For readers who long for strong families that know how to truly enjoy life together, there is much to learn from the Amish. Values like community, forgiveness, simple living, obedience, and more can be your family legacy—without selling your car, changing your wardrobe, or moving out to farm country. In Amish Values for Your Family, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher shows how you can adopt the wisdom of the Amish when it comes to family matters. In this inspiring and practical book readers will find charming true stories interlaced with solid, biblical advice about parenting, marriage, and all aspects of family life. As readers get an intimate glimpse into the everyday lives of real Amish families, they will learn to prioritize what’s truly important, simplify decision-making, slow down as a family, safeguard time together, and let go when the time comes.
Suzanne Woods Fisher, author, and host of the radio program Amish Wisdom, has rapidly established herself as a kind of conduit for outsiders interested in learning about Old Order and Amish traditions—a kind of inheritance from her “Plain” grandfather. Most Americans knew little about the Amish before seeing the Harrison Ford film Witness; many then promptly forgot about this small cluster of communities known for their adherence to an Anabaptist faith and their uneasy rejection of most features of modern life. Here, Fisher shares the anecdotes of Amish friends and emphasizes the lessons to be learned from them.VERDICT While we are all in danger of misunderstanding the Amish and celebrating a falsely folksy, twee quality, Fisher’s work attempts to establish firmer links between Amish values and our world without entirely embracing their choices or rejecting ours; readers of the increasingly popular stream of Amish fiction should enjoy this taste of Amish reality. — Library Journal
What a lovely book! Many admire the values of Amish Christians but cannot imagine living under the restrictions of their (often rural) lifestyle. Suzanne Fisher’s solution is to examine several key Amish values, illustrate how they play out in daily life, and encourage “the English” (non-Amish) to incorporate them into their own lives. A single-minded focus on God, healthy attitude toward children and little regard for material things, for example, bear the fruit of righteousness and peace wherever they are practiced. Fisher’s familiarity with the Amish, and the anecdotes and proverbs from Amish people lend credibility. Her account shows that Amish folk have foibles and weaknesses just like anyone else, though they may deal with them differently at times. Interspersed with points worth pondering are lines that elicit peals of laughter. As readers peek into Amish community life, they find examples to follow, and hope for emulating the peaceful ways and spirit of the Amish. — Church Libraries reviewListen to an Audio Excerpt