Amish Values for Your Family, a 5 Minutes for Books review and giveaway

by 5 Minutes for Books

I have a type-A personality, and I like being busy. I also appreciate the modern conveniences that make my life easier and keep me connected. But, I admit that busy schedules and fancy gadgets can get in the way of what’s really important. In her new book, Amish Values for Your Family, Suzanne Woods Fisher explores the lessons that modern families can learn from the “plain” lifestyle.

In each inspiring and practical chapter, Suzanne Woods Fisher shares anecdotes from real Amish families “to help prioritize what’s truly important, to simplify decision making, to slow down as a family, to safeguard time together, and when age-appropriate, to let go.” The chapters are organized into four sections: Children are Loved but Not Adored, Great Expectations, Daily Bread, and Letting Go. In addition to the anecdote, each chapter also includes an Amish proverb, a “Road Map” section filled with practical application, and quotes.

This is a book to be savored. I enjoyed reading one or two chapters a day and taking the time to reflect on my own life and family. With every passing year, time seems to move more quickly, and I want to cherish each day. I also want to build strong relationships with my children and prepare them for the future. I admit that in my own busyness, I often try to handle everything myself, rather than taking the time to involve my children in the tasks at hand. I especially appreciated the stories that reminded me how much is gained when parents allow their children to work with them.

Suzanne Woods Fisher’s appreciation of the Anabaptist culture can be traced to her own family’s roots. Through her novels and Amish Values for Your Family, Suzanne shares her interest and provides life lessons for all of us. From time to time, we need reminders like these, and I recommend this book. Few of us would choose to adhere the Amish lifestyle fully, but we can live by its basic principles if we are purposeful and determined.

If you would like to win one of two (2) copies of Amish Values for Your Family, please leave a comment on this post. We’ll announce the winner in this column on August 29. This Giveaway is Closed.

The winner of The Available Parent is #14 Rita.

Review by 5 Minutes for Books contributor Lauren. Lauren is a wife, mother of two, and an avid reader. She blogs at Baseballs and Bows.



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1 Heather W. August 15, 2011 at 12:18 am

This is great!!! I’ve always wanted to learn more about the Amish community. I have begun reading many of the Amish based fiction books that are out there. Thank you for doing this!

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2 Julie August 15, 2011 at 12:32 am

This book looks amazing. I grew up in an area where there were many Amish and always respected their simple ways.

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3 Erin August 15, 2011 at 12:46 am

I would love a copy of this book! I have always been intrigued by the Amish culture!!!

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4 tennille August 15, 2011 at 12:55 am

we were just explaining the Amish and their way of life to my nephew-too weird!

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5 Jawan August 15, 2011 at 1:23 am

The simple life of the Amish has always fascinated me. I am so attracted to it and would love this book to learn more of their way of life in various areas. thanks!

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6 Susan S. August 15, 2011 at 6:18 am

This book sounds very intriguing. When life gets so “busy” I sometimes find myself longing for a simpler way. Would love to read more!

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7 Mia
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August 15, 2011 at 7:40 am

I actually considered what life would be like if I lived in a Bruderhof…I attended a couple children’s celebrations at one in Western PA. Thanks for the opportunity..this looks like a very interesting book!

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8 shelly August 15, 2011 at 8:24 am

This looks like a great read! Thanks for the chance.

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9 Jen August 15, 2011 at 9:02 am

Looks like a good wholesome read with good values!

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10 Lori August 15, 2011 at 11:07 am

I loved the comment that children should be loved, not adored. My husband got scolded by my sisters for not “adoring” his daughters but he sure loved them!

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11 Lawanna August 15, 2011 at 11:19 am

Sounds like a good book. Thanks for sharing.

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12 Steph Lancione August 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I’ve always thought it was interesting that they unplug from many things and stick to the basics of life. It would be nice to incorporate some of that into my family!

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13 Carolyn August 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I’d love to win!

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14 Rebecca August 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I would love to win a copy of the book!

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15 Megan August 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I have read many fiction books and nonfiction books regarding the Amish culture. I find it super amazing and hope to someday visit an Amish town. This book sounds like a great read and something to think about and share with the family.

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16 Pam M August 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I would love to win a copy of this book!

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17 Amy August 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Would LOVE to win a copy as I enjoying reading about and learning from the Amish! Thank you for the chance to win!

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18 Liz August 15, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Thank you for this giveaway. Amish life style is of endless interest to Englishers. I wonder whether the reverse is true.

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19 Ginger August 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Sounds like a great book. I’ve always admired the values of the Amish and would enjoy learning more.

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20 Melissa Williams August 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I am very interested in Amish culture. I especially enjoy Amish fiction. I know I could learn something from this book.

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21 Katherine A August 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I would love to have the opportunity to read this book, and hope I can enter in the UK.

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22 Linda Kish August 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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23 Marilyn Miglin August 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm

There is something to be said for the simple life. I have to say that for me personally though, I love technology and truly rely on it on a daily basis. I wouldn’t mind leaving it behind for a week maybe but that’s probably about as long as I could do it for.

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24 Marjorie August 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm

This book sounds like an amazing read and I would enjoy reading it.

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25 Jenn August 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm

This is definitely a book I’m interested in reading!

