Amish Values for Your Family Blog Tour & Kindle Giveaway | Suzanne Woods Fisher

Welcome to the blog tour for best-selling author Suzanne’s latest non-fiction release, Amish Values for Your Family. Suzanne is celebrating by hosting a Amish Values Giveaway – one winner will receive a brand new KINDLE, a Bill Coleman original, and a copy of Amish Values for Your Family. The fun begins on 8/15.

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For readers who long for strong families that know how to truly enjoy life together, there is much to learn from the Amish. Values like community, forgiveness, simple living, obedience, and more can be your family legacy–without selling your car, changing your wardrobe, or moving out to farm country.

In Amish Values for Your Family, bestselling authorSuzanne Woods Fisher shows how you can adopt the wisdom of the Amish when it comes to family matters. In this inspiring and practical book readers will find charming true stories interlaced with solid, biblical advice about parenting, marriage, and all aspects of family life. As readers get an intimate glimpse into the everyday lives of real Amish families, they will learn to prioritize what’s truly important, simplify decision-making, slow down as a family, safeguard time together, and let go when the time comes.

Listen to an audio excerpt of Amish Values for Your Family read by Suzanne.

Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including “Amish Peace.” She is also the coauthor of an Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/10Tygyi

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Don’t miss your chance to enter Suzanne’s Amish Values for Your FamilyGiveaway! She’s teamed up with Bill Coleman (the amazing photographer used on Suzanne’s book covers) to give away a signed Bill Coleman original. Find out more about Bill here.

 

One fortunate winner will receive a prize package worth over $200! It includes:

  • A Signed Bill Coleman Poster
  • A Brand New KINDLE
  • Amish Values for Your Family (for KINDLE)

To enter click on one of the icons below. Hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/31. The winner will be announced on 9/2 at Suzanne’s blog. Also, be sure to follow along the blog tour, several of the bloggers have copies of Amish Values for Your Family to giveaway. Also, the bloggers will be sharing how the principles Suzanne includes in the book have or could help them simplify their lives … without going Amish.

Press Kit

It offers loving ways to bring your fractured home back to life-Amish style. Read it and apply generously! It’s a beautiful book-funny, charming, soulful, and beautiful.”
-Mary-Ann Kirkby, author of I Am Hutterite

Reviews

8/15

Laura at Lighthouse Academy I read through this book in one sitting, but it is meant to read slowly, so you can absorb the principles in the pages. I will be going back through this book again to fully understand some of the ideas, especially the ones that our family doesn’t already do. If you are looking for a simpler life, a closer family, and having your priorities straight, then AMISH VALUES FOR YOUR FAMILY is a book to pick up. You won’t be disappointed.

Tea Time with Annie Kate The ideas discussed in Amish Values for Your Family are not confined only to Amish thought; they have always been widespread among Christians.  This is one of the most down-to-earth, practical, proven, and Biblical parenting books I’ve ever read.  I highly recommend it.

Mocha with Linda AUTHOR INTERVIEW and review: This is an absolutely charming book. I’m not one who grabs every Amish book I see nor do I agree with all of their theology as I understand it, but families could benefit from reading this book and practicing many of its principles. I particularly liked the Amish concept that “Children are loved but not adored” and the way children are not protected from what many “Englischers” consider to be the harsh realities of life, such as death. Another wonderful concept was the story of the dad who taught his son to build a hutch for his rabbit instead of taking the “easy” route of buying it. Opening and closing each chapter are Amish proverbs and excerpts from the Amish newspaper The Budget – a delightful mix of humor, wisdom, and observations from the Amish. I highly recommend this book! 

8/16

Blossom at North Laurel Home & School I love this book.

