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Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life Paperback – October 1, 2012
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From the Back Cover
Well done is better than well said.
The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have been kind to you.
Some folks don't exaggerate, they just remember big.
Chances are good that during your life you've run across some good advice. And it's very likely that much of it originated with an Amish proverb. Through firsthand research and personal relationships, Suzanne Woods Fisher has collected more than 400 proverbs that uncover the rich heritage, folklore, faith, values, history, and essence of the Plain People. These proverbs serve as teaching tools and maxims for practical living--but they're not just for the Amish. They're for anyone who seeks God's wisdom and truth for everyday circumstances.
Ranging from the simple to the profound, from the serious to the humorous, these sayings will stick with you through life's joys and sorrows.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of Amish Peace, as well as many novels about the Amish, including The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, The Keeper, and The Haven. Suzanne is a Christy Award nominee and is the host of an internet radio show called Amish Wisdom. She 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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What are Proverbs? I love the definition given in the first chapter by J. Vernon McGee. "Proverbs are short sentences that come from long experience." There is a lot of wisdom in these sayings that are passed down through the generations to the young to help them in life struggles. In the Bible the Book of Proverbs is also geared towards the young as a father gives wisdom to his son. Indeed, if one reads it carefully it tells a story on this manner. The Amish, to this day, choose to remain away from most modern conveniences that we take for advantage, and seem to think that we can't do without. At times I am envious of their simpler life, though filled with hard work standards, they are a loving people with a strong sense of community and Christian values. They are a reminder in this high tech world that we should not be overcome with all of the gadgets and conveniences, but as Christians where our own priorities should really lie.
Owning a Kindle Fire is a wonderful thing as one can have a library right at their fingertips, however it is still not quite the same as holding a book, magazine, or newspaper in your hands. Having an actual newspaper in my hands seems to have a more personal connection between what one is reading and the material being read. Another caveat is that the Kindle edition does not have all the pictures that accompany the book and I really want a hardcover edition to hold in my hands and enjoy.
Each chapter is short and ends with several of their Proverbs on different aspects of life, and it is surprising in the number of these sayings that have been incorporated into our own sayings. For instance, I've often used, but never knew the origin of "Remember that wherever you go, there you are." Many of these sayings are humorous and the last chapter ends with humorous Amish Proverbs which have much wisdom. I cannot pick out any single favorite because there are so many, but here is one that sticks out "The world has too many cranks and not enough self starters."
One thing about Proverbs (whether Biblical or otherwise) is that they can never go out of style because they offer wisdom from long experience. They make one stop, and think and if they bring a smile as well, all the better.
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