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When it comes to strong families that know how to truly enjoy life together, there is much we can learn from the Amish. Just how do they establish such strong family bonds, such deeply held values, and such wonderful family traditions? In Amish Values for Your Family, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher shares the secrets of Amish family life. In this inspiring and pra ...more
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Whitney
Aug 25, 2011 Whitney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Amish Values for Your Family. We are expecting our second child come January so I was excited to review this book. What surprised me was how much the Amish and my own family have in common. I tend to read a lot of Amish fiction and enjoy it. After reading this book I realized why. The Amish value family and faith the way my own family does.
One chapter in particular that I really enjoyed was Laundry Day. Suzanne tells a story of twin daughters and their mother and how much work went into
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Emily Mellow
Although this book is obviously intended for a Christian audience, I still enjoyed reading it and learning about how the Amish do what they do. It definitely made me more curious about their culture... One photographer declared that in his 30 years working with the Amish, he never heard a parent raise their voice to a child. However, another writer, one of the few young people who defected from the Amish church, said that his dad "ruled his house with an iron fist". I'm sure every house, every s ...more
Sandra Stiles
Jul 13, 2015 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational, amish
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Amish values is a book that should be read by any family that is looking to improve their family dynamics. The one thing I’ve always admired about the Amish is their sense of family and what is truly important. One thing that really stood out is how much family means to them. They love their children, but do not spoil them the way we who are not Amish do. For this reason they don’t grow up feeling like we, the pare
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Apryl Anderson
Dec 05, 2014 Apryl Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The kind of ancestors you have is not as important as the ones your children have.
Noticing that the modern American puts excessive pressure on early-childhood success (in other parts of the world, as well), and families spend less time together than previous generations, Fisher contrasts these destructive trends with the Amish—one of the strongest and most stable family systems in America. The Amish seem to be doing something right, and as the introduction states, “there is much we can learn f
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Kristi
Jan 28, 2012 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listening-to
Simple book, just a compilation of stories of Amish families and how you can incorporate it into your non-amish life. I especially liked when a mother turned down getting a hand crank washing machine because when she would wash by hand it gave her time to pray for the child who wore the article of clothing she was washing. I could pray for each little foot as I fold socks and make a mundane, never ending chore much more meaningful.
Stephanie
I know there are many reviewers that loved this book, but though I found the snippets of Amish life easy to read (and in some cases interesting), I didn't ever long to get back to the book to read more. I pushed myself to finish it so I could mark it as "read" and I like my motivation to read a book because I'm compelled to get to the end by the book itself, not my desire to check something off on my "to-do" list.
Elaine
Mar 25, 2014 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an excellent read for anyone but especially for those who have children in their lives. We could all take some lessons from the lifestyle of the Amish and that is what this book helps us to do, after each chapter there are practical suggestions for those who are non-Amish to incorporate some of the lessons into their lives.
Don Weidinger
Dec 23, 2012 Don Weidinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
who ancestors will be vs were, loved and not adored, of God, rely on imagination, best gift is time, humor like grease for wheels of life, best things not things, snow waves, no hollering, birds as natural insecticide, 230 species, to be vs to do, div, care what know till know you care, let God manage fears, kindness vs reality tv.
Candice
Mar 26, 2015 Candice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im stuck in the middle on this book. I went into it thinking i was honestly going to be annoyed by the whole thing. I think things like this set us back as a whole. Im not a fan of organized religion. Just the whole precise for the book i am not its intended reader. BUT it was charming. There is charm to this book. Little stories and lessons and things that came through in a really charming sweet way. The book really is a look at values that alot of Amish people have and how non Amish people can ...more
Aimee
Jul 14, 2013 Aimee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some great nuggets in here. My favorite is the chapter on the gas cans.
Melanie
Aug 22, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like to joke around with my kids when they don’t have something that their peers have, like a cell phone for example, “Just tell your friends that your parents are Amish”! Oh I admire the values and character of the Amish people, the simplicity and the family dynamics that we so much seem to miss in the rest of America.

