Book Review: Footprints on the Ceiling

ds.fotc.cover (2)Footprints on the Ceiling, the latest book from author Dorcas Smucker, is a delight to read, especially on a rainy day, curled up underneath a cozy blanket with something hot to drink. Or a chapter at a time, while waiting for a late school bus. Or when you have an unexpected break in a busy schedule. I read it all these ways, and finished the last bit while sitting in a barn during my son’s horseback riding lesson. It was the perfect read.

In the days of ever abundant “bonnet fiction” (you know, those books with with young and pretty windswept pioneer girls on the covers), this is the real deal. Dorcas Smucker grew up Amish and married into a Mennonite family. She writes about faith and life with her husband and six children in rural Harrisburg, Oregon, but more than anything else, Dorcas is a storyteller. She finds herself in all sorts of humorous situations (orange dots on the ceiling? a Canadian goose escorting a forklift crossing a bridge backwards? cookie dough that just keeps oozing?) and knows just what to do with them. The stories are all true – you can’t make this stuff up!

Interwoven with the humor are tales of life lessons learned, sometimes reluctantly. Dorcas is refreshingly frank and honest about her own struggles as she raises her children to become self-sufficient adults and she draws the reader in with her candor.

Footprints on the Ceiling is the latest in a series of books Dorcas has written about family life, and in this volume, the kids are almost all grown. If you’ve never read any of her other books, you can jump in and start with this one. The book is suitable for anyone, but will especially appeal to moms, aunts, grandmas, sisters or cousins. I’d let my fourth grader read it, but I’m worried that the incident that led to orange dots on the ceiling might give him too many ideas…

As a participant in the blog tour for Footprints, I am giving away one free copy. Add your name to the comments if you’d like to be included. I’ll announce the winner this Friday, so please check back or leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

Footprints on the Ceiling is available on Amazon or directly from Dorcas for $15 per book, postage included.  You can mail a check to Dorcas Smucker, 31148 Substation Drive, Harrisburg, OR 97446.  US addresses only.  To send a copy to Canada or overseas, email Dorcas at  You can also visit her website:

And who put the footprints on the ceiling? You’ll just have to read the book to find out!

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41 thoughts on “Book Review: Footprints on the Ceiling

  1. And the winner is: Princessmom08! Thanks to everybody who participated!

  2. Mrs. L

    Oops, I forgot to mention that I don’t live in the US but can give a US mailing address should I win. If I don’t qualify then just remove me.

  3. Mrs. L

    I enjoy Dorcas’ writings and her books are all on my wish-list! Would love this one! Also glad to have been introduced to you, here.

  4. Ann

    I enjoy all of Dorcas’ writings and would love to win a book.

  5. Carol

    I too enjoy reading about the Life in the Shoe and would love to add another book to my “Dorcas stories” 🙂

  6. I would love to win one of her new books.

  7. I enjoy Dorcas’ books. I’ve known her since childhood so they are extra special to me.

  8. Mim Baker

    Dorcas is the real deal–an insightful writer who reminds us of the Christian worldview.

  9. Glenda

    I love her books!

  10. jorgiekae

    Lovely book reviews. Thanks. I would enjoy winning a copy of Dorcas’ book. 🙂

  11. Destinee Stoltzfus

    I love Dorcas’ books!

  12. Lisa

    I would love this book! 🙂 I’ve read the others, and she is a great authro! 🙂

  13. Luella Krabill

    I’d like to win a book!

  14. Krista

    I have enjoyed all of Dorcas’s books so far and I am sure this one will not disappoint.

  15. Danita

    I’d love to win this book. I read her blog but haven’t read any of her books.

  16. Ruth Yoder

    I look forward to reading these delightful writings from Dorcas that include the realities of life but show the beauty and blessings of that real life – family life for real!!

  17. Beverly G

    I love Dorcas’ blog, but have never read one of her books. I would be delighted to win.

  18. Renita Rhodes

    Great review on the book! I’d love to read it myself! Especially the part about the orange dots!

  19. Priscilla

    Sure, I’d enjoy winning this free copy!

  20. Becky O.

    I have read them all, and look forward to this one.

  21. Lanita

    As our church librarian, I would love to make this book available to all of my church family!

  22. Rhonda

    I would love to win a copy of her book. Love her writings.

  23. Ruth

    I love Dorcas’ books and this one sounds great! Thanks for the review!

  24. Mary Beth Martin

    I’ve enjoyed Dorcas’ other books; I’m sure I’d enjoy this one too! Thanks for the opportunity!
    – Mary B

  25. What fun – another book by Dorcas!

  26. I have loved her previous books and look forward to reading this one too!

  27. Dorcas

    I enjoy her books! And by the looks of this review I would love to read this one as well!

  28. Dorcas

    I really enjoy her books!! And by the looks of this review this book will be a joy to read!

  29. Rachel N.

    What fun! I’d like to add this book to my relaxing bedtime reading…

  30. Brenda

    Can hardly wait to read the new book!!!:)

  31. I just finished reading her first three books and I love them. I read Tea and Trouble Brewing earlier so now I’m anxious to read this book as well.

  32. Twila

    I love Dorcas’s writings and would love to win this book!

  33. Mary Ann Mast

    We have all her books except Tea and Trouble Brewing in our church library. It would be fun to win this one then I would not have to wait until the local store I buy from gets it in. i enjoy reading her adventures on her blog.

  34. Dawn

    I’ve read just one of her books–“Tea and Trouble Brewing”–and I LOVED it! She has an incredible talent for storytelling.

  35. Catherine Yoder

    Well-written review and I would love a copy!

  36. Frieda Borntrager

    Love reading about “the life of Dorcas!”

  37. princessmom08

    I also enjoy her books! Can’t wait to read this one!

  38. Carol Yoder

    I would love a copy! Love her books!

  39. I’m a huge “Dorcas” fan! I have all her books and I’m just waiting to add this one to the stack. =)

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