Tarena at Laughing Family I was blessed reading this book. One of those books that you enjoy grabbing for a short chapter or two that warms your heart throughout your day. Perfect for us mamas who just want a blissful pick-me-up. The book is divided up into short stories that each follow up with a brief note from the author on how to best live out the virtues you just read about. Suzanne has also divided the book into a few subjects too so that the stories in that subject are all related to that topic…like children for example. I thought the book was laid out really well and if I wanted to look into one of the subjects again, it would be really easy to find. Not only did I love getting this precious glimpse into Amish life, but I loved all the valuable life lessons that I gleaned from it…those Amish are a wise bunch!

Becky at In The Pages Thoroughly enjoyed!  It is simple, down to earth advice – everyday issues and encounters that we face and then thoughts of how we might handle them differently with an example from the Amish way of life. I was challenged to think about how I handle relationships, family issues, my focus on material things – all different areas of life that are worth thinking over and knowing where you stand. I loved the humor in the book – the gentle voice it is told in isn’t harsh, but gives you MUCH to think over. There is no push to “go Amish” but it is about adopting some simple principles and ideas from the Amish that may help change who we are – for the better. It is a fast read, but it is guaranteed to get you thinking!

April at Heartfelt Homeschooling Throughout the book, the focus is on family and the bond they have. However, this bond does not exceed their faith, it comes through it.  We all need to spend more time with our spouses and our children – working, playing, worshiping.  It’s easy to let those moments get displaced by work, busyness, distraction, media.  I know I’m guilty.  I took away a deeper need to focus on the value of family rather than the value of things.  So what if we earn a lot of money and have a lot of things if our family suffers for it? A friend the other day asked (on Facebook) how we define success.  Money wasn’t what popped into mind, it was a healthy, well adjusted family.  Suzanne created a work that truly gives us a glimpse into the window of the lives of the Amish.  I count this book a blessing.

8/17

Jill at Book, Books Everywhere Our daily life with four children seems to involve a lot of disagreements between children, as well as whining and an unwillingness to pitch in and do each person’s share.  When you read or hear about Amish families, which are often much larger than my own, they seem to have a lot less of these problems and I wondered why.  So in reading through the section on children I took some notes for some ideas to implement in my own home. I am going to have to take some time with this book and see what ideas resonate with me and might help me to make our lives more simple, but more rewarding at the same time.

Brenda at WV Stitcher I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn some practical but worthwhile ideas on how to strengthen their families. Its also a great book for anyone who wants a closer look at Amish family life and their values.

8/18

Jill at Blessed Beyond a Doubt This was truly an easy, inspiring, and encouraging read. The Amish Values for Your Family is written in simple terms and offers practical suggestions to enhance your family values at the end of each short chapter. I was encouraged by the chapter, Laundry Days.  The dedicated mother chose to continue washing her families laundry by hand rather than using a washing machine.  She valued that precious time because she prayed for each of her children during her laundry day.  Being a mother of 6 children, I often have loads of laundry and many tedious tasks that I tackle each day.  Praying to my Heavenly Father for my dear children puts a whole new light on my chores.

Anne at Mommy Has to Work After reading a few pages I told my husband I wanted to become Amish. I say that lightly, but what I mean is I would love to live more simply. There are several values that I am going to try to incorporate into my own family and I really want to slow down and enjoy life and family and not work, work, work for stuff. I was asked to pick some Amish values that I would like to instill into my family – I have several.  

Kari at Alas 3 Lads This was such an easy, lovely book to read.There are so many simple, yet powerful, messages in this book that can be easily applied to my own family life. Today, many families are so busy running here and there with overbooked schedules that it’s often difficult to find time just being together as a family. I love how the Amish have such deep family bonds and strong family traditions. The Amish values of simple living, forgiveness, community, and more can all be helpful to those of us wishing to create a more meaningful family life.

