Monday, April 30, 2012

Amish Values for Your Family

ImageAmish Values for Your Family – What We Can Learn from the Simple Life
Written by Suzanne Woods Fisher
published at Revell

About the book

When it comes to strong families that know how to truly enjoy life together, there is much we can learn from the Amish. Just how do they establish such strong family bonds, such deeply held values, and such wonderful family traditions? In Amish Values for Your Family, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher shares the secrets of Amish family life. In this inspiring and practical book, you will meet real Amish families that are a lot like yours. Through their stories you'll discover how to

  • slow down
  • safeguard family time
  • raise children who stand strong in their faith
  • prioritize what's truly important

Amish values like community, forgiveness, simple living, obedience, and more can be your family legacy--without selling your car or changing your wardrobe.

My Thoughts

To be different for this review, I will pick one of the values mentioned in this book and tell you how I could apply to my life or how it could benefit my family.

Since I am a homeschooler and that I teach my kids from the comfort of the home, I have decided to stay focused on this aspect of my life.  Consequently, I have read the chapter titled, “A Teacher’s Viewpoint”.   By reading this chapter, I have discover how the Amish manage their schools and how school is done as well.   It was amazing to discover that nowadays more males are hired to teach the younger generation and that even though they get married they can still teach to them.    I also discovered that pupils learn how to work together.  Cooperation, obedience, respect, diligence, kindness are some of the promoted values in a classroom.  

The author also give the perspective of Amishes throughout the book when she highlights their thoughts on each chapter.   For the chapter that I chose, William says that the best part of an Amish education is that students are more involved with parents.  Parent are their child’s first and best teacher.

I couldn’t agree more.   One reason we have decided to homeschool our kids was that we felt they could learn more at home than being part of a public or catholic school.   My oldest went to school two years while in junior and senior kindergarten and we saw and experience things that were not interesting.    I won’t go in details on what happened but we knew that bringing him home would make a huge difference.    I find that my kids are learning faster while being at home and at the same time I learn to discover their whole personality while spending time together.    Is it easy all the time?  No but the reward is wonderful when you hear how well behave they are when they participate to activities outside the home.

Reading this chapter was encouraging for me to pursue our calling to homeschool my children.  

Amish Values for Your Family can be taken one chapter at a time.   It would be a good book to explore during the summer time.

Amish Values for Your Family is available to purchase at your favourite bookstore, even

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for review purposes from Baker Publishing Group. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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