Saturday, August 27, 2011

Amish Values for Your Family (Book Review) and HUGE Giveaway!

This post is a part of the Litfuse blog tour.

I am glad I have had the privilege of reading and reviewing Amish Values for Your Family: What We Can Learn from the Simple Life by Suzanne Woods Fisher.  It is truly a wonderful, thought-provoking book about the things we can take from how the Amish live their lives and apply them to ours.  It also includes solid, biblical advice about parenting, marriage, and all aspects of family life.  It will help you 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. (It is not about becoming Amish!)  The book is filled with delightful, true stories of Amish families, Amish quotes, and interesting and often funny "blurbs" from Amish Scribes.  Each story also includes a Road Map:  Getting There from Here section that shows how we can take the lesson from each story and apply it to our own lives.

I like how the Amish have a simpler, less cluttered way of living and how they place much importance on family and spending time together. One of the principles from the book that I could incorporate into my life is their exceptional work ethic and that they also expect their children to have the same.  We are in a culture that expects little of our children, and insists that they must always play instead of learning and growing into little adults, so they will be ready for the responsibilities they will have as adults.  There are many additional wonderful lessons in this book.

About the giveaway:

Enter 8/15 - 8/31!

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.

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:
I received this product free of charge to review for the publisher, but the opinions expressed here are completely my own, honest opinions.

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  1. Wow This is a GREAT giveaway!!! Thanks

  2. this is geat!! i entered at fb :)

  3. Thanks for the review. Very interesting. I entered through Twitter.

  4. I love Amish books! I think we could all learn some things from the Amish. Thank-you for hosting this give-away!

  5. Hi Emily!

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful review of Amish Values. So glad you pointed out that many of those principles don't belong to the Amish. They're for all of us!

    Warmly, Suzanne Woods Fisher

  6. Thank you for stopping by, Suzanne! Great book!

  7. Thanks for doing this review. The book sounds really good. I know we can all learn a lot from the Amish. My husband and I have been trying to get rid of lots of distractions in our lives - movies, internet, smart phones, etc. Not only do these things limit our time with each other, they limit our time with God. I get so frustrated with and exhausted from this "busy" lifestyle.

  8. So true, Renee. We get ourselves so busy with useless things. So glad you and your husband are striving to eliminate some of those! I long for a simpler life, too.


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