As I began to read Suzanne Woods Fisher’s book I saw many ways that we can easily take the simplicity and apply it to our own lives, without becoming Amish and giving up electr
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Trisha
Aug 21, 2011 Trisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the Back:
"Amish Values for Your Family is charming! It will lift your spirits and bring you closer to the Amish."--Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times bestselling author of When the Soul Mends

When it comes to strong families that know how to truly enjoy life together, there is much we can learn from the Amish. Just how do they establish such strong family bonds, such deeply held values, and such wonderful family traditions? In Amish Values for Your Family, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fishe
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Victor Gentile
Aug 24, 2011 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suzanne Woods Fisher in her new book, "Amish Values for Your Family" published by Revell teaches us what we can learn from the simple life.

Some individuals can look at the Amish and see buggies drawn by horses, a particular style of clothes and no use of electricity. However those individuals have missed the best part and that is family and how they work together. The Amish have a belief in God and a deep faith that gets them through some tough situations. Suzanne Woods Fisher doesn't want us to
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Laura
Aug 11, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: AMISH VALUES FOR YOUR FAMILY
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publisher: Revell
August 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-1996-8
Genre: Inspirational/nonfiction/Parenting

Amish seem to know what they are doing when it comes to raising strong families. They enjoy life together, work together, play together, and even have strong extended family ties. What do they do differently than us? And how can we recreate their method in our busy lives?

Suzanne Woods Fisher addresses that issue in AMISH VALUES FOR YOUR FAMILY
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Jodie
Whether you enjoy reading about the Amish or are just trying to find ways to make life less complicated, Amish Values for Your Family is a book you should pick up. Written by the bestselling author, Suzanne Woods Fisher, she delivers another well written book about things we can learn from the Amish without “going Amish”.

The book is divided nicely into what could easily be used as daily devotions. Each "devotion" begins with an Amish proverb, followed by a story of the Amish or an example of sl
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Sarah
As a wannabe Amish (I do need my a/c in the summer though) person I couldn’t wait to grab this book and begin reading it, plus I’m a fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher so it was a double plus. This book has a refreshing way of looking at familial issues and children in our English world through the eyes of the Amish, who live simply and for God. For many English today, even some ‘Christians’ see children as burdens and marriage as something easily done away with – in this book you’ll see children that ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith

I think the one thing I love most about their lifestyle over anything is their love for the community. Whenever anyone is in need, they don't turn the the government, they turn to their neighbors and no one is too busy to say no! They all work together to make their communities better, they don't believe they are owed anything except to be great stewards of the land God has given them. They are self sufficient and work hard. They don't have the issues we have in our society with our children bei
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The Loopy Librarian
Blessedly, this book is not a preachy book of do’s and don’ts. It also doesn’t suggest that we all sell our cars and become farmers. It is instead a series of anecdotes preceded by Amish proverbs followed by real world applications and wisdom. We can learn a lot from the Amish who value family, faith and community above worldly possessions. As a result they are less stressed, have a much lower rate of depression and an almost zero rate of divorce. Through stories of Amish families, the author sh ...more
Abbie Riddle
Aug 23, 2011 Abbie Riddle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
his is by far one of the neatest books on Amish values and beliefs. Although I have no desire to travel north and join an Amish community I do see the benefits of many of their beliefs regarding family structure. This book explores this through personal stories of the Amish. It is truly an insight to a people that are truly set apart from this world.

If you are seeking to simplify your life - to return to a seemingly easier and maybe old-fashioned lifestyle this is a great book. The Amish have ma
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Mary Ann
Aug 27, 2011 Mary Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amish Values for Your Family by Suzanne Woods Fisher is simply a book about living... simply. Filled with stories from the Amish themselves, you will discover how they keep their lives focused on what matters most and how that decision affects not only the whole family, but the entire community as well.