V.E. at Duncan Heights As I read Amish Values for Your Family I was thinking about how I could apply some of the lessons to my own life, even though I have no family. It occurred to me that this might be a good book to read aloud to the family one chapter a night, and think about the lesson and suggestions at the end as a group. There was one lesson that stood out to me. I’ve had problems with financial debt since before college, and the chapter called “Too Much Money” made me scoff at first (“Is it really possible to have too much money?” I asked myself), and then it made me think. Each chapter begins with an Amish Proverb, and this chapter begins with: Unless there is within us that which is above us, we shall soon yield to that which is about us. Being in debt for a long time sometimes makes me forget that “money is only a tool, not a goal”. I have to constantly remind myself that long-term happiness is more likely if I’m not a slave to my paycheck, and the only way I won’t be a slave to my paycheck is if I pay off the debt. It was nice to have a reminder that my knee-jerk reaction (“Is it really possible to have too much money?”) isn’t necessarily the healthiest one.  

Colleen at The Great Gorp Project The theme of my life this year has been the quest to control the stressy feeling in my brain, brought on by my unrealistic to-do list and rat race tendencies. I’ve been searching for the recipe for slow, but with a side order of go;) I know deep down there is a way. .it’s small choices.  .consistent small choices. .and a paradigm shift. The Amish have something going on. ..they’ve figured some key things out. . .and I’m sure I don’t have to join a colony or don a kerchief to get a piece of Amish peace! Aside from the fact that 95% of Amish businesses DON’T FAIL.  .and the lower disease statistics than our general population. . there is so much more. . .honestly, you’ll have to read the book to get the full picture. .. it’s a beauty, and the portraits of family life are nothing short of romantic. . ..I give it two thumbs up and a big high five. .. maybe with a bit of air guitar thrown in!  

8/19

Diane at That’s What I’m Here A most thoughtful read! This book challenged me in many ways to re-evaluate some of the what’s and why’s of how I do things. This will be the first year I will be homeschooling both of my children and I’m hoping to take this opportunity to truly appreciate each moment with them. To not just teach them in the “classroom,” but in the daily activities and lessons of life. Books like this one, challenge the reader to decide what is truly important and then make a decision to follow that path.

Vic’s Media Room There is much we can learn from the Amish and this book has many values to teach us.  I recommend this book highly.

Shari at The Knit Wit I actually found a lot of the items I could incorporate into my daily life.

8/20

Karla at Quiet Quilter This book has made a definite impact on my life. I have always greatly admired the Amish people, their beliefs and commitment to them, as well as their sense of peace which they portray, as well as their ability to forgive. BUT , I didn’t really think that I could apply their way of thinking and acting into my own life and that of my family, Not being Amish, I seemed to think it was impossible. Suzanne has done a superb job explaining the Amish way of looking at life. We all can learn so much from them AND you do not have to BECOME Amish. We can all do it on a daily basis. A wonderful book that makes your really think of ways which are really quite simple to apply to our daily life.

Tonya at Geek Girl Reviews I love Suzanne Woods Fishers books.

Laurel at From Snowflakes To Hotcakes, With Bits of Grace Suzanne Woods Fisher has put together a beautiful collection of 2-3 page vignettes focusing on different family values. Each small section contains a “Road Map: Getting There From Here” section, where Suzanne offers advice about how to implement the family value illustrated in the accompanying vignette. Finally, each short passage concludes with an “In Their Own Words” section, with delightful and entertaining quotations taken from The Budget, the popular Amish newspaper, pertaining to the family value discussed. The theme of the book is incorporating Amish family values into non-Amish lives. Lots of people say they wish they could “Go Amish” because they admire the values and lifestyle of the Amish, and Suzanne helps convey the truth that we can learn from the Amish and incorporate features of their life without actually joining the Amish denomination.

Heather T Servant, Wife, Mother While I do not agree with everything the Amish believe I have always admired their lifestyle. I liked “August Pies” chpater – that children and to-do lists, don’t always mesh well. To adapt this Amish proverb into our life, we need to realize that even when we have days when our goals are not met, our time is never wasted if it is spent caring for our families. Children aren’t perfect. Instead of expecting them to be, we should expect a little less from everyone involved, and then be delighted when situations exceed our expectations, and not angry when our expectations aren’t met. To find peace at home, we have to be willing to share the blame. We have to be willing to forgive, to work together, and to move on.

