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Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World Paperback – September 15, 2009
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From the Back Cover
Capture the simple peace of the Amish in your own life
You don't have to become Amish to make personal peace a reality. Organized around five central themes in Amish life, Amish Peace shows you how you can cultivate a simple life of love, gratitude, and faith in the midst of a very complicated world. It includes real-life stories and examples of Plain People, Amish proverbs, and fascinating facts about Amish communities. Each section also contains questions for reflection and action, outlining things you can do in your own life that "make for peace."
"Fisher plants the reader inside Amish living rooms, barns, kitchens, and schoolhouses while distilling the best of what Plain life has to offer."--Erik Wesner, author, Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive and the Amish America blog
"You will not only learn about this unique subculture, but you will also be inspired to live a life of peace."--Joel Kime, pastor, Faith Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
"Suzanne offers us a glimpse into a world of peace, serenity, and total commitment to family and God. This book just might change the way you live your life."--Glenda Lehman Ervin, vice president, marketing, Lehman's
Suzanne Woods Fisher's interest in the Anabaptist culture can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne has contributed to several nonfiction books, is the author of three novels, and lives in California.
About the Author
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the 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. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.
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This book reminds us of the importance of family, belief in God, hard work and living as a community without reliance on the government for handouts.
The fact that the Amish have been able to sustain this lifestyle for so many years in spite of the fact that they are surrounded by modern life, makes you pause to think about how you as an individual - immersed in a life of technology and "busyness" - can consciously pull aside and make an effort to live your life in a way to bring peace to your home.
Images of simpler times when children actually play outside and use their imaginations, neighbors care for neighbors, taking a Sabbath to worship God, and the picture of intact families where each member, father, mother, children, grandparent, plays a significant role in the cohesive home.
Now, when anybody asks me what my favorite is, I can answer with certainty- Amish Peace. I would love to see an Amish Peace 2!
Amish Values and Amish Proverbs by Suzanne Fisher are next!
This is a book of wisdom on how and why the Amish do what they do. It is a practical guide for the modern day life. We don't have to give up the benefits of technology to live a better balanced life. Don't just read and be amazed by the simple wisdom...let it change the way you live life...a little less stressed, more balanced and full of joy.
The author treated them with great respect but I suspect that the shortcomings may have been downplayed somewhat for no matter how blessed our training the nature of man is still sinful and brings with it the accompanying problems.
The Amish have much to teach us and I appreciated the questions and reflections at the end of each chapter that strove to help us think of how we could able Amish values to our lives.
I see things differently now. The teachings of Christ are more real because of the examples of a people living their faith and believing and trusting in God. With this trust comes peace.
Highly recommend this beautiful book.