Monday, August 30, 2010

Running Around (and Such) - Book Review

Running Around (and Such) cover
I mentioned Running Around (and Such) here on Friday morning, and finished reading it on Friday evening.  Then I couldn't wait to share my review with you!

Here's part of the description from the back cover:
Lizzie Glick longs to fit into her quiet Amish community.  Her sisters, Emma and Mandy, are ready to get married and settle into the traditional rhythm of having children and keeping house.  But Lizzie isn't sure that's what she wants for her future.  It isn't that Lizzie doesn't want to stay Amish.  It's just that there's so much to figure out!
Running Around (and Such), a novel based on true experiences from an Amish writer, is Book 1 in the "Lizzie Searches for Love" series by Linda Byler.  For many of us, the teen years are an agonizing time of uncertainty.  Growing up in an Amish community, Lizzie has some different circumstances than most of us do--but the underlying struggles and emotions are more familiar than not.

Another theme in Running Around (and Such) is Lizzie's struggle to seek God's will and surrender her own. She doesn't accomplish that by the end of the book, but her growing maturity is evident.

The story is written with a refreshing innocence.  I enjoyed learning more about the Amish culture in the context of the story, and I like the inclusion of eight of "Lizzie's Favorite" recipes (including Whoopie Pies) in the appendix.  I also appreciated the short glossary that explains why Amish females wear head coverings, what "running around" is, and so on.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I couldn't put it down, but I didn't want it to end, either!  I think this book would also be enjoyable for even a young teen, who would probably like it in a different way because of her different perspective.  (Yes, as my son pointed out, "It looks girly!"  He's right.)

The second book in the series, When Strawberries Bloom, is due out in October.  It's already on my Amazon wish list!

Learn more about Running Around (and Such) at the Good Books product page.

About Linda Byler

Linda Byler grew up Amish and is an active member of the Amish church today. Growing up, Linda loved to read and write. In fact, she still does. She is well known within the Amish community as a columnist for a weekly Amish newspaper. Linda and her husband, their children, and grandchildren live in central Pennsylvania.


Disclosure:  I received this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  This post contains affiliate links:  if you click through my Amazon links and complete a purchase, I will receive a small commission.


  1. Sounds like a very wonderful book. I would love to read this for myself so I will have to check out Amazon :)

  2. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the review.

  3. sounds like a great read...
    and I love reading about the Amish...
    Will have to check it out!

  4. I will have to check that book out! Thanks!

  5. Great review I love books like that, then sad when I'm all done ;(


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