8/22

Jessica at Farm Fresh I found several nuggets I could apply to my daily life, that I should apply to my life. These Amish women and men put me to shame in their application of God’s word to their lives. I would recommend reading this book bit by bit and let the ideas swim around for a while. If you try to read it all at once, you could end up with an inferiority complex (ahem, like I did). I don’t purchase books very often, but I would buy this one.  

Briana at I can’t decide In section two, Great Expectations, I found a chapter titled Laundry Day that inspired me to think of ways to incorporate the message of the story to my life. As I read I thought of all the time the mother and daughters had to spend for clean clothes. I was surprised by the attitude the mother showed when she urged her husband not to buy a washer to save time. She explained to him that she used the time it took to wash clothes to pray for her children. She didn’t want to lose that precious and important time from her week. I am looking for mundane chores that I do each day in order to spend that time in prayer for my children. I have realized I can pray while I vacuum, shower, fold laundry or work in the garden.

Rhiana at A Frugal LifeThree things I love, books about Amish people, books by Suzanne Woods Fisher and books about family values. This book combines all three. Suzanne Fisher has pulled the best parts about being Amish, their love of community and family and God and hard work, and presented them a way that you can apply them to your own life. You may not want to give up your Internet and your car and your TV, but with Suzanne’s book, you can have some of the loveliness of the Amish traditions and culture, within your own life. I really like how she breaks down each of the values, presents them with real life stores of Amish families, and then offers advice on how to apply the values within the context of our high tech society. It’s an excellent read that I will be referring back to over and over again. I really couldn’t put it down (cliche I know), but I just devoured this one. It was fantastic!  

Theresa at Frugal Experiments Amish Values for Your Family highlights what is most important in the lives of the Amish: faith, family and friends – values that we can all relate to and benefit from.

Melinda Joy: Living, Laughing, Loving I have always been a fan of slowing down and taking not of the small joys in life, which is one reason why I think this book resonated with me. 

Elana at The Twinners Reviews & Giveaways There are so many chapters in this book that I could really take to heart and use in my own life, and I see many similarities between Orthodox Jews and the Amish. There’s a chapter in the book called “The Mud Hole” which really spoke to me. My children are always getting messy, getting into trouble, and who knows what else. I need to remember to laugh and remind my husband to do the same. It takes time to get past the initial anger at what wasn’t accomplished and realize that the kids are just being kids. In this case, the three boys needed to grieve in their own way…which didn’t involve burying their deceased pet. Sometimes we need to remember that kids are kids, not just small adults.

Sarah at Growing For Christ This book has a refreshing way of looking at familial issues and children in our English world through the eyes of the Amish, who live simply and for God. In our world today, it’s easy to get caught up in the rat race of needing to do this or that, check Facebook or update your twitter feed – but this book will have you desiring to slow down and taking time to smell the proverbial roses.  The ideas are practical and you don’t have to be Amish to implement some or all of the ideas to protect your time together as a family, making sure that priorities are straight, raising godly children who stay in the Faith and more. Even the simplest things can help to simplify our often stressful and busy lives by making do with some Amish wisdom.

8/23

Ruth at Throughts from a princess Are you looking for a starting point to begin family time, or an excellent resource to weave into family devotions?  Look no further.  With almost enough chapters for one each week of the year,  this book will encourage discussion between parents and children leading to ways to improve their family units.  An assignment could be given to further reinforce the truths shared.  The author states that we likely will not become Amish, but our society has much to learn from their culture. I know you will be blessed by reading this treasure.

Brian at Live Generously I appreciated this book, it was filled with practical suggestions about how to integrate some wonderful Amish values with a very non-Amish lifestyle. It’s a book filled with simple truths that I believe we can all apply to make our families a little stronger and a little healthier. I am glad to recommend it.

