Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World

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Capture the simple peace of the Amish in your own life

You don't have to become Amish to make personal peace a reality. Organized around five central themes in Amish life, Amish Peace shows you how you can cultivate a simple life of love, gratitude, and faith in the midst of a very complicated world. It includes real-life stories and examples of Plain People, Amish proverbs, and fascinating facts about Amish communities. Each section also contains questions for reflection and ...

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Overview

Capture the simple peace of the Amish in your own life

You don't have to become Amish to make personal peace a reality. Organized around five central themes in Amish life, Amish Peace shows you how you can cultivate a simple life of love, gratitude, and faith in the midst of a very complicated world. It includes real-life stories and examples of Plain People, Amish proverbs, and fascinating facts about Amish communities. Each section also contains questions for reflection and action, outlining things you can do in your own life that "make for peace."

"Fisher plants the reader inside Amish living rooms, barns, kitchens, and schoolhouses while distilling the best of what Plain life has to offer."--Erik Wesner, author, Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive and the Amish America blog

"You will not only learn about this unique subculture, but you will also be inspired to live a life of peace."--Joel Kime, pastor, Faith Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

"Suzanne offers us a glimpse into a world of peace, serenity, and total commitment to family and God. This book just might change the way you live your life."--Glenda Lehman Ervin, vice president, marketing, Lehman's

Suzanne Woods Fisher's interest in the Anabaptist culture can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne has contributed to several nonfiction books, is the author of three novels, and lives in California.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800733384
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 282,746
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction: Become Amish? 13

Part 1 Simplicity 17

The Worth of Money 21

Small-Scale Living 25

Family First 28

Amish Stuff 32

The Amish Dress Code 35

A Love Affair with Scooters 38

The Cool Factor 41

A Word to the Wise 45

Slim and Trim 48

Off the Grid 51

Part 2 Time 55

Sue Bender of Time 59

The Clockless Year 63

The Team 68

The Patient Farmer 72

Going In with the Boys 76

Experience Is the Great Teacher 80

A Margin of Error 84

Growing Old Amish 88

Nancy Blank's Funeral 91

Part 3 Community 95

Bart Township Fire Station 51 99

Artist Susie Riehl 103

The Lowly Spirit of Gelassenheit 107

God's Special Children 111

Help Thy Neighbor 114

I Like to Put My Feet under the Table 118

One-Room Schoolhouse 121

Children Are Loved but Not Adored 125

The Grocery Shower 128

Face-to-Face 132

For the Good of the Community 135

Amish Quilts 138

Growing Up Amish 142

The Burning Barn 146

Part 4 Forgiveness 151

The Freedom of Forgiveness 155

When Forgiveness Doesn't Happen 159

The Comfort Quilt 162

A Sacred Silence 166

The Slingshot 170

The Given Word 173

Auntie Anne's Soft Pretzels 177

Good Night, My Son 181

Part 5 The Sovereignty of God 185

No Sunday Sales 189

Only God Fires Ministers 193

The Cycle of Life 197

The Good Samaritan 200

Amische Lieder (Amish Music) 203

By Ye Separate 206

Epilogue 211

Notes 214

Recommended Reading 217

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Beautiful book

    Peace. Does anyone really have true peace? The Amish seem to have it, but is it peace or just a lack of things? I was curious to read this book and see what Suzanne found out in her research, visits and interviews with the Amish. What I didn't expect was the peace I would get just from reading the book. I'm not a huge non-fiction fan just because it usually takes me a lot longer to read non-fiction than it does to read fiction. Suzanne has such a captivating writing style, short chapters and wonderful people to write about that I just zipped right through this book. At the end of each chapter she has a little section "Reflections on..." and a "Plain Living" box that both give you things to think about and how what was discussed in that chapter may or may not relate to your life.

    This book would be such a blessing to any fan of Wanda Brunstetter, Beverly Lewis, Beth Wiseman or Shelley Shepherd Gray. It will give the reader a deeper insight into the culture they have loved reading about and may just give them a deeper insight into how to obtain more peace in their own life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    I loved this book

    As my life has become increasingly hectic, I caught myself wishing for the simple life that I had as a child. In my quest for simplicity I couldn't help but be drawn to the Amish. I ordered this book to learn more about the Amish people and their way of life. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the stories about the Amish people the author encountered.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2009

    Enjoyable and insightful look at a fascinating people

    Amish Peace by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a fascinating look at the source of the title. Fisher, who comes from an Anabaptist tradition called Dunkards, delves deeply into the day-to-day life of the Amish. With their focus on God and family, they have a better understanding of what it means to live the way God intends and the peace that pervades every aspect of their life emphasizes this. Each short chapter gives insight into one aspect of their lives: respect for elders, working as a community, or church services. The Amish have a different way of looking at life: one woman gave up her painting for a time when she feared that it was overwhelming her love for God. Families with Alzheimer's patients or disabled children don't institutionalize their loved ones, but devote their lives to caring for them. Whether you have an slight interest in the Amish or a fascination to know more about their way of life, this book will definitely satisfy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    Highly Recommended - A New Way Of Life

    After reading other books about the Amish I found it interesting and wanted to read more about the true life of the Amish. This book tells alot about the true life of the Amish and it is so interesting. I am not Amish but it is a way of living that I have changed my life since reading many stories most especially those written by Beverly Lewis. Simplicity is a very worth while way of living. I did enjoy this book

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  • Posted November 4, 2010

    Well worth reading!

    I found this book an inspiring easy read. Big truths well researched and well written. A marvellous group of people with Godly strength, wisdom, discipline and peace!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

    A good way to see into the Amish community

    I found this book interesting. It has little Amish quotes throughout the book that I thought was neat. It also has "reflections on simplicity" at the end of every chapter. They didn't seem to be realistic to me.
    Over all I think this book is a good read if you are interested in wanting to know about the amish lifestyle.

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    Posted March 9, 2013

    SOL

    (Athena I think got locked out. Move to a place where theres more than one of the same book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Great book

    If we all could be!

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    A true glimpse into Amish life

    Sprituality is as simple as this Amish life- Excellent, pure, and encouraging.

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