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Nonfiction Books by Suzanne Woods  Fisher

Amish Proverbs – Expanded edition – Available Now!

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About the 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

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Church Libraries review:

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.  Rating: 4 

About the 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.

Endorsements:

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

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Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life

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A Finalist in the ECPA Christian Book of the Year Award 2011!

About the Book:

If you want to know a people, know their proverbs. These small, concentrated packages of insight allow outsiders to peek into a fascinating closed community. In Amish Proverbs, a collection of more than 200 proverbs uncover the rich heritage, folklore, faith, values, history, and essence of the Amish people. Ranging from the simple to the profound, from the serious to the humorous, these sayings will stick with readers through life’s joys and sorrows.

Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World

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A Finalist in the ECPA Christian Book of the Year Award 2010!

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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

Endorsements:

“Suzanne has captured the calm spirit of the Amish community. She offers us a glimpse into a world of peace, serenity, and total commitment to family and God. This book just might change the way you live your life” — Glenda Lehman Ervin, vice president, marketing, Lehman’s

“Fisher plants the reader inside Amish living rooms, barns, kitchens, and schoolhouses while distilling the best of what Plain life has to offer. Heartening and helpful.” — Erik Wesner, author, Simple Success: How the Amish Do Business and Amish America blog

 

Grit for the Oyster: 250 Pearls of Wisdom for Aspiring Writers

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Second Place Winner of Reader View’s literary awards for Best in How-To and Best in Writing

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A powerful motivator for aspiring writers, Grit for the Oyster offers wit, wisdom, and inspiration to take that first step and persevere through the writing journey. More than a how-to, this confidence-building book is designed to draw readers to a closer relationship with God, to affirm their calling to write, and to offer pithy practical guidance from successful writers like Terri Blackstock, James Scott Bell, Liz Curtis Higgs, Dr. Gary Chapman, and Deborah Raney.