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Brenda Nixon

Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States

Author/contributor, 35 books, newest Beyond Buggies and Bonnets: Seven true
stories of former Amish

Blogger, award-winning Beyond Buggies and Bonnets blog

Ohio - home to the largest number of Amish settlements nationwide - is my home.
I've befriended and helped many who've turned their back on the plain life to live in
our "forbidden" English world, earning me the nickname "Mom to the ex-Amish."
Blessed with a son-in-law and two "sons" from the reclusive Swartzentruber Order, I
am on a learning curve, which I share on my award-winning Beyond Buggies and
Bonnets blog. It's a fascinating, complex culture!

At the holidays our home is filled with fun, family, and former-Amish.

Speaker Endorsements:

"Brenda's standing-room-only program was one of the most popular events at our
library this year. Her 'Beyond Buggies and Bonnets: True Amish Tales' program was
an engaging look at the Swartzentruber Amish Order in Ohio. Brenda's presentation
brought our Amish friends and neighbors to life in a way that was unique because it
was an 'insider's look' at their way of life."
~ Jim Gill, Director, Dover Public Library, Ohio 44622

Interests: articles, guest blogs, media interviews, speaking on Amish with emphasis on the reclusive Swartzenruber Order

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Parenting Power in The Early Years
  • Beyond Buggies and Bonnets: Seven true stories of former Amish