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26 Sandra Stiles August 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm

This looks great and I appreciate the opportunity to win a copy. If families today would adopt just a few of the basics maybe we would not have a many problems with our kids today.

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27 Cindy August 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Love the focus on slowing down and enjoying the simple things in life…

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28 Amanda August 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I just spent the whole weekend in Lancaster PA and my family and I spent 5 hours learning about the Amish. It was a huge eye opener to see how they live and what good comes out of their lifestyle. I feel like we are all consumed with gadgets and not our family.

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29 Mama Pickles August 15, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Our family has a cottage in Michigan in the middle of a very Amish area. I often say to my husband when we see a buggy going down the road how nice it must be to be Amish. No internet or tv to bother you. Living and interacting with people who share the same values you do. I would love to live with the Amish for a while and just experience a different kind of life. It would be wonderful to win and read this book.

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30 CaroleM August 16, 2011 at 2:10 am

That sounds really good. I think getting back to “simple” is not a bad thing.

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31 Shelly aka allysmama August 16, 2011 at 4:08 am

the Amish have always interested me…I’d love to win!
bleatham*at*gmail.com

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32 Tammy Gordon August 16, 2011 at 7:05 am

Would love to win this!

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33 LaVonne
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August 16, 2011 at 9:45 am

I’d love to win this. I just went up to visit the Amish yesterday in Lancaster County and had an amazing time. Thanks for the chance to win!

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34 riTa August 16, 2011 at 11:35 am

I have always been attracted to Amish simplicity and curious about their way of life. In 8th grade i wrote a paper about the Amish culture and got an A+. (Wow, that was a long time ago!)
We are recovering from a house fire. Amish crews are rebuilding our house. As we replace and restore our home, i long to simplify but fear we may not know how to do that. We need to learn new ways.

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35 Suzanne Woods Fisher August 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Thank you for sharing my book with your readers! So glad you felt it was so worthwhile to moms. I have loved my interactions with the Old Order Amish. I’m always inspired by their focus on the “right stuff.”
Warmly, Suzanne Woods Fisher

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36 Chris August 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I’ve read a couple of book series with primarily Amish characters – this would be interesting to read before I read those again.

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37 Virginia August 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I would love to win this book. I have one of Suzanne’s books which I’ve really enjoyed

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38 Kerrie Mayans August 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I would love to win this book
kerrie@mayansfamily.com

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39 Terra Heck August 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm

This sounds like an informative and insightful book I’d like to read. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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40 Erin August 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I would love to win this book!

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41 Sicily Yoder August 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Suzanne is right on in how the Amish values can help enhance your family life. I am former Old Order and Mennonite ( liberal now), and my mother was raised Hutterite, and I just love Suzanne’s books. Her ‘Amish Wisdom’ show is a great treat, too.. Please check her out online!

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42 nan August 16, 2011 at 10:22 pm

would love this book
nannypanpan at gmail.com

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43 Jena August 17, 2011 at 9:25 am

Would LOVE this book!

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44 Desiree August 17, 2011 at 10:54 pm

I saw this book at the Christian bookstore not too long ago and told myself I would get it the next time I was at the store. I’d love to win a copy here! Thanks for the opportunity.

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45 June August 18, 2011 at 4:52 am

This book sounds like some good reading for many of today’s modern families. Many of today’s youth need to be guided in the right direction.

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46 Mirissa August 19, 2011 at 12:27 am

ahh, this book sounds so soothing. Our lifestyle tends to get pretty hectic. I could really use a refresher to get me back to what’s important.

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47 susan August 19, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I would love one of these books- I love the Amish fiction books and appreciate Amish values.

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48 Melissa Williams August 22, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I could learn a lot from the Amish. I would love to read this book.

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49 Debby August 23, 2011 at 12:38 am

I have always been interested in how the Amish live their lives. It is amazing to me and I love their cookbooks. I would love to read this book

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50 Al August 23, 2011 at 12:40 am

I would love to visit the Amish community, learn their ways, and learn the beliefs. I do not think I have the strength to live this lifestyle all the time though

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51 Stacey August 23, 2011 at 12:41 am

I am a reader and I would love to read this book. I have always admired the Amish and their strength to not consider modern ways of living.

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52 DM August 23, 2011 at 12:42 am

Love to read this book. I love their cookbooks too.

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53 jaamie August 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

I have plenty of parenting books and a few books on the Amish. This book sounds like a good meeting point!

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54 Deb August 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm

The Amish really know what family is all about. Live off the land and boy can they cook some great meals!

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55 Stacey August 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I have an Amish cookbook and I love it. I really admire their true dedication to their beliefs.

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56 Alison August 23, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I don’t understand how the Amish can live without what we call necessities. I admire them for sticking to their beliefs, but no computer or electricity? Not for me!

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57 Amy August 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I have always wanted to visit an Amish community to see for myself exactly how they live. They are certainly smart people, and I do love their food.

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58 Beth C August 24, 2011 at 9:52 am

I always enjoy reading about the Amish. Looks like a good book.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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59 Ellen C. August 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I’d like to win. thanks for the chance.

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60 Keren Mazanec August 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Book sounds great. Life needs to slow down sometimes.

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61 Wendy M August 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I love reading and learning about the Amish, and would love to read this book.
wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

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62 Angela W. August 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Looks like a very interesting read!

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