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"Packed with practical, simple, and smart money saving ideas and teeming with great insight into the sensible Amish ways, Money Secrets of the Amish will entertain you with stories and retrain your brain to be the savvy money saver you always dreamed you could be."
--Beth Wiseman, best-selling author of Plain Promise and Seek Me With All Your Heart


“A very worthwhile read whether your bank account is bursting or busting.” 
—Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World and Lancaster County Secrets


“Everyone should take a course in Amish frugality before graduation, but since there isn’t one, Craker’s book fits the bill.” —James “JY” Young, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and cofounder of the rock band Styx
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Lorilee Craker is the author of eleven books, including The New York Times best seller Through the Storm with Lynne Spears, and A is for Atticus: Baby Names from Great Books . When she’s not shuttling her three children to hockey, gymnastics, and everywhere in between,Lorilee moonlights as an entertainment and features writer for the Grand Rapids Press in Grand Rapids, MI, and has written for magazines such as Parents and Parent and Child.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159555341X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595553416
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a time where money seems to be difficult to obtain yet easy to lose, I was excited to get my hands on this book regarding Amish money secrets. I do not know much about the author, Lorilee Craker, other than that she is a Mennonite who traveled into Lancaster County, PA to interview different Amish voices in regards to their money secrets--specifically, living simple and saving without depriving.

The book is 217 pages long, but it is a very fast read. I received the book this afternoon and started reading at about 5:00 PM. It is now 9:55 PM and I am writing the review. The book is just an enjoyable read because it is relevant to the economic times of our society. We are all wanting to know how to live simple, not be deprived, yet able to save money to enjoy retirement or the occasional luxuries of life.

Lorilee Craker introduces the reader to Bishop Eli King, Amos, Amish expert Erik Wesner, and more. One of the most memorable is Amos. He is a forty year old farmer who was raising fourteen children, renting a farm, and still managed to save $400,000 over twenty years. Could you imagine what this guy could do with two kids, or three? Saving that much money is absurd. Lorilee said that she expected to see deprivation in the household in some way, but she never saw it. The family was well-fed, jovial, content with life. Amos was saving money in order to stop renting the farm ($1,800/month) and buy a farm of his own. Nevertheless, I could not get pass the fact that this man was able to save $400,000 over twenty years with fourteen kids, a wife, and a rented farm. I am having a hard time managing to save 10% in a month and I only have a two year old.

The money saving and frugal lifestyle as described in this book is easily doable...if you choose to do it.
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Book Description:

Discover the money-saving and wealth-building secrets of America's thriftiest people, the Amish.

Author, journalist, and descendant of the Amish, Lorilee Craker, was just like the rest of us, feeling the pinch from the financial fallout of 2008. As a freelancer, her income was going the way of the dodo--family dollars seemed like an extinct myth, the bank account some archeological evidence of past prosperity.

Then, inspired by a news segment covering her people, the Amish, and how they emerged from the economic crisis unscathed, she realized it was time to get back to her roots and learn a thing or two about their time-tested approach to personal finances. While the middle-class was wringing its hands over the family budget and the wealthy were weeping over their slashed portfolios, the Amish were content as always, spared from the cares of the world and worldliness. They not only had financial health to support their lives, they exuded a wholeness that eludes so many when the financial bottom drops out.

In Money Secrets of the Amish, readers go on an "Amish money makeover," learning the choices, secrets, and disciplines that safeguarded the contentment and the coffers of America's favorite plain folk by spending less, saving more, and getting happier doing it.

My Review:
I have always been intrigued by how the Amish live so when I was given the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at the chance. In today's economy I need to learn, not only for myself, but for my family, how to live within my means and be happy about it.

Growing up, every year my family always traveled to Pennsylvania, so I knew a bit about the Amish and their culture.
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Money Secrets of the Amish is a great read by author Lorilee Craker. The book claims on the back that "Craker provides tips to... use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without. Rethink your gift giving. repurpose, recycle, and reuse. Eat like royalty for a peasant's pittance." And let me tell you, this book does just that. I really love books on frugal living and finances, and I also love books about the Amish so I really couldn't go wrong with this book.

This book was a very easy read, I finished it a few short days within receiving it. It has an attractive yet simple cover. The chapters end with a "My Amish Money Makeover" which highlights the key idea from the chapter. I like the concept of the "use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without" idea that the book talks about. Nowadays, it seems like as soon as something has minor wear or the newest model comes out- that we have to rush to the stores to get it. After reading this book, I really wanted to get my boys some tricycles, but those are usually 20 or 30 or more new.. so my goal was to find some used ones on a site similar to Craigslist. Well, I found some, and if it weren't for just having read this book, I probably wouldn't have got them because they were ratty looking and the wrong color- purple and pink! So I thought outside the box... PAINT! I was able to buy some spray paint and these two tricycles, for a total of $15!! Now they look brand new!

What I really think is great about the book is how Craker has interviews with actual Amish families. I think it is amazing how they look at the big picture, thinking ahead to their children and grandchildren when it comes to their finances. Craker also is a fan of Dave Ramsey, and I love that she included tips from him in here. Overall, I think this is a great book!
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