Sharon at Faith Hope & Cherry Tea This intentionality of living in sync with the rhythm of God’s world is one we would do well to appropriate for our own. The appreciation for beauty; creation; living ‘green’ as a normalcy~ being keepers of this garden for which we’ve been graced by God. Much to learn and actively incorporate into our living… Thank you Suzanne for introducing us to ‘What We Can Learn from the Simple Life’.  

Deb’s Here I have always been fascinated by the Amish. I have read many books about them and I have to admit this was one of my favorites.  

Shonda at The Knowlton Nest Reading Amish Values for Your Family: What We Can Learn from the Simple Life by Suzanne Woods Fisher really brought me to a place of needed simplicity.  After each chapter that showed a glimpse into Amish life, there was a short insert about getting those values to translate to our modern lives.  Suzanne makes a good point to “look for an open moment in your day that can become a habit of prayer.”

8/24

Whitney at Rambles of a SAHM What surprised me was how much the Amish and my own family have in common. As a stay at home mom in the modern world I am constantly doing what appears to be meaningless tasks. I am glad that I now have a different perspective on how my day is spent and even in doing the tasks that feel meaningless I can be using my time to do so much more than that simple task. I really loved this book and it was perfect timing for me. Sometime it’s easy to forget what is important and for me that is my family. When I am home with my son that is the most important thing I can be doing and this book helped me to see that.

Mel at MamaBuzz I definitely recommend this book to all readers, families, individuals, etc. Everyone who reads will walk away with concepts that can be integrated into their own life.  It’s full of real-life stories that really make the Amish values and way of life become real and doable to the reader. Each chapter tells a story related to the value at hand; then at the end of the chapter is an explanation and several excerpts from Amish Scribes all over the nation. It’s interesting to read what the Scribes have written, in their own words. Sometimes it’s very comical, the small stories they share, and most of the time it’s not hard to just soak in the wisdom of the small tidbits they’ve shared.

Maopa at Luscious Deals After reading Amish Values for Your Family, I’ve prioritized our family time, being more forgiving and starting our own family legacy of going to special places on Sunday evening, such as Temple Square downtown to watch inspirational movies for our family or visiting the duck pond to feed the ducks on Monday evenings or Saturday evenings at the drive in with the kids. We’ve also changed things here at home to living a simple life and taking things one day at a time.   

8/25

Chrystal at Self Employed Writer One of the things I am going to change right now is Christmas Day. One page 38 of the book we are given a story about how each child gets something the same, something they each need, and one small thing they want instead of overloading them with countless gifts the way so many do. My fiancé is a victim of that trap. He feels his daughter will love him less if he spends less and does not have a certain amount of presents. The same for his presents to his mother. I told him this year we are going to have to change that. We simply can’t afford to keep going the way he does. We plan to make a lot of gifts this year, with his daughter’s involvement. I think that is something special to the grandparents that no amount of money can buy. I vow a life with less “things” and more love.

Annette at A Well-Watered Garden An enjoyable read! I understand the Amish a little better.

Freda’s Voice This is a great collection of stories, showing you how Amish live and what morals they have. Some of the values are so profound, I am still in awe. I really enjoyed this gem of a book. Definitely a great read!

Julie at My Kansas City Mommy The Amish live a simple life. In her new book, Amish Values for Your Family, Suzanne Woods Fisher shares stories from the Amish folk about their lives and values. The book is divided into four sections, each filled with wonderful tales of Amish life: Children Are Loved but Not Adored, Great Expectations, Daily Bread, and Letting Go.

Leila R All Meant To Shine There are so many lessons to be learned and so many ideas that will come to mind when you read this book. I am challenged to live a different life that will lead to many great lessons and memories for my children.  

