Friday, August 20, 2010

Book Review: Amish Proverbs by Suzanne Woods Fisher (and a GIVEAWAY!)

How would you like to win a book that is not only beautiful, but is also inspirational? Details are near the bottom of this post. But first, let me tell you about this sweet book:

Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple LifeAmish Proverbs is a small but encouraging book filled with the wisdom and humor of the Amish people. The proverbs cover a variety of topics, including Time, Money, Faith, Children and Family, In Word & Deed, Work Ethic and Handling Adversity. Here are a few of my favorites from the book:

* "A sweater is a garment worn by a child when his mother feels chilly."

* "Raising boys is as easy as digesting iron."

* "Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it."

* "If you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't been in bed with a mosquito."

* "Contentment is not getting what we want but being satisfied with what we have."

* "We can stop forgiving others when Christ stops forgiving us."

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

And one I heard often as I was growing up: "Idle hands are the devil's workshop." (This one has helped me many times to be diligent in my work and not give the enemy a chance to distract me from my service to God and others.)

The photographs in this book are wonderful. I love the beauty of the simple life and the way that the Amish people are portrayed in this book. This would be a great gift for anyone on your list.

What are some of the proverbs you heard as a child? Tell us for a chance to win a copy of Amish Proverbs.


Now, wouldn't you love to have a copy of this beautiful book? Here's all you have to do: in the comments section, enter your email address and tell me one proverb you have heard that has been meaningful to you. I will choose (by one entry on Sept. 1 and then that person will have 48 hours to respond to claim the book. If you do not comment with a proverb, your entry will not be eligible. Also, this giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

The author, Suzanne Woods Fisher, has written two fiction books about the Amish and is a descendant of a member of the Old Order Amish in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. On her blog, she is described as "a wife, mother, writer, novelist, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener who has an on-going battle for territory with a bossy gopher, a cook with sporadic results, and a lifelong student of the Bible."

In addition to the blog tour, the author is sponsoring a contest with a brand new KINDLE as the prize! Check out the details at Suzanne’s website or at this contest preview page.

Suzanne will be hosting a Facebook Blog Tour Wrap-Up Party on September 1st, with a live chat and when the KINDLE winner will be announced. Go here for the details:

Amish Proverbs is now available from Revell Books, or at your favorite bookstore.

(I received this book from Revell Books for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.)

And just for the fun of it, I'd like to share a few videos I found on YouTube about the Amish (ENJOY!):


Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

I've joined the tour for this one as well, and I must say I love this inspirational read.

Bluerose said...

One of my favorite proverbs is from the Bible.
Prov. 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
I hope that counts. I really can't remember any that was told by anyone I knew. That's one that I don't always listen to, though!! :)
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Bluerose said...

Oh, I just remembered one.

Nobody ever got in trouble by keeping their mouth shut.

I rarely spoke a word at school when i was younger, so people thought this was my motto. :)

Anonymous said...

My favorite is "Treat unkind people with kindness". The one really works. It is so amazing to see a shocked face and then a person changing from mean to kind.


Page Turner said...

It's hard to choose a favorite, but Proverbs 22:1 is good: "A good name is to be more desired than great wealth."

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