The Heart of the Amish
Coming May 2015
About This Book
Everyone has been hurt. Everyone experiences conflict, great and small. Everyone has someone to forgive. But sometimes we just can’t bring ourselves to forgive someone who has wronged us or we don’t take the need to forgive seriously—not like the Amish do. Forgiving others in order to live at peace is woven into the very fabric of their faith. To the Amish way of thinking, “You can’t love the stream without knowing the source. ” We must forgive others, they believe, because God forgave us.
The Heart of the Amish invites readers into the world of a people renowned for their ability to forgive. Through true stories gathered from a variety of Amish communities, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher illustrates how they are able to release their pain and desire for revenge, and live at peace with others. Her in-depth, personal research uncovers the astounding yet fundamental way the Amish can forgive anyone from the angry customer at the grocery store to the shooter at Nickel Mines. Readers will learn how to invite God into their stories, apply lessons from the Amish to their own circumstances, and find the freedom that comes with true forgiveness.
Amish Proverbs – Expanded edition
About This Book
“I’m thrilled to announce that a paperback edition of the hardcover gift book, Amish Proverbs will be releasing in October.” Filled with 100’s more of the proverbs you love. 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. This expanded edition of Amish Proverbs includes more than 200 additional proverbs, giving readers more of the wit and wisdom they crave.
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Amish Values for Your Family
About This Book
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 review
About This Book
Finalist in the ECPA Christian Book of the Year Award 2010!
You don’t have to “go Amish” to make personal peace a reality. Organized around five central themes in Amish life, Amish Peace shows you how you can cultivate a simple life of love, gratitude, and faith in the midst of a very complicated world. It includes real-life stories and examples of Plain People, Amish proverbs, and fascinating facts about Amish communities. Each section also contains questions for reflection and action, outlining things you can do in your own life that “make for peace.”
“I can think of few other books that have so profoundly affected me. I entered seminary last August, and even the texts, with their depth of theological history and foundation, did not touch me so. “Amish Peace” has driven me to a place of comfort and challenge that gives me pause and desire to be a more engaged Christian, man, father, student, teacher.” — Cecil, a reader