, honesty, and humility--the need to break our own trail while honoring tradition." -- (08/04/2013) "Whether she is wearing her new letter jacket or biting a worm in two on a dare from her father, the young Shirley will win your affection." -- (08/04/2013) "Shirley Showalter tells a compelling story of spiritual and cultural formation. Hers is a delicate dance between the tug of the outside world and the restraints of her birthright community." -- (08/04/2013) "Recalled with fairness and wit, this tale of growing up after World War II shows how Mennonite life in Dutch Country--and all of America--changed." -- (08/04/2013) "Not since Kathleen Norris's Dakota: A Spiritual Geography have I read a more beautifully written or movingly told story, one whose minute particulars become a portal into universal significance. I promise: you will be transported." -- (08/04/2013)

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