Thursday, August 16, 2012

Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth

From the Back of the Book:

Have you ever stopped to think, Maybe the Amish are on to something? Look around. We tweet while we drive, we talk while we text, and we surf the Internet until we fall asleep. We are essentially plugged in and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Rather than mastering technology, we have allowed technology to master us. We are an exhausted nation. No one has enough time, everyone feels stressed out, and our kids spend more hours staring at a screen each week than they do playing outside.

It’s time to simplify our lives, make faith and family the focal point, and recapture the lost art of simple living. Building on the basic principles of Amish life, Nancy Sleeth shows readers how making conscious choices to limit (and in some cases eliminate) technology’s hold on our lives and getting back to basics can help us lead calmer, more focused, less harried lives that result in stronger, deeper relationships with our families, friends, and God.

My Thoughts:

What began as a shouted question during one of Nancy's presentations ("What, are you Amish or something?") turned into one of the most fascinating books I've read this year.  While Nancy and her family are not Amish, they almost are in their behavior and the way they now view life.

From technology and the grip it has on our way of life to the importance of community and relationships, Nancy covers it all.  She gives a well written and thoughtful description of Amish living on each topic, then discusses how her family life has moved from what we consider mainstream living toward the simple life.

Each chapter is filled with practical ideas on how to become simpler, less cluttered, less rushed and more connected.  I enjoyed Nancy's book very much, and I am considering making some much needed changes after pondering the thoughts that were created by the book.

I received an advance copy via NetGalley from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  Honestly, "Almost Amish" is highly recommended.

Happy Reading!



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