About the book:
Of all the gifts that Jesus left us, his peace is most elusive. We long for it in our homes, in our relationships, in our life situations. One place we can look and see "living peace" is in the lives of the Amish. But you don't have to become Amish to bring these simple, practical ways of living into your own life--and make personal peace a reality. Organized around five central themes in Amish life, each section will include real-life stories, callouts of Amish proverbs, and interesting facts about Amish communities. Each section will also contain questions for reflection and action--things you can do in your own life that "make for peace."
I read this book with a high-lighter handy. I loved it. Suzanne Woods Fisher will take you into the homes and lives of the Amish people, and you will learn practical, simple ways of changing your attitudes and your perceptions.
The book follows five themes: Simplicity, Time, Community, Forgiveness, The Sovereignty of God. Each section shares real-life experiences and comments from Amish people. They explain their faith and their belief in family and community. They've chosen to keep themselves out of the world and to not be controlled by technology, and I personally can understand why. I think that simply limiting our own access to outside influences of media and television would have a profound effect on our families and our lives.
These are a people who value friendship and family, who make time for visiting and serving, and who treasure their Sabbath day. We, as a society, tend to forget the journey or the process of doing something, and only focus on the finished product or event. Slowing down and taking time to observe and listen, often is just what we need to remember God's place in our lives.
A complete gem of a book. It fit in my purse and was easy to read. I could read a couple of chapters in the few minutes I spent waiting in the car as I picked up my son after school. This is one I will re-read.
Available October 2009 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Thanks to Donna Hausler from the Baker Publishing Group for the opportunity to review this book. You can find out more about here. You can purchase the book here.
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