8/22/2011

Amish Values for Your Family

What We Can Learn from the Simple Life
Suzanne Woods Fisher
2011
Revell
Non Fiction/Christian Living

What can we learn from the Amish? Is their simple life and simple ways the answer to slowing down our hustle and bustle life? Can we cause less stress by implementing some of the ways they do things?
Maybe so, but I think part of the stress in our lives is caused by the way we never give ourselves a chance to slow down and enjoy life.  Take everything as it comes.  This is the lesson I walked away from this book with, we have to learn that our worries, and our frets will not change circumstances, they were just cause us heartburn, lol. 
In this book you will find all sorts of short stories that show that everyday life with the Amish is about taking each day as it comes.  Accepting those things we cannot change and growing in grace as we do.  One of the stories that struck me as particulary poignant was the story of the lady doing laundry, the old fashioned way, boiling it in a pot over the open fire, wringing it out with an old wringer.  When her husband offered to purchase her a gas powered machine, she refused it because it was the time she took to pray for each of her children as she did their laundry.  How many times do we hurry through our chores and housework fretting over the time it is taking to do it, rather than thinking about praying for our families and friends during that time.  A great lesson for us all!!   This book was an enjoyable quick read, with short stories throughout.  Great book! 184 pages $12.99 US 4 stars!

Available August 2011 from your favorite bookseller of Revell Books, a division of Baker House Publishing. 

This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. 

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