offers loving ways to bring your fractured home back to life-Amish style. Read
it and apply generously! It’s a beautiful book-funny, charming, soulful, and
-Mary-Ann Kirkby, author of I
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
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
with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain. She has many, many
Plain relatives living in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and travels back to
Pennsylvania, as well as to Ohio, a couple of times
each year for research.
Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain
people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. In both her
fiction and non-fiction books, she has an underlying theme: You don’t have to
“go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles–simplicity, living with
less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily– into your
When Suzanne isn’t writing or bragging to her friends about her
first new grandbaby (!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To
Suzanne’s way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy
is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its
I recently got the opportunity to review the book Amish Values for Your Family.
When hubby saw it, he gave me one of his “you aren’t going to get any crazy ideas now are you??” Sometimes, I get a little over excited when I read something. LOL But the idea behind this is not to give up electricity, move to a farm, and change religions. The idea is incorporating some of the main values into our modern lives and seeing if our lives are better for it.
I actually found a lot of the items I could incorporate into my daily life, as I know I could make some changes. Some are things I already believe in, and do my best to live.
One of the values that I am doing very hard to incorporate, but am is a daily, minute-by-minute, conscious effort is “Children are loved but not Adored”.
This means that they love their children, but they think of them as God’s and count them as a blessing. They feel like they are to guide their children to be adults, and teach them life skills but not to hold on to them. So they have a great family dynamic where their kids are taught to work and help out around the house and farm with age appropriate tasks. The parents don’t raise their voices at their children, but the children jump right up when asked to do something.
They do believe in punishing, but in such a way as guiding and not yelling. This is something I struggle with. I love my boys and am pretty good about including them doing age appropriate tasks. But when it comes to punishment, I generally find myself raising my voice. I am working very hard at changing that so that I calmly explain why we don’t do such a thing.
I have been working hard on this since I read it and I find myself saying “HEY STOP, we don’t do that because ________________” LOL so I am currently a work in progress, but that’s the key I think. Just trying to apply the virtues the best we can.
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Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book to do an honest review. All opinions are my own.