The Heart of the Amish: With God’s Help

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Forgiveness is a tricky topic . . . one we often try to avoid. The Heart of the Amish is by far my most personal book. I feel so passionate about this book for a simple reason: I needed it. It was powerful to study the topic of forgiveness from different angles, to research its physical and emotional effects, and to interview Amish people who show us, by their example, that there’s a better way to handle conflict. Writing this book changed me and I hope reading it will change you! 

With God’s Help

God doesn’t intend for us to forgive all on our own.

How have you seen unexpected forgiveness? Submit your thoughts on forgiveness (250 words of less) to info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com. I’ll pick a story to share on my blog next week and the winner will receive a copy of The Heart of the Amish! 

 

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The Heart of the Amish: A Strategy for Living

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A Strategy for Living

The ultimate goal of living the forgiving life is to move from forgiveness as a tactic for coping with a specific conflict to forgiveness as a strategy for living. For today and for all your tomorrows.

How have you seen unexpected forgiveness?

Submit your thoughts on forgiveness (300 words of less) to info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com. I’ll pick a story to share on my blog next week and the winner will receive a copy of The Heart of the Amish! 

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The Heart of the Amish: Faith & Forgiveness

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In celebration of The Heart of the Amish being released, I wanted to start conversations about forgiveness. Last week I asked you to share how forgiveness is woven into your faith. Thank you to everyone who submitted their thoughts on forgiveness! Here is the winning story from Judy:

The Bible teaches us that when someone sins against us, we are to forgive them if we want to be forgiven by God.

Just because we forgive doesn’t mean we’ll forget the sin, but we are to learn from it. Even the largest or the smallest sin is still sin. The size of the sin doesn’t always make a difference in forgiveness. We must still forgive. We can’t always forgive in our hearts when someone has sinned against us, so we need God’s help to complete that forgiveness – to let it go totally. If we don’t forgive someone for their sin against   Keep Reading…

The Heart of the Amish: Turn the Other Cheek

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If you’re just tuning in, I’m celebrating the release of The Heart of the Amish the whole month of May with a giveaway and facts about the Amish and forgiveness.

Turn the Other Cheek

Turning the other cheek means not returning insult for insult, which is what most people expect. Responding to hatred with love just might grab someone’s attention and afford a chance to share the gospel. When we respond in a manner that is unnatural, it displays the supernatural power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

How is forgiveness woven into your faith? Submit your thoughts on forgiveness (250 words of less) to info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com. I’ll pick a story to share on my blog this tomorrow and the winner will receive a copy of The Heart of the Amish! 

What does turning the other cheek really mean? Find out on @SuzanneWFisher’s blog

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Author Spotlight: Hutterite Diaries

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Welcome Linda Maendel, author of Hutterite Diaries, to Author Spotlight! Leave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of her book.

 Share a little bit about yourself. Married with kids? Empty nester? Do you work full-time and write when you can squeeze it in?

I’m single and work full time as an Educational Assistant in our school. So I write when I can find spare time, that usually means after school or in the evenings.

And share something about your writing. What’s your genre(s), your areas of interest…

I write mostly about Hutterite-related topics; that can include, daily life on a colony, faith, family, work, leisure and travel. I love sharing our communal way of life with people, with articles, stories and blogposts and of course books. My first published book is a German children’s picture book about a fond childhood memory,   Keep Reading…

The Heart of the Amish: Silence

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Silence In Amish life, silence has a purpose. In Amish life, silence has a purpose @SuzanneWFisher

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In what ways can you embrace silence?

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The Heart of the Amish: Deeply Engrained Habit

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Deeply Engrained Habit

Maybe one of the reasons the Amish are better prepared to forgive others is that they don’t expect life to be fair. The habit of forgiveness is so deeply engrained in how the Amish view the world—so much a part of who they are—that when things do go wrong, they’re already in a forgiving mode, so the problem doesn’t have a chance of growing into a story of resentment.

Is the habit of forgiveness deeply engrained in who you are? @SuzanneWFisher

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The Heart of the Amish: Understanding of Sin

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Understanding of Sin

Based on the Bible’s teachings, the Amish have a God-centered understanding of sin. While a sin often harms another, ultimately all sin is against God.

While a sin often harms another, ultimately all sin is against God. @SuzanneWFisher

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What have you learned so far about the Amish and forgiveness? Share in the comment section for the chance to win a copy of Amish Values for Your Family!

How is forgiveness woven into your faith? Submit your thoughts on forgiveness (250 words of less) to info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com. I’ll pick a story to share on my blog next week and the winner will receive a copy of The Heart of the Amish! 

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The Heart of the Amish: Redemptive Community

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I’m celebrating the release of The Heart of the Amish the whole month of May with a giveaway and facts about the Amish and forgiveness. Writing this book changed me and I hope reading it will change you!

 

Redemptive Community

The church, to the Amish, is not just a worshiping community, but is also a redemptive community. The act of confession is integral to restoring individuals to full fellowship—with God and man.

How is forgiveness woven into your faith? Submit your thoughts on forgiveness (250 words of less) to info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com. I’ll pick a story to share on my blog this week and the winner will receive a copy of The Heart of the Amish! 

To the Amish, the church is a worshipping & redemptive community @SuzanneWFisher

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Dreams Coming True: Raising Big-Picture Kids

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Dreams Coming True is a Thursday feature on my blog, a way to highlight those whose goal is to create community. The dream might be a blog, a published book, a small business, volunteering, or even fundraising for a charity. Something that makes the world a better place . . . for others.

Welcome Mark and Jan Foreman, authors of Never Say No and parents of Jon and Tim Foreman of Switchfoot, to Dreams Coming True! Leave a comment on this post to enter to win a copy of Never Say No.

Tell us a little about yourselves.

Mark and Jan Foreman live in the San Diego area where Mark is the lead pastor of North Coast Calvary Chapel. Mark is the author of Wholly Jesus and holds advanced degrees in theology and education and a PhD in counseling and   Keep Reading…