8/26

Robin at Write at Home Mom I loved this book. The chapters are hyper-short, great for the busy mama, and each offers a glimpse into the way the Amish do things. I was particularly moved by a vignette called “The Rabbit Hutch.” Yes, of course I was moved by this one because we have (and I love) rabbits, but I also felt God speaking to me through this story. 

Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews This charming book is chalk-full of practical and down-to-earth stories and ideas on how to become closer to your family and get back to the traditional relationships that were once so important to our country. Suzanne shares a few of those ideas here in this guest post.

Holly at 2 Kids and Tired Books As I read this little gem of a book, I thought that much of living life really is so simple.  We tend to make it complicated.  So much of the Amish way of life can be boiled down into one word:  kindness.  They are kind to each other, they care about each other, whether it be family, neighbor or even stranger.  There is respect in these families and in their communities.  I think a little more kindness would go a long way in making our own homes and communities happier and more successful. This is a book that I will read again and I will have a highlighter and pen with me so I can mark passages and jot down my thoughts.  It’s one of the best parenting books I think I’ve ever read.

8/27

Michelle at Beyond The Silver and The Gold 

Linda’s Lunacy I loved Amish Values for Your Family. This book is better savored a chapter at a time, rather then read all at once. If your looking for ways to spend more time together as a family and ways to instill values in your kids, you will love Amish Values for Your Family. 

Heather at Faith, Family and Fun I have tons to say about this book, but my review is already so long. Shoot. But, mainly, I encourage you to take a look into a simpler world and see what you can take from it and enjoy.

Emily at Blessed Homemaking I like how the Amish have a simpler, less cluttered way of living and how they place much importance on family and spending time together. One of the principles from the book that I could incorporate into my life is their exceptional work ethic and that they also expect their children to have the same.  We are in a culture that expects little of our children, and insists that they must always play instead of learning and growing into little adults, so they will be ready for the responsibilities they will have as adults.  There are many additional wonderful lessons in this book.

Simply Stacie Amish Values for Your Family is without a doubt the most profound parenting/family book that I have read……ever. I was so impressed with the author’s ability to present real Amish wisdom and experiences that are so down to earth, practical and inspirational that I finally feel like I can actually raise my family using the values and virtues that I have been so envious of previously. This book is so insightful and it is quite entertaining too….in fact I laughed, shed a few tears and found myself thanking God for my husband and children, immediate family and even my in-laws! Amish Values for Your Family currently has the #1 spot on my well-stocked bookcase and I suspect it will remain there for a very long time! 

8/29

Ponderings by Andrea One of my favorite authors.

Carrie at Farming On Faith It seems that the world is going faster and faster. Sometimes I feel like the rat race captures our family and won’t let us go. It has been a real challenge to learn to say no the the good and yes to the best. I have tried my best to keep our family life peaceful and calm. In fact I have taken many of the Amish values and applied them to our home. In this book Suzanne shares some of the Amish values on raising kids. We don’t have to be Amish to live a simple life.

Sara at Shoopette’s Book Reviews To me, Amish Values for Your Family could very easily just be called “Biblical Values for Your Family.” While it was interesting to think of these values as they apply to the Amish life, these truths are straight from God’s Word. 

Jennifer at For Such a Time as This We can easily incorporate their values without becoming Amish. I think that is why I loved this book so much. Suzanne shared about their values and how we can apply that to our lives today.

Kat at Reviews From The Heart This book is filled with amazing ideas to get back to simple basics and a much more peaceful life.

8/30

Cindy’s Love of Books

Renee at Doorkeeper As I read the book, I found myself admiring the Amish commitment to family and community. Several stories along these lines touched my heart. My mother’s life and mine have been very different, and it’s easy to overlook her opinions and suggestions as an out-of-touch old person’s attempt to stay relevant. This quick two-page story reminded me that Mom and I share the same roots and a common heritage. And that is what can bring us together.   

