To book Suzanne for an event or book signing please contact Amy Lathrop (firstname.lastname@example.org).
March 11, 2013 Amish Spring Luncheon @ Los Altos Presbyterian Union Church, Los Altos, CA
May 8, 2013 Blackhawk Museum
May 18, 2013 ACFW SF Bay Area chapter
May 19, 2013 San Jose Presbyterian Church
July 17, 2013 Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley, Women’s Ministry Program
Plain Talk about the Amish: Why Do They Fascinate Us?
Maybe it’s the fast pace of living, maybe it’s the speed of new technology, but there’s something about the Amish that beckons to us. Who are the Amish and how have they been able to hold on to their traditions for over 400 years? In this program, Suzanne gives a brief, painless history of the Amish. She offers ideas about how to bring some of the better characteristics of the Amish into our busy, modern, very non-Amish lives.
Creating Community: Lessons from the Amish
It’s easy to get distracted by buggies, beard and bonnets, but look a little deeper. There’s so much to learn from the values of the Old Order Amish. In this program, Suzanne shares some key lessons she has learned from the Amish through true stories. Takeaway value is the emphasis, because Suzanne’s underlying principle is that you don’t have to go Amish to incorporate some of their principles into your life.
The Art of Kindness
Kindness is rendered almost meaningless in our culture today. Not so for the Amish, who emphasize it as a value. They know that kindness starts in the home. Suzanne shares stories of how the Amish encourage kindness in the home. She also discusses the flip side of kindness—irritability—and how it can erode relationships. Kindness may seem so simple, but it is profound. It can transform lives.
The simple life. It sounds so appealing, doesn’t it? Living with less, reducing expenditures. That’s a great place to start, but it isn’t where we should stop. There’s more to the simple life than purging. It should include creating margin for what’s most important to you: faith, family, and friendships. Suzanne provides practical advice, gleaned from the Old Order Amish, to help you focus your time and energy on what really matters most.