Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Amish Peace

Lately I've been reading a lot of novels about the Amish written by Wanda Brunstetter & a few by Beverly Lewis, and I've really enjoyed it. Really they are love stories with a more wholesome setting, and I'm a sucker for love stories.

Today I just started a book called Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World and so far I love it. Each chapter is a small story about an Amish person or family (real stories) telling about the benefits of their simple yet hard working lifestyle. At the end of each chapter are some questions for the reader, and suggestions on how to live a simple life in our modern & very busy world.

I know, I know, what's with all the Amish books? In fact, when Paul saw I bought this one he asked "are you planning to go Amish?", of course he was kidding. While I would love to visit Amish country I have no wish to join their community, I do enjoy reading about their culture though.

It's amazing what all can be accomplished in a single day & pretty much all meals are made from scratch. Prayer is encouraged for every little decision, which to me just serves as a reminder to ask God for help, always. Men & women have their roles, and that's that!! Nowadays (for the most part) we modern folk are not brought up knowing the difference. We are taught that men should help with the dishes & a woman should want a career because being a wife & mother isn't good enough.

Over time I will make little posts with the reflection questions in the book, but not yet. Here are some pictures I found online.


Nancy said...

It's funny that you should mention this...I just finished "The Shunning" by Beverly Lewis. It was pretty good! I've always been facinated by the Amish way of life. I don't think that I could adopt that lifestyle totally....obviously I'm too fond of modern technology....but I don't think it would be a bad idea to change little things (like what you said about prayer). Here is a site that I visit often....it's the Amish lifestyle for Catholics!!


This is a great post, Molly! Thanks.

Elizabeth said...

if you like reading about the Amish you may enjoy Eric Brende's non-fiction book "better off." He is a catholic who spent a year in an amish like community. It is one of my favorite books.

Sheridan said...

Good post, I have such a fascination with the Amish lifestyle- I don't think I could actually do without modernity entirely, but I admire alot of their core values. very thought provoking :)

Michael said...

I'd actually love to hear some quotes from the book! It sounds like that book can really add some good perspective for us "non-Amish" folks!

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