What the Amish Can Teach Us About the Simple Life: Homespun Hints for Family Gatherings, Spending Less, and Sharing Your Bounty

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Emphasizing Amish values of faith, simplicity, and self-sufficiency, author Georgia Varozza (Homestyle Amish Kitchen Cookbook) offers fresh ideas to make faith, serenity, and healthy living a stronger presence in everyday life. Drawing on her family's Plain roots, she provides innovative suggestions and easy-to-follow instructions to help readers

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What the Amish Can Teach Us About the Simple Life: Homespun Hints for Family Gatherings, Spending Less, and Sharing Your Bounty

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Overview

Emphasizing Amish values of faith, simplicity, and self-sufficiency, author Georgia Varozza (Homestyle Amish Kitchen Cookbook) offers fresh ideas to make faith, serenity, and healthy living a stronger presence in everyday life. Drawing on her family's Plain roots, she provides innovative suggestions and easy-to-follow instructions to help readers

  • create a home atmosphere that promotes faith and family
  • simplify their lives by controlling technology
  • enjoy the satisfaction of successful do-it-yourself projects
  • discover the benefits of growing and raising their own food
  • generate less waste by repurposing, reusing, and recycling

Practical and hands-on, this book is a great resource for people who want to make a few simple changes or fully embrace a more wholesome lifestyle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736952606
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 997,962
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Georgia Varozza, author of the popular Homestyle Amish Kitchen Cookbook (nearly 60,000 copies sold), enjoys teaching people how to prepare and preserve healthy foods, live simply, and get the most from what they have. She works in publishing and lives in a small Oregon community. www.georgiaplainandsimple.blogspot.com
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Table of Contents

A Simple Life Revealed 9

Why the Amish? 15

1 Family First 17

2 Building Community 29

3 Housekeeping Tips 39

4 Backyard Gardening 65

5 Raising Backyard Livestock 89

6 Keeping Technology Where You Want It 123

7 Waste Not, Want Not 133

8 Coming Home 145

Recommended Resources 153

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    Although we live in a fast-paced world, dependent on technology, we CAN slow things down, down-size, simplify and practice the "spirit of frugality." That is the premise of the book "What the Amish Can Teach Us About the Simple Life" by Georgia Varozza. The author uses the Amish community as a model for living a personally satisfying existence in the midst of a noisy, hectic society. The Amish life is centered in family and faith and is characterized by structure, tradition, quietness, industry, and an unhurried pace--very different from the lifestyle most of us live. Varozza offers a comprehensive list of practical suggestions for taking control of your life--from a plethora of ideas for family time, to making your own household cleaning products, composting and gardening, and raising cows, chickens or goats. Don't let city life deter you, either. It is not illegal or impossible to raise goats in many U.S. cities! And did you know that you can freeze eggs? The author shares that tidbit of wisdom among many others that will enhance your life if you are willing to expend a little effort.

    What do you get from simplifying your life? Varozza states, "We are increasingly living unexamined lives as we jump from one thought to the next with the click of a mouse." If you recall, the philosopher Socrates is quoted as saying that "the unexamined life is not worth living!" Our spirit, that elusive essence that makes us who we are, is nourished by taking time to practice the "spirit of frugality." Take some time and peruse this lovely little book; it is never too late to incorporate positive changes.

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