Hmmm. I think I'd be ok, being on this road instead of at my desk!!
My daughter cracked me up when I got this book to review. She asked,
“Mom, what’s this book? Those parents are mean, they have shoes, but they don’t buy shoes for their children!”
After I laughed, and explained to her that the children were most likely simply allowed to run barefoot in the Summer.
Then I wondered how many misperceptions I have of the Amish. I thought about what I knew about them…mainly nothing, picked up from that movie Witness and some other random media, I suppose. Overall, I don’t have a real negative perception, I just haven’t thought much about their culture.
After reading this book, I have to say that many of the stories made me laugh and reminded me of my own family! Maybe we had television and cars, but my parents always protected our family time and raised us to know our faith and to respect our elders, pointed out dangerous cultural trends…taught us to have common sense!
When I was asked to review this book, I was given an assignment–basically to choose a particular story and see how it might apply to my life. I figured I would read for awhile–thinking I’m pretty smart and I probably know much of this–and eventually find something that I could incorporate in my life.
Well, I got to page nineteen, which was right in the beginning! There was a story about The Rabbit Hutch. The proverb accompanying the story is: “A family that works together, grows together.”
In this tale, an Amish family and a non-Amish family are neighbors. One of the Dads builds a rabbit hutch with his son, while the other proudly points out they are on sale at the local hardware store…and “why bother” to build one that probably costs more than the on sale, pre-made ones. he says there is “no reason to reinvent the wheel.”
No reason…to which the Amish father replies “Unless you’re trying to teach your son how to use a hammer and saw…Unless you want to give your son skills he can use for a lifetime. Unless…you’re trying to to teach him to build things that last. To take pleasure in his work…those good talks a father and son have while they’re working together, side by side.” If you don’t mind missing those things, then sure, buy the hutch.”
I loved this story. As a family, we really try to have family time and teach our children useful skills. But, we are somewhat “in” the culture and our time is divided and we are busy. I often think of things I would like to learn and teach “when I have time.”
This story reminded me that I do have a set amount of time, and I choose how to use it…and I need to remember to judge not just the immediate value of an item or job…but the long term value of some choices–to learn to sew together rather than find a good deal shopping, for example.
Now, that took alot from me to decide to try to sew, because I hate it and have never done it! So, you can say this book has had a profound effect on me, hahaha!
Anyway, I have tons to say about this book, but my post is already so long. Shoot. But, mainly, I encourage you to take a look into a simpler world and see what you can take from it and enjoy.
The Official Word:
Suzanne Woods Fisher is thrilled to announce the release of Amish Values for Your Family: What We Can Learn from the Simple Life her latest non-fiction release.
“It 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 beautiful.” -Mary Ann Kirkby
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 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 comes.
Read the reviews here.
To celebrate the release of Amish Values for Your Family, Suzanne has teamed up her publisher Revell Books to giveaway a Kindle, and with Bill Coleman (the amazing photographer used on Suzanne’s book covers) to give away a signed Bill Coleman original.
One Grand Prize winner will receive an Amish Values Prize Package (valued at over $200) and includes:
* A brand new KINDLE
* A Signed Bill Coleman original
* Amish Values for Your Family (for KINDLE)
Enter 8/15 – 8/31!
Winner will be announced on 9/2 at Suzanne’s blog. Be sure to stop by the blogs on Suzanne’s blog tour – many have copies of Amish Values for Your Family to give away.
But, wait there’s more! Suzanne is running a Bill Coleman caption contest during the month of August on her blog. Title one of Bill’s gorgeous photos for a chance to win a print from Bill’s Amish Photo site and/or a copy of Amish Values for Your Family.
I received this book for review from LitFuse.