Thursday on Amish Wisdom: Valerie Weaver-Zercher

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Don’t miss this week’s show. We’ll be talking about living more simply with guest Valerie Weaver-Zercher.Valerie is a Mennonite writer and editor in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. She works as a contributing editor to Sojourners magazine, a book reviewer for Christian Century, and her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, Orion, Christianity Today, and other venues. She is also the editor and compiler of Living More with Less.

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More about Valerie and the book:

“A Cookbook for Life” – Living More-with-Less: 30th Anniversary Edition That’s how author and activist Shane Claiborne describes Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition.

It’s an apt description. If Doris Janzen Longacre’s first book, the More-with-Less Cookbook, was just that—a cookbook to help people who wanted to cook more responsibly in light of world food needs—Living More with Less was a cookbook for simple, sustainable, sane, and healthy living in a world where too many people lacked basic necessities for life.

Written in 1980, before living simply and “green” became trendy and popular, Living More with Less was a practical guide for living in simple, sustainable, and healthy ways—ways that keep the future of the planet, and the plight of poor people, in mind.
Thirty years later, Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition has been released as a way to celebrateand honor Longacre, who died of cancer in 1979 at the age of 39 before she could complete the original manuscript.

In addition to Doris’ original reflections on themes such as doing justice, learning from the world community, cherishing the natural order, and experiments in nonconformity, Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition contains new and updated essays, reflections, stories, and practical tips in areas such as money, homekeeping, gardening, cooking, clothing, transportation, and technology.

For Bill McKibben, author of Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition provides “sound advice for living sensibly—and for freeing up the energy you need to join with your neighbors in the drive for a fair and durable earth.”

The book is exceptionally wise, urgently necessary for the sake of saving our planet, pertinently and personally practical,” adds Marva Dawn, author of Unfettered Hope; Being Well When We’re Ill, and Keeping the Sabbath Wholly.

Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition “collects the wisdom and experience of those who live with less than a consumer culture says we need,” says editor Valerie Weaver-Zercher. “It’s a vibrant collection of testimonies, old and new, of those who are discovering the joy of living with enough.”

Or, to put it another way, it’s a cookbook for life.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Ruth says:

    Dear Suzanne,
    I just finished reading your book and posted my review for Lit Fuse. I received an extra copy (thanks) to giveaway through my blog.

    To enter, your readers only need to leave a comment. I've enjoyed reading and am linking your RSS feed to my blog. I live in Tyrone, PA, and have many many friends with the Amish who live in Sinking Valley. Most of them have moved from Belleville, but a few families are from NY and Lancaster.
    Keep writing!!