Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Book Review: Amish Proverbs {And A Giveaway!!}

Simplify your life with Amish wisdom.

Through firsthand research and personal relationships, Suzanne Woods Fisher has collected more than 200 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. With beautiful full-color photos throughout, Amish Proverbs is the perfect gift for any occasion.

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Ever since I read The Choice I have been a fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher. So, when the opportunity came up to review her book Amish Proverbs - and give away a copy! - I jumped at the chance.

This book is full of wonderful Amish wisdom separated into topics such as Time, Money, Faith, Children & Family, Handling Adversity and Character. Throughout the book are beautiful photos of the simplicity of Amish living.

I put a sticky note next to all my favourite proverbs so I could share them with you but there are so many!

So, I'll narrow it down to a few that really spoke to where I am today.

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see

When you speak, always remember that God is one of your listeners

If you sense your faith is unraveling, go back to where you dropped the thread of obedience

A wife will make or break a household

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly

Be kind to unkind people. They probably need kindness the most

You can tell a man's character by what he turns up when offered a job - his nose or his sleeves

So many good ones!

When I think back to my childhood and the sayings we would say, two come to mind: 1) keep your hands to yourself! and 2) treat others as you'd like to be treated.

I'm so excited to be able to give away a copy of this book! Would you like a chance to win it?

All you have to do is leave a comment tell me if you had a special proverb or saying that you grew up with in your home. That's it!

I'll choose a winner using Random.org on Saturday.

Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".



  1. This sounds like a wonderful book! I love,Love, LOVE this one: "Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see"- that is so true!!

    In my house, we didn't have any proverbs or sayings, but we lived fully by the Golden Rules..."Do unto others as you'd have done to you."

    I really, REALLY want to win this book!

  2. A favourite of my dad's was "a spotless house is the sign of a wasted life". Now if I could just get my house a little closer to spotless then disaster I would be happier.

    Sounds like a good book.


  3. We didn't have a "proverb", but...similar to one of the ones above, my Gram always said (about mean people) "Kill 'em with kindness!"

  4. Ummm... Nothing comes to mind :(

    That doesn't disqualify me, does it?

  5. My mother always told me that- "Happiness is a choice." Sometimes I really hated to hear that, but I know how true it is. I often remind myself of this now that I'm older and I fully intend on breaking it out when my (nonexistent) children become teenagers. :)

  6. Anonymous8:11 a.m.

    As I grew up in a small Irish Catholic farming community, my father had a number of sayings-many pertaining to the weather "a winter's fog freezes the dog", "a cloudless sky never stays dry" and my mother had prayer cards mounted all over the house that she would quietly say to herself as she did her house work. And our last name was Murphy with a copy of Murphy's law mounted just inside our kitchen door. But my favorite even today is the "Irish Blessing"
    May the road rise to meet you,
    May the wind be always at your back,
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
    Until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

    There are many versions of this-but this is the one I remember. It truly warms my heart.


  7. I just found your blog from Shannon Willcutt's. I live about an hour away from Amish country and visit there frequently, there are just so many things we can learn from them. My Mom always told us as children "if you would not say it if there was an adult in the room, do not say it". This also rang true later in life when I became a teacher. I remember she told me "you never say something to a student that you would not say if their parent was right there". We do not always think about our words, but these do ring true!

  8. When we kids did not want to do a chore, my mom would always quote my grampa (who was quoting the Bible) and say "If you don't work, you don't eat." It wasn't a threat, just a dose of reality. Now, if only the American gov't would say that to all those welfare recipients living off of my husbands hard earned money!

  9. Anonymous6:01 p.m.

    I have seen this book on several sites and have some of the proverbs in it. I am amazed at how many were voiced by my grandmother. Please enter me in this contest.

    My favorite one is to treat unkind people with kindness. I would love to read more of them.


  10. Growing up my family didn't really have any proverbs or sayings.... but I love the book and would love to win it.

    I love the reminder from one of the previous posters about not saying anything to anyone that you wouldn't say if someone in a position of authority were around... such wise advice.

    Blessings to you, Kari

  11. Our big ones were The Golden Rule and "If you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all."

    These proverbs you posted are great! I hope I win & get to read more! :)

  12. My Grandpa was a talking/walking Farmer's Almanac--I miss him and all those sayings! I think the one that sticks with me b/c it hits home all too often is "Haste makes waste". He'd also follow up our rootbeer burps with "Thanks for the beer, Gus." That was so random but we'd giggle like crazy!
    Looks like a really neat book!

  13. Would love to win! THis is right up my alley! But I have a feeling you cant win if you live in the US right?? :(

  14. Oh I love Amish information! Sounds like a beautiful book. Count me in!

  15. I need some of this simplicity and wisdom in my life. Would love to win this book, such a lovely giveaway!