Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Amish Family Values by Suzanne Woods Fisher

About the book:

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, author of I Am Hutterite

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.

My Review:
I love reading Amish books.  The Amish way of life is so intriguing to me.  I so totally enjoyed reading this book.  They seem to have such a close knit community and Spirit about them.  There seems to be no time matters what gets done gets done and that which doesn't get done will wait for another time.  They work together, in the field as well as the kitchen; I love just reading about their everyday life style.  This book, Amish Values for your Family, by Suzanne Woods Fisher is an excellent book showing the reader what it is about the family that the Amish value.  Doesn't always come easy.  It sometimes has a great price tag attached.  Our day and age we are a me first society.  Think only of self and how I can get ahead.  The Amish live a life of what is best for others, the community and my family.  How will this help down the road.  Suzanne breaks her book into four sections and deals with each every well.  The first being Children how they are loved and raised, the next section is on exceptions that the Amish value covering marriage, schooling, laundry days, snow days and more.  The third section is on Daily Bread and the Fourth section about letting go.  

In the Amish family, life and work is all about family. Every member from the oldest (grand dad) to the youngest, little peep has a job and place working together to benefit the family is just their way of life.  March through October being the busiest months with things peaking in July.  The winter months November through February are the months for preparing and more leisurely if that can be possible.  Much time in the winter months are spent by the cozy fire and stocking the icehouses though snow playing and sleigh rides rank high on the list also. 

About Suzanne:

Her interest in the Amish began 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 life.

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.

Suzanne can be found on-line at:

Thanks to litfuse I have a copy of Suzanne's book, Amish Values for Your Family, to giveaway.  Because I'm having computer issues at this present time, I'm going to make this giveaway easy on everyone.  Just be a follower or subscriber to my blog.  Let me know in your comment you are a follower or subscriber.  Be sure to leave a contact email address.  Please US residents only.  I'll leave this open til Sept. 16th.  I draw a winner on Sept. 17th.

Congratulations and Congrats Pictures, Comments, Images, Graphics

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is thrilled to announce the release of Amish Values for Your Family, 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

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)

Click on one of the icons to enter. 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.

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Linda said...

The more I read about your book, the more I'm wanting it!!! Kindle would be just fine, too!

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Kaye said...

There definitely is something intriguing about the Amish way of life. I'm a GFC follower.


Judy said...

I would love to win a copy of Suzanne's book, Amish Values for Your Family. I am a big fan of Suzanne's and I have read every single one of her books!

I am a follower of this blog.


Judy said...

I forgot to add that I am a subscriber to your blog!


Suzanne said...

Hi Abi!
Thanks for your thoughtful review--really liked how you brought out the importance of each person (young or old) in an Amish family.
Thank you for being a part of the blog tour for Amish Values! Warmly, Suzanne

Emma said...

a follower and subscriber.This books sound wonderful.thanks for the chance.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read suzanne's book...

i'm a follower & email subscriber, too :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com