Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life

Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life

by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Overview

Through firsthand research and personal relationships, Suzanne Woods Fisher has collected more than 400 proverbs that uncover the rich heritage, folklore, faith, values, history, and essence of the Plain People. These proverbs serve as teaching tools and maxims for practical living--but they're not just for the Amish. They're for anyone who seeks God's wisdom and truth for everyday circumstances.

Ranging from the simple to the profound, from the serious to the humorous, these sayings will stick with you through life's joys and sorrows. This expanded edition of Amish Proverbs includes more than 200 additional proverbs, giving readers more of the wit and wisdom they crave.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441239730
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 373,945
File size: 683 KB

About 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.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Phoebe's Light, Minding the Light, and The Light Before Day, as well as the Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction: The Amish in Their Own Words 11

Time 17

Money 27

Faith 39

Children & Family 53

In Word & Deed 65

Work Ethic 77

Handling Adversity 91

Education 103

Community 111

Character 123

Just for Fun 131

Notes 141

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Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
I love Suzanne's book Amish Peace and was excited to read Amish Proverbs. This book is a beautiful work of art that would make a great gift. It is full of gorgeous photos of Amish country and many sites and things you would see there. Then it is filled with words of wisdom, a couple of my favorites... "You can't stumble when you are on your knees." "Nothing is quite so annoying as to have someone go right on talking when you are interrupting." "Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines." A wonderful book that would be great for just reading a page or two at a time and spending the rest of the day mulling over the words of wisdom.
JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
This little book is a treasure that I will definitely read again. It is filled with words of wisdom that everyone can relate to. Here are some of my favorites from the book: * Faith is the bridge over which we can cross all the unknown waters of tomorrow. * Our children are the only treasures we can take to heaven. * Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can. Amish Proverbs is divided into several sections including Time, Money, Faith, Children & Family, In Word & Deed, Work Ethic, Handling Adversity, Education, Community, and Just for Fun. Each section includes a few pages of relevant stories, history or insights into the Amish way of life. I especially enjoyed the Just for Fun section. We might think that the Amish are too serious about life to have a sense of humour, but this little book proves otherwise. How about these? * Every family tree has a little sap. * Kissing wears out, cooking don't. * Nothing is quite so annoying as to have someone go right on talking when you are interrupting. I highly recommend this book, and it would make a great gift or addition to any library. It is filled with great wisdom, truth, and humor. There are beautiful photos throughout the book as well, and the reader will definitely gain a new appreciation for the "Simple Life".
VicG More than 1 year ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher in her new book, "Amish Proverbs" words of wisdom from the simple life published by Revell gives us wisdom that we don't hear much anymore. With beautiful photographs the proverbs are separated by "Time", "Money", "Faith", "Children & Family", "In Word & Deed", "Work Ethic", "Handling Adversity", "Education", "Community", "Character" and "Just For Fun". Spend enough time with the Amish, as author Suzanne Woods Fisher has, and you'll hear them repeat a catchy turn of phrase or short words of wisdom, like "Good character like good soup is usually homemade," or "Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience." Suspended in these phrases are age-old lessons about how to live wisely and please God. Reiterated day after day, the proverbs are learned by heart and help guide the lives of the Amish, reminding them of what's truly important. Fisher has spent a great deal of time with the Amish and has collected more than 200 proverbs that uncover the rich heritage, folklore, faith, values, history, and essence of the Plain People, which she shares in her new book These proverbs cover all aspects of life, from finances to faith to family, as well as overcoming life's frustrations. Serving as teaching tools and maxims for practical living, they're not just for the Amish. Proverbs help point us all toward wisdom, toward good judgment, toward God's teachings. They're for anyone who seeks God's wisdom and truth for everyday circumstances. Some of the proverbs that readers will find in Amish Proverbs include: * "It is better to give others a piece of your heart than a piece of your mind." * "You are only poor when you want more than you have." * "A child can read a parent's character before he can read the alphabet." * "Bibles that are coming apart usually belong to people who are not." * "Those who fear the future are likely to fumble the present." * "Kissing wears out, cooking don't." * "If you sense your faith is unraveling, go back to where you dropped the thread of obedience." * "You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough." * "A smile is a curve that can straighten out a lot of things." Ranging from the simple to the profound, from the serious to the humorous, these sayings will stick with readers through life's joys and sorrows and bring some of the Amish wisdom to everyday life. I don't know if this is an Italian proverb or just a proverb from my Italian mother but my contribution is, "It never rains but it pours." With beautiful full-color photos throughout, Amish Proverbs is the perfect gift for any occasion. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.org Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Carolee888 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a treasure. It was more than I expected! From other reviews, I knew that there were Amish sayings and gorgeous pictures throughout. But I didn't know that there would be commentary from the author Suzann Woods Fisher about the Pennsylvania Dutch and one each for each section of the book. The different sections are: Time, Money, Faith, Children & Family, In Word & Deed, Handling Adversity, Education, Community, Character and Just for Fun. One of my favorites is "Enjoy today it won't come back". One thing that amazes me is how so many of these proverbs get into my mother's family's sayings. They were never Amish but a couple generations did live in Pennsylvania at one time. It would be interesting to trace the migration of these teachings. I am going to keep this little book on my book case by my chair so that I can pull it out anytime that I want. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the Amish or learn more proverbs in general. I thank Suzanne Woods Fisher for writing this book and look forward to reading all of her others.
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This small book gives the reader an excellent orientation on Amish principles that help you be a better person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good way to get back to the basics and a simpler life.
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Very interesting and entertaining. Sometimes will even make you laugh. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many of these proverbs were passed down from hard-working country folks---not just the Amish. Good no- nonsense advice. Short read, but full of wisdom.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Amish Proverbs by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a terrific hardcover gift book. The Amish have tons of proverbs that cover nearly every aspect of their lives, and Fisher has put them together along with beautiful photographs and profiles of some Amish people that exemplify the words of wisdom. Her book perfectly captures the spirit of the Plain People and the simplicity of their lives that are so rich with wisdom. The reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory. If you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't been in bed with a mosquito. Bibles that are coming apart usually belong to people who aren't. Readers will find themselves wanting to share the sayings and nodding their heads at the truisms. It's a book that you'll want to keep on your shelf to reread again and again.
MoniDevone More than 1 year ago
I hadn't heard of many of these sayings, so this was fun to read. It was interesting to read both the sayings, or proverbs, and the meanings behind them. I've always been fascinated by the Amish way of life, so being able to get a more detailed picture of what these things mean, some lessons that other people have learned from their dealings with the Amish, and just being taught something new, has me picking up this book time and time again. This isn't the type of book you read from cover to cover. You can literally pick up the book, open it to a random page, and begin reading. It's a book I've had on my nightstand for several weeks now. My Family "Proverbs" or Traditions I don't know that we have that many. Since we've been in South Carolina, we've spent the last 2 Mother's Day holidays picking strawberries. We've had fun so far, so maybe that will become a tradition. We did pic strawberries in Ohio prior to coming down here, but I don't remember if that was on Mother's Day. The only "proverb" that I can think of, and I use the term very loosely, is that my dad - always - when he hears something he doesn't want to hear says "Don't let your mouth overload your ass". LOL! I think he's trying to say don't speak unless you're prepared to back it up, but really, no one pays him any attention. We're used to it!
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