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Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    "Jesus mostly taught on field trips!" that's a quote f

    "Jesus mostly taught on field trips!" that's a quote from Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth. Since this is the season for outdoors living (damply here in Washington state) it's a great time to put the ideas in this book to work. Doctrinally, I could never be Amish , but in the area of studied simplicity, I have a lot to learn from them. Highly recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    Almost Amish is Almost There

    It is easy to agree that many modern devices (smartphones, tablets, email, texting, etc.) have actually succeeded in making life more complicated rather than the reverse. The ability to 'unplug' and 'live off the grid' continues to decrease as jobs and relationships become more and more dependent on electronic connections. This idea is at the heart of Sleeth's book.

    But then the author takes it one step further: What do you fill your time with when you are no longer on Facebook for three hours a day and television is no longer a choice for the evenings? If everyone knows that shopping large box retailers isn't really the healthiest option for our diet or our economy, where do we buy our groceries? When families and friends are separated by hundreds of mile, how do you stay in contact without internet and phones? How can Christians live responsibly with a smaller carbon footprint and use world resources more effectively?

    The solutions offered in this book will not be for everyone. Many of them would just not be practical without living the author's life in the author's town. In today's world economy, I doubt very many of us have the financial resources or flexibility to sell our homes and buy a town home in a small college town where everything is in walking distance or a ten minute bike ride away. Where large families are involved, selling the old large, electricity eating refrigerator and replacing it with one (or more) which is smaller and more energy efficient is just not a practical option - due to storage space alone.

    However, the principles behind the suggestions given in this book are absolutely valid. Sleeth illuminates them with Bible verses, the amish applications, and how they have worked out in her life.

    This book, then, should not be read as a "how to" book, but rather as a manifesto encouraging the Christian community to be just that - A Christian Community; one where all aspects of living - grocery shopping, power usage, entertainment, hospitality, education, and lifestyle in general - should be not subject only to Christ, but exist as part of a network of relationships where love and caring is freely shared between neighbors.

    Idealistic, yes. Impractical, yes. Impossible, no. And perhaps a change desperately needed to reestablish Christ centered-Biblical living in the modern world.

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    Beginner Material

    "Almost Amish" by Nancy Sleeth is a book about simplifying your life. Using principles that she learned from the Amish, the author shares ways that the reader can break free from traditional "American" culture and embrace the Amish culture instead.

    I enjoyed the book but I must say that it is all beginner material. If you are already familiar with the Amish and the practice of simplifying in general, then this book will not offer much new information. If you are looking for simple ways to embrace a culture that has drawn much interest in recent years, then this book will quench that thirst for more information.

    I recieved this book free from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review

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  • Posted May 15, 2012

    I am a student at Asbury University, which Nancy mentions multip

    I am a student at Asbury University, which Nancy mentions multiple times in Almost Amish. I have heard her speak on several occasions and always enjoy hearing her great insights. She gave me a copy of the book after a workshop of hers that I attended. She continues to preach what she practices by illustrating Biblical purposes for living an “almost Amish” lifestyle. I liked how each chapter emphasized a particular aspect of life and how the Amish go about simply living it out. They apply many of the same principles in each aspect of life, which makes the end of the book sound redundant; nonetheless, they are important principles that as a Christian, of any denomination, are great ones to live by.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    Pretty Good

    I whole-heartedly agree with Nancy's idea that we need to make conscious decisions to live simpler lives and focus more on building stronger relationships. While we may not be able to live as the Amish do in our own circumstances, there is definitely something we can learn from their simplicity and devotion to community. I enjoyed reading her take on Amish principles and traditions, but at times I thought the tone was a bit preach-y rather than encouraging. There were also times the book felt like it barely scratched the surface on some topics and I was wishing it had gone deeper into how to apply certain things in our own lives. Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and gained some new insight as well as a few ideas about how to make a concerted effort to connect and build strong relationships with those around me.

    Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.

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  • Posted March 16, 2012

    I always enjoy reading about Amish and their lifestyle. In this

    I always enjoy reading about Amish and their lifestyle. In this book she talks about how in some ways the Amish have a much more free lifestyle. From no computers,phones,texting,email. She showed a lot of good points as in how they have much less cluttered lives and more of a close contact with neighbors and family. The lady talks about how she quit her job and her husband quit his job as a Doctor to downsize their lives. She had some very good points in the book and some made me really think. I think the whole concept of the book was good. To cut back on all these things that are cluttering our life today and coming between families. I read til the end and it was a good read,not great but good. I felt like it kinda dragged on in places and got boring in some parts. Other then that though I think it was a good read and gave you some good points to think about how you can unclutter your life and be almost Amish!

    I received this book free from Tyndale for honest review

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