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“God’s hand that holds the ocean’s depth can hold my small affairs. His hand, which guides the universe, can carry all my cares.” ~Amish Proverb~
Bonnet books (Quaker, Shaker, Puritan, or Amish) are bestsellers in the Christian fiction world, and many readers are especially fascinated by the Amish. They wonder how the Amish can withstand the call of modern culture with all its conveniences, entertainment options, career opportunities, expensive activities, varied clothing choices, and remain content with plain living.
Are the Amish happier, more fulfilled, and deeply satisfied because of their lifestyle? What’s their secret?
A sweet devotional book, Amish Values for Your Family by Suzanne Woods Fisher, reveals these “secrets” by sharing vignettes from the daily lives of typical Amish families.
As I read the book, I found myself admiring the Amish commitment to family and community. Several stories along these lines touched my heart. I loved reading about 101 year-old Cora, who was able to live in the same house where she and her husband were newlyweds because of the tender care of her grandson’s wife, Mary. In a small way, their story brought to mind Ruth and Naomi.
Mary was not actually related to Cora, but embraced caring for her, spending time with her, singing to her. And Cora’s whole family was with her in the end, surrounding the bed and singing her favorite hymn as she met the Lord in eternity.
My 81-year-old mother lives with me, but I do not care for her alone. Because of the volunteers at Meals-on-Wheels and some young aids from Office of the Aging, I’m able to teach full time at a Christian high school. I’m glad my mom can be with me and live as she chooses. But my mother’s life and mine have been very different, and it’s easy to overlook her opinions and suggestions as an out-of-touch old person’s attempt to stay relevant. This quick two-page story reminded me that Mom and I share the same roots and a common heritage. And that is what can bring us together.
This chapter exhorted me to . . . “Never lose sight of the fact that old age needs so little, but it needs that little so much.”
Also from the book: “The Amish provide a tremendous example of care and commitment to the elderly. Aging parents don’t go to nursing facilities; they are cared for at home. Right to the end. Imagine the sense of security an elderly Amish has, to be loved and values, by their own family, right to the end.”
Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction and the host of a weekly radio program called Amish Wisdom, found at this link. Her book The Waiting is a finalist for a 2011 Christy Award. Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs were both finalists for the ECPA Book of the Year (2010, 2011).
Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain. Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. 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 mouth. You can find Suzanne at this link.
***Thanks to the publisher and to Litfuse for providing this book for me to review. You can purchase this book and others by following this link to Suzanne’s Amazon Author’s Page.