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Amish Values for Your Family: What We Can Learn from the Simple Life

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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
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Revell
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Jan 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Fredrick Danysh
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
The author discusses the family values of the Amish and how they relate to their children. It is about a more self-reliant lifestyle that works on simplicity, conservation, and caring. A good read for todays throw away society.
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
The Loopy Librarian
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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 ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
There are some great nuggets in here. My favorite is the chapter on the gas cans.
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amish Values For Your Family is the second book on the list this month about the Amish. As an Ohioan who sees the Amish in my own community from time to time, I greatly enjoyed this book. Clear and to the point, Suzanne Woods Fisher answers many questions about the Amish family and why they have such overwhelming success in passing on their faith to their children. In the modern day Christian Church we are only passing on our faith with a 20 -40 percent success rate depending on the stats you ...more
Charles Areson
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
very interesting book
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It ring true with my personal value system of a simple life. About halfway through the book it made me want to see about becoming amish. After a little more research into the life I decided it's probably not the life I want while I still think they have a better daily life and value balance. The book was well written and easy to read. It was built around short stories so it flowed quickly. I don't think the book is for everyone but is definitely a window into a ...more
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living

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
Apryl Anderson
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jodi Hawkins
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
quick and easy read. I'm always looking for ways to simplify life and bring more joy. I related with many suggestions in this book. agree on many levels with the Amish way of life. I've had a handful of opportunities to spend time at a few different Amish farms eating dinner in their homes and I'll be honest, they are some of the kindest, welcoming and most joyful people. I always leave feeling uplifted and a wish for a more simplistic life.
Victor Gentile
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My Review

Amish Values for Your Family……… 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
Abbie Riddle
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mary Ann
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sandra Stiles
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sarah Bailey
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
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
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 ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
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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