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Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth
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May 30, 2012

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I enjoyed this read and appreciated the outlook that Sleeth took. Sleeth shares experiences of her own and compares the typical American's experience to that of the Amish. Considering societies ills and those in the family, where would be a better place to look for solutions than where such ills are almost non-existent? The Amish must be doing something right. Sleeth does not go so far as to suggest that we should return to the way Americans lived 150 years ago; but as she considers the Amish way of life she looks at the principles behind their actions. Sleeth takes these principles and graces the reader with great narratives and suggestions on what it might look like to apply them in a 21st century world and in a modern American family. I noticed one area where this book could have been greatly improved - throughout the book Sleeth refers to certain studies and data but does not cite her sources :(

The 10 Principles:

1. Homes are simple, uncluttered, and clean; the outside reflects the inside.

2. Technology serves as a tool and does not rule as a master.

3. Saving more and spending less brings financial peace.

4. Time spent with God's creation reveals the face of God.

5. Small and local leads to saner lives.

6. Service to others reduces loneliness and isolation.

7. The only true security comes from God.

8. Knowing neighbors and supporting local businesses build community.

9. Family ties are lifelong; they change but never cease.

10. Faith life and the way of life are inseparable.

A chapter is devoted to each principle and Sleeth includes a discussion guide to help her readers dig deeper.

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