One of my most recent goals in life has been to SIMPLIFY. Get rid of all the 'stuff' so I have more time to enjoy what matters most... God, family, and people. This book has not only increased my
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Ibjoy1953
Sep 01, 2011 Ibjoy1953 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review

Amish Values for Your Family………..by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Amish Values for Your Family is one of the best books I have read about the Amish life! For many years, I’ve been fascinated with their lifestyle. I think the reason I cherish and respect the Amish lifestyle is because our family was brought up a lot like them as far as the working conditions. We grew our own food and put it up for the winter. We butchered our own beef and pork, milked our own cows, we had electricity but no TV and
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Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
That the Amish people have strong families is well known. Why they have them is what fascinates so many people. Here, Suzanne Woods Fisher shares the secrets of Amish family life. Through Amish proverbs, personal stories and anecdotes, Suzanne shows us that everyone of us can incorporate Amish values in our own lives.

As I read this little gem of a book, I thought that much of living life really is so simple. We tend to make it complicated. So much of the Amish way of life can be boiled down into
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Beth
Apr 11, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-beth-read
This book is a short. It is inspiring to read how Anish families raise their children, relate to each other and treat those outside their faith. It was good to see how "English" families featured in the book incorporated the principles of the Amish into their lifestyles. I enjoyed reading the funny things shared by the scribes at the end of each chapter. I was able to take away many tips that dovetail with the principles of minimalism and simple living I have been exploring during the last year.
Helena
Dec 22, 2015 Helena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book at the library book sale and I picked it up since I have always had an interest in the Amish. It is such a little gem! Each chapter is short, just 2-4 pages, and contains a short little story and sermon. As I read this book, ideas of things I can do better with my family come into my mind and part of me wishes that I could live and work with the Amish for a short time to re-evaluate my priorities and absorb some of their wholesome culture.
Rachel Brand
For the most part, I really enjoyed this little book. I read a section each day alongside my daily devotional. There were a few stories that I didn't find particularly inspiring or interesting, but most of the time Suzanne managed to put forward a useful, practical application from each tale she told. I'm not sure if it's because I put this book down for a period and came back to it a few months later, but I found the insight at the start of the book much deeper than the application sections tow ...more
Theresa
Feb 23, 2014 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each chapter deals with a separate event in a Amish family. Some of the stories made me laugh out loud while some made me cry, but the common thread was how their christian beliefs are working in their life every day. I felt the author was right, that we could all enjoy our on life better by taking a more simple approach to it. I copied down a few of the Amish Proverbs that went with each story for use in my own life.
Tina
Feb 02, 2014 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good book/tool for educating yourself on appreciating what you have & the people in your life. Suzanne gives the Amish way of doing things, then how you can accomplish the same thing in your own life. There are also little snippets out of Amish newsletters that give little anecdotes about daily lives of the Amish.
D
Jun 08, 2013 D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been intrigued and inspired by the Amish for some time now. Their simple faith filled way of life contrasts the busy, complex shallowness so prevalent in our society today. This book shares stories and experiences from Amish individuals and families that exemplify the Christian values that so many say they want to lives by, yet have strayed so far from. Reading this book made me think about my own priorities and how I might simplify and refocus on what is most important - God, marriage, f ...more
Ariel
Aug 28, 2011 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading about the Amish, and this book was no exception! I loved how it was written as a devotional, but you were also able to read it straight through as a normal book. Each chapter had a story with the lesson for that chapter, a review with some questions so the reader can apply the lesson to their life, and some random quotes from readers. I enjoyed the wide variety of lessons, and the simplicity of them! Most of the lessons were things we should already be applying in our lives, we j ...more
Kristin Poley
This was a fun little story full of Amish lessons. I really enjoyed it!
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Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books, host of the radio-show-turned-blog Amish Wisdom, a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine.

Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain. A theme in her books (her life!) is that you don’t have to “go Amish” to
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