Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Heart of the Amish

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publisher: Revell
May 2015
ISBN:  978-0-8007-2203-6
Genre: Nonfiction/Christian living

Everyone has been hurt. Everyone experiences conflict, great and small. Everyone has someone to forgive. But sometimes we just can't bring ourselves to forgive someone who has wronged us or we don't take the need to forgive seriously--not like the Amish do. Forgiving others in order to live at peace is woven into the very fabric of their faith. To the Amish way of thinking, "You can't love the stream without knowing the source. " We must forgive others, they believe, because God forgave us.

The Heart of the Amish invites readers into the world of a people renowned for their ability to forgive. Through true stories gathered from a variety of Amish communities, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher illustrates how they are able to release their pain and desire for revenge, and live at peace with others. Her in-depth, personal research uncovers the astounding yet fundamental way the Amish can forgive anyone from the angry customer at the grocery store to the shooter at Nickel Mines. Readers will learn how to invite God into their stories, apply lessons from the Amish to their own circumstances, and find the freedom that comes with true forgiveness.

THE HEART OF THE AMISH is a great nonfiction book. I really enjoyed some of the stories included, such as the juicy fruit gum one. That was so sweet. There are other great ones such as the Amish store keeper who refunded money for pickles when he didn’t even carry the brand in his store. So many more.

There is a lot of wisdom in this book. Each chapter starts with an Amish proverb. There are tidbits about the Amish sprinkled through-out. Each chapter ends with reflections – questions for you to consider. You might want to keep a notebook and pen handy if you want to record your thoughts.  Recommended for church libraries, those interested in the Amish, and those who struggle with forgiveness.

4 stars. Available in ebook and paperback. 192 pages.

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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