Thursday, August 25, 2011

Amish Values For Your Family Blog Tour + Giveaway 9/3

For readers who long for strong families that know how to truly enjoy life together, there is much to learn from the Amish. Values like community, forgiveness, simple living, obedience, and more can be your family legacy--without selling your car, changing your wardrobe, or moving out to farm country. In Amish Values for Your Family, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher shows how you can adopt the wisdom of the Amish when it comes to family matters. In this inspiring and practical book readers will find charming true stories interlaced with solid, biblical advice about parenting, marriage, and all aspects of family life. As readers get an intimate glimpse into the everyday lives of real Amish families, they will learn to prioritize what's truly important, simplify decision-making, slow down as a family, safeguard time together, and let go when the time comes.

I have always been fascinated  by the Amish. I have read many books about them and I have to admit that was one of my favorites. As each short story told me about a occurrence that took place in the Amish community. A few years ago I was visiting a friend in Indiana and she took me to Shipshewana where they is a large population of Amish.  Most businesses are closed in the evenings and on Sundays, reflecting  the Amish tradition of strong family values and close ties within the community.  My favorite in the book was~
"God Doesn't Make Mistakes" as in that story "Barbara" had 11 children and then he husband passed away.And sure it was hard to raise the kids on her own~but she wouldn't have had it any other way. 
I didn't have 11 children but I raised 3 on my own and I agree with Barbara that at times I wanted to cry as it was hard but at the end of a long day when they were asleep and looked so innocent there wasn't a thing that I would change either. As they had to do without many things too when they were young but understood as we talked about it and they know that there was just not extra money. Our children may not always acts like blessings~but they truly are.
We can all learn something from the Amish ,as they are the only people that rely on so little~but seem so rich....

     About Suzanne~
Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain. She has many, many Plain relatives living in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and travels back to Pennsylvania, as well as to Ohio, a couple of times each year for research.

Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world.  In both her fiction and non-fiction books, she has an underlying theme: You don't have to "go Amish" to incorporate many of their principles--simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily-- into your life.

When Suzanne isn't writing or bragging to her friends about her first new grandbaby (!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you just can't take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Suzanne can be found on-line at:

~ My Giveaway~
You can Win

Please Enter Below~
{There is also a contest from Suzanne after this post}

Suzanne Woods Fisher is thrilled to announce the release of Amish Values for Your Family, her latest non-fiction release. ”It offers loving ways to bring your fractured home back to life-Amish style. Read it and apply generously! It’s a beautiful book-funny, charming, soulful, and beautiful.” -Mary Ann Kirkby
To celebrate the release of Amish Values for Your Family, Suzanne has teamed up her publisher Revell Books to giveaway a Kindle, and with Bill Coleman (the amazing photographer used on Suzanne’s book covers) to give away a signed Bill Coleman original.
One Grand Prize winner will receive an Amish Values Prize Package (valued at over $200) and includes:
* A brand new KINDLE
* A Signed Bill Coleman original
* Amish Values for Your Family (for KINDLE)

Click on one of the icons to enter. Winner will be announced on 9/2 at Suzanne’s blog. Be sure to stop by the blogs on Suzanne’s blog tour – as many more have copies of Amish Values for Your Family to give away.

As a participant in this blog tour, Litfuse Publicity Group provided me with a free copy of the book Amish Values For Your Family.All opinions expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.


  1. I have always thought of how it would be to live Amish. I wonder how my kids would survive if they had to do actual work!

  2. I've thought about it, but I don't think I could really do it..I'm too much of a city girl!


  3. No I have not. I do not think it would appeal to me but I am still interested in reading the book. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

    dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

  4. When I was a kid we visited Amish country a lot, and I wanted to be Amish then. As an adult, I love the simplicity of Amish life and could do that, but could never handle the religious control of that society!

  5. I've never wanted to live Amish. I greatly admire their strong belief in God and how they practice forgiveness for those who have harmed them (as they did in the killings at the Amish schoolhouse a few years ago) --- and I would like to know more about that part of their faith. I do not, however, want to be part of a society where women seem to have no choice about how they may live their lives.

  6. I have always been interested in how the Amish live, but it's not for me. I like technology!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  7. I have thought about living Amish --- but only if my husband liked the idea as well.

  8. No. This books sound wonderful.thanks for the chance.

  9. My family and I always said we'd love to spend a week with an Amish family. This summer we took a road trip to Lancaster, PA to visit the Amish farms.

  10. I have thought about it, but there is no way that I could do it. I love my technology too much!!


  11. I have admired them and I find them fascinating but I have never thought of going Amish. For one thing, I think you have to learn High German in order to be baptized into their church.


  12. I think they are amazing and talented people, but I couldn't be cut off from society like that.

  13. I visited the Amish in PA and I have to admit that there lifestyle seemed so calm and peaceful. I would have loved to be Amish if I was born into it as they are such a gentle people.
    laura (dot)hopelessromantic (dot)

  14. We live not too far from the Amish. Yes, I think I could live their lifestylr.
    fatmeatloaf1 at gmail dot com

  15. I have thought about living the amish life. They are the start ones these days not worrying about the goverment for nothing.

  16. I thought about living Amish with my children. When I was a child my family didn't have electric or running water for 2 years. Our life was hard but it was also slow like little house on the praire not like now where it is like little house on the freeway.

  17. I couldn't live it but I do enjoy reading about it- the net though is my ticket to the world.
    Sherry C
    discriminating_diva at yahoo dot com

  18. i have never thought about living amish

  19. I visited the amish country in PA with my family when I was 12. I was completed facinated by it. It was a wonderful educational experience. As a matter of fact, I still have a cookbook my mother bought while we were there. I would love to read this book.

  20. I visited the amish country in PA with my family when I was 12. I was completed facinated by it. It was a wonderful educational experience. As a matter of fact, I still have a cookbook my mother bought while we were there. I would love to read this book
    Marie C.

  21. I have thought about living with the Amish. I would be in heaven to go back to a simpler times.

  22. I can't say I have ever thought about living amish. However, I have thought about becoming self sufficient. Simple living would be wonderful.
    kershuk at comcast dot net

  23. Yes, I have! It seems like such a calm and peaceful life. Less is more.

  24. I've been trying for the last few years to learn new skills based on the "Amish" ways. It's pretty hard in our modernized society but it's worth every bit of effort.
    hdeals987 at gmail dot come

  25. I cook and bake from scratch but that's about it. I like technology.

  26. I like you on Facebook and I would love to win this! I have always been fascinated by the Amish! They are so peaceful! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    Renee Walters