Brynna at Joy Filled Living I found the book to be quite a blessing. I have always loved the simple lives of the Amish and how they value the TRULY important things in life. I really appreciated her chapter titled “God Doesn’t Make Mistakes.” I really thought it was a beautiful chapter and it really spoke to my heart. There are so many times in my life where I question what the Lord is doing and I struggle with my part in it all. 

8/31

Debbie at Christian Stay at Home Moms What an interesting read. I was so impressed by the real-life stories of parental interaction with and response toward their children.Their view of children is surprising and enlightening. How they instruct and teach their children about life is worth considering. I enjoyed reading this book – and my mom breezed through it when she was here for a visit last week and said she would probably buy her own copy because it was such a good read!

Claire at Country Mouse In The City I really enjoyed this book. At first I was a little afraid that it might be a little heavy or difficult to read, but the very opposite is true! Fisher blends stories, advice and letters with ease, splitting the book into many small chapters which are easy to digest and full of interesting points. I particulary enjoyed the chapters exploring Amish teaching and will certainly be calling some of these ideas to mind when I return to school in September! Thoroughly recommended.

The Literary Mama This book was a great read. My favorite Amish value is “We don’t prepare our children for the future, we prepare them for eternity.” I remember praying about the best way to raise our children while pregnant. I remember God leading me to a similar precept. I wrote in my journal one day: “When you look at your child, don’t see them as a child. See them as the man/woman you want them to become and base your present decisions from this viewpoint.” Fisher also writes of thinking long term while parenting in Amish Values for Your Family The  concepts she covers are timelesss and will benefit any family who struggles with balancing family unity amidst our hectic, fast paced lifestyle.

Dawn at Guiding Light Homeschool I personally found this book very enjoyable – it was nice to sit down after a long day and read the stories and “go back in time” and remember that we too can enjoy some of that simplicity today. Now mind you, this book is NOT about “going Amish” but about how to incorporate their ideas of family, faith, helping others, simplicity of life, etc into our tragically hectic lives. There are SO MANY things I got from this book that helped me to remember where my focus needs to be, and helped “put my thinking cap on” for ways to simplify things or make them “more important” than simply surviving life. 

Abi @ 4 the LOVE of BOOKS This book, Amish Values for your Family, by Suzanne Woods Fisher is an excellent book showing the reader what it is about the family that the Amish value. Doesn’t always come easy. It sometimes has a great price tag attached. Our day and age we are a me first society. Think only of self and how I can get ahead. The Amish live a life of what is best for others, the community and my family. How will this help down the road. Suzanne breaks her book into four sections and deals with each very well.

9/1

Kristie at Family Scrapbooks & Coffee This is another book by Suzanne Woods Fisher that I absolutely loved. There were many stories – some funny, some sad, all full of life lessons that we can apply to our every day. What a better society I think we could be if we all just lived a little simpler.

Prerna at The Mom Writes One of the best parts about Amish Values for Your Family is that not only does it share your real Amish people go about their daily lives, it give you, someone who is not Amish, a chance to apply those simple values to your busy lives. Each story is followed by a Road Map: Getting There from Here with insights from Suzanne on how to apply what we just learnt to our own lives. I took Laundry Day and the significance of finding a time for prayer in any moment and am these days, applying it in my life. While I do wake early and spend time in reflection and prayer before I start my day, I also pray for my husband and our daughter now while I’m folding the laundry or putting away the utensils. Earlier both were chores I never had any desire to do. Now I actually look forward to it. Just one simple change. And what an impact!

Musings By Lynn

Michelle at Beyond Silver and Gold It is beautifully written with stories that show what the Amish value in their lives. It is so encouraging and Bible-based that you know you can also apply it to your own family even if you are not Amish. The stories touched me especially those about forgiveness. Forgiveness is one of those things that’s very hard for me to do and I realized this when I read this book. So I decided that I will try and be more forgiving in my life. If you’re looking for ways to bring about a positive change in your families, I highly recommend reading Amish Values for Your Family,